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The ERISA Litigation Newsletter; November 2013

In This Issue: - Labor and Employment and ERISA Class Actions After Wal-Mart and Comcast — Practice Points for Defendants (Part I – Commonality)* - Agencies Release Guidance on HRAs, FSAs, and Employer Payment...more

Recent Supreme Court Rulings on Class Actions

The Supreme Court continued to focus on class action litigation during this term, handing down a number of significant rulings relating to jurisdiction, class certification, and arbitration of putative class claims. The many...more

Virginia District Court Denies Conditional Certification of FLSA Case

A Virginia District Court has denied conditional certification of a class of chauffeurs in claims for unpaid overtime and has also recognized the application of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), to the...more

Big Developments in Class Actions Part 1: a “rigorous analysis” of Comcast Corp. v. Behrend

In a very pro-employer/business opinion crafted by Justice Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected class certification for 2 million Comcast subscribers in an antitrust class action in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 516 U.S. ___...more

Supreme Court Holds Damages Must be Measurable on a Classwide Basis for Class Certification

In a significant class action decision for employers, Comcast Corp. et al v. Behrend et al, No. 11-864 (March 27, 2013), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the ability to establish classwide damages is essential to a favorable...more

Put up your Dukes! Supreme Court Clarifies that Damages Must be Capable of Class Wide Resolution in Rule 23(b)(3) Class Actions...

The United States Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, Case No. 11-864 (March 27, 2013) reinforces class certification requirements as spelled out in Wal-Mart v. Dukes. However, the closely divided court...more

Class Action Alert: Recent Developments Favorable for Employers

Individualized Proof of Damages Can Block Class Certification Under Rule 23(b)(3) - The United States Supreme Court in Comcast v. Behrend continued its trend of disfavoring class certification of cases involving...more

Supreme Court Directs Trial Courts To Look At The Merits In Determining Whether To Certify A Class

Comcast v Behrend is the latest in a series of United States Supreme Court cases in recent years that have restricted the ability of plaintiffs to certify federal class actions. In so doing, it has expanded the scope of the...more

Comcast Corp. v. Behrend: Even More Than Meets the Eye?

On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court handed down its opinion in another of this term’s major class action cases. Following on the heels of Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles, where the Court closed a loophole...more

Common and Predominating Damages: Comcast Opinion Extends Wal-Mart v. Dukes' Standards for Class Certification but Leaves the...

On March 27, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, Case No. 11-864, which provides a valuable tool for the defense in combatting class certification in antitrust cases and other types of class...more

"Supreme Court Vacates No-Injury Consumer Class Action"

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court summarily vacated and remanded the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Whirlpool Corp. v. Glazer, 678 F.3d 409 (6th Cir. 2012), for further consideration in light of Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, No....more

U.S. Supreme Court Throws Into Question Proof Of Damages Requirements For Class Certification

On March 27, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 569 U.S. ___, No. 11-864, 2013 WL 1222646 (Mar. 27, 2013). In a 5-4 decision, the Court reemphasized its recent precedent in Wal-Mart...more

Supreme Court Requires Proof at Certification Stage that Damages Can Be Measured on Class-Wide Basis

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court decided earlier this week that putative class plaintiffs could not bring a class action antitrust lawsuit unless they could show that their damages could be measured on a class-wide basis....more

Supreme Court Raises The Bar For Class Actions

Today the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a pivotal decision, holding that as a prerequisite for certification of a class action, a plaintiff must introduce admissible evidence to show that the case is susceptible to awarding...more

"Supreme Court Reverses Massive Antitrust Class Action Against Comcast"

On March 27, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 5-4, reversed a sprawling class action encompassing more than 2 million current and former Comcast subscribers who alleged violations of federal antitrust laws. See...more

New Seventh Circuit Decision May Pave the Way for More Stringent Certification Standards in FLSA Collective Actions

In a decision that may significantly impact certification and decertification decisions in FLSA collective actions, a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decertification of a Rule 23 class and...more

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