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Comcast and its Discontents

Shortly after the Supreme Court’s decisions in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011) and AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 563 U.S. 321 (2011), I appeared before a federal district judge on a motion to dismiss...more

California District Court Refuses To Certify 33-Jurisdiction Class Due To Material Variations in State Warranty Law

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California certified a California-only subclass of purchasers of allegedly mislabeled KitchenAid refrigerators but denied plaintiffs’ motion to certify a 32-state and...more

Class Certification Denied in Chemical Leak Lawsuit

An Arkansas federal judge recently denied a motion to certify a proposed class of property owners alleging that Whirlpool’s failure to clean up toxic chemicals at its facility diminished the value of their surrounding...more

The Ten Most Significant Class Action Cases of 2014

Year-end lists are funny things. They take a sort-of arbitrary starting and stopping point, and then they cram a bunch of prejudices into a (usually) arbitrary number of items. And then people take them kind of seriously....more

Actual Negotiations Trump 40-Year Georgia-Pacific Test to Determine Type of Patent Licensing Royalties

The Grigoleit Co. v. Whirlpool Corp. - Addressing a lower court’s reasonable royalty determination that chose not to rely on the Georgia Pacific factors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently...more

The Bittersweet in Whirlpool’s Moldy Washing Machine Class Action Victory: The War Wages On as We Still Question Whether the Class...

After many years of battle, Whirlpool Corporation finds itself celebrating a favorable jury verdict in a class action lawsuit. A few weeks ago, a jury had the rare occasion to find for Whirlpool in Glazer v. Whirlpool Corp....more

District Court Cleans Up Whirlpool Washing Machine Class Definition

Having requested and obtained certification of a class of consumers who had purchased a number of Whirlpool Duet model washers allegedly susceptible to serious mold problems, Plaintiffs later sought to limit the class so as...more

U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Address Certification Issues Raised by Whirlpool & Related Washing Machine Class Actions

On February 24, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in three “moldy” washing machine class actions, which presented questions regarding Fed. R. Civ. P. 23’s commonality and predominance requirements as clarified by...more

"Supreme Court Punts on Twin No-Injury Washing Machine Class Actions"

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review decisions upholding class certification in two cases that have garnered increasing scrutiny by the legal community — Butler v. Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Whirlpool Corp....more

Moldy Washing Machines at the Supreme Court: A Platform for Further Development of Rule 23?

Three cases about moldy washing machines currently sit at the U.S. Supreme Court, waiting for their names to be called. The cases are nearly identical consumer products class actions, and they have enormous potential to shape...more

New Jersey Throwout: Tax Court Amplifies Its No Dual Nexus Decision

The New Jersey Tax Court issued a written amplification of its bench decision in Lorillard Licensing Company LLC’s appeal that the Division of Taxation may not apply dual nexus standards for Throwout purposes. In...more

Two Washer Cases Provide The Supreme Court With Its Best Opportunity Since Wal-Mart V. Dukes To Make Sense Of Class-Certification...

At its conference on January 10, the Supreme Court can get serious about fixing consumer class actions. The Justices should take up that challenge, because it will consider two certiorari petitions that seek review of class...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

Arora v. Whirlpool: The Case of Smelly Washing Machines

Smelly washing machines were at the center of a recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal. In Arora v. Whirlpool Canada LP, the plaintiffs all bought Whirlpool front-loading washing machines. The early models of these...more

A Look at Class Certification through the Lens of In re: Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation:...

Several opinions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court during the past few years have made it more difficult for plaintiffs to obtain class certification. Despite the hurdles erected by the Supreme Court’s recent opinion in...more

Sixth Circuit Reaffirms Class Certification in Light of Amgen and Comcast

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has reaffirmed the certification of a class of purchasers of Whirlpool appliances in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 1426...more

Sixth Circuit Reaffirms Certification of Defective Washing Machine Class on Remand From Supreme Court

In a closely watched decision after remand by the Supreme Court, on July 18, 2013, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld for a second time the class certification order in In re Whirlpool Front-Loading Washer Prods. Liab....more

No April Fools: U.S. Supreme Court Suggests That the Lower Courts Stop Joking Around With Class Action Certification

On April 1, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari, and then summarily vacated, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to certify a class composed of purchasers of Whirlpool washing machines (Whirlpool v....more

Plaintiffs' Bar is Whistling Past the Graveyard on Comcast

As many readers of this blog know by now, last week the Supreme Court issued yet another anti-class certification decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend (“Comcast”). While the full scope and meaning of the Court’s holding is...more

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