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Class Action Fairness Act

Coupon Settlements: Discount or Discontent?

Congress passed the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”) with the hope of preventing abuse in class action lawsuits. CAFA assigns jurisdiction to federal courts over class actions where: (i) the aggregate amount in...more

The State AG Weekly Update

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AG Elections- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Files to Run for Reelection- According to reports, Republican AG Leslie Rutledge has filed to run for reelection to a second term in 2018. AG Rutledge, the...more

Healthcare Law Update: February 2018

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Antitrust - FTC Announces Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for Acquisitions and Exclusive Licenses - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced this year's revisions to the thresholds under the...more

Big Brother IS watching: DOJ announces increased scrutiny of proposed class action settlements

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) plans to take a more active role in reviewing and objecting to class action settlements under a rarely used procedure established by the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) more than a dozen...more

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

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

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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

State AGs urge SCOTUS to review Ninth Circuit cy pres class action settlement decision; DOJ to step up CAFA class action...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A bipartisan group of 16 state attorneys general has filed an amicus brief in support of a petition for certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit decision upholding the district court’s approval of a...more

4th Circuit Defines “Defendant” Narrowly under CAFA for Federal Jurisdiction

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The Fourth Circuit recently reaffirmed its holding in Palisades Collections LLC v. Shorts, 552 F.3d 327 (4th Cir. 2008), that an additional counter-defendant is not entitled to federal removal jurisdiction under the Class...more

Sovereign Immunity for State Plaintiffs in Antitrust Class Actions?

The Third Circuit recently denied a petition for rehearing en banc a panel’s earlier decision in the In re Flonase Antitrust Litigation. In that case, the panel decision addressed the degree to which class settlements can...more

Fourth Circuit Reaffirms Pre-Dart Cherokee Ruling that Counter-Defendant Cannot Remove Class Action Counterclaims Under CAFA

In Jackson v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., 880 F.3d 165 (4th Cir. Jan. 22, 2018), the Fourth Circuit held a counter-defendant cannot invoke federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”). The Court...more

Supreme Court Ruling Signals Limits on Class Action Forum Shopping

The Supreme Court’s decision last summer in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017), is my pick for “2017 Class Action Practitioners’ Case of the Year”––and it’s not even a class...more

The Ninth Circuit’s Decision In In Re Hyundai Underscores The Challenges Of Certifying Nationwide Classes

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last week, a split Ninth Circuit panel in In re Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy Litigation[1] vacated the certification of a nationwide class for settlement purposes because the district court failed to address choice-of-law...more

Ninth Circuit Slams the Brakes on Nationwide Class Action Settlement; Choice of Law and Reliance Are Bumps in the Road

In In re Hyundai & Kia Fuel Economy Litigation, No. 15-56014, 2018 WL 505343 (9th Cir. Jan. 23, 2018), the Ninth Circuit vacated a nationwide class action settlement, concluding that the district court’s failure to conduct a...more

U.S. Fifth Circuit Issues CAFA Opinion in Mass Action Addressing Two Issues of First Impression

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In Warren Lester, et al. v. Exxon Mobil Corp., et al., No. 14-31383, ___ F.3d ___ (5th Cir. 1/9/2018), the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion addressing two issues of first impression involving the Class...more

State Of Louisiana, As Absent Class Member, Escapes CAFA Settlement Trap

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The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Pennsylvania district court decision holding the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution prevented a private party from enjoining the state of Louisiana from bringing...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2017

In this issue, we cover two decisions granting motions to strike/dismiss class claims, three decisions denying such motions, 26 decisions denying class certification or reversing grants of class certification, 22 decisions...more

Growing Consensus in the Courts of Appeals against Alternative-Citizenship Theory of Diversity under CAFA

If a putative class of plaintiffs, all citizens of State A, sues a corporate defendant, which the law considers to be a citizen of State A and State B, in state court, may the defendant remove the case to federal court under...more

A Corporation May Not Pick And Choose Its Citizenship To Create Diversity Under CAFA

The Sixth Circuit became the third court of appeals to reject the “alternative citizenship” theory of diversity under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). In Roberts v. Mars Petcare US, Inc., a putative class of Tennessee...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2017

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Editor's Note - In This Issue. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Senate’s 2018 budget resolution, potentially paving the way for tax reform; the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued three...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses CAFA Remand in Call Recording Case

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On October 20, 2017, the Ninth Circuit reversed the Southern District of California’s remand of a putative class action alleging that defendant Monterey Financial Services improperly recorded calls to individuals in...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Fall 2017

This edition focuses on rulings issued between May 15, 2017, and August 15, 2017. In this issue, we cover four decisions granting motions to strike/dismiss class claims, five decisions denying such motions, 27 decisions...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

Dealing with Competing Class Actions, Part One – Race to Judgment and First-to-File Rule

Multiple actions involving the same subject matter and the same defendant are a common feature of the U.S. class action landscape. In this series of blog posts, we’ll examine the problem of competing class actions, which...more

Class Action Roundup: Summer 2017

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Welcome to our second Roundup of 2017, where we feature the cases litigated and settlements finalized during the second calendar quarter of the year. It was a very active quarter in almost all of the categories we monitor,...more

Putative Class Complains that Annie’s “Strawberry Fruit Snacks” Lack Strawberries

On August 1, 2017, plaintiff Raymond Alvandi filed a putative class action in California federal court against Annie’s, Inc., seeking damages and injunctive and declaratory relief. Alvandi alleges that Annie’s misrepresented...more

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