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An Offer You Can Refuse

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently confronted (again) a situation where a defendant made an offer of judgment to the putative class representative to provide all of the relief available to the individual plaintiff....more

SDNY Pancakes Parties’ Attempt to Bypass Cheeks: Requires Approval of Rule 68 Settlement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Southern District of New York recently held that parties may not settle FLSA claims without court approval through an offer of judgment pursuant to Rule 68 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure....more

TCPA Connect - April 2017

FCC Combats Spoofed Robocalls - As part of an initiative that would enable voice service providers to better protect subscribers from illegal and fraudulent robocalls, the Federal Communications Commission has released a...more

No Pick-Off, No Problem: How a Pre-Certification Rule 68 Offer Survived (Twice)

by Carlton Fields on

A magistrate judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania denied plaintiff’s motion to strike a Rule 68 offer of judgment served prior to class certification. The Rule 68 offer in this...more

Two Second Circuit Cases, Two Applications of Campbell-Ewald, Two Different Results, Three Weeks Apart

by Carlton Fields on

Within roughly three weeks, the Second Circuit issued two opinions applying the Supreme Court’s Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez decision to class action cases involving Rule 68 offers of judgment. On February 15, 2017, in Leyse...more

Rule 68 Offer of Judgment: A Neglected Tool for Patent Infringement Defendants

Originally published in the Westlaw IP Journal - March 1, 2017. Patent litigation is expensive. According to a 2015 report by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, even an infringement suit with less than...more

The Northern District of California Seeks to Bring More Clarity to Damages with its Latest Revised Patent Local Rules

On January 17, the Northern District of California approved the latest amendments to its Patent Local Rules, which became effective immediately. Traditionally seen as a thought leader on organizing and structuring patent...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 1

Lanham Act False Advertising - Lanham Act Liability for Native Advertising Violations - Casper Sleep, Inc. v. Mitcham, --- F. Supp. 3d ---, No. 16 Civ. 3224 (JSR), 2016 WL 4574388 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 1, 2016)...more

The U.S. Supreme Court And Workplace Class Actions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As profiled in our recent publication of the 13th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings have a profound impact on employers and the tools they may utilize to...more

It’s a Trap!! – Be Careful When Crafting Your Rule 68 Offers of Judgment

by Butler Snow LLP on

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 presents a valuable settlement tool for defense attorneys. Specifically, it allows the defendant to make a pre-trial offer of judgment on specified terms, and provides for the recovery of...more

Opt Ins are Out (of Luck) Appealing Decertification

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

With all the drama of a get-away chase, the Third Circuit recently brought to a screeching halt plaintiffs’ counsel’s elaborate maneuvers to end run repeated decertification of their FLSA actions, and held as a matter of...more

North Carolina Business Court Ruling Regarding Fees May Impact Class Action Claims

by Brooks Pierce on

North Carolina Business Court Judge Louis Bledsoe III has held that the named plaintiff must pay any defendant's costs incurred after the plaintiff rejected the defendant’s offer of judgment. This decision brings to an end...more

Don’t Pick Me Off: Are Pre-Certification Claims Mooted By Deposited Full Settlement Offers?

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court held in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, 136 S. Ct. 663, 672, 193 L. Ed. 2d 571 (2016) that an unaccepted pre-certification settlement offer of complete relief in a putative class action, made...more

“Placeholder” Motions to Certify are Unnecessary after Campbell-Ewald According to South Carolina District Court

by Carlton Fields on

Relying on the Supreme Court’s 2016 opinion in Campbell-Ewald, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina ruled that a class action plaintiff need not file a “placeholder” motion to certify to avoid a...more

Tendering Funds to Support Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Still Does Not Moot Case

by Carlton Fields on

On July 6, the Sixth Circuit addressed a question apparently left open by the Supreme Court in its recent Campbell-Ewald case.  In Campbell-Ewald, the Supreme Court ruled that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment did not...more

District of Massachusetts Grapples with Campbell-Ewald’s Unanswered Questions

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Chief Judge Saris and Judge Sorokin of the District of Massachusetts recently tackled questions left unanswered by the Supreme Court’s opinion earlier this year in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 136 S. Ct. 663 (2016)....more

Ninth Circuit First to Take Up Offers of Judgment After Campbell-Ewald

by BakerHostetler on

As we reported earlier this year in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 136 S. Ct. 663, 672 (2016), the Supreme Court held that a putative class action does not become moot when a defendant merely offers a named plaintiff full...more

…And We’re Back! Still No Resurgence of “Picking Off” After Campbell-Ewald

by Carlton Fields on

Following an interlocutory appeal, in which the First Circuit ruled that a Rule 68 offer made prior to class certification did not moot the plaintiff’s claim, defendant returned to the Massachusetts district court seeking...more

No Method to the Mootness: Ninth Circuit Rejects Allstate’s Effort to Moot Class Action Claims

On April 12, 2016, in Chen, et al. v. Allstate Insurance Co., No. 13-16816, the Ninth Circuit considered whether an unaccepted offer of judgment and tender of payment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 to fully...more

TCPA Connect - May 2016

BREAKING: SCOTUS Rules on Spokeo, Significant Implications for TCPA Cases - The Supreme Court of the United States ruled yesterday in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins that a plaintiff must show an injury in fact before pursuing a...more

Keeping it in Court: Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Doesn’t Moot Class Claims

On April 6, 2016, the Third Circuit, in Weitzner v. Sanofi Pasteur, Inc., considered whether an offer of judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 moots a plaintiff’s entire action, including class claims, thereby...more

Supreme Court Rules Against Using Settlement Offers to Moot Class Actions

by Carlton Fields on

In Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a decision released in January, a majority of the United States Supreme Court held that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment by a defendant cannot moot a putative class action....more

Mooting Class Actions by Offer of Judgment – Episode 2: The Ninth Circuit Strikes Back

In Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, 136 S. Ct. 663 (Jan. 20, 2016), the Supreme Court resolved a split among courts and held that an unaccepted settlement offer of complete individual relief does not moot the plaintiff’s lawsuit. ...more

No Resurgence of “Picking Off” After Campbell-Ewald

by Carlton Fields on

We previously reported on two Rule 68 offer of judgment cases: Campbell-Ewald Co. v Gomez, 136 S.Ct. 663 (2016), see Supreme Court Rules Unaccepted Rule 68 Offer of Judgment Cannot Moot Class Action , in which the Supreme...more

Supreme Court Decision Weakens Class Defendants' Tactical Arsenal

by Stinson Leonard Street on

One of the strategies employed by class-action defendants has been to submit an offer of settlement pursuant to Rule 68 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in the full amount of the putative class representative's claim....more

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