We are pleased to share with you the BakerHostetler 2012 Year-end Review of Class Actions, which offers a summary of some of the key developments in class action litigation during the past year. Class action litigation continues to persist in all areas of civil litigation despite the Supreme Court’s 2011 decisions in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion and in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, which were seen by many commentators as marking the beginning of the end of class actions as we know them. But while the Supreme Court’s 2011 decisions have had a significant impact on class action litigation, they have not brought about its demise and are not likely to do so anytime soon. In the last two years, we’ve seen landmark decisions and the addition of important judicial gloss to those decisions. 2013 will be no different as the Supreme Court is set to weigh in on a series of key cases this spring.
We hope you find this Review a useful tool as you move forward into the new year. This comprehensive analysis of last year’s developments in class action procedure and jurisdiction, as well as developments by subject matter will hopefully provide context and insight as you look ahead to 2013’s expected trends in class action law, including the proliferation of privacy class action litigation and class action litigation relating to the LIBOR rate-fixing scandal.
The Review is a joint project of the firm’s Class Action Defense, Antitrust, Data Privacy, and Employment Class Action practice teams and is the fruit of collaborative efforts of numerous attorneys from across the firm. If you are interested in receiving a hard copy of the Review in addition to the electronic version we provided herein, please email us and we would be happy to send one to you.
For updates throughout the year, please be sure to visit the blogs sponsored by each of these practice teams: Class Action Lawsuit Defense Blog, Antitrust Advocate, Data Privacy Monitor, and Employment Class Action Blog.