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Meanwhile, In Class Action Scholarship …

Despite my best intentions, I have not been posting here as often as I would like in the past few months. But that does not mean that I have not been reading. So, in lieu of a long-winded analysis of some new tactic, trend,...more

Arbitration Clause Cannot Bar Claims for Public Injunctive Relief

On April 6, the California Supreme Court issued the latest in an ongoing series of cases resisting preemption of California state law under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and again testing the limits of the U.S. Supreme...more

What’s in FICALA? Part 2 – MDLs

Earlier this month, I wrote about the class-action provisions of the new Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act, which has passed out of the Judiciary Committee and is headed for a floor vote in the House. At the end of...more

The New, Improved FICALA – What’s In the House Class Action Bill?

The House of Representatives has reintroduced the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act (FICALA), and it’s more substantial than the 2015 version. The previous version, you may recall, attempted to reinforce the typicality...more

5 Takeaways from the Emory/FJC Conference

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the FJC’s 2016 Complex Litigation Conference, held in conjunction with Emory Law School’s Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims. [Disclosure: I serve on the Institute’s...more

Tyson Foods and Statistical Adjudication

This past Supreme Court Term included several closely-watched cases. One of the most studied was Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo, in which the Court identified at least one area of class action litigation where using statistical...more

Due Process Arguments and State Court Class Actions

Many class-action commentators (including this blog) spend much of their time focusing on class action in federal courts: what caselaw controls, what arguments tend to work. They spend far less time on what happens to those...more

Five Takeaways from the Duke Conference on Class Action Settlements

A few weeks ago, the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies held a conference on class action settlements in San Diego, to discuss best practices in the wake of the likely Rule 23 amendments. Like all of its conferences, this...more

Objectors: The Defense Lawyer’s Friend

I’ve been busy this week with a number of things, but a few of them, including the upcoming amendments to Rule 23 and prepping for a Strafford webinar on Thursday, have me thinking about the proper role of objectors...more

9/28/2016  /  Class Action , Settlement

Common Overcharges May Not Be So Common

Often, when a plaintiffs’ counsel seek to certify a class asserting a hard-to-prove financial injury, they will rely on a statistics or economics expert to demonstrate that there has been some kind of “common overcharge” for...more

The New Rule 23 Is Available for Public Comment

In August, while we were all on vacation, beating the heat, or recovering from a busy first half of 2016, the Advisory Committee published the new proposed Rule 23 for public comment. The proposed changes here fall into...more

Should MDL Judges Act More Like Class Action Judges?

Class actions are not the only form of aggregate litigation. Multi-district litigation (“MDL”), the process by which large numbers of smaller lawsuits are consolidated before a single judge for pretrial purposes, without...more

The Problem with Prospective Injunctive Relief

There are several practices in class action litigation that really only work if you squint real hard and accept that, as a practical if not a doctrinal matter, class actions are just “different” than other litigation. These...more

The Issues with Issue Certification

Rule 23(c)(4) has been been placed under a microscope in the past few years, largely because of the judicial response to the Supreme Court’s Comcast Corp. v. Behrend opinion, and the Rules Advisory Committee’s subsequent...more

Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez – Court Leaves Mootness Question Open

As you probably know, on Wednesday, the Supreme Court finally issued its long-awaited opinion in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez. Tammy Adkins & Helen Arnold of McGuireWoods’s Chicago office wrote up an excellent summary, which...more

The Ten Most Significant Class Action Cases of 2015

Some years are exciting in class action practice; others are tamer. In general, in any established area of the law, precedent accumulates only incrementally. And, with the modern Rule 23 entering its 50th anniversary year, it...more

Highlights from the ABA Institute on Class Actions

Last week I had the good fortune to attend the ABA’s Institute on Class Actions in New Orleans. It’s usually a great combination of legal talent, and it’s noted for the depth and quality of its panels. Among this year’s...more

The New New Proposed Amendments to Rule 23

Last week, the Rule 23 Subcommittee released its latest draft proposal for amending Rule 23. (2015-1105 Rule 23 Subcommittee Report) - The Subcommittee has abandoned (or in a few cases, placed “on hold”) several of its...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

The Next Decade of Class Actions

A few years ago, I complained that class action scholarship was on the decline, and could improve from, among other things, digging into the actual caselaw out there, and making hard, falsifiable predictions about where the...more

Practical Rhetoric – Pleading & Plausibility

There’s lots of recent scholarship complaining about how pleading standards have gotten too stringent. Professor Anne Ralph of Ohio State University Law School believes she’s found a solution. In her article in the Yale...more

Revised Rule 23 Proposals Show Some Promise

The Rule 23 amendment process has continued apace. For those of you who did not read Paul Karlsgodt’s excellent summary of the September 11 mini-conference (which included a number of class-action luminaries from both sides...more

Classic Scholarship – A Theory of Legal Strategy

One of the things that makes legal academia so frustrating to practitioners (and possibly courts) is that much of it appears to focus on easily-researched questions, instead of the genuinely difficult questions that would...more

Amicus Brief in Campbell-Ewald v Gomez (Rule 68)

Last Wednesday, Lawyers for Civil Justice filed its amicus brief in Campbell-Ewald Corp. v. Gomez, the case in which the Supreme Court will finally rule on whether Rule 68 offers of judgment (or equivalent settlement offers)...more

Perfecting the (European) Class Action

Last month, I got to experience what I consider a career highlight: I was invited to speak on “Perfecting the Class Action” at Middle Temple. The spiel I gave would be familiar to readers here (it was a basic description of...more

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