Kirkland & Ellis LLP leads the pack this year with 12 attorneys from the firm making the Rising Stars list, followed closely by Gibson Dunn with 11.
Plaintiffs accusing Kinross Gold Corp. of misleading investors over the prospects of a West African mine it sought to acquire through a merger asked a New York federal judge on Thursday to preliminarily approve a $33 million settlement deal that would halt a proposed securities class action.
Walgreen Co. has agreed to pay $11 million to end a class suit accusing it of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by placing robocalls to customers' cellphones with pre-recorded prescription reminder messages, according to documents filed Thursday in Illinois federal court.
Panasonic Corp. has reached a settlement with indirect purchaser plaintiffs over their claims in multidistrict litigation that it was part of a conspiracy to fix the prices of cathode ray tubes, according to a California federal court filing Thursday, just days after the electronic giant settled claims made by Sharp Electronics Corp.
Ameriprise Financial Inc. agreed to pay $27.5 million to settle a class action brought by current and former employees claiming they lost $20 million in retirement fund investments because Ameriprise favored its own underperforming subsidiary funds over investment plans with better performance records, the plaintiffs told a Minnesota federal court Thursday.
Premera Blue Cross, one of the largest health insurers in the Pacific Northwest, was hit with a proposed class action Thursday in Washington federal court accusing it of negligence after a data breach potentially exposed the personal data of 11 million customers.
General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra and other high-level executives face depositions this year in the unfolding saga over deadly defects in its ignition switches, a tricky proposition particularly for chief executives who must walk a thin line between offering truthful, direct answers and protecting the company, attorneys say.
A New York federal judge on Thursday denied bids to toss multidistrict litigation accusing Goldman Sachs & Co., JPMorgan Securities PLC and others of antitrust violations for manipulating aluminum prices, ruling that plaintiffs have stated a plausible claim under the Sherman Act.
A California judge on Thursday rejected Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s bid to end a putative class action alleging it laid off hundreds of workers last year without a state-mandated warning and shorted their final paychecks, ruling the plaintiffs had sufficiently pled their labor law claims.
General Nutrition Corp. told the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Wednesday that the suits against it and other retailers over allegedly mislabeled herbal supplements should be consolidated in Pennsylvania but that they should be split into separate multidistrict litigations against each defendant.
A California federal judge on Thursday certified a nationwide class of cellphone users who allege they received multiple unwanted debt collection calls from GE Capital Retail Bank even though they weren't customers, which they say violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Workers accusing an amusement park company of underpaying them and forcing them to pick up H-2B visa expenses won class certification from a Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday, one day after the company was hit with a National Labor Relations Board suit over its response to the action.
An attorney who represented Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in an ongoing case over traffic stops used to verify drivers’ immigration status told an Arizona federal court Tuesday to nix a group of Latino individuals' bid to make him testify and produce documents because the information is privileged.
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit’s definition of “discharge” in finding it potentially liable for more than $4 billion in penalties for Clean Water Act violations tied to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
A magistrate judge recommended conditional class certification Wednesday in a suit alleging Shrimp Basket Inc. restaurants violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by using illegal tip pools and denying servers minimum wage, while a same-day sanctions bid claimed a plaintiffs attorney tried to poach employees for the suit.
The lead plaintiff in a proposed class action accusing Neutrogena Corp. of misleading consumers about the effectiveness of several “high sun protection factor” sunscreens isn’t entitled to an injunction because the company has already removed the alleged misstatements from its packaging, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday.
The U.S. government urged a Washington, D.C., federal court Wednesday to nix the class claims in a race bias case brought by black Secret Service agents, acknowledging the Secret Service's history is “not without blemish” but arguing that overall promotion rates show a commitment to equality.
An Idaho federal judge who relied on the National Labor Relations Board's D.R. Horton decision, and rejected Citicorp Credit Services Inc.'s bid to compel individual arbitration in an ex-worker's proposed collective action, reversed course Wednesday, noting the Ninth Circuit called his prior ruling into question.
Shareholders accusing Merck & Co. Inc.'s former vice president of lying about the study results on Vioxx's heart attack link told a New Jersey federal court Wednesday that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Omnicare ruling "vindicates" their case theory and directly rejects the executive's summary judgment argument.
An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday refused to certify a proposed statewide class of Darden Restaurants Inc. workers, the company which operates Olive Garden and formerly operated Red Lobster, finding that there are too many individualized questions for the employees to proceed with their vacation-pay allegations as a class.
A recent Southern District of New York ruling — bringing Madoff Ponzi scheme victims one step closer to recovery from Citco and PricewaterhouseCoopers — serves as a cautionary reminder to service providers to funds. They ought to be mindful that, even in the absence of contractual privity with investors, their acts and omissions can result in liability to those third parties, say Jonathan Sablone and Christine Vargas Colmey of Nixon Peabody LLP.
For reliance material that is not admitted on the stand, consider bolstering the testimony by having the expert describe the evidence generally, but in a way that signals to the jury that the expert has a strong foundation of supporting facts and data. If done well, such testimony can open the door to admitting the evidence, say Jason McDonell and Heather Fugitt of Jones Day.
It is hard to imagine how a new, separate, distinct duty to disclose inside information about public companies under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, along with the specter of ERISA fiduciaries becoming a new source of “material” information about public companies, would not cause more harm than good, say H. Douglas Hinson and Emily Costin of Alston & Bird LLP.
Defendants are being denied the full benefit of Halliburton II because courts are misunderstanding the import of the case, and in particular, how that decision requires a refined reading of Halliburton I and Amgen, say George Borden and John Williams of Williams & Connolly LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s highly anticipated Omnicare decision provides much-needed clarification as to when a statement of opinion can give rise to Section 11 liability and, to the relief of securities issuers, when it cannot. But the court did not directly address important issues regarding how the Omnicare analysis will be applied, including when an omission may give rise to Section 11 liability, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.
On March 18, a federal judge in San Diego issued an eagerly anticipated ruling on a motion to dismiss filed by Fifth Generation Inc. — the producer of Tito’s Handmade Vodka. In issuing its ruling, the court became the first to offer an opinion on the merit of claims made in numerous similar cases filed across the country against a number of spirits producers, say Thomas Cunningham and Simon Fleischmann of Locke Lord LLP.
Although no court has fully addressed the lawfulness of employers using voice over Internet protocol services to record all employee phone calls under federal and state laws, courts will likely apply the same framework used to examine the lawfulness of traditional telephone recordings, says James McCabe of Troutman Sanders LLP.
A festering but virtually unnoticed circuit split over a legal doctrine the U.S. Supreme Court first recognized early last century may provide the Roberts court with the opportunity to grant corporate persons privilege against self-incrimination for the first time in U.S. history, says Ramzi Abadou of Kahn Swick & Foti LLP.
What will spring bring for the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation? Will it continue to close the door on new MDL proceedings? Will it decide to throw the baby out with the bathwater and decline to create a baby wipe MDL? asks Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
While bet-the-company class actions are on the rise with support from regulatory agencies, courts remain more open to limiting their scope. Bell v. Cheswick Generating Station is critical in that it signals a willingness to dispose of class claims before class discovery and prior to any motion for certification if the class as alleged is implausible on its face, say Laura Vendzules and Michael Iannucci of Blank Rome LLP.