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“A Strong Pull on the Threads Holding Obamacare Together:” President Trump’s October 12, 2017 Affordable Care Act Executive Order

by LeClairRyan on

President Trump’s Executive Order titled “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States” seeks to reform certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Obamacare”) by Executive Agency action...more

B.C. Court of Appeal Decision a Setback for Class Action Defendants

On August 18, 2017, the British Columbia Court of Appeal (Court of Appeal) released a significant decision relating to certification matters for class actions that could have wide-ranging effects on competition class actions...more

Seventh Circuit Underscores Important Role for Pre-Certification Challenges to Expert Witnesses

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In order to certify a class action, it is the plaintiff’s burden to prove that all of the requirements of Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are satisfied. In some class actions, plaintiffs cannot proceed without...more

Second Circuit Requires Increased Scrutiny of Securities Class Actions Involving Off-Exchange Transactions

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The Second Circuit held recently that putative securities class actions involving transactions in non-U.S.-listed foreign securities require careful scrutiny to determine whether the class members' claims can be litigated on...more

Class Action Reform and the “Fairness in Class Action Act”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While the Congressional legislative agenda has taken a back seat in the headlines lately, the fact remains that there still is an agenda, and it includes class action reform....more

District Court Denies Certification of Nationwide Class, Finding Individual Retail Stores’ Alleged Failures to Follow Internal...

by Carlton Fields on

An Illinois district court recently denied certification, finding that the putative nationwide class failed the commonality and numerosity prongs of Rule 23(a) and that injunctive relief was not available under Rule 23(b)(2)...more

Alleged Violations of Florida Building Code Not Subject to Class Treatment

by Carlton Fields on

Two couples who own homes in central Florida attempted to bring a class action against a homebuilder, stemming from alleged violations of Florida’s building code. Section 553.84, Florida Statutes, provides for such a private...more

Battle of the Experts on Class Certification: A Win for Employers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Court of Appeal affirmed a denial of class certification on the ground that the plaintiff’s expert report failed to establish claims could be determined on common evidence. The ruling...more

Too Personal To Proceed: Personal Bankers’ Certification Bid Bounced Again

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Second Circuit recently upheld a district court order denying a bid for class certification by personal bankers claiming their managers refused to approve timesheets with overtime hours, shaved...more

Challenging Limited Issue Class Actions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A class action that aggregates the claims of individual plaintiffs against a common defendant can promote judicial economy and maximize efficiency. However, even the pursuit of class certification can promote abuse. In the...more

Ostensible Agency, Hold the Class Certification: Would You Like Franchise With That?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

It’s a common business model in the fast-food industry: a massive restaurant company provides the menu, the marketing—including catchy slogans and a universally recognized logo—and the basic operational standards for the...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Denial of Class Certification for Failure to Show Commonality under Dukes in Vacation Pay Suit

Last week, in McCaster et al. v. Darden Restaurants, Inc. et al., No. 15-3258 (7th Cir. Jan. 5, 2017), the Seventh Circuit relied on Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 564 U.S. 338 (2011) and affirmed the district court’s denial...more

A Wise Decision: Recent Lessons on Evidence in Class Actions

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Wise v Abbott Laboratories, Limited, 2016 ONSC 7275 was a recent pre-certification summary judgment decision, which was released after the Divisional Court's decision this past summer in Dine v Biomet Inc, 2016 ONSC 4029....more

Class Action Report - October 2016

by Jackson Walker on

As the Supreme Court begins its new term, the trajectory of its recent class certification guidance will be a key issue for many. The spring and summer of 2016 delivered significant new contours in class certification...more

Discrimination Class Certified Based On Union’s Job Referral Policies Despite Third-Parties’ Discretion In Hiring

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: African American pipefitters filed a class action against their labor union based on its allegedly discriminatory system for referring jobs to union members. Despite the fact that third-party employers...more

UnitedHealth Plan Holders Win Class Certification in ERISA Lawsuit

by Williams Venker & Sanders on

The District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted certain members of UnitedHealth health plans class certification in their suit alleging improper denial of benefits. Plaintiffs in the putative...more

Labor Depreciation Class Action Update: Decisions on Class Certification

I have had a busy summer and am overdue in updating readers on recent decisions in class actions against insurers involving the “labor depreciation” issue. The issue involves whether, when insurers estimate the “actual cash...more

Ninth Circuit Grants 23(f) Review of Denial of Class Certification for Inadequate Representation

by BakerHostetler on

We’re all familiar with the basic requirements of Rule 23(a), with the focus most frequently on the issues of commonality and typicality under Rules 23(a)(2) and (3). Numerosity under Rule 23(a)(1) can on occasion be an issue...more

Conflicting Defence Evidence Not Sufficient to Deny Class Certification

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Divisonal Court’s recent decision in Dine v Biomet Inc, 2016 ONSC 4039 will be of particular interest to members of the class action bar in Ontario, as it will have implications for evidence led on certification motions....more

Expert Analysis Guides Decision to Certify Class of Automotive Part Purchasers

Certifying a class of direct purchasers of sheet metal parts alleging claims under section 1 of the Sherman Act, Judge Lynn Adelman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin focused on what it...more

Deceptive Marketing Class Actions: Trump University

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The most talked about class action in Canada of late is not a Canadian class action at all, but rather one commenced in a U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California. Low v. Trump University, already certified...more

Eighth Circuit Reverses Class Certification in Vapor Intrusion Litigation

by Bryan Cave on

On May 20, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed class certification in a case involving residential vapor intrusion claims, in Ebert et al. v. General Mills, Inc., No. 15-1735 (8th Cir. May 20,...more

8th Circuit Court Finds Class Action Inappropriate to Resolve Neighborhood Claims for Damages Arising From Environmental...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Eighth Circuit found that a class action could not be sustained in an environmental pollution case because “the class lacks the requisite commonality and cohesiveness to satisfy Rule 23.”...more

Eleventh Circuit's Opinion Increases the Burden on Those Seeking Class Certification

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Brown is a "defense favorable" opinion that should be heavily relied upon when challenging class actions. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recent opinion in Brown v. Electrolux Home Products, 2016 WL 1085517 (11th...more

Stars Fail to Align for P&G, as Supreme Court Rejects Class Certification Appeal

Readers may recall our coverage in recent months of the challenge by Procter & Gamble (P&G) to an order certifying a multi-state consumer class in a case asserting that P&G falsely advertised its probiotic supplement Align....more

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