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Q4 2018 Insurance Class Action Update

The final quarter of 2018 witnessed a number of new twists on old theories in class actions involving auto and homeowners claims and coverages, as well as further activity in some long-running class actions. Read BakerHostetler’s Q4 2018 Insurance Class Action Update, written by partner Mark Johnson, here.… Continue Reading

Eighth Circuit Provides Important Guidance in Class Settlement Approvals

The Eight Circuit provided some useful guidance for district courts and practitioners in obtaining and reviewing final approval of class settlements in its July 5, 2017, decision in Keil v. Lopez. In that case, the court affirmed approval of a consumer class action settlement by Blue Buffalo Co. Ltd. involving ingredients of pet food. Here … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Reaffirms Certification of Defective Washing Machine Class on Remand From Supreme Court

Co-author: Rand McClellan Editors’ Note:  This post is also a Baker Class Action Alert. In a closely watched decision after remand by the Supreme Court, on July 18, 2013, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld for a second time the class certification order in In re Whirlpool Front-Loading Washer Prods. Liab. Litig. (“Whirlpool II”) … Continue Reading

Daubert Revisited

After the Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), the application of Daubert at the class certification stage has been one of recent confusion.  Although not all circuits have addressed whether a full Daubert analysis is necessary at the class certification stage, the Eighth Circuit announced its approach in In … Continue Reading
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