Class Action

A class action is a type of legal action where a representative individual or group of individuals can bring a claim on behalf of a larger group or class who share a common legal interest.
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Employee or Independent Contractor? Uber Court Moves One Step Closer to Answering This Critical Question

Many of us perhaps have grown accustomed to riding Uber and enjoy the often significant discounts that their services may provide as compared to traditional taxi companies, and a recent case is certainly closely watched...more

What Does the Latest Uber Decision Mean for Your Gig Business?

If you tuned in to my appearance a few months ago on Bloomberg Law Radio, you heard me bemoaning our legal system’s failure to catch up with the gig economy. For those of you who don’t know, the term “gig economy” (also...more

Made in America SB633 Enacted into Law

Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB633 into legislation allowing manufacturers to carry the label “Made in America”, even if their products were not entirely made in the United States. This is similar to the...more

Eighth Circuit Denies Consumers’ Appeal to Intervene in FTC Suit

On August 25, a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to deny consumers’ motion to intervene in the FTC’s suit against BF Labs, Inc. d/b/a/ Butterfly Labs...more

California Joins rest of Country in “Made in USA” Rules

California, the beacon of individualism and often marching to its own set of rules, has joined the rest of the country as Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 633 which revises California’s take on what constitutes “Made in USA”....more

IRS Sued For Failing To Protect Online Taxpayer Data From Hackers

On August 20, 2015, affected taxpayers filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) for failing to secure the personal...more

Predominance Is Lacking Where Some Class Members Have No Injury, Says the Ohio Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to decide next Term, in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, whether a class can be certified when many class members lack injury (see my June 16 post for more on that). The Ohio Supreme Court...more

Legal Precedent May Come From Ashley Madison Breach

The Ashley Madison saga has captured the attention of the public and legal profession like few prior data security breaches. The reasons are obvious: A website devoted to promoting infidelity is called out for “fraud, deceit,...more

California Federal District Court Certifies Class of 160,000 Uber Drivers

In O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc. (Filed 09/01/2015, No. C-13-3826 EMC), the United States District Court, Northern District of California, certified a class of approximately 160,000 current and former drivers of Uber in...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending August 21 & 28 , 2015

Foreclosure/Statute of Limitations: statute of limitations did not bar foreclosure action even though filed more than five years after breach and acceleration of note upon which previous foreclosure action that had been...more

Offers of Judgment in Class Actions: First Circuit Suggests Sending a Bank Check

There has been a lot of activity in the federal courts of appeals recently regarding the use of offers of judgment to named plaintiffs in class actions. The Fifth and Seventh Circuits recently held that an unaccepted Rule 68...more

Northern District of California Certifies Part of a Class Against Uber

Much is being reported in the media about the decision of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California certifying a class of drivers for the Uber ride service who contended that they were...more

“Airline Collusion” Private Class Actions

Last week, we discussed public reports of an investigation by the DOJ of four major airlines (American, Delta, Southwest, and United) regarding possible collusion. Over the past two months, a number of consumers have filed...more

Food and Beverage Alert (US)

Former food executive faces possible life sentence for salmonella outbreak. The possible fate of Stewart Parnell, a former president of the Peanut Corporation of America, is being discussed in media worldwide. Federal...more

Lands’ End Requests Dismissal of “Made in U.S.A.” Class Action After Reimbursing Plaintiff

Last week, Lands’ End tried a second time to dismiss a “Made in U.S.A.” class action with the novel argument that, because the company had already reimbursed the plaintiff for the necktie she purchased, she is not injured and...more

You Have Class!, says Judge to Uber Plaintiffs

A handful of Uber drivers sued the ride-share giant in 2013 alleging that they were functioning as company employees but improperly treated and underpaid as independent contractors. They claimed that Uber had been...more

New Jersey Federal Baked Goods Fraud Class Actions Are Toast

On this date in 1901 (September 2nd), Teddy Roosevelt for the first time uttered in public the immortal phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick". It is hard to find people who do not admire that statement. It is harder...more

A Classy Affair: Class Action Lawyers Race to Courthouse in Wake of Ashley Madison Data Breach

Illicit affairs have always imposed risks – from marital discord and divorce to boiling bunnies and Maury appearances. However, when old-school adultery met new-school technology on the Ashley Madison infidelity website,...more

Makers’ Mark Two: Bourbon Distiller Slips another “Handmade” False Advertising Suit

In another blow to consumers that demand absolute rustic authenticity from their top-shelf bourbon purchases, a court in the Southern District of California has dismissed a false advertising class action against Maker’s Mark...more

Why Did Uber Lose In Court Today? And How It Can Still Avoid Future Misclassification Liability

Today was not a good day for Uber. It suffered its second setback from the federal district court judge hearing the independent contractor misclassification class action case brought by Uber drivers against the giant...more

The Next EFTA Class Action Wave Has Started

A new type of Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA) class action is now being filed in volume. This trend is highly likely to continue, as the cases are being filed by a consumer class action firm that has filed hundreds of...more

Avoiding Class Action Litigation Under Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a growing source of class action litigation, due to the high potential penalties that it provides for very technical violations. The statute imposes conditions, among other things, on...more

Fixing the Economics of Securities Class Action Defense: Nationwide Defense by Regional Firms

In my last D&O Discourse post, I discussed why changes to the securities litigation defense bar are inevitable: in a nutshell, the economic structures of the typical securities defense firms – mostly national law firms –...more

CAFA Jurisdiction: Cases Consolidated in California Cannot be Split by the Local Controversy Exception

Assuming its other requirements are satisfied, the local controversy exception to CAFA jurisdiction requires a district court to remand a class action if, during the three-year period preceding the filing of that action,...more

California Federal Court Certifies Class of Uber Drivers Seeking Unpaid Tips

On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, Judge Edward M. Chen certified a class of Uber drivers seeking to collect tips they claim they were cheated out of by the ridesharing company. These drivers also allege that they have been...more

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