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Class Action Settlement

A class action is a type of legal action where a representative individual or group of individuals can bring a claim on behalf of a larger group or class who share a common legal interest.

Due Process Strikes Back: Alabama Supreme Court Vacates $124M Class Settlement Attorneys’ Fee Award

The Alabama Supreme Court recently vacated a substantial $124 million attorneys’ fee award in connection with a class action settlement (Lawler v. Johnson et al., No. 1151347, — So. 3d –, 2017 WL 4707517 (Ala. Oct. 20,...more

Eight-Figure Settlements Continue for TCPA Disputes

Multimillion-dollar settlements continue to be a popular solution to Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class actions, as demonstrated by a recent retailer agreement....more

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

Home Depot Settles Data Breach Class Action Case with Financial Institutions and Counsel for $42.55 million

Following its data breach in 2014, Home Depot was sued by thousands of financial institutions requesting recovery of costs associated with the issuance of new credit and debit cards to 50 million individuals affected by the...more

Footlong Litigation to Continue, Despite Settlement Dismissal

The saga over Subway’s “footlong” sandwiches will continue, a group of former plaintiffs vowed in a court filing after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit threw out a settlement agreement between the parties....more

Ocwen Predictably Reaches High-Dollar TCPA Settlement Following Class-wide Preliminary Injunction

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

By the time the gavel struck back on June 26, 2017, another high-dollar TCPA settlement was inevitable. On that date, Judge Matthew F. Kennelly of the Northern District of Illinois entered an order preliminarily certifying a...more

Australian Appeal Court Endorses Class Action Closure Process but with Warnings

by Jones Day on

Recently, in Jones v Treasury Wine Estates Limited (No 2) [2017] FCA 296, the Federal Court deviated from past class action practice. Registration was required to facilitate a mediation and group members could only...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects And Lambastes “Worthless” Settlement For Class Of Subway Sandwich Purchasers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In In Re Subway Footlong Sandwich Mktg. & Sales Practices Litig., No. 16-1652 (7th Cir. Aug. 25, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned a district court’s approval of a class...more

Class Action Roundup: Summer 2017

by Alston & Bird on

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

Fifth Circuit Vacates Settlement Approval in ERISA Class Action, Remanding With Instructions to Reexamine the Legitimacy of...

by Carlton Fields on

The Fifth Circuit recently vacated a class action settlement that included unsecured and uncollateralized future payments to the plaintiffs, while providing a swift and complete payout of fees to class counsel. The case...more

Highlights From DRI Class Action Seminar 2017 – Day Two

Here are my highlights from the second day of DRI’s 2017 Class Action Seminar: Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements (Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells) - Neal Katyal is a leading Supreme Court advocate and is litigating...more

July 2017: The Top 12 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. July was no different,...more

Ashley Madison Data Breach Results in $11.2 Million Settlement

by Fisher Phillips on

On Friday, July 21, users of the “married dating” website, ashleymadison.com, received preliminary approval of an $11.2 million class action settlement. This settlement seeks to resolve a number of consolidated lawsuits...more

FTC proposes using Internet panel for class action notice study

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As part of its “Class Action Fairness Project,” the FTC is seeking comment on its plans to use an Internet panel to conduct research on class action notices. According to the FTC’s Federal Register notice, the project...more

Class Action and Regulatory Settlements Reflect the Rising Cost of Data Breaches

by Carlton Fields on

As the number of data breaches continues to increase, so too do the costs. After a breach occurs, companies typically expend significant sums conducting investigations, notifying customers and regulators, and engaging in...more

Eighth Circuit Provides Important Guidance in Class Settlement Approvals

by BakerHostetler on

The Eight Circuit provided some useful guidance for district courts and practitioners in obtaining and reviewing final approval of class settlements in its July 5, 2017, decision in Keil v. Lopez. In that case, the court...more

2016 Marks a Record Year for Securities Class Actions

The year 2016 was the biggest yet for U.S. securities class action settlements. On June 14, 2017, Securities Class Action Services, a division of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., released its updated list of the top...more

Three Point Shot - June 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

"12th Man" Suit Forces Aggies to Call an Audible on Traditional Copyright Defenses - Texas A&M University's "12th Man" is at the center of a legal blitz facing the University's Athletic Department. On January 19, 2017,...more

Class Action Settlement Reminds Employers that Job Duties – Not Job Titles – Rule FLSA Exemptions

In September of 2015, two delivery drivers filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The employees alleged that their former employer violated the Fair Labor...more

Report Shows 2016 Record-Setting Year for Class Action and SEC Settlements

Last week, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholders Services (“ISS”) published its semi-annual report of the top 100 U.S. securities class action settlements and top 50 SEC settlements of all time, as of December 31,...more

Dutch Court Denies Approval of Collective Settlement Unless Changes Are Made as to Allocation of Compensation and Fees

The Amsterdam Court of Appeal denied approval of the €1.204 billion collective settlement of former Fortis (now Ageas) shareholders’ claims unless the parties agree to restructure the allocation of the settlement amount among...more

Reader’s Digest Publisher Settles Case Alleging it Sold Subscribers’ Personal Information for $8.2M

In what is being considered the largest-ever settlement of alleged violations of Michigan’s privacy law (the Michigan Preservation of Personal Privacy Act), the publisher of Reader’s Digest has agreed to pay out $8.2 million...more

Utilizing California Civil Code Section 1542 Waivers in Class Action Settlement Agreements: Helpful or Harmful?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A significant concern for any lawyer negotiating the settlement of a class action in California state court is crafting a settlement agreement that the court will ultimately approve. Under California law, a judge must approve...more

A&B Insurance Settles TCPA Class Action for $4.25 Million

Last week, A&B Insurance and Financial LLC (A&B Insurance) agreed to pay $4.25 million to settle claims that it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by initiating telephone calls to consumers without prior...more

Lone Objector’s Class-Conflict Arguments Miss the Target

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In 2015, Target settled a class action stemming from a massive data breach of its customers’ sensitive information. According to the settlement terms, Target agreed to pay $10 million to those affected. The Minnesota district...more

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