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My Business Was Hit With a Class Action! What Do I Do?

You may think that class action litigation is the legal problem of large companies, but even small mom-and-pop businesses can become targets for this type of litigation. The concerns could be wage related or accessibility...more

TCPA Connect - November 2015

SPECIAL FOCUS: FTC Conducts Workshop on Consumer Protection Issues in Lead Generation - On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission hosted a full-day public workshop to explore consumer protection issues...more

Kansas: Safe harbor for insurer faced with settlement demand to only one insured

What should an insurance company do when liability of the insured is clear, the damages clearly exceed the limits, and the claimant sends a settlement demand that would exhaust policy limits while releasing only one out of...more

Caltrans’ Highway 101 Overpass Condemnation Case Ends in Split Decision

For several years, we’ve been following an eminent domain lawsuit in Marin County involving Caltrans’ acquisition of 34 acres for a $29.7 million interchange project at the Redwood Sanitary Landfill, which would widen the...more

Supreme Court Takes On Class Actions, Again

Over recent years the United States Supreme Court has waded deep into the waters of class certification, significantly altering the playing field for class action claims. As the Supreme Court continues its 2015 session, it...more

The Supreme Court Preview, Part I: The Court To Overhaul Class Actions?

A fresh Supreme Court term has kicked off, with a new slate of cases awaiting the Court’s decision. Among these cases are several that the automotive industry should keep an eye on, as they impact the law in ways that will...more

Evolving Private Remedies for Competition Infringements in Europe: Class Actions in the U.K.

Winds of change are blowing through Europe’s national courts, beginning with a new antitrust damages Directive requiring changes in national laws to facilitate private enforcement of competition law. This step was a major...more

Gomez Is Not The Slam-Dunk You Think It Is

It’s rapidly becoming conventional wisdom that Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez (argued yesterday) is going to be a win for the plaintiffs. Respected academics like Robert Klonoff have stated it, and respected reporters like...more

Mediation plus: Don’t leave money on the table - Two approaches to modifying mediation in difficult-to-settle cases

Mediation is the most widely used ADR approach today and has been for the past generation. In the course of becoming widespread it has also become predictable. It has become predictable that last month one party told me a...more

Three Strikes and Out of Court for Breast Implant Opt-Out

Over the weekend, we watched one of our favorite “chick flicks,” a holiday-themed montage entitled “Love, Actually.” One of our favorite characters, played by the ever-brilliant Bill Nighy, is an over-the-hill former pop...more

Market Allocation = Antitrust Consequences

The U.S. Department of Justice and the State of Michigan recently initiated a civil antitrust action to enjoin certain marketing agreements between four south-central Michigan hospital systems alleging that the agreements...more

First Circuit Limits Defense Strategy of “Picking off” Named Plaintiff in Putative Class Action by Offer of Judgment

In Bais Yaakov of Spring Valley v. Act, Inc., 2015 U.S. App. (1st Cir. Aug. 21, 2015), the First Circuit held that a rejected and withdrawn offer of settlement of a named plaintiff’s individual claims in a putative class...more

How Likely Am I to Win? Risk, Uncertainty & the Turkey Illusion

When parties are faced with an attractive settlement offer, they frequently wish to compare the offer to what they might get at trial, which is the product of the odds of winning times the value of the verdict or award....more

Conflict Resolution: Illinois Appellate Court Finds No Conflict in Defending Two Insureds, and No Duty of Primary to Excess...

When an insurer defends its insured under a liability policy, the insurer has a duty to act in good faith to the insured in responding to settlement offers. In Illinois Emcasco Insurance Co. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance...more

Where Fantasy Football and Trial Practice Intersect

With Labor Day right around the corner, the NFL is gearing up for the 2015 season. Fantasy football leagues are getting ready for another year of camaraderie, smack talk, and thoughts of a championship. Mention...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Predicts That Pennsylvania Supreme Court Would Prevent an Insured from Recovering Punitive Damages...

Wolfe v. Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., No. 12-4450, 2015 WL 3634779 (3d Cir. June 12, 2015). The Third Circuit Court of Appeals holds that evidence of punitive damages award against insured in underlying suit was not...more

Eighth Circuit: No Bad Faith Where Insured Failed to Make a Sufficient Demand and Insurer Refused to Entertain Settlement Offer...

Purscell v. Tico Ins. Co., No. 13-2362, 2015 WL 3855253 (8th Cir. June 22, 2015). Court holds it was not bad faith for insurer to pursue investigation into underlying lawsuit before considering settlement...more

7 Reasons You May Win Your Debt Collection Lawsuit that have Nothing to Do With the Law

Often here on my blog I will discuss some of the more technical legal arguments that can help you win your case against junk debt buyers. However, in a surprisingly high number of cases you end up winning simply for showing...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That The FDCPA Applies To Litigation Conduct Directed At Non-Consumers, But Declines To Adopt Or Reject The...

Though it eventually reached the Eleventh Circuit, the Court’s decision in Miljkovic v. Shafritz & Dinkin, P.A., — F. 3d. –, No. 14-13715, 2015 WL 3956570 (11th Cir. June 30, 2015), had its origins in Florida state court,...more

Clarification for Class Action Settlements May Be on the Line As Supreme Court Grants Cert in TCPA Case

Last year, in Gomez v. Campbell-Ewald Co., No. 13-55486, 2014 WL 4654478 (9th Cir. Sept. 19, 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that offers of complete relief made to individual plaintiffs under Fed....more

Consider Making an Offer of Judgment to Encourage a Reasonable Settlement and to Lay the Foundation for a Recovery of Attorney’s...

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 permits a party defending against a claim to make a formal offer of judgment. If the plaintiff either rejects the offer or fails to respond within ten days and eventually obtains a trial...more

It Pays to Play: Judge Finds Costs Still Recoverable By Prevailing Employers in FEHA Cases Post-Williams

On May 4, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Williams v. Chino Valley Independent Fire District, holding that unsuccessful FEHA plaintiffs should not be ordered to pay the defendant’s ordinary...more

TCPA Connect - June 2015

SPECIAL FOCUS: FCC Adopts Significant Changes to TCPA Rules - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to revise the Telephone Consumer Protection Act rules passed by a 3-2 vote during yesterday’s Open Commission Meeting....more

Supreme Court to Decide Class Action Issues Involving Settlement Offers to Named Plaintiffs, Statistical Sampling and Class Member...

I’ve been delayed a bit in reporting on this, but the October 2015 term of the U.S. Supreme Court is shaping up to be a blockbuster one for class action law. Perhaps even bigger than the October 2010 term, which brought us...more

$228 Million: The Cost of Independent Contractor Misclassification for FedEx Ground in California

Yesterday, June 12, FedEx announced in papers filed with the SEC that its Ground Division “has reached an agreement in principle with [drivers] in the independent contractor litigation that is pending in …California [federal...more

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