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2016-17 Securities Class Actions by the Numbers

2016 was an unprecedented year in securities class actions filings. According to a report published by NERA Economic Consulting, a record 300 securities class action complaints were filed in 2016 in federal courts, a 32 percent increase from 2015. This number represents the highest pace of filings since the 2000 dot-com crash. The median time … 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

Fifth Circuit Questions the Use of Claim-splitting Tactic by Plaintiff; Orders District Court to Consider Whether Plaintiff’s Proposal Destroys Adequacy

On May 9, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Slade v. Progressive Sec. Ins. Co, Case No. 15-300010, 2017 WL 1843737 (5th Cir. May 9, 2017), in which the court discussed how the practice of claim splitting can create an adequacy bar to class certification. The appeal was taken from a … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Adds to Circuit Split About the Enforceability of Class and Collective Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements

The Sixth Circuit just became the third federal court of appeals to hold that an arbitration provision requiring employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to arbitrate individually all employment-related claims is not enforceable. Nat’l Labor Relations Bd. v. Alternative Entm’t, Inc., No. 16-1385, 2017 WL 2297620, at *9 (6th Cir. May 26, … Continue Reading

Will the Supreme Court Address the Growing Uncertainty in Class Certification Injury Standards?

Recent years have seen some upheaval in the lower courts on whether classes may be certified when they include members who lack actual injury. So far, however, the Supreme Court has declined to address this issue, thus increasing uncertainty and risks for litigants. Class action cases are often brought pursuant to Rule 23(b)(3), which requires … Continue Reading

House Passes Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (H.R. 985) (the Act). The Act – introduced by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte – makes several significant changes to class action practice. In passing this Act, the House asserted these changes were intended to “diminish … Continue Reading

The Unwelcome Guest at the Class Settlement Table: Serial Objectors

Finally, the end is in sight. After motions to dismiss, discovery, hearings, a highly contested motion for class certification and mediation, the parties have reached a class settlement. The parties are relieved to end the uncertainty and burdens of a class action, and now turn their attention to obtaining court approval. But suddenly the settlement … Continue Reading

Mandatory Disclosure of Third-Party Funding Agreements for Proposed Class Action Lawsuits

For years, certain lenders have agreed to fund all or part of a party’s litigation costs, usually in exchange for an agreed share of any recovered proceeds, as part of a practice called “third-party litigation funding.”  This has spawned widespread debate over the propriety of such funding and the degree of transparency parties and courts … Continue Reading

The Supreme Court Will Review Whether Putative Class Actions Toll the Statute of Repose for Class Members’ Individual Securities Act Claims

On January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, Inc., No. 16-373 (ANZ Securities), to resolve whether the filing of a putative class action tolls the statute of repose for individual class members’ claims brought under Section 13 of the Securities Act. The California Public Employees’ … Continue Reading

“Yes, I Agree”: With a Click, Uber Drivers Can Waive Right To Bring Class Action Suits

Recently, in a major win for employers and companies that transact business on the internet, the Ninth Circuit upheld the use of arbitration class-action waivers in so-called clickwrap agreements. These types of agreements are commonplace—consumers installing software or signing up for a service are presented with a company’s terms and conditions on their screen, and … Continue Reading

Third Circuit Sets Framework for Numerosity Requirement

Yesterday, in In re Modafinil Antitrust Litig., 3d Cir. No. 15-3475 the Third Circuit provided a framework for analyzing the oft-overlooked numerosity requirement of Rule 23(a)(1)..  The court’s decision both clarified and seemingly bolstered the numerosity threshold. The district court had certified a class of 22 direct purchasers of the drug Provigil that alleged a … Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Throws Out TransUnion’s Clickwrap Agreement and Incorporated Class Waiver

In recent years, and in particular since decisions like AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 563 U.S. 333 (2011), a powerful defense to consumer class actions has been arbitration agreements that include class waivers. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in DIRECTV, Inc. v. Imburgia, 136 S. Ct. 463 (2015) reinforces that defense, and assures that the … Continue Reading

Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo: The Supreme Court Declines to Rule Out Representative Evidence in Class Actions

In Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, 577 U.S. __ (2016), the Supreme Court considered whether a case could proceed as a class action under Rule 23(b)(3) when the plaintiffs relied upon statistical, representative evidence to show both the existence of injury and damages. On Tuesday, in a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court held that the … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Nixes Defendants’ Attempts to Get Rid of Class Actions by Making “Pickoff” Offers to Settle Named Plaintiffs’ Individual Claims

Editor’s Note: Originally published by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, this article appeared on their website March 10 2016. It is republished to BakerHostetler’s Class Action Lawsuit Defense blog with their permission. The Supreme Court recently held that a defendant cannot get rid of a class action by merely offering to settle with the named plaintiff on … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Reverses Dismissal, Under First-to-File Rule, of Action Brought by Putative Class Members of Earlier-Filed Class Action

Last week, in Baatz v. Columbia Gas Transmission LLC, No. 15-3208, 2016 WL 731900 (6th Cir. 2016), a panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a group of landowners in Medina, Ohio against Columbia Gas Transmission for allegedly storing natural gas under their property without compensation. … Continue Reading

California Court Rejects Tuna Settlement Over Scope of Release

In recent years, courts have been more carefully scrutinizing class action settlements. A recent example is Hendricks v. Starkist Co., Case No. 3:13-cv-00729 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 19, 2016), where the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied final approval of a $12 million settlement of a class action filed against StarKist. The lawsuit … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Disconnects Plaintiffs’ Attempt to Avoid Class Arbitration Waiver

In a 6-3 decision yesterday, the Supreme Court in DirecTV, Inc. v. Imburgia, 577 U.S. ___, S. Ct. (2015) reversed a decision of the California Court of Appeals that refused to enforce a class action arbitration waiver on unconscionability grounds. At issue in that case was a class action arbitration waiver that contained a provision … Continue Reading

2015-16 Supreme Court Term – Is it Finally the End for Class Actions as We Know Them?

Editor’s Note: The following blog post was originally published by ClassActionBlawg.com. It is republished with permission. The October 2015 United States Supreme Court Term is already well underway, and there are several cases on the docket that could have a significant impact on class action practice.  Here is a summary of the three cases this … Continue Reading

District Court Follows Supreme Court’s Lead in Halliburton, Allows Class Action to Proceed with Narrowed Factual Scope

Applying the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2398 (2014) (“Halliburton II”), which allowed companies facing securities fraud class actions to defeat certification by presenting evidence that their alleged false statements did not impact the company’s stock price, the district court on remand held that … Continue Reading

Supreme Court to decide if a TCPA class action can be mooted by a pre-certification offer of judgment

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court accepted certiorari to review the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Campbell-Eward Co. v. Gomez, 768 F.3d 871 (9th Cir. 2014), which involved a TCPA class action brought by the recipient of a text message that a contractor, defendant Campbell-Eward, sent on behalf of the U.S. Navy in May 2006. The … Continue Reading

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
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