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Will the Supreme Court Address the Growing Uncertainty in Class Certification Injury Standards?

by BakerHostetler on

Recent years have seen some upheaval in the lower courts on whether classes may be certified when they include members who lack actual injury. So far, however, the Supreme Court has declined to address this issue, thus...more

Alleged Violations of Florida Building Code Not Subject to Class Treatment

by Carlton Fields on

Two couples who own homes in central Florida attempted to bring a class action against a homebuilder, stemming from alleged violations of Florida’s building code. Section 553.84, Florida Statutes, provides for such a private...more

Challenging Limited Issue Class Actions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A class action that aggregates the claims of individual plaintiffs against a common defendant can promote judicial economy and maximize efficiency. However, even the pursuit of class certification can promote abuse. In the...more

Third Circuit Affirms Denial of Class Certification Because Expert’s Exclusion of Relevant Data From Analysis of Classwide...

by Carlton Fields on

The Third Circuit affirmed an order denying class certification because the plaintiffs failed to provide sufficient evidence of classwide antitrust impact, and thus, could not satisfy Rule 23(b)(3)’s predominance requirement....more

Massachusetts Superior Court Holds That Meal Breaks Are Compensable Unless Employees Are Relieved of All Work-Related Duties

In a decision that could spell trouble for Massachusetts employers, a judge in the Superior Court’s Business Litigation Session recently held that meal breaks count as “compensable working time,” for which employees must be...more

Ascertainability and Predominance Foil Certification of Spyware Invasion of Privacy Class

by Carlton Fields on

A Georgia district court denied certification of a multi-state common law invasion of privacy class in which plaintiff sought damages and an injunction against the lessor of computers allegedly containing unauthorized...more

Predominance? Class Defendant Must Introduce Evidence that Individualized Issues Predominate

Takeaway: To prevail on the predominance issue, an evidentiary showing is required. Defense counsel should prove – either through declaration or deposition testimony – that a particular defense (such as consent under the...more

Circuit Split on Certification: How far can evidence of price-fixing carry antitrust plaintiffs?

Manufacturers of containerboard and corrugated products have asked the Supreme Court to weigh in on a Circuit split concerning the impact of negotiated prices on class certification in antitrust cases brought under Section 1...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Requirements in FRCP Rule 23 for Class Certification

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a putative class action case that posed whether common questions of law or fact predominate on the reliance element of Plaintiffs' Section 10(b) claims. The court concluded...more

Pennsylvania District Court Rejects Effort to Certify Retained Asset Account Claims Against Prudential

by Carlton Fields on

In Huffman v. Prudential, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently rejected the plaintiffs’ effort to certify for class adjudication a claim for alleged breach of ERISA (alternatively, state law)...more

The Ghost of Systems Past: “Big Data” Suits Loom, But Old Data Issues Remain Unresolved

by Carlton Fields on

2017 could be big for litigation over “Big Data” applications in insurance. This past year saw the filing of several “price optimization” class actions, and claims against a fraud detection tool, similar to the ones used by...more

Litigation Alert: The Seventh Circuit Limits Standing For Lawsuits Under The Fair And Accurate Credit Transactions Act

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This week, in Myers v. Nicolet Rest. of de Pere, LLC, No. 16-2075 (7th Cir. Dec. 13, 2016), the Seventh Circuit narrowed standing to bring lawsuits under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) in holding that...more

S.D. Cal. Shows No Love for Aphrodisiac Class Certification

by Reed Smith on

A class action claiming that a diet supplement was falsely advertised as being an aphrodisiac cries out for bad jokes and silly puns. Are we above all that? Er… sure. The supplement is called IntenseX. (Get it? Why don’t...more

Third Circuit Creates Framework for Analyzing Numerosity

by Carlton Fields on

The Third Circuit recently vacated class certification, granted by the Eastern District of Pennsylvania after nearly a decade of litigation, in an antitrust case alleging that a pharmaceutical company entered into agreements...more

Third Circuit Decertifies Class on Numerosity Grounds, Listing Relevant Factors for the First Time

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Modafinil decision bodes well for defendants and represents another step toward increased scrutiny of the class action device in the Third Circuit. On September 13, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for...more

Week in Review: Appellate Court Upholds Damages-Based Challenge to Predominance and More

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This week’s recap examines a recent appellate ruling that provides a nice roadmap for arguing a plaintiff’s theory of damages cannot satisfy Rule 23’s predominance requirement, as well as another district court’s efforts to...more

The New Jersey Supreme Court Will Consider Related Questions on Appeal in Two TCCWNA Class Actions

by Bryan Cave on

By now, many retailers have heard of New Jersey’s Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act, N.J.S.A. §56:12-18 (“TCCWNA”), which is the basis for several class action lawsuits filed in New Jersey state and federal...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Summer 2016"

This is the 12th 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

A Tale of Two Decertification Motions

by Carlton Fields on

The Seventh and Eighth Circuits both addressed motions to decertify classes the week of July 5—with divergent results.  These cases illustrate the deference afforded district courts’ class certification determinations.  Both...more

Expert Analysis Guides Decision to Certify Class of Automotive Part Purchasers

Certifying a class of direct purchasers of sheet metal parts alleging claims under section 1 of the Sherman Act, Judge Lynn Adelman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin focused on what it...more

Defeated North Carolina Class Action Ultimately Results in Victory for Landowners – NCDOT Loses Map Act Fight

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

What began several years ago as a defeated attempt at a class action against the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) ultimately resulted in a win this month for plaintiff landowners in Kirby v. NCDOT (No....more

D. Mass. (!) Refuses to Certify Celexa/Lexapro RICO Class Action

by Reed Smith on

Is there a more misused statute than RICO? Or one that more convincingly shows the weakness of the textualist position, which wads up any evidence of legislative intent and tosses it into the trash bin? RICO was clearly...more

What’s That Smell?: Eleventh Circuit Vacates Class Certification for Failure to Show Classwide Exposure to Misrepresentations in...

On March 21, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit vacated a district court’s decision to grant class certification to California and Texas consumers claiming that Electrolux washing machines have a design defect that makes them prone...more

Eleventh Circuit's Opinion Increases the Burden on Those Seeking Class Certification

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Brown is a "defense favorable" opinion that should be heavily relied upon when challenging class actions. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recent opinion in Brown v. Electrolux Home Products, 2016 WL 1085517 (11th...more

Advising On Their Own: Financial Advisors’ Class Claims Defeated

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Employers have a new tool for opposing conditional and class certification of overtime claims by financial advisors and other exempt employees—last week, a judge in the District of New Jersey denied conditional and class...more

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