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SeaWorld Shareholders See Red After World Sees Blackfish

by Carlton Fields on

A California District Court granted certification to a group of SeaWorld investors in a shareholder securities fraud case following the release of the documentary “Blackfish.” ...more

New York’s Highest Court: Pre-Certification Settlements Require Classwide Notice

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York Court of Appeals holds that the state’s class action rules require notice of settlements to be sent to putative class members – even though no class has been certified....more

Ascertainability in 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

2017 was an unusually eventful year for lawyers who track the ascertainability requirement, which had, for the last five or so years, become a staple argument for class action defendants. Here are the top issues that class...more

Second Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Putative Internship Class

by BakerHostetler on

Four years ago, a wave of cases involving unpaid internships looked to be the next “big thing.” As those cases sputtered, however, and employers reduced or eliminated internships, the flood of anticipated litigation never...more

Court Denies Class Certification In Putative Class Action Against Fiber Optic Technology Company Where Defendants Successfully...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 5, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied class certification in a putative securities fraud class action against Finisar Corporation (“Finisar”), a technology...more

Ascertainability & In Re Nexium – The Side-Effects Continue

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

As various contributors to this blog have noted, a divided panel of the First Circuit adopted a “loose” approach to the ascertainability requirement in In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation. Specifically, while acknowledging...more

Federal Court Denies Class Certification in TCPA Suit Against Auto-Lender Exeter Finance

by Burr & Forman on

In Billy Ginwright v. Exeter Finance Corp., No. 8:16-cv-565-TDC, ECF No. 107, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 194739, 2017 WL 5716756 (D. Md. Nov. 28, 2017), a federal district court recently denied Plaintiff’s motion to certify a...more

Down the Shore, A Turn in the Tide - New Jersey Supreme Court Denies Class Certification in TCCWNA Case

For the past few years, consumer-facing businesses that advertise and sell to New Jersey consumers have been subject to an ever-rising tide of class action lawsuits under New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract Warranty and...more

Seventh Circuit: American Pipe Tolling Stops When A Class Action Is Dismissed – With Or Without Prejudice – Before A Class Is...

Takeaway: In Collins v. Village of Palatine, Ill., — F.3d —, 2017 WL 5490819, at *1 (7th Cir. November 16, 2017), the Seventh Circuit announced a “simple and uniform” rule for determining when a once-tolled statute of...more

No Written Consent, But Still No Harm: TCPA Class Certification Denied Under Spokeo

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Chicago-based litigators Sarah Zielinski and Jason Chrestionson bring us an update on the issue of individualized inquiry and Article III’s injury-in-fact requirement under the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Spokeo,...more

EZ-Pass Paid and Certified: Nationwide Class Certification Granted under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act

by Blank Rome LLP on

A nationwide class of 17.9 million members was certified by a judge in the District of New Jersey last week in Mendez v. Avis Budget Group, Inc. and Highway Toll Administration LLC. The Court also granted Florida and New...more

Second Circuit Affirms Class Certification Holding that Direct Evidence of Price Impact is Not Always Necessary to Demonstrate...

In Waggoner v. Barclays PLC, No. 16-1912 (2d Cir. Nov. 6, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a Rule 10b-5 securities fraud action, affirmed the district court’s order granting class...more

Seventh Circuit: Class Action Limitations Tolling Stops Upon Dismissal, Regardless of Appeal

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Addressing the often confusing issue of when class action tolling ends, in Collins v. Village of Palatine, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit announced the adoption of a simple and uniform rule: The...more

Consent Issues Preclude Certification of TCPA Class Action

Takeaway: A March 2017 D.C. Circuit decision excluding solicited faxes from the scope of the TCPA may spell trouble for class action plaintiffs. The Northern District of Illinois recently ruled that, at least where there is...more

Sixth Circuit Litigants Beware: Exiting The American Pipe Highway Can Forfeit Your Toll

by Carlton Fields on

Classified contributors have blogged numerous times (including several times this year) on opinions that tested the boundaries of American Pipe tolling, including those that addressed whether the doctrine applies to claims...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Rejects Class Certification of TCCWNA Claims in Drink Price Actions

by K&L Gates LLP on

Amidst the significant increase in consumer class action litigation under New Jersey’s Truth in Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA” or the “Act”), the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that TCCWNA claims could...more

Australian Court Refuses to Stay Overlapping Class Actions

by Jones Day on

The Background: The defendant was faced with two "open" class actions (i.e. including all putative group members) in relation to the same allegations. The Issue: The defendant sought a court order permanently staying...more

TCPA Class Denied Certification Due to Binding Authority of Yaakov and Proof of Individualized Issues of Consent

by BakerHostetler on

A recent order from the Northern District of Illinois granted a defendant’s motion to deny class certification regarding “unsolicited” fax advertisements allegedly sent in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

401K Not OK: ERISA Class Certified Under Rule 23(b)(1)(B)

by Carlton Fields on

A New York district court granted certification in an ERISA class action brought by employees of Deutsche Bank alleging the individual fiduciaries of the company’s retirement plan engaged in self-dealing and mismanagement of...more

Electronic Wage Statements — The Next Trap For Employers?

by Carlton Fields on

An employer dodged a bullet before a California jury this week. But the fact that a class was certified and went to a jury suggests that the plaintiff’s bar is increasingly focused on the adequacy of electronic wage...more

Which Comes First Standing Or Class Certification? Northern District Of Illinois Weighs In

by Carlton Fields on

The Northern District of Illinois recently waded into the conflict between standing and class certification when it held that a putative class representative must demonstrate standing to assert each claim before the motion...more

Federal Court Grants Class Certification in the LendingClub Case Over Objections from State Court Plaintiffs, But Denies Federal...

LendingClub is facing two parallel securities litigation cases stemming from alleged false statements it made in connection with its initial public offering (“IPO”). One case is proceeding in the U.S. District Court for the...more

“Similarly Situated” Seriously Scrutinized by Southern District

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A judge in the Southern District of New York held that FLSA off-the-clock claims could not proceed collectively because the employer’s policy enforcement and approval of overtime compensation varied by...more

Current Class-Action Issues

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Though the Supreme Court has declined to address ascertainability this term (for now), it has granted petitions to resolve two other class-action issues....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Breakingviews is raising an eyebrow at the news from yesterday about Broadcom’s unsolicited $105 billion offer for Qualcomm [the largest-ever proposed tech deal], especially in light of the “mountain of debt” Broadcom would...more

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