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Third Circuit Clarifies Standard for Ascertainability

In a recent ruling vacating denial of class certification, the Third Circuit provided guidance on the scope of the implied “ascertainability” requirement under Rule 23. Byrd v. Aaron’s, Inc., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 6190 (3d Cir. April 16, 2015) involved a putative class action against Aaron’s, which leases, among other things, laptop computers to consumers. … Continue Reading

Court Takes Cue from Comcast v. Behrend, Certifies Class as to Liability but not Damages

Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. In what appears to be an increasingly common practice since the Supreme Court decided Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 133 S.Ct. 1426 (2013), the Southern District of New York recently certified a class as to liability, but rejected certification as to damages.  Fort Worth Employees’ … Continue Reading

In “Zombie” Class Action, Seventh Circuit Requires Plaintiffs to Present Evidence to Prove Home-State Exception to CAFA Jurisdiction

On Tuesday, the Seventh Circuit decided Myrick v. Wellpoint, Inc., Nos. 12-3882, 13-2230, 2014 WL 4073065 (Aug. 19, 2014), which held that plaintiffs were required to produce evidence—and not merely assumptions—about the citizenship of class members to establish the “home-state exception” to CAFA jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332(d)(4). The case arose when a health insurer … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Affirms Certification and Summary Judgment for TCPA Class, Despite State Law Class Action Prohibition

On July 9, 2014, the Sixth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that a consumer TCPA class action could proceed against Lake City Industrial Products, rejecting Lake City’s argument that Michigan law prohibited TCPA class actions.  American Copper & Brass, Inc. v. Lake City Industrial Products, Inc., Case No. 13-2605, (6th Cir. 2014).  In addition, … Continue Reading

Low-Tech Proof In a High-Tech World: Northern District of California Denies Class Certification In Hulu Data Privacy Case

On June 16, the Northern District of California denied a motion for class certification in In re Hulu Privacy Litigation, No. C 11-03764 LB, ECF No. 111.  The plaintiffs in that action alleged that Hulu violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) by disclosing personal identification information (“PII”) to third parties, including Facebook.  Hulu provides … Continue Reading

No Supreme Court Review of Moldy Washer Cases

Earlier today, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in two highly anticipated appeals of decisions by the Sixth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals to grant class certification over breach of warranty claims involving allegedly defective washing machines.  The denial of cert in Butler v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., Nos. 11-8029, 12-8030 (7th Cir., Aug. 22, … Continue Reading

No Need To Try the Individual Claim After Class Cert Denial – Ninth Circuit Asserts Jurisdiction over Voluntary Stipulated Dismissal and Upholds Denial of Class Certification

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the United States District Court for the Central District of California’s denial of class certification of a Plaintiff’s California consumer law claims based primarily based on the predominance of individualized issues. Case No. 11-55592 (9th Cir. Feb. 3, 2014). Notably, the Ninth Circuit also determined that it had jurisdiction to … Continue Reading

Once Again, Clapper Defeats Data Breach Class Action

Article III standing has once again proved to be an insurmountable hurdle for data breach class action plaintiffs whose personal information hasn’t been misused.  In Galaria v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., an Ohio federal court relied on the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Clapper v. Amnesty Intern. USA, 133 S.Ct. 1138 (2013), and held … Continue Reading

Karlsgodt to Lead CLE on Rule 23(f) Class Certification Appeals

The head of BakerHostetler’s national class action practice, Paul Karlsgot, will lead a CLE webinar that Strafford is hosting on Thursday, February 6, titled “Rule 23(f) Class Certification Appeals: Pursuing or Challenging Interlocutory Review.” This CLE live web seminar will provide guidance to class litigators for complying with the strict procedural requirements of Rule 23(f) when … Continue Reading

Objectors Seek Writ of Certiorari to SCOTUS Over Monsanto Agent Orange Settlement

On January 21, 2014, objectors to a class action settlement over contamination from Monsanto Agent Orange herbicide filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the Unites States Supreme Court.  The Petition asked the Court to entertain the objectors’ request to reverse the West Virginia Supreme Court’s November 22, 2013 decision, which affirmed the trial … Continue Reading

Securities Class Action Filings Up In 2013, But Could The Supreme Court Burst Their Bubble In 2014?

Last week, NERA Economic Consulting released its annual report, “Recent Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation: 2013 Full-Year Review.” The report showed that in 2013, there were increases in both the number of federal securities class actions filed and the average settlement amount. However, these trends might not be on the rise for long. Despite … Continue Reading

The Ascertainability Requirement Claims Another Class. A Growing Trend?

A new case, Hernandez v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., No. CV 12-5543 DSF JCX, 2013 WL 6332002 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 2, 2013), highlights challenges plaintiffs face in certifying classes where membership in the class is difficult or impossible to ascertain based on the defendant’s records. In Hernandez, the plaintiff sought to certify a class of … Continue Reading

Loreto v. The Procter & Gamble Company: Southern District of Ohio Grants Motion to Strike Class Allegations in Consumer False Advertising Case

In a significant decision, the Southern District of Ohio granted, in full, the defendant’s motion to strike class allegations in a consumer false advertising class action before any significant discovery had taken place or the plaintiffs filed a motion for class certification.  Loreto v. The Procter & Gamble Company, No. 1:09-cv-815, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue Reading

Nevada Court Blesses Plaintiff’s Counsel Use of Facebook and Twitter to Advertise Pending Collective Action

The District of Nevada recently allowed Plaintiff’s counsel to solicit potential collective action members on Facebook and Twitter. In Gamble v. Boyd Gaming Corp., D. Nev., No. 2:13-cv-01009-JCM-PAL (Nov. 20, 2013), the plaintiff brought a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act on behalf of defendant’s employees that were allegedly required to work “off … Continue Reading

Halliburton Redux: Will Fraud-on-the-Market Survive?

Editors’ Note:  This post is reprinted with permission from rennerclassactions.com. On November 15th, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in the Halliburton case… again. While the Court’s original Halliburton decision concerned whether loss causation needs to be shown at the class certification stage (it does not), the current case before the Court deals with the … Continue Reading

Court Certifies TILA Class Action Lead by Familiar Plaintiff / Counsel Team

A New York Federal court has certified a class action against Ann Taylor LOFT for violations of the Truth in Lending Act (see Opinion & Order in Kelen v. World Financial Network National Bank, Case No. 12-CIV-5024). Lead Plaintiff Ester Kelen brought suit on behalf of herself and others similarly situated, alleging that the account … Continue Reading

Florida Court Allows Plaintiff Extensive Communication with Putative Class Members

A recent decision from the Southern District of Florida denied a motion seeking to limit plaintiffs’ ability to contact putative class members to solicit support and evidence in support of a class certification motion.   In A.R. ex rel. Root v. Dudek, No. 12-cv-60460, 2013 WL 5278668 (S.D. Fla. Sept 19, 2013), plaintiffs alleged that certain … Continue Reading

California Rejects a Class that Includes Uninjured Class Members

A California federal court has rejected a proposed settlement to a class action over alleged material omissions in Option Adjustable Rate Mortgage Loan documentation (Order Denying Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Settlement Approval in Peel, et al. v. BrooksAmerica Mortgage Corp., et al.).  Lead plaintiffs and defendants, which included several divisions of Washington Mutual, agreed to … Continue Reading

New Jersey Judge Certifies TCPA Junk Fax Class

In a significant decision for companies that engage in electronic marketing, a New Jersey federal judge certified a 23(b)(3) class claiming violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”; 47 U.S.C. § 227(b)(1)(C)). In A&L Industries Inc. v. P. Cipollini Inc., case no. 2:12-cv-07598 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, … Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Says “Smallness” Is Not a Bar to Class Certification

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on September 17, 2013, courtesy of Renner on Class Actions blog. It is repurposed with permission. In what it describes as an effort to advance the law of class certification, the Seventh Circuit last week issued a decision, written by Judge Posner, that many would say does just the … Continue Reading

Carrera v. Bayer Corporation: Third Circuit Vacates Class Certification Order on Ascertainability Grounds in Consumer False Advertising Case

The Third Circuit Circuit’s recent decision in Carrera v. Bayer Corporation, No. 12-2621 (3d Cir. Aug. 21, 2013), could have a significant impact on false advertising class actions involving the purchase of consumer products such as dietary supplements, foods and beverages, and cosmetics, where consumers generally do not save receipts or packaging, and manufacturers do … Continue Reading

Stammco, L.L.C. v. United Tel. Co. of Ohio, Addressing Rule 23 Requirements for Class Certification in Ohio

Editors’ Note:  This article was originally posted on Baker’s Employment Class Action blog. After eight years and two visits, the Ohio Supreme Court has issued an opinion that not only addresses key developments in federal class action jurisprudence, but also decided the underlying class certification question.  The resulting opinion will have a major impact on Ohio … 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

All of These Things Are Not Like the Others; Class Certification Denied in YouTube Case

When the judge deciding a motion for class certification begins his Opinion by describing the proposed class as a “Frankenstein monster,” you don’t need to be very prescient to predict the outcome of the motion. In The Football Association Premier League Limited v. YouTube, Inc., Judge Louis Stanton refused to certify a class of plaintiffs pursuing … Continue Reading
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