Putative Class Actions

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Ninth Circuit and “Ascertainability”: No “Administratively Feasible” Method of Identifying Class Members Required

On January 3, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision to grant class certification, finding that, at the class certification stage, Rule 23 does not require plaintiffs to demonstrate that there is an...more

False Advertising and Consumer Remedy Laws

Veera et. al. v. Banana Republic, LLC - COURT OF APPEAL, SECOND APPELLATE DISTRICT (December 15, 2016) - The Unfair Competition Law (Bus. & Prof. Code, §17200 et seq.) (“UCL”) and the False Advertising Law (Bus. &...more

Ninth Circuit Joins Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits in Declining to Impose an “Administrative Feasibility” Requirement for...

The Ninth Circuit affirmed certification of putative class actions brought against ConAgra Foods, Inc. (“ConAgra”) by consumers who claimed that ConAgra’s “100% Natural” labels on Wesson cooking oils were false or misleading....more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Denial of Class Certification for Failure to Show Commonality under Dukes in Vacation Pay Suit

Last week, in McCaster et al. v. Darden Restaurants, Inc. et al., No. 15-3258 (7th Cir. Jan. 5, 2017), the Seventh Circuit relied on Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 564 U.S. 338 (2011) and affirmed the district court’s denial...more

The 9th Circuit Declines to Adopt Administrative Feasibility Requirement for Class Certification

Key Points - - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit joined the 6th, 7th, and 8th Circuits in declining to adopt an “administrative feasibility” requirement for plaintiffs seeking to certify a class under...more

Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing En Banc, Requires Ex-Uber Drivers to Arbitrate Claims Individually

The Ninth Circuit denied rehearing en banc of its September order holding that the district court erred in deciding whether two drivers who sued Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) on behalf of themselves and a putative class...more

When the Strength of the Facts Cannot be Lifted – SDNY Dismisses Muscle Maker Slack-Fill Class Action

The Southern District of New York recently dismissed a putative class action against Cytosport, the maker of Muscle Milk protein powder. The plaintiff, Orlando Bautista, alleged that he bought a container of Muscle Milk...more

In a Scorching Opinion, Sixth Circuit Refuses to Undo Class Action Settlement

Sometimes, appellate decisions are written in a purely clinical voice. Other times, they’re infused with a dash of hot sauce....more

TCPA Connect - December 2016

Defendant’s Attempt to Moot TCPA Suit Fails (Again) - A Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendant was unsuccessful in persuading a Massachusetts federal court judge to dismiss a putative class action under the statute...more

The Future of Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

In today’s world, as technology costs decrease and personal information becomes more valuable on the black market, data breaches have seemingly joined the ranks of death and taxes as certainties. Add to that litigation:...more

Seventh Circuit Agrees: Student-Athletes Are Not Employees Under the FLSA

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Gillian Berger, et al. v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, et al, 16-1558 (7th Cir. 2016) has affirmed a district court's decision that...more

Human v. Mouse

What conceivable correlation exists between class actions and pests? No, it’s not that. At least not for Jeanne Steigerwald. Hers was a story that started, she claimed, when she noticed “mice droppings in her...more

California Appellate Court Permits Use of Statistical Sampling to Prove Class Certification

Statistical sampling has always been an effective and efficient way for plaintiffs to establish class action liability in California. After some hope that a 2011 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States might hamper...more

District of New Hampshire Denies Remand Under CAFA’s Local Controversy Exception

On November 30th, in Brown v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., United States District Judge Joseph Laplante of the District of New Hampshire denied plaintiffs’ motion to remand two related class action lawsuits based...more

Court Upholds Prior Ruling That Unfiled Rates Charged Under Reinsurance Agreement Were Not Void

On July 21, 2016, we reported on a putative class action filed in a California U.S. district court by Shasta Linen Company against Applied Underwriters, Inc. and its affiliate entities, alleging that the “EquityComp” workers’...more

Employee Benefits Developments - November 2016

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of November, 2016. ACA Information Reporting – Bad News and Good News - First, the bad news: The 2016 final...more

Keep Looking Forward: Federal Court Holds Company’s Bad Legal Predictions Protected by PSLRA’s Safe Harbor

In a comprehensive tour of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act’s (“PSLRA”) safe-harbor provisions, on November 22, 2016, a federal court in Massachusetts dismissed a shareholder class-action lawsuit against Neovasc,...more

Website Design Implicated in Two Rulings on Enforceability of Online Terms – Highlights the Importance of Legal Review of Design...

This past summer, we wrote about two instances in which courts refused to enforce website terms presented in browsewrap agreements. As we noted, clickthrough agreements are generally more likely to be found to be enforced. ...more

IRS Data Breach Class Action Dismissed

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service successfully defeated a putative class action related to a data breach it suffered in 2015. The D.C. District Court’s decision dismissing the suit demonstrates the high bar required to...more

Advertising Law - November 2016 #2

Advertiser’s Claims for Sex Supplement Too Vague for Lawsuit - An advertiser’s claims were too vague to be actionable, a California federal court held when dismissing a false advertising class action. Jonathan...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Order Compelling Arbitration Of Putative Class Action, Despite Litigation Forum Selection Clause In Related...

Two purported class representatives appealed an order compelling arbitration in their putative class action lawsuit against Amazon Services, LLC. The court affirmed, holding that the named plaintiffs agreed to Amazon’s...more

Missouri appellate court rejects ‘ingredient list’ defense in food labeling case

As Missouri’s reputation as a plaintiff-friendly venue increases, a state appellate court has dealt a blow to food manufacturers facing suits under the state’s consumer fraud statute regarding claims made on their products’...more

FDA Guidance on Evaporated Cane Juice Not So Sweet for Class-Action Defendants

In recent years, a boomlet of litigation – primarily in California – has arisen regarding the product known as “evaporated cane juice” or “ECJ.” The product – made by extracting fluid from crushed sugar cane, clarifying the...more

Employment Law - November 2016

California Employers Have Special Obligations on Election Day - Next Tuesday our nation goes to the polls in what pundits expect will be record numbers. California employers have special obligations on Election Day to...more

Spokeo Gets Lyft Off

The Northern District of California dismissed a Fair Credit Reporting Act case against Lyft upon finding that plaintiff lacked Article III standing based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct....more

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