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Court Dismisses Peeling Paint Class Action Against Hyundai, But Grants Third Opportunity to Amend

On April 13, 2017, United States District Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell for the Central District of California granted a motion to dismiss a class action complaint alleging that Hyundai sold cars with an alleged latent paint...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

Dueling Classes Dispute the Breadth of Released Claims in the Halliburton Securities Litigation

In the long-running Halliburton securities litigation, a dispute has arisen between two rival class proponents. While readers of this blog are no doubt familiar with The Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co. case and...more

Administrative Exhaustion As a Defense to Statutory ERISA Claims?  Not So Much

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Sixth Circuit becomes the seventh circuit court to not require administrative exhaustion for statutory ERISA claims (as opposed to denial of benefit claims), while two circuit courts still do. In...more

Spokeo and the TCPA: Mere Receipt of Fax with Non-Compliant Opt-Out Notice is Not “Concrete Injury”

In ARcare v. Qiagen N. Am. Holdings, Inc., No. CV 16-7638 PA (ASX), 2017 WL 449173, at *1 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 19, 2017), the district court granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss a TCPA class action, finding that the simple...more

Wendy’s Successful in Trimming Data Breach Class Action Suit But No Dismissal

We have previously discussed the class action case filed against Wendy’s as a result of a data breach. The case was initially dismissed based upon lack of standing, but the plaintiffs were given the opportunity to amend the...more

Electric Cooperative Receives Favorable Interpretation of Excess Revenue Statute and Class Action Dismissal

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A federal court's interpretation of an excess revenue statute could bring an end to many capital credit lawsuits brought by current and former members of rural electric cooperatives challenging the distribution of patronage...more

LendingClub Update: Class Plaintiffs Claim Defendants Are “Arguing Facts” on a Motion to Dismiss

We have been keeping up with the In re LendingClub Securities Litigation class action, No. 3:16-cv-02627-WHA in the Northern District of California (“LendingClub”), in regard to Judge William Alsup’s unusual decision to...more

February 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Four of the eight court cases we report on below in our February 2017 monthly update of IC misclassification cases involve Uber, and each of those cases were victories for the ride-sharing, on-demand company. Although none of...more

Rural Electric Cooperatives Receive Dismissals in Class Action Capital Credit Litigation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Two recent dismissal orders – filed within days of each other – signal positive news to rural electric cooperatives defending actions brought by former or current members regarding the distribution of patronage capital and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Japan’s SoftBank hasn’t been shy about bold moves, but its most recent one—the decision to buy American PE giant Fortress Investment Group—is an especially big one. The deal is seen as bolstering SoftBank’s recently announced...more

Facebook’s Birthday Text Lawsuit Survives Pleadings Stage; TCPA Survives Strict Scrutiny for the First Time

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Just when we thought Facebook was safe from the TCPA—remember Duguid—Judge Henderson found otherwise. In Colin Brickman, v. Facebook, 2017 WL 386238 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 27, 2017), the Court denied Facebook’s motion to dismiss,...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2016"

This is the 14th 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 issued...more

5 Takeaways from the Emory/FJC Conference

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the FJC’s 2016 Complex Litigation Conference, held in conjunction with Emory Law School’s Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims. [Disclosure: I serve on the Institute’s...more

New Uber Ruling Reveals Another Costly IC Misclassification Exposure for On-Demand Companies

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Gig economy companies based on an independent contractor model beware. On December 14, 2016, a federal court in Pennsylvania denied a motion to dismiss an “on-call” wage claim in a class action lawsuit filed against Uber by...more

The Sturm Und Drang of 12(b)(6) Motions

by Benesch on

No one likes to be slammed. Slamming, according to the FCC, “is the illegal practice of switching a consumer’s traditional wireline telephone company for local, local toll, or long distance service without permission.” ...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Standards Applied to Pro Se Litigants

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a case revealing that while less stringent standards are often applied to pro se litigants, courts still should require them to adhere to the procedural rules....more

Applying Kentucky Law, Sixth Circuit Finds Continued Employment Constitutes Assent To Arbitration Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

During the time Plaintiffs Aldrich and Nolan worked as recruiters for the University of Phoenix, they allegedly signed an electronic form acknowledging their understanding of updated terms to the employee handbook. The...more

IntenseX False Advertising Claims Lack Power and Performance

by Proskauer - Advertising Law on

Last month, in Kanfer v. Pharmacare US, Inc., U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff of the Southern District of California dismissed on what were essentially puffery grounds a consumer suit styled as a class action alleging that...more

Recent Decisions Highlight Legal Risks Associated with Product Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Last month, plaintiffs in two product cybersecurity class actions were partially successful in surviving motions to dismiss, continuing the recent trend by plaintiffs and regulatory agencies to expand the pool of defendants...more

Two New Jersey District Courts Dismiss TCCWNA Cases On Spokeo Grounds and Address What It Means To Be An “Aggrieved Consumer”...

by Locke Lord LLP on

In recent months, federal and state courts in New Jersey have been faced with numerous motions to dismiss class action complaints alleging that online retailers’ website terms and conditions violate New Jersey’s...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Fall 2016"

This is the 13th 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 issued...more

Defending Class Actions in 2016

I thought readers might find helpful some broader observations on strategies for defending class actions in 2016... Dig in Deep Early: Some defense counsel are accustomed to the practice of filing a motion to dismiss...more

Update on Data Breach and Data Privacy Class Actions Post-Spokeo

In May, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Spokeo v. Robins, providing guidance on the “injury-in-fact” aspect of the constitutional standing requirement for putative class action plaintiffs. 136 S. Ct. 1540...more

Florida Court Deals Big Blow to Plaintiffs Challenging Rural Electric Cooperatives - Ruling Involved Patronage Capital Case Filed...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Since April 2014, seven cases have been filed in Florida against rural electric cooperatives regarding the distribution of patronage capital. In each of these putative class action cases, the plaintiff – a customer and member...more

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