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Sorry, But Your Credit Card (Class Action) Has Been Declined

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The Eastern District of New York recently declined to certify a putative class action filed by merchants against the four major credit card providers alleging antitrust violations. ...more

Is the "Gig" Up? The On-Demand Economy in 2018

by Payne & Fears on

On February 8, 2018, Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley found that couriers for the tech/food delivery service company GrubHub, Inc. (“GrubHub”) were properly classified as independent contractors. Judge Corley made...more

Beware the Empty Space: No Slack in Slack Fill Cases, Which Continue to Flood Courts

As we previously reported, slack fill litigation remains on the rise. Plaintiffs continue to file consumer lawsuits – typically putative class actions – alleging food packaging is deceptive because it contains empty space, or...more

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

TCPA Class Certification Denial Exposes Major Spousal Scheme

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

There are plenty of things I’d like to do with my wife one day. Take a trip to Greece. Finally convince her to go camping with me (never going to happen). But filing a class action with her as class representative is...more

Putative Class Member’s Spoliation Of Evidence Disqualifies Him As A Class Representative

by Carlton Fields on

A district court recently disqualified a plaintiff from acting as a class representative because his spoliation of evidence rendered him an atypical class member. The plaintiffs allege that casting sand used in creating Jeep...more

Inside the Courts – An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - November 2017/ Volume 9 / Issue 4

This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between August 2017 and October 2017....more

How Low Can the Certification Bar Go in British Columbia?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

British Columbia has been known as a haven for class actions in Canada. The bar for certification was set very low and British Columbia is regarded as being the most plaintiff-friendly province for class actions in Canada. On...more

California Supreme Court gives PAGA plaintiffs broad right to employee contact information

by Dentons on

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls of California), holding that in a representative action brought by an employee under the state's Private Attorneys...more

Collateral Attacks on Class Resolutions

by Carlton Fields on

In 1940, Hansberry v. Lee, 311 U.S. 32 (1940), established the basic constitutional foundation for the class action device: Members of a class who are not parties to the litigation may only be bound by a judgment in the...more

The Seventh Circuit Forecloses One “Pick Off” Method Under Rule 67, But Leaves A Trail Of Crumbs For Both The Plaintiffs’ And...

Takeaway: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in January 2016 in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment has no legal effect and therefore does not serve to moot a class action. 136 S. Ct. 663...more

7th Circuit Balks At Class Action Defendant’s Attempt To Pick-Off Lead Plaintiff

On June 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit provided guidance on attempts by defendants to moot a plaintiff’s claim by depositing with the court damages sufficient to make the plaintiff whole. The practice...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Rule 67 Deposit Into Court Account as Easier Alternative to Rule 68 Offer of Judgment

by BakerHostetler on

Over the years, Rule 68 offers of judgment have been touted as a means of picking off class representatives and a potentially easy way to terminate a class or collective action before it starts. It rarely really works that...more

Seventh Circuit Limits Ability to Moot Claims of Class Representative in the Wake of Campbell-Ewald

On June 20, 2017, the Seventh Circuit ruled that a defendant cannot moot the individual claims of a putative class representative by depositing an unaccepted settlement offer with the court covering all relief purportedly...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Rule 67 Mootness Argument But Keeps Campbell-Ewald Full Deposit Maneuver Alive

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Rien n’est eternel. Nothing lasts forever. In TCPAland, things don’t even last a week. Just days after a Chicago district court endorsed the tactic in A Custom Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. v. Kabbage, Inc., 2017 U.S....more

The Case Goes On, For Now: Seventh Circuit Holds Rule 67 Cannot Moot TCPA Class Action

by Benesch on

In January 2016, the Supreme Court issued its Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez decision and definitely ruled that Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 could not be used to moot the claims of a named plaintiff. Prior to that ruling,...more

Supreme Court Confirms Plaintiffs Cannot Manufacture Appellate Jurisdiction Over Class Certification Denials

by King & Spalding on

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker. Baker resolves a Circuit split concerning whether a plaintiff, after losing a class certification battle, can effectively manufacture...more

US Supreme Court: class action plaintiffs cannot voluntarily dismiss claims in effort to appeal denial of class certification

by DLA Piper on

In a significant victory for class action defendants, whose success often depends on whether a class is certified, the US Supreme Court has ruled that federal courts of appeals lack jurisdiction under 28 USC §1291 to review...more

Fourth Circuit Applies Spokeo to Vacate $11.7 Million Class Action Judgment

by Williams Mullen on

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that a class representative who failed to allege a concrete injury from incomplete or incorrect information on his credit report did not satisfy the standing...more

An Offer You Can Refuse

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently confronted (again) a situation where a defendant made an offer of judgment to the putative class representative to provide all of the relief available to the individual plaintiff....more

Class Representatives Do Not Hold Veto Power Over Class Settlement

by Carlton Fields on

In In re FedEx Ground Package Sys., Inc. Employment Practices Litig., No. 3:05-CV-595 RLM, 2017 WL 632119 (N.D. Ind. Feb. 14, 2017), only one of a total of seven class representatives signed off on accepting a proposed class...more

Recent settlements highlight plaintiff pitfalls in data breach cases

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a recent post, we discussed how plaintiff class members who have not suffered financial harm as a result of a data breach face challenges meeting the Article III standing requirement necessary to invoke a federal court’s...more

Thoughts on the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

A fair amount of attention has been given in the legal media to the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, H.R. 985, which has passed the House of Representatives and is currently under consideration by the Senate....more

Appeals Court Sends Target Settlement Back

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit vacated the class action settlement between Target Corp. and consumers whose card data was compromised in the company’s 2013 data breach. ...more

Class Certification Denied in TCPA Action Against Dick’s Sporting Goods

Recently, a California federal judge, U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, denied a request for class certification in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action against Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. (Dick’s)...more

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