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Texas District Court Denies Class Certification for Hedge Fund Investors on Numerosity and Predominance Grounds

In 2008, investors in the Parkcentral hedge fund lost as much as $3 billion dollars when Parkcentral’s investment in commercial mortgage-backed securities (“CMBS”) was devalued. The investors, limited partners of Parkcentral,...more

Fourth Circuit puts teeth into ascertainability, commonality, and predominance requirements for class certification

Sometimes it’s hard to know who’s in a class without substantial individualized inquiries. Can a court certify a class of persons with allegedly similar injuries by pigeonholing the question of class membership as a question...more

Insights from DRI Class Action Seminar 2014 – Part 1

Last week I attended the Defense Research Institute’s third class action seminar, an event that I had the privilege of helping put together. As I’ve done in past years, I will summarize my “takeaways” from the seminar here....more

Lack Of Predominance, Superiority, And Ascertainability Foreclose Mortgagors’ Proposed Class Action Alleging Kickbacks In...

The Central District of California denied certification of a putative nationwide class of mortgagors, holding that numerous individualized issues precludeda finding of predominance, superiority, or ascertainability. In...more

Hulu Scores a Victory (at least temporarily) in Avoiding Class Certification

Another important decision has been rendered in the ongoing In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation saga pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, this time denying – without prejudice – the...more

Preemptive Strike Terminates Nationwide Product Defect Class In Louisiana

A Louisiana District Court struck plaintiff’s class allegations in a putative nationwide class of Mercedes vehicle owners finding plaintiff failed to meet his burden of proving predominance, superiority and...more

Defeating the “Fail Safe” Class Definition

Some class action plaintiff lawyers facing individualized liability issues will try to obtain class certification by defining the proposed class in a way that assumes liability. It’s somewhat akin to the baseball player who...more

Class Certification Denied in Moldy Baby Seat Lawsuit

A California federal judge recently denied a motion to certify a nationwide class of consumers who acquired Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play Sleeper infant recliner seats, finding that the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that the...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2014

This is the third 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...more

U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Address Certification Issues Raised by Whirlpool & Related Washing Machine Class Actions

On February 24, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in three “moldy” washing machine class actions, which presented questions regarding Fed. R. Civ. P. 23’s commonality and predominance requirements as clarified by...more

Can Absence of Price Impact Defeat Class Certification? Supreme Court to Decide

Can a corporation defending against a stock fraud class action defeat class certification by using evidence that its actions had no effect on the stock’s price? In Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., Docket No....more

"Mass Tort and Consumer Class Action Outlook: A Mixed Landscape for Defendants in 2014"

Recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court have improved the landscape for defendants seeking to fend off mass tort and consumer class actions. In Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013), the Supreme Court tightened...more

Seventh Circuit Highlights Challenges To Class Certification In Environmental Litigation

Property owners in the town of Roxana, Illinois, a small village on the Mississippi River across from St. Louis, filed suit against Shell Oil Company and ConocoPhillips. The property owners alleged that a refinery owned by...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2014

This month we look at part three of our three part series on Class Actions. In part three, Robert Rachal and M. Todd Mobley address the role of experts in class certification post Wal-Mart and Comcast and how to use and...more

Strategies In Class Action Engagement: Focus On Elements That Defeat Predominance

This continues our series of blog posts on effective partnering between inside and outside counsel to defend against class action lawsuits. Here we discuss strategies in class action engagement, focusing on elements that...more

A Look at Class Certification through the Lens of In re: Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation:...

Several opinions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court during the past few years have made it more difficult for plaintiffs to obtain class certification. Despite the hurdles erected by the Supreme Court’s recent opinion in...more

"Supreme Court Vacates Another No-Injury Washing Machine Class Action"

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court summarily vacated and remanded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Butler v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 702 F.3d 359 (7th Cir. 2012), for further consideration in...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Refusal to Certify Disparate Impact Sex Discrimination Case

On May 30, 2013, the Sixth Circuit issued its decision in Davis v. Cintas Corporation, Case No. 10-1662 (6th Cir. May 30, 2013), in which it upheld a district court’s refusal to certify a disparate impact Title VII case, but...more

Did You Know…Class Certification Denied In Wang v. Chinese Daily News

In Wang v. Chinese Daily News, the Ninth Circuit reversed the class certification it had previously affirmed and remanded the matter for further consideration of Rule 23(a) commonality and Rule 23(b)(3) predominance. ...more

Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans And Trust Funds: Does Supreme Court Put “Cart Before The Horse” To Satisfy Predominance...

To best understand this decision, we need to look at the rules concerning both class actions and securities: - According to Rule 23(b)(3), a class action may be maintained if the court finds that questions of law or...more

Individualized Causation and Reliance Defenses Render Class Representative Inadequate in the Northern District of Illinois

Class action defense practitioners routinely face uphill battles on the issue of individualized defenses for class members. However, these arguments should not be overlooked as tools to defeat class certification. Lipton v....more

Missouri District Court Denies Class Certification, Concluding Predominance and Superiority Absent

Evans & Green, LLP v. That’s Great News, LLC, No. 11-3340-cv-s-ODS, 2012 WL 4888471 (W.D. Mo. Oct. 15, 2012) Plaintiff law firm filed a class action complaint against an individual and corporate Defendant alleging that...more

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