Class Action

  • May 26, 2020

    Who Won Spokeo? Attys Still Debating 4 Years Later

    When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in May 2016 that plaintiffs must allege concrete harm to prop up statutory privacy claims, both class counsel and the defense bar declared victory. Four years later, the question of who actually won is still hotly contested, with each side claiming gains from a ruling that continues to divide federal appellate courts. 

  • May 26, 2020

    Digital Receptionists Say Firm Can't Cut Access To Customers

    A virtual reception service told an Oregon federal court that a law firm suing it over its billing practices is improperly trying to block the service from communicating with its clients while the class action continues.

  • May 26, 2020

    NCAA Denies Duty To Protect Athletes From Coach Abuse

    The NCAA asked a California federal judge on Friday to toss a proposed class action over claims it has failed to protect student-athletes from abuse by coaches, saying it has no legal duty to the athletes.

  • May 26, 2020

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Bernstein's Katie Sinderson

    Katie Sinderson knew from childhood that she wanted to be a lawyer, but playing a witness in her mother's moot court competitions as a middle schooler really made the law come alive. Watching her mom, a former schoolteacher, pursue her dream of becoming an attorney further propelled Sinderson toward what has become a lifelong passion, she says.

  • May 26, 2020

    CBS Says Ex-Worker Is Backtracking In Sex Harassment Suit

    A former CBS Corp. human resources manager accusing the media conglomerate of widespread sexual harassment and discrimination is now attempting to "backtrack from her sweeping and threadbare allegations" to get her suit shipped back to New York state court, according to a motion from CBS.

  • May 26, 2020

    Ex-Pierce Atty Says Colleague Lied In Boeing Max 8 Hearing

    Confusion about Pierce Bainbridge's role in an airline class action mounted in recent days as a former Pierce attorney accused a one-time firm leader of potentially lying in court and another attorney representing the embattled partnership of trying to "intimidate" him into silence.

  • May 26, 2020

    NJ Delivery Co. Fights For Arbitration In Wage Spat

    US Pack Logistics Inc. has told a New Jersey court that a federal magistrate judge should've ordered arbitration in a delivery driver's proposed wage and hour class action, saying the driver is not a transportation worker engaged in interstate commerce who'd be exempt from arbitration.

  • May 26, 2020

    Objector Fights $15M Deal In American Realty-Tied REIT Suit

    Abraham Fruchter & Twersky LLP is repping the only investor to object to a $15 million deal reached with the sponsor of American Realty Capital Properties over a real estate investment trust, a settlement the shareholder called "a relatively minor amount of total potential damages."

  • May 26, 2020

    Latest Deals In Libor Suit Boost Lenders' Recovery To $35M

    A Manhattan federal judge signed off Tuesday on settlements worth $4 million between lenders who accuse a group of global banks of rigging Libor and three of the defendant banks, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and UBS, bringing the lenders' total recovery to $35 million.

  • May 26, 2020

    Booking Sites' Bids To Drop Cuban Property Suit Granted

    A Florida federal judge has granted bids by a group of online booking sites to dismiss class action claims by a group of Cuban Americans accusing the companies of unlawfully selling reservations at hotels built on family property that was seized by the Fidel Castro regime.

  • May 26, 2020

    Suit Over 'Illegal' CBD Products Paused To Await FDA Rules

    A California federal court has paused a proposed class action accusing a CBD company of hawking products that aren't compliant with U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines, saying the case should wait until the agency unveils new cannabinoid regulations.

  • May 26, 2020

    ICE Defends Transferring Fla. Detainees During Pandemic

    The federal government is defending its authority to continue transferring detained immigrants between facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, after advocates involved in a proposed class action accused the government of moving detainees around to manipulate population statistics and shirk a federal court order.

  • May 26, 2020

    State's Negligence Caused Mich. Dam Collapse, Class Says

    Michigan state regulators and the owner of the Edenville Dam failed to make necessary repairs to the structure for years, which led to its collapse and massive flooding that put lives at risk, according to a class action lawsuit filed Friday in Michigan federal court.

  • May 26, 2020

    Toyota Says Prius Stalling Defect Suit Belongs In Arbitration

    Toyota told a California federal judge that two of the seven remaining named plaintiffs in a proposed consumer class action claiming the automaker's hybrid Prius cars were prone to stalling signed away their right to sue when acquiring their vehicles, and that their claims must be pushed into arbitration.

  • May 26, 2020

    ​​​​​​​Labaton Sucharow Takes Lead In WWE Stock-Drop Suit

    A New York federal judge on Friday named Labaton Sucharow LLP lead counsel in a consolidated proposed stockholder class action that alleges World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. hid souring relations with Saudi Arabia from investors, causing the stock price to drop when the facts came to light.

  • May 26, 2020

    Investors Seek To Wrap $95M Deal On Bond Price-Fix Claims

    Investors accusing Bank of America, Deutsche Bank and HSBC of rigging the market for bonds issued by foreign governments are urging a New York federal court to approve a proposed allocation of the $95.5 million in settlements reached with the banks over the proposed class action.    

  • May 26, 2020

    Judge Makes Schlichter Bogard $5M Fee Offer It Won't Refuse

    Schlichter Bogard & Denton LLP and two other firms will receive nearly $5.25 million in fees after a federal judge during a hearing Tuesday offered the attorneys representing Massachusetts Institute of Technology workers in an $18 million ERISA settlement a choice: take the deal or pay for a special master.

  • May 26, 2020

    United Strikes Deal To End Pilots' Military Leave Class Action

    United Airlines Inc. has reached a deal to resolve a class action accusing it of violating federal law by failing to factor pilots' military leave time into their pension calculations. 

  • May 26, 2020

    5th Circ. Won't Revive Phillips 66 Workers' ERISA Suit

    The Fifth Circuit affirmed Phillips 66's win in a proposed class action alleging the oil and gas company allowed employees to invest their retirement savings too heavily in Phillips' former parent company despite knowing the stock was a risky investment.

  • May 22, 2020

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    They've represented consumers, companies, and government entities, taken on Goliaths in industries ranging from aerospace to health care to finance to technology to sports, and won landmark victories on behalf of clients across the country.

  • May 22, 2020

    Amerisource Hid 'Pillbillies' Email In Opioid MDL, Attys Say

    AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. violated its discovery duties in multidistrict opioid litigation by not promptly producing key documents, including an internal email chain that joked about "pillbillies" abusing painkillers, plaintiffs attorneys told an Ohio federal judge.

  • May 22, 2020

    Goldman Class Cert. Ruling Has COVID-19 Implications: Amici

    A group of law professors and former SEC officials said Friday that the Second Circuit's recent split-panel ruling against Goldman Sachs in a heavily watched class certification fight creates risks to public companies that are now exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.

  • May 22, 2020

    Fla. Detainees May Get Partial Cert. In COVID-19 Suit

    A Florida federal judge has recommended partial class certification for a group of detainees in three immigration detention centers who allege that the government failed to follow its own guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • May 22, 2020

    Mass. Lyft Drivers Get Boost, But No Employee Status Just Yet

    A Massachusetts federal judge said that Lyft drivers suing to gain employee status have a good shot at proving they're being misclassified as independent contractors, but they haven't shown they've been irreparably harmed enough to justify an emergency preliminary injunction amid the pandemic.

  • May 22, 2020

    8th Circ. Revives Washington U. Workers' ERISA Suit

    The Eighth Circuit partially revived a proposed ERISA class action against Washington University in St. Louis on Friday, saying a lower court correctly tossed claims that the school's retirement plan held on to underperforming investments but shouldn't have dismissed allegations that the plan's fees were too high.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

    Author Photo

    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • 2 New Accounting Fraud Cases Offer Lessons For Boards

    Author Photo

    Luckin Coffee and TAL Education Group — two high-profile Chinese companies listed in the U.S. — recently announced suspected cases of colossal revenue fraud, and these case studies may help companies recognize the germinating seeds of accounting fraud, say Fabian Roday at Fangda Partners and William Fotherby at Meredith Connell.

  • Traps For The Unwary In Class Actions Targeting PPP Lenders

    Author Photo

    Recent class actions challenging how lenders prioritized Paycheck Protection Program applications or alleging failure to pay agent fees to those facilitating loan applications may be based on the flimsiest of legal theories, however risks still exist, as we saw earlier this month in a Michigan federal court decision, say Richard Gottlieb and Brett Natarelli at Manatt.

  • CCPA Is 1 Of Many Retailer Data Privacy Class Action Worries

    Author Photo

    As class actions targeting the sale of consumer data pose an increasing threat to retailers under the California Consumer Privacy Act and other states’ consumer protection laws, companies must ensure compliance with each statute and assess their vulnerability to deceptive conduct allegations, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

    Author Photo

    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Employee Virus Testing Could Spark Class Action Claims

    Author Photo

    While employee COVID-19 testing may enhance safety and reassure a nervous workforce, its potential to generate Americans with Disabilities Act, wage and hour, discrimination, and privacy class actions should not be ignored, say attorneys at Epstein Becker.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

    Author Photo

    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

    Author Photo

    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Author Photo

    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

  • College Refund Suits Raise Complex Tuition Questions

    Author Photo

    The flurry of putative class actions against universities contending that students no longer receive the benefit of their bargain with remote learning during the pandemic will require courts to undertake individualized and burdensome inquiries to determine what exactly tuition pays for, say attorneys at Bryan Cave.

  • Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms

    Author Photo

    There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.

  • A Creative Solution For Teaching Local Practice In Law School

    Author Photo

    To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

  • Va. Pro-Worker Laws Create New Litigation Risks For Cos.

    Author Photo

    Virginia employers will likely face an increase in bias and retaliation claims, as well as collective wage and hour litigation, under new laws that create protections for LGBTQ employees, additional remedies for recovering unpaid wages, and independent contractor and whistleblower regulations, says Jack Blum at Polsinelli.

  • Anticipating The Top 4 COVID-19 Employment Claims

    Author Photo

    Several trends taking shape among early claims against employers related to COVID-19 provide guidance for handling Families First Coronavirus Response Act paid leave, Americans with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act obligations, and discrimination and wage and hour issues, says Lariza Hebert at Fisher Phillips.

  • Broker Liability For Insureds' COVID-19 Losses Likely Limited

    Author Photo

    Policyholders may attempt to hold insurance brokers liable for unsuccessful COVID-19 business interruption claims — and at least one such suit has already been filed — but brokers should be fairly safe as long as they followed certain best practices in advising clients, say Glenn Jacobson and Thomas Maeglin of Abrams Gorelick.

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Beta
Ask a question!