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RICO Class Certification

A Ninth Circuit Blueprint for a RICO Class Action

Takeaway: Civil RICO claims usually present complex issues. As civil causes of action predicated on violations of criminal law, a RICO plaintiff must prove (1) conduct (2) of an enterprise (3) through a pattern (4) of...more

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms Lozano, Holds Typicality Does Not Require Identical Injuries Among Class Members

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed orders by the District Court for the Northern District of California certifying two national classes in an action under Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Fair...more

Divergent Views on Class Discovery

by Carlton Fields on

In two recent cases, California and Florida district courts reached divergent views on whether to permit wide-ranging class discovery prior to a certification decision. Interestingly, both decisions involved Ocwen companies....more

Class Action Report - October 2016

by Jackson Walker on

As the Supreme Court begins its new term, the trajectory of its recent class certification guidance will be a key issue for many. The spring and summer of 2016 delivered significant new contours in class certification...more

Recent Insurer Victories in Indexed Annuity Class Actions

by Carlton Fields on

Recent federal court decisions effectively terminated two class action lawsuits challenging indexed annuity sales, seemingly ending an extended wave of class litigation in the federal courts against multiple insurers...more

Does the Recent Fifth Circuit En Banc Opinion Revitalize Class Actions?

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Fifth Circuit recently reversed a published panel opinion (805 F.3d 145) and affirmed a trial court’s certification of a class of individuals who paid money to become sales representatives in what is alleged to be a...more

Second Trump University Class Action Proceeding to Trial

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Class action trials, a rarity in Canada, are now set to proceed in two separate U.S. District Court cases involving U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and “Trump University”. In a decision released this week, Judge...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

Class Action Roundup: Winter 2016

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Where the (Class) Action Is - This issue of Roundup wraps up 2015 with another slate of interesting cases spanning industries and subject matter. The running theme of ascertainability is now stretching into antitrust...more

"2015-16 Supreme Court Update"

In its current term, the U.S. Supreme Court is once again poised to address a range of disputes relevant to businesses. These include significant constitutional issues, class action practice and other procedural matters, and...more

Class Action Round-Up: Fall 2015

by Alston & Bird on

Where the (Class) Action Is - Moving into the second half of 2015, there is no shortage of interesting cases across the spectrum of class action issues and claims. In this edition of the Round-Up, courts continue to...more

Largely Thankful For The Second Circuit Striking A Blow Against Generalized Proof of Causation

by Reed Smith on

This being the week of Thanksgiving, we would be remiss to fail to weave in something about the great American (or ‘merican) holiday of giving thanks, eating turkey, watching football, and pondering the influence of the...more

Third Circuit Reverses Denial of Class Certification in Complete Sham Telemarketing RICO Case

by Carlton Fields on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed the denial of class certification in a case brought against a bank and its payment processors that allegedly engaged in a fraudulent scheme to cause...more

Plaintiffs Fold on Their Full Tilt Poker Actions Following Court’s Rejection of Class Certification and Proposed Settlement

by BakerHostetler on

The plaintiffs in three actions against entities and individuals involved in the Full Tilt Poker Internet gambling operation dismissed their claims without prejudice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New...more

Second Circuit Affirms Certification of Consumer Debt Collection Class, Distinguishing Comcast v. Behrend

by Carlton Fields on

These cases, on a consolidated appeal, involved three defendants: a company that purchased consumer debts, a debt collection law firm, and a process server. Plaintiffs had each been sued in various debt collection actions by...more

Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2013

"In This Issue: - Courts Weighs in on Ascertainability - CLASS CERTIFICATION DECISIONS: ..Decision Granting Motion to Strike ..Decisions Denying Motions to Strike ..Decisions Rejecting/Denying...more

First Circuit Vacates Denial Of Class Certification In Opinion Concerning Pfizer’s Off-Label Marketing Of Neurontin

by Carlton Fields on

In Harden Manufacturing Co. v. Pfizer, Inc., 712 F.3d 60 (1st Cir. 2013), one of three cases addressing Pfizer’s off-label marketing of the anticonvulsant drug, Neurontin, the First Circuit vacated the district court’s denial...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Standard For Final Certification Of FLSA Collective Actions

In Zavala v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2012 WL 3217522 (3d Cir. August 9, 2012), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals clarified the standard for final certification of a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),...more

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