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Discovery Class Action

Dealing with Competing Class Actions, Part Two – Venue Transfer and MDL Consolidation

Part two of our series on competing class actions will address strategies intended to “corral” multiple cases: venue transfer under the federal forum non conveniens statute, and seeking multidistrict litigation (MDL)...more

Workplace Communications Policy Can Limit Later Discovery Burdens

Any employer that has been the subject of e-discovery requests can attest to the difficulty and expense encountered when compiling and producing company electronic communications. These burdens have been further exacerbated...more

Unusual procedural development in CFPB/NY AG lawsuit against RD Legal Funding

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an unusual procedural move last week in the RD Legal Funding case about which we have previously blogged, SDNY Judge Loretta Preska (the judge presiding over the CFPB’s lawsuit against RD Legal Funding) has referred to...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2017

Jobseeker Website May Be Compelled To Disclose Identity Of Anonymous Posters Who Criticized Employer - ZL Technologies, Inc. v. Does 1-7, 13 Cal. App. 5th 603 (2017) - ZL Technologies brought suit, alleging libel per se and...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

Cy Pres Class Action Settlements Just Fine, Ninth Circuit Says

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

What should a corporation do when a class action lawsuit claims it broke the law, the group of allegedly affected people is massive, but the real-world “harm” is effectively nil? If the lawsuit fails to state a valid...more

Filing An Early Motion To Strike Class Allegations

A recent decision by the Western District of Michigan is indicative of the increasing trend in federal district courts to grant early motions to strike class allegations where it is obvious that a class cannot be certified....more

Key California Employment Law Cases: July 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour (payment of wages) and civil procedure (class and representative actions). Wage and Hour - Payment of Wages: Minnick v. Auto. Creations, Inc., 2017 WL...more

Third Circuit Introduces New Uncertainty While Attempting to Clarify Ascertainability Jurisprudence

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On August 16, the Third Circuit gave the plaintiff a pass for failing to pursue evidence necessary to determine whether its proposed class was ascertainable and took the opportunity to clarify that affidavits may be used, at...more

Another Chapter in California’s PAGA Saga

Sounds like something our favorite attorney Bob Loblaw would be part of. In reality, the PAGA SAGA (for those of you without California employees) relates to PAGA, the acronym for California’s Private Attorneys’ General Act,...more

Business Litigation Report - July 2017

Article: July 2017: A Practical Guide to Spoliation Sanctions Under Amended Rule 37(e) - Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e), addressing the availability of sanctions for failure to preserve electronically stored...more

California Supreme Court Issues Sharp Reminder About Privacy and Discovery

by McManis Faulkner on

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in the matter of Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls of CA, LLC) (Case No. S227228). At first glance, the opinion – which holds that an employee who brings...more

Seyfarth Shaw Submits Comments On Needed Reform To Rule 30(b)(6)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Seyfarth Shaw submitted comments to the Federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules regarding needed reform to Rule 30(b)(6), the rule that governs depositions of organizations in federal litigation. ...more

California Supreme Court Expands PAGA Plaintiffs’ Access to Statewide Discovery of Employee Contact Information

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court greatly expanded the scope of discovery available under California’s Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”). In Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls of CA,...more

Court Rules that Plaintiff’s Request for Data from Defendant is “Extraordinarily Burdensome”: eDiscovery Case Week

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In Solo v. United Parcel Services Co., No. 14-12719 (E.D. Mich. Jan. 10, 2017), Michigan Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen agreed that the defendant showed that the level of data requested by the plaintiff “would be...more

California Supreme Court Expands Scope of PAGA Discovery

by Reed Smith on

On July 13, 2017, in a decision with serious repercussions on the scope of PAGA discovery, the California Supreme Court overruled the Court of Appeals in Williams v. Superior Court to allow state-wide discovery of Marshalls...more

California Supreme Court Reaffirms Broad Right to Discovery in PAGA Actions

The California Supreme Court issued its long awaited ruling in Williams v. Superior Court, in which it clarified the scope of discovery in actions brought under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, Labor Code § 2698 et...more

Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls): California Supreme Court to Allow Broad Discovery in PAGA Cases

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court held that plaintiffs need not demonstrate good cause to discover contact information of other allegedly aggrieved employees in an action brought pursuant to the Private...more

California Supreme Court Gives PAGA Plaintiffs Broad Right to Contact Information; Recognizes Employee Burden to Show...

On July 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of California issued a unanimous opinion in Williams v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County (Marshalls of CA, LLC), holding that a representative plaintiff in a Private Attorneys...more

Employers Litigating PAGA Actions Take Hit From California Supreme Court

by Fisher Phillips on

In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court ruled today that plaintiffs in lawsuits brought pursuant to the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), can seek the contact information for their fellow...more

Court Applies Work Product Protection to Breach Investigation Reports

One of the most significant questions in data security law is whether reports created by forensic firms investigating data breaches at the direction of counsel are protected from discovery in civil class action lawsuits. ...more

Big Changes Could be Coming to Class Action Practice, Courtesy of Congress

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Class actions, especially those with nationwide scope and the specter of huge payouts, have long been the stuff of nightmares for in-house counsel and corporate executives. The press regularly report on settlements where...more

Protection of Vendor Report and Documents as Work Product is Big Win for Experian

When assisting clients with emergency data breach response, and preparing and implementing a data privacy and security plan, it often becomes efficient, cost effective and necessary to hire outside vendors to assist with...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2017"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine a district court ruling against Wendy's that continues a shift toward an increase in merchants' data protection responsibilities and the Article 29 Working...more

"Third-Party Litigation Financing: Mandatory Disclosure on the Horizon?"

The use of third-party litigation financing — generally defined as the funding of litigation activities by entities other than the parties themselves, their insurers or their counsel — continues to increase in the United...more

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