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Reverse Auction Ploy by Competing Class Counsel Creates Right of Intervention by Class Members Whose Settlement Demands Were...

In a case that reveals the darker aspects of what can sometimes be an ugly competition for the class counsel role, the Eleventh Circuit rendered an opinion last week finding that a group of plaintiffs were entitled to...more

CFPB’s Effort to Axe Class Waivers Gets Axed by the Senate

By the hair of its chinny chin chin, the Senate voted on Tuesday to nullify the CFPB’s previously announced final rule that would have prohibited banks, credit card companies, and other financial service entities from...more

7th Circuit Affirms Plaintiff’s Own Estimates of Class Size Can Satisfy CAFA

In Roppo v. Travelers Commercial Insurance Company, the Seventh Circuit held that even after a motion to remand CAFA removal jurisdiction can be sufficiently established by a defendant’s “good faith estimates” of the amount...more

Will the Future Bring a Surge of Class Actions against Banks and Credit Card Companies?

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau formally issued its long-anticipated final rule banning class waivers in future arbitration agreements for banks, lenders, debt counselors, credit card issuers,...more

Must Class Counsel’s “Proof” that Rule 23 Is Met Satisfy the Rules of Evidence?

All class-action practitioners understand the importance of a court’s decision to certify a class—the pivotal point at which a putative class action can transform into a reality, promising vast settlement pressure on the...more

The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017: Will It Pass and Can It Be Improved?

The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act, also known as H.R. 985, passed the House earlier this year by a largely party line vote. If passed, this bill would represent the most significant class action reform legislation...more

Will Congress Overhaul Class Action Practice? A Quick Look at the Proposed Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

In 2016, House Republicans sponsored legislation aimed at curbing “no injury” class actions, which was supported by testimony from DRI, among others. The legislation passed the House but died in the Senate. Earlier this month...more

Target Data Breach Settlement: Eighth Circuit Orders Trial Court To Reconsider Class Certification

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has sent the Target data breach consumer class action settlement back to the trial court for a second look at class certification, holding that the district judge did not...more

Supreme Court Declines to Review Second Circuit Decision Subjecting Defaulted Debt Buyers to State Usury Laws

On June 27, the United States Supreme Court declined to review the Second Circuit’s decision in Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC, 786 F.3d 246 (2d Cir. 2015). By denying Midland Funding, LLC’s petition for a writ of...more

Supreme Court Rejects “No Injury” Claims For Statutory Damages

Monday morning, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins (No. 13-1339), which addresses the question of whether a bare allegation of a statutory violation, unaccompanied by...more

CFPB’s Proposed Rule Bans Class Waivers in Financial Services Industry

As expected, yesterday the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a proposed rule that would effectively ban class action waivers in pre-dispute arbitration agreements for a broad range of consumer financial...more

US Supreme Court Upholds Use of Disparate Impact Claims in Fair Lending Enforcement

The US Supreme Court finally weighed in today on whether the disparate impact theory may be used to prove housing discrimination and ruled that such claims are viable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et...more

Finding the Earliest and Least Expensive Exit From Financial Services Class Actions

Effectively responding to class litigation doesn’t necessarily mean simply preparing an answer or perfunctory motion to dismiss, diving headlong into class discovery, investing in full-fledged combat on the merits of the...more

Statutory Class Actions: Developments and Strategies

In this Newsletter: - An Aspect Of Adequacy: Do Traditional Standing Requirements Apply To Statutory Class Actions? - The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: A Constantly Shifting Battlefield. - Telephone...more

Update: Finding the Earliest and Least Expensive Exit from Financial Services Class Actions

In this Newsletter: - Gather The Facts And Assess The Risk Up Front. - If The Class Action Is Filed In State Court, Think Strategically About Whether To Remove. - Invest Time, Effort And Resources In...more

Court Tosses HUD’s Disparate Impact Rule: Is Protection for Lenders from Disparate Impact Claims on the Horizon?

Since the 1970s, courts have routinely held that the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq., may remedy housing discrimination proven through use of the disparate impact theory. The doctrine of disparate impact permits a...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds “Fraud-On-The-Market” Theory, Permits Defendants to Challenge Reliance Presumption at Class...

Earlier this week, in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., the United States Supreme Court upheld the “fraud-on-the-market” theory in federal securities fraud class actions, but ruled that at the class certification...more

Supreme Court Makes Clear That CAFA Removal Is Not Defeated by Plaintiffs' Amount-in-Controversy Stipulations

A unanimous United States Supreme Court has now ruled that self-appointed would-be class representatives cannot defeat Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) removal by simply purporting to limit the damage claims of class members...more

Dismissal of Putative Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged Violations of the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act

In a putative class action handled by Robert Maddox, Mike Pennington, and Keith Anderson, the Northern District of Alabama recently dismissed a lawsuit for alleged violations of the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”)....more

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