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Federal Circuit Denies Claim Under SCA Price Adjustment Clause for Pension Withdrawal Liability

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a decision of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims upholding and NASA’s denial of a claim in the amount of about $2 million for reimbursement pension...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2017"

This is the 15th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of class action trends, along with a summary of recent class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings. Our...more

Class Certification Trends For 2016

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: This is the fifth installment of our blog series on key trends for workplace class action litigation in 2016. In terms of the sheer number of rulings, a significant trend saw wage & hour class action and...more

The Story Behind Class Certification Statistics In 2016 And What It Means For Employers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In the third post of our series on workplace class action issues, this blog posting focuses on the statistical study of class certification rulings throughout the Unites States in 2016. Not unlike real estate, location – in...more

Third Circuit Plays the “Top Fifty” Hits, Allows ADEA Claim for Employees Fifty and Over

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Third Circuit has shaken up long-standing precedent and created a split among the circuits, such that now employers should not only evaluate its employment decisions for the effect on individuals over...more

In a Scorching Opinion, Sixth Circuit Refuses to Undo Class Action Settlement

by Benesch on

Sometimes, appellate decisions are written in a purely clinical voice. Other times, they’re infused with a dash of hot sauce....more

Surprise!: Decertification Does Not End Employer Contribution Obligations to the Multiemployer Funds

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Seventh Circuit finds employer still obligated to contribute to benefit funds for the life of the CBA even though the employees decertified the union. Employers often assume that when their...more

The Ghost of Systems Past: “Big Data” Suits Loom, But Old Data Issues Remain Unresolved

by Carlton Fields on

2017 could be big for litigation over “Big Data” applications in insurance. This past year saw the filing of several “price optimization” class actions, and claims against a fraud detection tool, similar to the ones used by...more

U.S. District Court in Florida Decertifies a Class of Haitian Blueberry Pickers Because Class Members Sought Individualized...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After certifying a class of Haitian blueberry pickers who asserted Title VII discrimination claims, Judge James Moody of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida issued a sua sponte order...more

Opt Ins are Out (of Luck) Appealing Decertification

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

With all the drama of a get-away chase, the Third Circuit recently brought to a screeching halt plaintiffs’ counsel’s elaborate maneuvers to end run repeated decertification of their FLSA actions, and held as a matter of...more

Courts to Consider Theories, Not Facts, on Certification

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Lubin v. Wackenhut Corp., the California Court of Appeal reinstated an effort to certify a class of over 10,000 security officers required to sign on-duty meal period agreements. The Court of Appeal...more

Second Circuit Rules That Judges Can Decertify a Class After a Jury Verdict

The Second Circuit recently held that under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, a district court judge can decertify a class after a jury verdict in favor of the class but before entering judgment, upholding a Southern...more

Hit by the Pitch: Federal Judge De-Certifies FLSA Class Action of Minor League Baseball Players

In a 100+ page opinion, federal Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero of the Northern District of California refused to grant the Plaintiffs’ motion to certify a class of minor league baseball players and instead granted the baseball...more

2nd Circuit Affirms Decertification of Class After Jury Verdict

Key Points - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit recently held that district courts have the power to decertify a class even after a jury verdict in favor of the class...more

NLRB General Counsel Orders Complaints in All Withdrawal-of-Recognition Cases

In yet another assault on long-established labor law precedent, on May 9, 2016, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard Griffin ordered the issuance of NLRB complaints in every case in which an employer...more

Court Insures Allstate Against Unsound Trial Plan Mayhem

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Allstate Insurance Company “insured” a major victory last week in an off the clock class action pending in Los Angeles Superior Court, vindicating employers’ argument that plaintiffs cannot simply intone the magical...more

NJ Appellate Division Decertifies Class in Suit Over TGI Friday’s Menus and Drink Prices

by Genova Burns LLC on

New Jersey bar patrons alleging that the chain restaurant, TGI Friday’s, Inc. (TGIF), violated consumer protection laws by omitting drink prices from its menus will have to proceed with their claims as individual plaintiffs...more

TCCWNA Class Action Tanked by Individualized Inquiries

by Locke Lord LLP on

New Jersey restaurant-goers alleging that TGI Friday’s, Inc. (TGIF) violated state consumer protection laws by omitting drink prices from its menus will have to proceed with their claims individually after the New Jersey...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Fall 2015

This is the ninth edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings...more

Up in Smoke – District Court Vacates $20,760,000 Punitive Damages Verdict in Florida Tobacco Lawsuit

by Butler Snow LLP on

On April 23, 2015, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida vacated a $20,760,000 punitive damages award that had been levied against international tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris USA, Inc. by a...more

Eighth Circuit Decertifies Four FDCPA Classes Where District Court Failed to Conduct Rigorous Analysis Required by Wal-Mart...

by Carlton Fields on

The Eighth Circuit recently held that a district court abused its discretion by certifying four classes of Nebraska consumers in an action against a debt collector and its attorneys for alleged violations of the Fair Debt...more

District Court Decertifies Class Where Damages Model Did Not Satisfy Supreme Court’s Requirements as Set Forth in Comcast Corp. v....

by Carlton Fields on

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted a defendant’s motion to decertify a class because plaintiff’s damages model was not consistent with his theory of liability as required...more

California Federal Court Decertifies Second Damages Class in as Many Months

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

For the second time in as many months, the Northern District of California has decertified a damages class in a food labeling class action because the plaintiff’s damages model was incapable of measuring only those damages...more

Judge Koh Awards Double Victory in “Natural” Labeling Class Action Against Dole, Granting Decertification and Summary Judgment

As the food “misbranding” litigation continues to fill courts’ dockets, Judge Lucy H. Koh recently put an end to the two-year battle against Dole’s packaged fruit labeling in the Northern District of California. Dole...more

Court of Federal Claims Affirms Due Process Rights for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The United States Court of Federal Claims recently issued an important decision affirming the due process rights of Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (“SDVOSBs”). The case, AmBuild Company, LLC v. United States...more

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