Alsup's Settlement Rules Survive 9th Circ. Scrutiny

Law360 (September 12, 2019, 11:11 PM EDT) -- While the Ninth Circuit questioned the approach U.S. District Judge William Alsup took by issuing a standing order prohibiting Logitech Inc. and a consumer from entering settlement negotiations until after a decision on class certification, the appellate court kept the order intact Thursday, ruling that the judge neither made an error nor violated the First Amendment.

In an unpublished, unanimous decision, the panel denied Logitech's writ of mandamus petition, finding that while perhaps Judge Alsup should have allowed the parties to negotiate a deal and reject it, should he find it unfair, it was within his power to take the approach he did.

"Courts can reject class settlements after they have...

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