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Class Action

  • November 16, 2018

    American Airlines Again Seeks To Nix Toxic Uniform Claims

    American Airlines Group Inc. has asked an Illinois federal court to once again dismiss a proposed class suit over uniforms that allegedly caused health problems for flight attendants and pilots, saying the employees haven’t shown that the airline intentionally caused them harm.

  • November 16, 2018

    Ex-Crowe & Dunlevy Director Joins Barnes & Thornburg

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP has added an experienced trial attorney and the current chair of the Texas Bar’s antitrust and business litigation section as a partner in Dallas, the firm announced.

  • November 16, 2018

    FDIC Fights To Keep Libor Manipulation Claim Against UBS

    A group of failed banks suing UBS could not have reasonably known that the lender’s Libor submissions were lower than they should have been in the lead-up to the financial crisis until regulatory findings emerged in 2012, lawyers for the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said at a London court on Friday.

  • November 15, 2018

    Citibank, JPMorgan Chase Ink $21M SIBOR Rigging Suit Deal

    CitiGroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have agreed to pay nearly $21 million to escape a putative class action over an alleged conspiracy to manipulate the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate, the plaintiffs said in a motion to preliminarily approve the deal in New York federal court Thursday.

  • November 15, 2018

    Dartmouth Ignored 'Predator' Profs, $70M Suit Claims

    Seven women hit Dartmouth College Trustees with a putative $70 million Title IX class action in New Hampshire federal court Thursday, claiming the Ivy League school let a "Predators' Club" of male professors in the psychology department sexually harass and assault female students.

  • November 15, 2018

    Warner Bros. Wins Dismissal Of Directors' Suit

    A California appellate panel blasted a trial court’s “inexplicable” effort to bring a proposed class action by film directors against Warner Bros. to trial just ahead of the expiration of a five-year deadline, ruling Wednesday the suit must be dismissed.

  • November 15, 2018

    US Chamber, ERISA Group Want PwC Retirees' Suit Axed

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ERISA Industry Committee and other industry groups urged the Second Circuit not to revive a class of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP retirees' Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit, arguing that their appeal was based on a "fundamental misunderstanding."

  • November 15, 2018

    Insurer Must Face Fraud Claim Over Release, 3rd Circ. Says

    An insurer may be held liable under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act in a suit alleging a company agent fraudulently induced a woman into releasing one of its other customers from liability over a car crash, the Third Circuit said Thursday in a precedential opinion reviving her class action CFA claim.

  • November 15, 2018

    Transport Co. Reaches $7M Deal Ending Drivers Break Row

    Renzenberger Inc. has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a certified wage-and-hour class action and another lawsuit that accused the transportation company of rest-break and minimum-wage violations, according to California federal court filings on Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2018

    Tata Exec Defends Firing Practices In Discrimination Trial

    Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.’s head of workplace effectiveness defended the company’s firing practices Thursday during a trial over class allegations that Tata discriminates against non-South Asians, testifying that the company recently raised its retention rates to over 80 percent of workers.

  • November 15, 2018

    Verizon Says No Proof It Plotted To Stifle Carrier Switching

    Verizon Communications Inc. urged a New Jersey federal judge Thursday to toss a putative class action alleging it conspired with AT&T and a global telecommunications standards group to limit customers’ access to cellphone carrier-switching technology, saying the consumers didn’t plausibly allege collusion occurred.

  • November 15, 2018

    NY Appeals Court Revives HSBC Suit Over $1.9B Fine

    A New York appeals court on Wednesday revived a shareholder derivative action against HSBC filed after the bank paid a $1.9 billion fine over money laundering, finding a recently decided case overturned a lower court's requirement that the plaintiff first obtain permission from England’s High Court to file suit.

  • November 15, 2018

    Cambridge Analytica Director Deemed Responsible In Ch. 7

    The elusive director of scandal-plagued political consulting shop Cambridge Analytica LLC has been designated the "person responsible" for the bankrupt entity in its Chapter 7 case, a move that could aid the beleaguered attorneys at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP who've been trying to withdraw as the debtor's counsel for months.

  • November 15, 2018

    Pilgrim's Pride Controllers Say Del. Jurisdiction Doesn't Apply

    The controlling shareholders of chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. and their affiliated board members told a Delaware Chancery Court judge Thursday that breach of fiduciary duty claims lodged by minority shareholders should be tossed because the Delaware courts don’t have jurisdiction over the defendants.

  • November 15, 2018

    Direct Capacitor Buyers Win Cert. In Price-Fixing MDL

    Four U.S. companies won their bid to certify a direct buyer class in sprawling multidistrict litigation in California federal court alleging dozens of overseas capacitor manufacturers plotted to boost the price of the electronic component in a decadelong scheme.

  • November 15, 2018

    Virgin America Calls Bid For $85M In Wage Case 'Excessive'

    Virgin America Inc. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to slash at least $25 million from the $85 million in penalties and wages a class of flight attendants is seeking in the final phases of an unfair labor practices suit, calling the amount “excessive and punitive.”

  • November 15, 2018

    Chuhak Must Face Ex-NFL Players' Tax Scheme Claims

    A group of retired NFL players who claim they were burned by a fraudulent tax scheme cooked up by lawyers at Chuhak & Tecson PC can proceed with professional negligence and civil conspiracy claims against the attorneys and the firm, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2018

    DraftKings, FanDuel Say Ind. Ruling Ends Athlete IP Suit

    DraftKings and FanDuel told the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday that claims they violated college athletes' publicity rights by using student names, images and statistics in their daily fantasy sports contests should be tossed since the Indiana high court found such use to be newsworthy, although the athletes say there is still an open question as to whether the pay-to-play contests were legal in the state.

  • November 15, 2018

    Pharma Cos. Must Hand Over Generic Restasis Plans In MDL

    A federal judge has denied three pharmaceutical companies' move to quash subpoenas for information on their plans to make generic substitutes of Allergan’s drug Restasis in multidistrict litigation over its alleged efforts to delay the generic versions’ launch, saying in-house counsel can view the data without compromising confidentiality.

  • November 15, 2018

    Spirit Airlines Takes Class Arbitration Fight To High Court

    Spirit Airlines Inc. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an Eleventh Circuit ruling that an arbitrator, not a court, should decide whether the agreement between the airline and members of its $9 Fare Club allows for class arbitration.

Expert Analysis

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Beware California Northern District's Class Action Updates

    Niki Mendoza

    If you are a class action litigator and haven’t been paying attention to the new guidance on class action settlements issued by the Northern District of California, you should now, says Niki Mendoza of Epiq.

  • Pharmaceutical Warnings: A Changing Landscape

    Chris Essig

    Pharmaceutical warnings and the way they are regulated and litigated are evolving. Brand-name manufacturers face failure-to-warn suits for generic versions of their products, while generic companies may soon have to update warnings on drugs for which there are no longer brand-name versions, say Chris Essig and Schuyler Ferguson of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    An Opportunity To Slow The Rise Of Securities Class Actions

    Joshua Briones

    A major securities fraud case now before the U.S. Supreme Court — Lorenzo v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission — marks the first of many opportunities the court will have to roll back expansive interpretations of securities law and deter plaintiffs from filing low-quality complaints, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Has The 11th Circ. Become Consumer-Friendly?

    Austin Whitten

    Based on the Eleventh Circuit's recent interpretation of Spokeo in Muransky v. Godiva Chocolatier, Austin Whitten of Pittman Dutton & Hellums PC examines whether the venue may be the most favorable for plaintiffs with consumer protection claims where no “actual” damages are alleged.

  • When Regulatory Standards And Truth In Advertising Collide

    Terri Seligman

    The Ninth Circuit's decision in Durnford v. MusclePharm Corp. — like two other recent decisions — highlights the balancing act between regulatory standards and truth-in-advertising principles. Compliance with standards doesn't always mean advertisers are in the clear, says Terri Seligman of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • An Update On Enforcing Arbitration Of ERISA Claims

    Dylan Rudolph

    When are fiduciary breach claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act susceptible to arbitration? Dylan Rudolph and Brian Murray of Trucker Huss APC discuss the state of the law and offer thoughts on certain elements that plan sponsors should consider.