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Adequacy is Adequate: DC District Court Certifies Pacer Fee Class

by Carlton Fields on

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia certified a class of all individuals and entities who paid fees to obtain court records though the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. The...more

A Fraud By Any Other Name: Seventh Circuit Holds That SLUSA Extends to Class Actions That Could Be Pursued Under Federal...

A divided panel of the Seventh Circuit recently held that the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act (“SLUSA”) requires any covered class action that “could have been pursued under federal securities law” to be brought...more

California Court Rejects Attempt to Overturn Judgement Based on Spokeo

by Carlton Fields on

A defendant who lost a bench trial in a certified class case alleging that it violated the Electronic Funds Transfer Act by forcing the plaintiff and class to use electronic funds transfer services to obtain loans sought to...more

Superior Court: Mandatory Use of Payroll Debit Cards Violates PA Law

As regular readers of our blog know, we have been following a pending class action lawsuit challenging a Pennsylvania employer’s use of payroll debit cards to pay its employees. There has been a key development in that case. ...more

Divided Third Circuit Panel Holds That Waiver Of Arbitration Clause Does Not Apply To Futile Arguments

by Carlton Fields on

On July 13, 2016, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit panel held that an arbitration clause is not waived simply because a party failed to raise a futile argument. The case arose out of a putative class action...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That a Corporation Is Not Distinct From Its Agents For Purposes of a RICO Enterprise, Following Sister...

In Ray v. Spirit Airlines, Inc., No. 15-13792, 2016 WL 4578347 (11th Cir. Sept. 2, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that a defendant corporation is not distinct from its own officers and...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.14.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Following news of Starboard Value’s plan to shake things up at Perrigo, we have this take from Breakingviews, which suggests that fending off a hostile takeover (as Perrigo did from Mylan) tends to “make fertile turf for an...more

Top US Universities Hit with Retirement Plan Lawsuits: Lessons for Plan Sponsors

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The recent wave of 403(b) lawsuits against more than a dozen prominent US universities could herald similar suits for other 403(b) plan sponsors. Plan sponsors can minimize their risk by reviewing their plan governance...more

Multiple Universities Sued Over 403(b) Retirement Plan Investment Fees

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the last several days, a number of large private universities have been sued regarding the investment fees in their 403(b) retirement plans. The lawsuits claim that these universities breached their fiduciary duties under...more

U.S. employers targeted by lawsuits claiming excessive fees in employee retirement and savings plans: Could it happen in Canada?

by Dentons on

I recently wrote about the legal risks regarding plan fees that should be considered by Canadian employers who sponsor group registered retirement savings plans and defined contribution pension plans....more

ERISA Class Actions Filed Against Higher Education Institutions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Several ERISA breach of fiduciary duty class actions involving allegedly excessive retirement plan fees were filed this week against higher education institutions including colleges, universities, and medical schools. The...more

No Fees For You: Second Circuit Holds Expert Fees Are Not Recoverable Under FLSA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Expert witness fees are not recoverable under the FLSA. So held the Second Circuit in a decision that highlights a strategy we have previously discussed for employers to fend off class/collective actions....more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Denial of “Predominance” Class: The Long Arm of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act Does Not Reach...

by Carlton Fields on

In 2012, California resident Ronald Perras brought suit in federal district court against H&R Block and its affiliates (H&R), which are headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Perras alleged that H&R violated the Missouri...more

Unfair Business Practices – Hospital’s “Facility Fee” Billed To New Patients

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Justin Nolte et al., v. Cedars Sinai Medical Center - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 21, 2015) - Generally, a business practice is unfair if it violates established public policy or if it is...more

Late Fees More Feasible After The Full Federal Court Overturns Decision On Penalties

by DLA Piper on

On 8 April 2015 the Full Federal Court of Australia has found that certain bank fees were not penalties or otherwise unconscionable, unjust or unfair under statute reversing the first instance decision of Gordon J. This brief...more

SCC Weighs-In on Consumer Protection Remedies in Quebec Class Actions

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On September 19, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released a trilogy of decisions examining the standing of representative plaintiffs and the availability of consumer protection legislation in the class action context....more

California District Court Rejects Class Action Settlement Due To Fee, Enhancement, and Other Issues

by BakerHostetler on

Do your homework before you seek approval of a class action settlement! Meals on airlines have all but disappeared for anyone other than those in first class, but the company Sky Chefs contends on its website that it...more

District Court Relies on Fee Disclosure Regulation to Dismiss Complaint

by Goodwin on

A federal district court in New York last month dismissed a class action complaint brought by a company sponsoring a 401(k) plan. The plaintiff, in Skin Pathology Associates v. Morgan Stanley, alleged, among other claims,...more

Financial Services Law - Feb 10, 2014

Swipe Fee Settlement Yields More Litigation - Although the parties reached a $7.25 billion class action settlement of the antitrust suit brought by merchants against Visa and MasterCard over swipe fees, the case is far...more

Financial Services Law - Jan 30, 2014

Swipe Fee Settlement Yields More Litigation - Although the parties reached a $7.25 billion class action settlement of the antitrust suit brought by merchants against Visa and MasterCard over swipe fees, the case is far...more

Seventh Circuit Again Grants Class Certification In Excessive Fee Case

On remand from the Seventh Circuit, a federal district court in Illinois granted class certification in a case where participants in a Boeing 401(k) plan alleged that Boeing breached its fiduciary duties under ERISA by: (i)...more

In Abbott, Seventh Circuit Refines Applicability of Class Action Device in Defined Contribution Challenge

by Goodwin on

In its continuing analysis of when a class may be certified in a case alleging breach of fiduciary duties with respect to a defined contribution plan, the Seventh Circuit, in Abbott v. Lockheed Martin Corporation, reversed...more

Seventh Circuit Says “Smallness” Is Not a Bar to Class Certification

by BakerHostetler on

In what it describes as an effort to advance the law of class certification, the Seventh Circuit last week issued a decision, written by Judge Posner, that many would say does just the opposite. ...more

Are Courts Becoming More Willing to Carefully Scrutinize Claims for Fees?

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In Ellis v. Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., C.A. 2nd/1, DAR p. 10497, plaintiffs counsel, after settling a class action, initially requested over $24 million in attorneys' fees. However, the court not only denied...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Class Action Coupon Settlement Because Attorneys Were Awarded Fees Based on Hours Worked Rather Than Coupon...

On May 15 a Ninth Circuit panel reversed the district court’s approval of a class action settlement, holding that attorney’s fees awarded in connection with a coupon for the class members must be tied to actual redemption of...more

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