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Seventh Circuit Denies Arbitration of Accountholder Daughter’s TCPA Class Action Claims

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In A.D. vs. Credit One Bank, N.A., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed a district court order compelling individual arbitration of a putative class action for Credit One's alleged violations of the...more

Mall Smoothie Does Not Bind Teenager To Mom’s Arbitration Agreement With Credit Card

A new Seventh Circuit case answers the age-old question: if a fourteen-year-old swipes her mom’s credit card to complete a smoothie purchase at the mall, is she bound to the credit card agreement?...more

New York Court of Appeals Decision Requires Needless Notice of Individual Settlements in Putative Class Actions

Class actions have dual natures. They start out as only individual cases, but they can become massive, collective cases where the rights of absent parties are adjudicated all at once. In most respects, class certification...more

Chris Lazarini Examines New York Court's Definition of "Class Action" and "Members of the Class"

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which the New York Court of Appeals provided guidance on Rule 908 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules, deciding that Rule 908 requires sending notice of a...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | January 2018 #3

House Panel Questions FDA Officials on Food-Recall Audit - One day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on proposals to expedite product warnings and recalls, FDA and other health...more

N.Y. Decision May Hinder Early Class Action Settlements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The decision of the New York Court of Appeals, in Desrosiers v. Perry Ellis Menswear, LLC., and in Vasquez v. Nat'l Sec. Corp., has created a potential obstacle to early class action settlements in cases filed in New York...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

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

File Not Found: Lack of Fax or Call Logs Doom Class Ascertainability in TCPA Cases

What is seemingly a growing divide between circuits has developed on the appropriate standard for assessing ascertainability in federal class actions, including Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class actions....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

The 9th Circuit Declines to Adopt Administrative Feasibility Requirement for Class Certification

Key Points - - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit joined the 6th, 7th, and 8th Circuits in declining to adopt an “administrative feasibility” requirement for plaintiffs seeking to certify a class under...more

In a Scorching Opinion, Sixth Circuit Refuses to Undo Class Action Settlement

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Sometimes, appellate decisions are written in a purely clinical voice. Other times, they’re infused with a dash of hot sauce....more

California Appellate Court Permits Use of Statistical Sampling to Prove Class Certification

Statistical sampling has always been an effective and efficient way for plaintiffs to establish class action liability in California. After some hope that a 2011 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States might hamper...more

Second Circuit Affirms Exclusion of Certain Foreign Purchasers and Purchases from Securities Class Action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a lengthy opinion today in the long-running In re Vivendi, S.A. Securities Litigation, affirming the jury’s verdict on liability and addressing issues about loss...more

Ninth Circuit Holds District Court Erred In Denying Certification To Class Of Google Advertisers

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A Ninth Circuit panel reversed a district court’s order denying certification of a putative nationwide class of internet advertisers, holding that the district court erred in finding that plaintiff failed to satisfy Rule...more

BC Supreme Court Dismisses Applications for Certification of Consumer Protection Claims in Five Class Actions Against...

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On August 18, 2015, Madame Justice Adair of the B.C. Supreme Court refused to certify as class proceedings five separate actions against each of Air Canada, Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft, Delta Air Lines, Inc., United...more

Grasping for a Hold on “Ascertainability”: The Implicit Requirement for Class Certification and its Evolving Application

by K&L Gates LLP on

The concept of “ascertainability” serves as an important arrow in the quiver of a defendant seeking to prevent certification of a putative class action in federal court. Recently, the issue of what a plaintiff must...more

First Circuit Weighs In On Rule 68 Mootness Issue

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In a decision issued on August 21, 2015, the First Circuit added its voice to the recent chorus of federal appellate courts holding that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment, served before a motion for class certification...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Third Circuit’s “Heightened” Ascertainability Analysis

by DLA Piper on

Critics of the controversial ascertainability requirement for class certification that the Third Circuit has been applying since 2012 are rejoicing after a recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision that flatly rejects...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2015

Employee's Inability To Work For A Particular Supervisor Does Not Constitute A "Disability" - Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Med. Found., 237 Cal. App. 4th 78 (2015) - Michaelin Higgins-Williams worked as a clinical...more

Employment Law - July 2015

The Impact of National Same-Sex Marriage for Employers - Why it matters: How will employers feel the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges? The landmark ruling that the Fourteenth...more

Second Circuit Holds That National Bank Act Preemption Does Not Apply to an Independent, Third-Party Debt Collector That Purchased...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Second Circuit recently issued a National Bank Act preemption decision with significant implications for purchasers of loans and other debt from national banks. See Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC, --- F.3d ---, 2015 WL...more

Baker v. Microsoft Corporation Revisited: Video Gaming Company Seeks to Stop Class Action Plaintiffs From Shortcutting the Appeals...

We recently reported on a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion reversing a district court’s decision to strike class action allegations in a putative class action against Microsoft. Baker v. Microsoft Corp., No. 12-35946,...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Order Striking Class Allegations in Microsoft Xbox Case

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The Ninth Circuit reversed an order striking class allegations against Microsoft reasoning that the Washington district court misapplied its precedent and thereby abused its discretion. Plaintiffs alleged that a design defect...more

Denial of Class Certification In Computer Spyware Suit Vacated By Third Circuit

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On April 16, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated a district court’s order denying class certification of a computer spyware suit against Aaron’s Inc., concluding that district court had...more

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