Offer of Judgment

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Offer of Judgment Served Hours Before Motion for Class Certification Filed Moots TCPA Claim

In Barr v. The Harvard Drug Grp., LLC, 13-62019, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79422 (S.D. Fla. June 11, 2014), the court found that an offer of judgment served via email mooted the plaintiff’s claim despite the filing of a motion...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Avoiding Class Certification Through an Offer of Judgment - CLASS CERTIFICATION DECISIONS: ..Decisions Granting Motions to Strike ..Decisions Denying Motions to Strike...more

Courts Reject Attempts to Pick Off Named Plaintiffs Via Offers Of Judgment

Following the Supreme Court’s 2012 recognition of concurrent federal and state jurisdiction over Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) class actions in Mims v. Arrow Financial Services, federal courts have issued...more

Offers of Judgment – Can They Shift Fees?

A recent Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) lawsuit may offer some additional guidance on when offers of judgment may cut off a party’s right to recover attorneys’ fees and costs under environmental laws....more

Class Action Quarterly - Winter 2013, Volume 2, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Is the Ascertainability “Requirement” Plaintiffs’ New Foe? - Whirlpool and Butler: Liability-Only Classes in a Post-Comcast World - Recent Cases of Note - Excerpt from Is the Ascertainability...more

Rule 68 Offer Of Judgment: Advantageous For Defendant-Employers

Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 68 (“Rule”), offers of judgment have become a cost effective way for employers to quickly resolve individual, collective or class actions. For example, in employment cases, the...more

Practical Implications of Rep. Goodlatte's Proposed "Offer of Judgment" in Patent Suits

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on May 23, 2013 released a discussion draft of legislation designed to curb abusive patent litigation....more

Expert Fees Properly Awarded Under Offer of Judgment

In Martinez v. Brownco Construction Co. Inc., the California Supreme Court decided a unique issue under California’s offer of judgment procedure, Code of Civil Procedure Section 998. The court concluded that a second...more

Make them an offer they can refuse (in bad faith)

In the dead zone between Christmas and New Year’s, a formal policy-limit settlement demand expired. Later that year, the verdict came in, two and a half times over the insurance policy limit. The lawyer had not granted an...more

Supreme Court Holds that Early Offer of Judgment Moots Nascent FLSA Collective Action

On April 16, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Third Circuit’s decision in Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk and held that a Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) collective action became moot once the employer’s made a...more

Texas Looks to “Rejuvenate the Courthouse” With New Rules for Expedited Trial, Permissive Interlocutory Appeal and New “Loser...

Introduction - In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 274, directing the Texas Supreme Court to promulgate new rules reducing the expense and delay of litigation. House Bill 274 calls for early “dismissal of...more

Offer of Judgment Not Valid in Case With Monetary and Non-monetary Claims – Horowitch v. Diamond Aircraft Indus., Inc.

In a case seeking monetary and non-monetary relief, pursuant to section 768.79, Florida Statutes (2011), Diamond Aircraft served Horowitch with an offer of judgment for $40,000. The offer of judgment stated...more

Diamond Aircraft Piloting a Change in Floridas Attorneys Fees Law

In Florida, in the absence of a written “prevailing party” clause in a contract or another such contractual basis for fees, prevailing civil litigants generally may recover their attorneys fees from non-prevailing parties...more

Florida Supreme Court Issues New Offer Of Judgment Decision

Today the Florida Supreme Court issued an extremely important decision regarding proposals for settlement/offers of judgment (“OJs”), made pursuant to section 768.79, Florida Statutes....more

Top Ten Wage and Hour Developments in 2012 for Pennsylvania Employers

For employers in Pennsylvania, 2012 was another eventful year in the world of wage and hour law. Even in the absence of new federal legislation, a number of noteworthy developments occurred at both the federal and state...more

Proposals For Settlement: How To Draft Ones That Will Stick And How To Deal With Them When They Land On Your Desk

In This Presentation: - Offer of Judgment Statutes - 768.79 Offers - Rule 1.442 - What does an OJ include? - Shifting Defendant’s Fees - 768.79 Language - Shifting Plaintiff’s Fees - Subsequent Offers -...more

Update: The Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Genesis HealthCare v. Symczyk

On December 3, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case Genesis HealthCare v. Symczyk, 656 F.3d 189 (3d Cir. 2011), cert. granted 80 U.S.L.W. 3512 (U.S. June 25, 2012) (No. 11-1059). As explained in a...more

Should You Care That Supreme Court Will Rule on Offers Of Judgment in Wage Cases?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Not all employment law cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court matter are of equal significance and importance to employers. What? How can that be, you say? It’s the...more

Class Action Case to Watch—Genesis HealthCare v. Symczyk

On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari review of the case Genesis HealthCare v. Symczyk, 656 F.3d 189 (3rd Cir. 2011), cert. granted 80 U.S.L.W. 3512 (U.S. June 25, 2012) (No. 11-1059). In Genesis, the company...more

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