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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

Unprofessional Marketing: Illinois Appellate Court Denies Professional Liability Coverage for TCPA Violation

On November 26, 2014, an Illinois appellate court held that a professional liability insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify its insured for a class action brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) because the insured’s robocalls did not constitute conduct of the insured’s business “in rendering services for others,” as required by … Continue Reading

Ohio Appellate Court Rejects Mortgage Servicing Class Action, Finds Foreclosure Actions Are Not “Consumer Transactions” Under The Consumer Sales Practices Act

Yesterday, the Eighth District Ohio Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action raising claims against a noteholder, mortgage servicer, and law firm under Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act (“CSPA”).  In Glazer v. Chase Home Finance L.L.C., 2013-Ohio-5589 (Ohio App. 2013), the Eighth District held that servicing defaulted mortgage loans is not … Continue Reading

Judge Slashes Attorneys’ Fees and Incentive Awards in Defective Laptop Class Action

In a consumer class action settlement involving allegedly sluggish Acer notebook computers, a Northern California federal judge sua sponte slashed the attorneys’ fees award sought by plaintiffs’ lawyers from the requested $2,542,246 to $943,217.  Wolph v. Acer Am. Corp., Case No. 3:09-cv-0-1314-JSW (N.D. Cal. Oct. 21, 2013). The named plaintiffs accused Acer of selling notebook … Continue Reading

Will Moldy Washing Machines Save the Consumer Class Action from Extinction?

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on ClassActionBlawg.com and is reprinted with permission. One of the key questions in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend is the extent to which damages must be susceptible to classwide calculation in order to justify class certification.  In particular, the question is … Continue Reading

Another Blow to Data Breach Class Actions: Bell, et al. v. Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Editor’s Note: This post is a joint submission with BakerHostetler’s Data Privacy Monitor blog. On July 11, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California dismissed a majority of the claims brought against Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. after a data breach suffered by Blizzard in 2012. In granting the motion for judgment on the pleadings, … Continue Reading

After Standard Fire Uncertainty Continues About the Legal Certainty Standard for CAFA Removal in California District Courts

Of all the recent landscape-shifting opinions the Supreme Court has issued in the class-action arena, perhaps none appear as straightforward as Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles, 133 S.Ct. 1345 (2013). Recall that in Standard Fire the Court laid down an explicit rule that a putative class-action plaintiff’s stipulation to seek damages of less than … 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

Supreme Court Denies Cert on Preclusion Issue Post Decertification in Florida Tobacco Case…And Once Again, Decertification Proves to Be a Hollow Victory

Last week, on November 26, 2012, the United States Supreme Court denied cert in one of the thousands of individual cases pending in the aftermath of Engle v. Liggett Group, Inc., 945 So. 2d 1246 (Fla. 2006), where the State of Florida took on the tobacco industry.  In R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Clay, Case … Continue Reading
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