Putative Class Actions

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Court Denies Motion to Remand, Rejecting Application of Home State and Local Controversy Exceptions to CAFA

The plaintiff filed a putative class action in Pennsylvania state court against two Pennsylvania defendants and one Virginia defendant, claiming that the defendants preyed on non-English speakers, illegally coercing them to...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Return to Pension Debates

In the closing days of its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to return once again to what surely must be the most controversial subject at the moment in all of Illinois’ civil law: public pensions. Matthews v....more

A Taste of Things to Come? Whole Foods Feels Sting of “Non-GMO” Litigation

As we’ve explored in past posts, mandatory GMO-labeling legislation has, at best, a spotty track record among state legislatures. Nevertheless, the GMO issue continues to draw the public’s attention, and it is becoming clear...more

Sirius XM Faces Class Action Because Arbitration Agreement Provided Late Is Invalid

A few months ago, the Ninth Circuit found that the arbitration agreement in Barnes & Noble’s website was not enforceable. This week, the Ninth Circuit found that the arbitration agreement Sirius XM Radio relied upon was not...more

Finding Insurance Coverage for Consumer Products Class Action Complaints

Consumer class action claims are a familiar tool for addressing dissatisfaction with a defective product. Given that one of the goals of a consumer class action claim is to recover damages for the claimants, triggering...more

Derailing an Expert in the Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Litigation: What Every Litigator Needs to Know

The business of buying, selling, investing in, and arbitraging legal claims continues to grow, and carries with it hidden pitfalls. This is particularly the case when a litigation expert has a business relationship with a...more

Beware of Civil Copycat Suits Following Agency Enforcement Actions

Why it matters - Over the years, companies and individuals that have been the subject of enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, or other agencies have often found themselves on...more

Former College Athlete Claiming Temporary Employee Status Sues NCAA Because She Wasn’t Paid Minimum Wage

A former soccer player from the University of Houston, Samantha Sackos, has filed a putative class action in the Southern District of Indiana against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and all NCAA Division I...more

Total Loss Valuations: Class Certified By Louisiana Federal Court

Insurers or their vendors generally use software to perform valuations of vehicles for total losses on auto insurance claims. This software will typically use databases of recent sales or prices offered for comparable...more

Skinnygirl Squeezes Past Class Action For Deceptive Advertising

Amy Langendorf alleged that Skinnygirl Margarita, a pre-mixed alcoholic beverage, contains the non-natural preservative sodium benzoate, rendering the product’s “all natural” label false and misleading. Langendorf filed suit...more

Sixth Circuit: Attempt To Collect Statutory Interest Violates FDCPA If Displaced By Contract

In Stratton v. Portfolio Recovery Assoc., LLC, No. 13-6574 (6th Cir. Oct. 24, 2014), the Sixth Circuit reversed dismissal of a putative class action, holding a party’s waiver of statutory interest in favor of a different...more

Developments in the Capacitor Cartel Litigation: Class Counsel Appointed and the Antitrust Division Intervenes

In July, we wrote about two putative class action lawsuits alleging that Panasonic, Samsung, and other electronics manufacturers had formed a cartel to boost prices of certain electronic capacitors. Since then, the cases have...more

Kentucky Federal Court Holds Tort Claims Not Preempted by Clean Air Act

State common law tort claims based on air emissions from a power plant are not preempted by the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), according to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The court agreed to...more

Ohio District Court Limits American Pipe Tolling Doctrine

The District Court for the Southern District of Ohio recently limited the American Pipe tolling doctrine in a fraud suit arising out of the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”). Plaintiffs’ 2011 Ohio...more

Hawaii Finds Unilateral Arbitrator-Selection Provision Fundamentally Unfair

The Supreme Court of Hawai’i concluded last week that it is fundamentally unfair to allow one party to an arbitration agreement to unilaterally select the arbitral forum. Nishimura v. Gentry Homes, Ltd., __ P.3d__, 2014 WL...more

Northern District of Illinois Declines To Restrict Defense Counsel’s Communications With Putative Class Members

The Northern District of Illinois refused to restrict a defense counsel’s communications with putative class members, reasoning that the communications were not misleading or coercive. The case arose when a “romantic...more

State Supreme Court’s Interpretation of FAA Sidesteps SCOTUS Court Review

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent string of pro-arbitration decisions is well documented. In those decisions, the Court has not hesitated to admonish state courts for failing to follow the Federal Arbitration Act...more

Sender Of Faxes May Be Directly Liable For TCPA Violations

In Palm Beach Golf-Center Boca, Inc. v. John G. Sarris, D.D.S., P.A., No. 13-14013 (11th Cir. Oct. 30, 2014), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the Southern District of Florida’s entry of summary judgment in the...more

Suing the State: Class Action or "Mass Action"

Wisconsin’s court of appeals recently clarified the extent to which class-action lawsuits may be brought against Wisconsin governmental entities in Townsend v. Neenah Joint School District, No. 13AP2839 (Oct. 22, 2014)....more

District Court Rejects FCC’s Expansive Definition Of ATDS In Putative TCPA Class Action

In Marks v. Crunch San Diego, LLC, No. 14-cv-00348 (S.D. Cal. Oct. 23, 2014), the Southern District California granted summary judgment in favor of Crunch San Diego, LLC (“Crunch”) in a putative class action alleging that...more

Cartoon Network Defeats Video Privacy Class Action

In Ellis v. Cartoon Network, Inc., No. 14-cv-00484 (N.D. Ga. Oct. 8, 2014), the Northern District of Georgia recently granted a motion to dismiss a putative class action filed against Cartoon Network for alleged violations of...more

Court Grants Motion to Strike Class Allegations

In granting a recent motion to strike class allegations, the Northern District of Illinois made two notable observations about such motions: first, they are not disfavored, but rather an appropriate device for determining...more

FLSA Wage and Hour Lawsuit Filed against NCAA

A putative collective action on behalf of college athletes, Sackos v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, was recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana against the National...more

Pennsylvania District Court Denies Terminated Insurance Agents’ Bid for Certification

The Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied plaintiffs’ motion to certify certain issues under Rule 23(c)(4) and 23(b)(2), holding that the presence of numerous individualized questions, choice-of-law concerns, and other...more

TCPA Connect - October 2014

9th Circuit Affirms Vicarious Liability–for Anybody–Under TCPA - In a blow to Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendants, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a defendant may be liable for...more

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