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U.S. Department of Justice Will Likely Become More Active in Reviewing Proposed Class Action Settlements

• The DOJ has streamlined its process for reviewing CAFA settlement notices. • The DOJ will likely become more aggressive in reviewing class action settlements for fairness, reasonableness and conformity with DOJ policy...more

The Supreme Court - February 21, 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, No. 16-1276: Paul Somers, a former Vice-President at Digital Realty Trust, brought a claim of whistleblower retaliation under the Dodd-Frank Act against his former employer, alleging he...more

DOJ to Take Closer Look at Fairness of Proposed Class Action Settlements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

For the first time in more than a decade, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has exercised its authority under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) to file an objection to a proposed settlement of a consumer class action....more

Supreme Court Decides Murphy v. Smith, No. 16-1067

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On February 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court decided Murphy v. Smith, No. 16-1067, holding that when a prisoner receives a judgment under certain civil rights statutes, the district court must apply as much of the...more

Decision Invoking GAME OF THRONES – There Is No Middle Ground

A United States Magistrate Judge in Northern California relied on the Game of Thrones where there is no “Middle Ground” in rendering his decision to award attorneys’ fees for the work spent on all claims brought by former...more

Electronic Return Receipt Patent Dispute Dubbed “Exceptional Case” After Summary Judgment Award

In the long-standing patent dispute between Sophos and RPost, Judge Casper recently issued the oft-sought but rarely received award of attorneys’ fees, after finding that the case was “exceptional.” The suit began in 2013,...more

Deceptive Discovery: Second Circuit Affirms Sanctions for Mishandling of Discoverable Data

Late last month, in Klipsch Grp., Inc. v. ePRO E-Commerce Ltd., the Second Circuit affirmed a $2.7 million sanctions award against defendant ePRO after repeated instances of discovery misconduct. Finding that the district...more

Conflict Of Interest Renders Spouse Of Former Class Counsel Inadequate Class Representative

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The Eastern District of New York recently held that a former class counsel’s spouse was an inadequate class representative due to the conflict of interest created by the relationship....more

Eleventh Circuit Follows Ninth Circuit in Awarding Appellate Fees for Automatic Stay Violation

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By its recent decision in In re Horne, 876 F.3d 1076 (11th Cir. 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit broadened the scope of attorney’s fees that are recoverable pursuant to section 362(k) of the...more

Mushrooming Claims: Recognizing When Simple Claims Threaten to Expand Beyond What is Expected

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Introduction - In the not too distant past, claims and claims handling were generally predictable. There was an incident causing damage, then a demand, and a dispute largely about the amount that would be paid. More...more

Frivolous? My Client Told Me So

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Parties who are involved in lawsuits are constantly seeking repercussions against the party raising claims against them. A party feeling wrongly accused of wrong doing often seeks to recover costs by asserting the claims...more

Attorney Fees Recoverable Even When Contract Voided

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California-American Water Co. v. Marina Coast Water District, et al. - Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District, Division One November 15, 2017 - The California-American Water Company, a...more

Post-Discharge Loan Modification with Partial Claim Gets Servicer in Trouble with Bankruptcy Court

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York recently sanctioned a mortgage servicer for violating a bankruptcy discharge injunction when it required a debtor to sign a subordinate mortgage and note—pursuant...more

Winning While Losing with Attorneys' Fees Provisions

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The United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina recently issued a decision that demonstrates the power of attorneys’ fees provisions in promissory notes and guaranty agreements. In TD Bank v. Jay...more

Petrobras Court’s Denial of Plaintiffs’ Request for Confidential Treatment of Opt-Out Provisions Could Undermine the Settlement...

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, United States District Judge Jed S. Rakoff denied class counsel’s request to file under seal three supplemental agreements to a $2.95 billion settlement in the Petrobras Securities Litigation,...more

Third Circuit Upholds Arbitration Agreement In Retail Installment Agreement Between Used Car Buyer And Dealer

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This dispute stemmed from a complaint filed by Edmondson, alleging claims under the Federal Odometer Act and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, as well as state law claims for fraud, in relation to her purchase of a used car...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending February 9, 2018

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Misrepresentation/Concealment: genuine issues of material fact remained in dispute regarding whether board-certified real estate attorney committed fraudulent or negligent misrepresentation or concealment by falsely assuring...more

Oklahoma Supreme Court Allows Recovery of Declaratory Judgment Fees

In its recent decision in JP Energy Mktg., LLC v. Commerce & Industry Ins. Co., 2018 OK 11 (Ok. Feb. 5, 2018), the Supreme Court of Oklahoma had occasion to address an insured’s right to recovery legal fees and expenses...more

Court Affirmed Finding That An Oral Partnership Existed And That A Partner Breached Fiduciary Duties

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In Harun v. Rashid, two individuals started a restaurant business; one operated the business and the other financed it. No. 05-16-00584-CV, 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 231 (Tex. App.—Dallas January 9, 2018, no pet. history)....more

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Claims

A bill prohibiting mandatory arbitration of employment-related claims, introduced in late 2017 before the Massachusetts House of Representatives, continues to gain traction in early 2018. The bill (House Bill 4058), which...more

DOJ Toughens Antitrust Consent Decree Enforcement

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The Situation: The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division ("DOJ") has adopted new terms in recent consent decrees that enhance DOJ's ability to enforce its settlements, most importantly by lowering the evidentiary...more

Dollars And Sense: Federal Court Refuses To Enjoin State Court Squabble Over Attorneys’ Fees

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Seyfarth Synopsis: In a TCPA class action where final settlement (including attorneys’ fees) had already received final approval, a federal district court in California denied class counsel’s request to enjoin a pending...more

Employment Law - February 2018

Supreme Court Hits Pause on State Statutes of Limitation - Why it matters - Weighing in on the definition of “tolled,” the Supreme Court declared the time limit on state claims stops while federal claims are pending....more

Garza v. Citigroup – The Third Circuit Clarifies When a Defendant May Be Awarded Attorneys’ Fees as Costs Under Rule 41(D)

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(d) authorizes a district court to award a defendant “costs” where a plaintiff who “previously dismissed an action in any court [subsequently] files an action based on or including the same...more

Minnesota Court Cuts Proposed Attorney Fee Award From $3.2 Million to $600,000 in Off-the-Clock Case

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In 2014, five law firms brought a claim for alleged off-the-clock work. As discovery revealed, the claims all arose out of conduct involving a single shift supervisor at a single restaurant, and the conduct was disputed at...more

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