In this edition of Class Action Roundup, we feature decisions from the third quarter of 2016, covering everything from pizza delivery and Uber drivers to payday lenders, canned tuna manufacturers, and even flushable toilet wipes. The courts continue to take a close look at class certification and how plaintiffs are defining the class as well as the analysis of numerosity and predominance. The courts have also weighed in on issues of class action waivers and arbitration agreements, deciding on the timing of agreements and whether the class of plaintiffs is covered by a waiver or not.
The employment arena continues to be fraught with class action cases covering overtime rules, pay for meal breaks, and definitions of contractor or employee status. Court cases already filed over the DOL’s new overtime rule likely means we’ll witness more litigation on that topic into 2017. Matters involving data breaches and other privacy issues are again featured in this issue, with cases dealing with how much private information is “private” to warrant harm and the nuances of TCPA rules in play for health care providers.
This issue wraps up with a standard summary of settlements, including cases dealing with settlement funds and coupons.
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