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U.S. District Court in Minnesota Denies Target’s Motion to Dismiss Data Breach Lawsuit

On December 2, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota denied Target’s motion to dismiss the claims of a group of five payment-card-issuing banks, credit unions, and savings associations (the “Banks”) that...more

Successful Motions to Dismiss Securities Class Actions, A Review of What Worked in 2014

Motions to dismiss have been called “the main event” in securities class actions. They are filed in over 90% of securities class actions and they result in dismissal close to 50% of the time they are filed. In contrast, out...more

Mortgage company that entered into CFPB consent order moves to dismiss class action claims

Earlier this week, Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC, the mortgage company that entered into a consent order with the CFPB in November 2013 to settle charges that it violated the Regulation Z loan originator compensation rule (“LO...more

ZocDoc Treats Doctor With Some Rule 68 Medicine

We have discussed several TCPA mootness decisions, mainly those coming out of the federal courts in Florida. Those cases hold that plaintiffs should not file “placeholder” class certification motions solely for the purpose of...more

In re Lipitor Antitrust Litigation (D.N.J. 2014)

In the lastest instance of a plaintiff attempting to extend the Supreme Court's holding in FTC v. Actavis that "reverse payment" settlement agreements in ANDA litigation could be anticompetitive and violate the antitrust...more

Illinois Court Dismisses Plaintiffs Privacy Claims Arising out of HIPAA Breach

On July 10, 2014, a Kane County, Illinois Circuit Court granted a motion to dismiss with prejudice in favor of Advocate Health & Hospitals Corporation (Advocate) in a class action case arising out of a breach of patients'...more

Update on Google Unauthorized Children’s In-App Purchase Class Action: THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

U.S. District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte has issued an order granting in part and denying in part Google’s Motion to Dismiss the class action filed against the Company on ­March 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern...more

Bankruptcy Court Dismisses Class Action DFR Complaint Involving Airline Merger

One deliberately ironic facet of the 2004 film Howard Hughes bio-pic The Aviator (the one with Leonardo DiCaprio) is the fact that the airlines fighting for world dominance in the 1940s were Howard Hughes’ TWA and Juan...more

LinkedIn Consumer Class Action Survives Motion to Dismiss

It appears that California’s consumer-friendly Unfair Competition Law, Cal. Bus & Prof. Code §17200 et seq. (“UCL”), encompasses claims made regarding website privacy policies. In In re LinkedIn User Privacy Litigation, No....more

SDNY Certifies Interlocutory Appeal In Lender-Placed Insurance Dispute

On April 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York certified an interlocutory appeal of an order denying a motion to dismiss filed by a group of insurers facing class allegations of unlawful...more

Possibility Of Future Harm Allows Sony Data Breach Plaintiffs To Survive Motion To Dismiss

Courts Split Over Impact of Supreme Court Decision - The Southern District of California last month let 8 out of 51 claims survive in a putative class action arising out of the 2011 breach of the Sony PlayStation...more

Legal Alert: Cost of Insurance Litigation – Insurers Retain Discretion to Set COI Rates in Two Key Victories

In the first federal appellate decisions addressing cost of insurance (COI) charges in life insurance policies, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed two victories to insurers in opinions issued December 13, 2013. In...more

Google’s scanning of emails may constitute wiretapping: Federal District Court denies Google’s motion to dismiss class action...

In Brief - In a significant ruling on email privacy, the Northern District of California held that Google’s interception and scanning of user emails for the purpose of creating targeted advertisements and user profiles...more

Falsity is Fundamental: The Case for Emphasizing Arguments against Falsity

In defending a securities class action, a motion to dismiss is almost automatic, and in virtually all cases, it makes good strategic sense. In most cases, there are only four main arguments...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - September 3, 2013

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Class Certification Denied in Case About Coffee ..Court Dismisses Case Attacking Gerber’s Overall Marketing Message ..Court Denies Smucker’s...more

Reinsurance Newsletter - September 2013

RECENT CASE SUMMARIES - GOOD NEWS FOR ARBITRATORS FROM THE SUPREME COURT? Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, 133 S. Ct. 2064 (2013). In a non-reinsurance case, the United States Supreme Court recently...more

Miramar Firefighters Pension Fund v. AboveNet, Inc., C.A. No. 7376-VCN (Del. Ch. July 31, 2013) (Noble, V.C.)

In this decision, the Court of Chancery granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss a stockholder class action challenging the acquisition of AboveNet, Inc. (“AboveNet”) by an arm’s-length buyer following a lengthy public sale...more

False Advertising Claims Against Tropicana Survive Motion to Dismiss

We have frequently reported on how courts have addressed preemption arguments in the growing number of mislabeling suits that have been filed against food companies. Last week, a federal court in New Jersey denied Tropicana’s...more

“All Natural” False Advertising Suit Dismissed: Ingredient List Saves the Day for Nature Valley Bars

A federal judge in Minnesota recently dismissed a putative class action accusing General Mills of falsely advertising its Nature Valley granola bars as “100% Natural.” Chin et al. v. General Mills, Inc., Case No....more

Ninth Circuit Limits Key Defense in ERISA Stock Drop Cases

On June 4, 2013, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion in Harris v. Amgen, reversing an order granting a motion to dismiss and reviving a class action ERISA lawsuit based on allegedly imprudent investments in company stock. In...more

Patton Boggs Reinsurance Newsletter - June 2013: Pennsylvania Federal Court Finds Basis for Equitable Tolling and Denies Cedent...

Riddle v. Bank of Am. Corp., Case No. 12-1740 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52091, 2013 WL 1482668 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 11, 2013). An outgrowth of the residential housing bubble was the creation of captive mortgage bank reinsurers. ...more

Effective Securities Litigation Defense Requires a High Thought-to-Action Ratio

I recently had occasion to review a number of motion-to-dismiss rulings, including some in which denial of the motion seemed to be an easy call. I’ve since been mulling over whether there are circumstances in which it would...more

Southern District Rejects Evidence from "Confidential Witnesses" as Basis for Securities Class Action

A securities class action lawsuit against Canadian Solar, Inc. (CSI) was recently dismissed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York for failing to adequately plead the required elements of a federal...more

Flawed Confidential Witness Allegations: A Crucial Issue in Securities Class Action Litigation

The recurring and pervasive problem of flawed confidential witness (“CW”) allegations tops my list of the key issues in securities class action litigation.* I don’t mean just notorious situations such as those recently at...more

Pfizer’s Motion to Dismiss Successful in Class Action Over Its Probiotic Advertising

It is no surprise to anyone defending against false advertising claims that Rules 8 and 9(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are powerful tools to force plaintiffs to articulate with specificity their theory of why...more

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