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U.S. Supreme Court Ponders Whether an Unaccepted Rule 68 Offer Can Moot a Plaintiff’s Claims as It Hears Argument in Gomez

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez on October 14, 2015, an important case presenting the question of whether a defendant can defeat a class action by offering complete individual relief...more

Can an Offer of Judgment to the Named Plaintiff Moot a Class Action? Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez

Can a named plaintiff press ahead with a class action if he or she “won’t take ‘yes’ for an answer”? That colorful question, which Chief Justice Roberts asked counsel for the respondent during oral arguments yesterday in...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2015 Term Promises Slew of Significant Labor and Employment Cases

Each year, the U.S. Supreme Court begins its term on the first Monday in October. Although known as the “October Term,” the term in fact continues, alternating between two-week “sittings” and “recesses,” until late June or...more

Gomez Is Not The Slam-Dunk You Think It Is

It’s rapidly becoming conventional wisdom that Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez (argued yesterday) is going to be a win for the plaintiffs. Respected academics like Robert Klonoff have stated it, and respected reporters like...more

First Circuit Limits Defense Strategy of “Picking off” Named Plaintiff in Putative Class Action by Offer of Judgment

In Bais Yaakov of Spring Valley v. Act, Inc., 2015 U.S. App. (1st Cir. Aug. 21, 2015), the First Circuit held that a rejected and withdrawn offer of settlement of a named plaintiff’s individual claims in a putative class...more

A Pick Off Play Strikes Out at the First Circuit, But There Are More Innings to be Played; the Debate Over Rule 68 Offers of...

Sorry, we couldn’t resist mixing our baseball metaphors. In Bais Yaakov of Spring Valley v. ACT, Inc., the First Circuit affirmed a district court decision refusing to dismiss a putative class action as moot based on an...more

1st Circuit weighs in on Rule 68 Mootness Issue; Laments that “Uncertainty will Reign” until Supreme Court provides Guidance on...

We’ve been watching closely as the various Circuit Courts of Appeals grapple with whether a Rule 68 offer of judgment to the named plaintiff in a putative class action can render the case moot even if the plaintiff rejects...more

[Webinar] Strategies for Class Action Defense: Four Key Developments - Sept. 9th, 12:00pm EDT

Please join BakerHostetler’s Class Action Defense practice team on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, for an informative Webinar discussing the latest in defense strategies for companies facing class actions. The presenters will...more

7th Circuit Latest Court to Weigh in on Rule 68 Offers of Judgment; Holds That They Don’t Moot a Case; But With Supreme Court...

A Seventh Circuit panel recently overruled its own precedent to hold that a defendant’s offer of full compensation in an offer of judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 does not moot the litigation. While the...more

Seventh Circuit: Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot a Lawsuit

Since the United States Supreme Court decision in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, 133 S. Ct. 1523 (2013), whether a lawsuit becomes moot when a plaintiff declines an offer that would satisfy his entire demand has been...more

7th Circuit Reverses Course on Article III Standing Where Plaintiff Declines a Rule 68 Offer of Complete Relief

In an August 6, 2015 opinion, the Seventh Circuit ruled that a defendant’s offer of complete relief in a TCPA lawsuit did not render an individual plaintiff’s claims moot. Chapman v. First Index, Inc., Nos. 14-2773, 14-2775,...more

Whither Mootness? The Seventh Circuit Reverses Itself

Defendants fighting class actions in the Seventh Circuit may have one less tool in their arsenal following the recent ruling in Chapman v. First Index, Inc., No. 14-2773, 2015 WL 4652878 (7th Cir. Aug. 6, 2015), a putative...more

What Do You Get for the Plaintiff Who Has Everything? Maybe a Class Action, Ruled The Seventh Circuit

Perturbed by two allegedly unwanted faxes, Arnold Chapman brought a putative class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). For himself, he sought the most the statute could provide – $3,000, an...more

Rejected Offer Of Judgment Does Not Moot Plaintiff’s Claim, Fifth Circuit Holds

On August 12, 2015, the Fifth Circuit held that a plaintiff’s rejection of an offer of judgment does not moot the plaintiff’s claim, even if the offer provides complete relief to the plaintiff. Hooks v. Landmark Indus.,...more

Seventh Circuit Aligns with Ninth and Second Ahead of SCOTUS Decision in Campbell-Ewald

Last week, the Seventh Circuit reversed its prior circuit precedent regarding whether a Rule 68 offer of judgment moots a case. In Chapman v. First Index, Inc., the Seventh Circuit considered the question of mootness as well...more

Seventh Circuit Overrules Damasco: Holds That Offer Of Judgment Does Not Moot Individual Or Class Claims

On August 6, 2015, in Chapman v. First Index, Inc., Nos. 14-2773 & 14-2774 (7th Cir. Aug. 6, 2015), the Seventh Circuit reversed course and overruled its prior holding in Damasco v. Clearwire Corp., 662 F.3d 891 (7th Cir....more

Clarification for Class Action Settlements May Be on the Line As Supreme Court Grants Cert in TCPA Case

Last year, in Gomez v. Campbell-Ewald Co., No. 13-55486, 2014 WL 4654478 (9th Cir. Sept. 19, 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that offers of complete relief made to individual plaintiffs under Fed....more

Consider Making an Offer of Judgment to Encourage a Reasonable Settlement and to Lay the Foundation for a Recovery of Attorney’s...

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 permits a party defending against a claim to make a formal offer of judgment. If the plaintiff either rejects the offer or fails to respond within ten days and eventually obtains a trial...more

Supreme Court to Decide Two Cases Addressing Important Class and Collective Action Issues

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases during its Fall 2015 term that could further transform the wage and hour class action landscape. We briefly discuss those two cases below. Gomez: The Effect of Rule 68...more

TCPA Connect - June 2015

SPECIAL FOCUS: FCC Adopts Significant Changes to TCPA Rules - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to revise the Telephone Consumer Protection Act rules passed by a 3-2 vote during yesterday’s Open Commission Meeting....more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19297 - DiLieto v. County Obstetrics & Gynecology Group, P.C. - Plaintiff received a jury verdict of $4.5 million in this medical malpractice action due to the wrongful removal of certain organs. The plaintiff was...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Use TCPA to Determine Power of Rule 68 Offers of Judgment

Three weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court raised eyebrows when it granted certiorari in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, — S.Ct. —, 2015 WL 1879778 (Apr. 27, 2015), where it appears the Court will decide whether a consumer has...more

Supreme Court to decide whether an offer of judgment for full relief moots a named plaintiff’s class-action claims

Article III of the Constitution limits the jurisdiction of the federal courts to “cases” and “controversies.” The Supreme Court has held that “‘an actual controversy … be extant at all stages of review, not merely at the time...more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari To Resolve Circuit Split As Second Circuit Holds That Offer Of Judgment Can Moot Named Plaintiffs’...

As we noted a few months ago, several pending Circuit appeals and a pending petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court foreshadowed that clarity might be coming to the question whether an offer of complete...more

TCPA Connect - April 2015

User Choice to Send Solicitations Refutes ATDS Allegations - Following a growing precedent in the California federal district courts, a judge recently concluded that a defendant in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

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