Class Action

  • February 5, 2016

    GCs Name Best Of The Best Attorneys

    More than 60 lawyers have been recognized by corporate counsel for cracking the code of client satisfaction and standing out among their peers for at least two years straight.

  • February 5, 2016

    8 Firms Boast The Most Client-Savvy Attorneys

    The names of eight law firms were repeatedly on the lips of general counsel this year as they reported which attorneys stood out to them as the best of the best in client service.

  • February 5, 2016

    GCs Name Cream Of The Crop Litigators

    More than 100 litigators were pinpointed by corporate counsel in a recent report as their top picks for delivering stellar client service while working tough cases.

  • February 5, 2016

    Judge Closes Claims In 'Appalling' Cinemark Wage Suit

    A California district judge on Thursday brought an end to wage and break time violation claims brought by Cinemark USA Inc. workers against the movie theater chain in a case he had recently found “appalling” to still be alive.

  • February 5, 2016

    $7.5M Deal In Mich. Magazine Privacy Row Gets Initial Nod

    A Michigan federal judge on Friday granted preliminary approval to a $7.5 million settlement to resolve a putative class action accusing magazine publisher Meredith Corp. of violating the state's Video Rental Privacy Act by disclosing subscribers' personal data.

  • February 5, 2016

    Car Parkers Take Jagger, Apatow Firms Off Hook In OT Suit

    Two parking assistants put the brakes on claims that production companies headed by Judd Apatow and Mick Jagger stiffed them on wages, but then refiled the collective and class action cases against new defendants, according to New York federal court documents.

  • February 5, 2016

    Biased Justice Nixed $10B Tobacco Judgment, High Court Told

    A class of smokers has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the rejection of a $10 billion trial court judgment against Philip Morris USA over the labeling of light and low-tar cigarettes, saying the Illinois Supreme Court justice who cast the deciding vote against them should have been recused.

  • February 5, 2016

    Fla. University Hit With Class Action Over Data Breach

    The University of Central Florida was hit with a proposed class action in Florida federal court on Friday alleging the university failed to adequately safeguard personal data when a recent hack exposed the confidential data of 63,000 current and former students and employees.

  • February 5, 2016

    Daily Fantasy Suits Enter MDL Quagmire

    With the dozens of lawsuits and class actions against daily fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel consolidated in Massachusetts, experts said the companies gain some relief from having to litigate in courts across the country, but the court will now have to deal with parsing out the nuances of individual state anti-gambling laws.

  • February 5, 2016

    Iams' Parent Co. Dumps Suit Over Cat Food 'Slave Labor'

    The Iams Co. is off the hook in a proposed consumer class action over whether the company hid that the fish in its cat food was caught by slaves in Thailand, according to a California federal judge who found businesses don’t have to tell customers about their labor practices on labels.

  • February 5, 2016

    Pizza Hut Pays $3.1M To End Drivers' Wage Row

    Pizza Hut of America Inc. will pay $3.1 million to settle a class action brought by Florida delivery drivers who accused the company of failing to provide proper expense reimbursement, according to a document filed by the drivers in Florida federal court on Friday.

  • February 5, 2016

    9th Circ. Ruling Bolsters Takata Air Bag Suit, Drivers Say

    Drivers in multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective Takata air bag inflators told a Florida federal court Friday that a recent Ninth Circuit opinion reviving a proposed suspension defect class action against Ford undermines challenges to the timeliness of certain claims in the Takata case.

  • February 5, 2016

    Lifetime Wants FCC Input As TCPA Deal Faces Opposition

    The Federal Communications Commission sought comment Friday on a Telephone Consumer Protection Act petition from Lifetime network, which also faced opposition Friday from a plaintiff in related litigation who told a New York federal judge the network cannot escape the suit by offering to pay $3 more than what he could win at trial.

  • February 5, 2016

    DirecTV Customers Appeal Tax Surcharge Arbitration Order

    A proposed class of DirecTV customers said Thursday that they plan to appeal a Connecticut federal judge's decision forcing their $5 million pending class action over the company's allegedly deceptive tax surcharge into arbitration.

  • February 5, 2016

    Uber Tells 9th Circ. Arbitration Orders Violate Free Speech

    Uber on Thursday pushed the Ninth Circuit to ax rulings in underlying California litigation with drivers halting the ride-hailing company’s presentation of contested arbitration agreements to prospective drivers, arguing the injunction is a violation of its First Amendment right to free speech.

  • February 5, 2016

    Objector Says Class Counsel 'Piggybacked' In CRT MDL Deal

    Indirect purchaser objectors to a $577 million settlement in multidistrict litigation alleging price-fixing by cathode ray tube manufacturers have said they were not adequately represented and argued class counsel don't deserve $192 million in attorneys' fees because they "piggybacked" on the results of criminal antitrust enforcements from the U.S. and Europe.

  • February 5, 2016

    Cohen & Malad To Lead Medical Informatics Breach MDL

    An Indiana judge on Thursday tapped Irwin B. Levin of Cohen & Malad LLP as interim lead counsel in multidistrict litigation against Medical Informatics Engineering over a data breach affecting 3.9 million patients, saying he picked one attorney to keep fees down.

  • February 5, 2016

    DuPont Pollution MDL's Cancer Cases Get Trial Priority

    An Ohio federal judge has granted priority to 260 cancer lawsuits over thousands of other cases in multidistrict litigation over DuPont Co.'s alleged contamination of drinking water, setting an aggressive schedule for four trials per month beginning in April 2017, according to an order made public this week.

  • February 5, 2016

    Cigna Hid Compliance Failures From Investors, Suit Says

    Cigna Corp. misrepresented to shareholders that its health insurance plans met Medicare compliance standards, causing a hit to the company's stock price, a proposed investor class claimed in a lawsuit filed on Thursday in Connecticut federal court.

  • February 5, 2016

    Chipotle Wraps Up GMO Ingredient False Ad Suit

    Chipotle dodged a proposed class action claiming the fast food chain falsely advertised its menu as free of genetically modified ingredients, claims a California federal judge said on Friday weren't specific and didn't hold to a consistent definition of “GMO”.

Expert Analysis

  • Some TCPA Class Action Defense Strategies

    Richard Benenson

    If you regularly contact customers via telephone, text or fax, there is a high likelihood that at some point you will be named as a party to a lawsuit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Successfully resolving TCPA class actions requires a proactive, methodical approach and a specialized skill set, say Richard Benenson and Al Mottur of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Mastery In The MDL: Deposing A Science Expert

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    This is the final part of a series of five articles from attorneys at Kaye Scholer LLP outlining litigation strategies for debunking Daubert expert testimony. This article looks at how to take a science expert deposition to set up a Daubert motion.

  • Oklahoma Quakes Trigger Legal Concerns For Energy Cos.

    Daniel M. McClure

    With more than 70 earthquakes shaking Oklahoma since the start of the year, seismicity is staged to remain a focus for the energy industry in 2016. Earthquake litigation appears to be trending up, and a variety of patterns are becoming apparent to ensure that seismic risk mitigation investments are efficiently targeted at a time when the energy industry faces tightening financial pressures, say attorneys at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Mastery In The MDL: Limiting FDA Regulatory Expert Opinion

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    This is the fourth of a series of five articles from attorneys at Kaye Scholer LLP outlining litigation strategies for debunking Daubert expert testimony. This article explores ways to limit or exclude U.S. Food and Drug Administration expert testimony.

  • Lottery Selection Process — Solution Or Problem?

    Andrew Moore

    A recently filed complaint in the Southern District of New York calls into question the legality of the lottery selection process used by the New York City Marathon. Andrew Moore and Erin Elliott of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP take a look at three previous cases that addressed whether “processing fees” constitute consideration in a lottery analysis.

  • Further Clarity On Duty To Disclose Wells Notices

    David M.J. Rein

    Judge John Koeltl’s recent decision in Lions Gate Entertainment Securities Litigation follows and expands upon a 2012 decision by Judge Paul Crotty, also of the Southern District of New York, in Richman v. Goldman Sachs, which similarly held that the receipt of a Wells notice does not create an independent duty to disclose potential regulatory claims, say David Rein and Jacob Cohen of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

  • Mastery In The MDL: Deconstructing Scientific Literature

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    This is the third of a series of five articles from attorneys at Kaye Scholer LLP outlining litigation strategies for debunking Daubert expert testimony. This article explores how to deconstruct a plaintiff's peer-reviewed scientific literature.

  • Delaware Judges Have Been Heard

    Gregory A. Markel

    Following a string of strongly worded Delaware Chancery Court decisions, the number of lawsuits challenging public mergers dropped dramatically in 2015. With Chancellor Andre Bouchard recently delivering another major blow to disclosure-only settlements, it now cannot be denied that the judiciary’s solution to frivolous merger lawsuits will cause plaintiffs to think twice before filing weak lawsuits, say attorneys with Cadwalader W... (continued)

  • Civil Litigation Outlook For 2016

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    There are several significant civil litigation trends emerging in 2016, including burgeoning antitrust litigation at the U.S. Department of Justice, growth in securities and consumer class actions, the changes to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b) and the potential for marked increases in patent litigation, says Reid Schar at Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Mastery In The MDL: Excluding Irrelevant Expert Opinions

    Sheila S. Boston

    This is the second in a series of five articles from attorneys at Kaye Scholer LLP outlining litigation strategies for debunking Daubert expert testimony. This article explores how to block expert testimony that opines on the defendant’s mental state, ethical decisions and company documents.