Class Action

  • January 16, 2018

    Calif. Judge OKs $7.75M Uber Driver Deal Over Objections

    Uber will pay $7.75 million to settle a lawsuit brought under the Private Attorneys General Act alleging drivers are misclassified as independent contractors after a California judge on Tuesday signed off on the deal over objections that it was too small.

  • January 16, 2018

    Hausfeld, Others Seek $381M Atty Fees From $2.3B FX Deals

    Investors asked a New York federal court Friday to award their counsel $381 million and give final approval to $2.3 billion in settlements resolving putative class claims that Bank of America Corp., Barclays Bank PLC, Citigroup Inc. and others rigged foreign exchange rates.

  • January 16, 2018

    2nd Circ. Clarifies Cert. Standard For Stock-Drop Actions

    A Second Circuit ruling that a judge applied the wrong standard of proof when certifying a class of shareholders accusing Goldman Sachs of fraud should help clarify the standard needed to rebut allegations that a company’s misstatements directly impacted its stock price, legal experts said Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2018

    NCAA, Athletes Both Seek Quick Win In Antitrust Row

    The NCAA and college athletes clashed Tuesday in competing bids for quick wins in multidistrict litigation over the association's allegedly anti-competitive caps on what benefits players can receive, with the NCAA protesting in California federal court that the athletes are taking a piecemeal "whack-a-mole" approach to the litigation.

  • January 16, 2018

    Jay Peak Investor Suit Stayed Pending Related Settlements

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday stayed an investor class suit against Jay Peak ski resort owner Ariel Quiros over his alleged role in a $350 million EB-5 visa fraud suit, as Quiros' attorneys indicated two pending related settlements could impact the suit.

  • January 16, 2018

    High Court Must Weigh In On Breach Standing, CareFirst Says

    CareFirst on Friday doubled down on its bid to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its dispute with policyholders over a 2014 data breach, arguing that allowing consumers to rely on the mere exposure of data to prop up their claims would "open the door to a flood of no-injury class actions."

  • January 16, 2018

    Chancellor Won't Expedite Liberty CEO Misconduct Suit

    Stockholders who sued former Liberty Tax Inc. CEO John T. Hewitt over allegations of sexual and management misconduct lost a bid Tuesday for accelerated discovery to support a preliminary injunction motion, with Delaware’s chancellor finding no immediate need.

  • January 16, 2018

    Aetna Investors Sue Over $77B Merger With CVS

    Aetna Inc. was sued Tuesday by a shareholder who says holders of Aetna stock will be shortchanged in a $77 billion transaction with CVS Health Corp., thanks to a rosy key regulatory filing that allegedly obscures an array of critical information.

  • January 16, 2018

    Nissan Wants Sentra Transmission Defect Suit Trimmed

    Nissan North America Inc. has asked a California federal judge to trim a proposed class action alleging certain Nissan Sentras had faulty transmissions prone to overheating, saying the lead plaintiff cannot support his "broad" claims for restitution, implied warranty violations and unjust enrichment.

  • January 16, 2018

    ComScore Investors Ink $110M Deal Over Inflated Stocks

    Investors in media analytics company ComScore Inc. asked a New York federal judge on Friday to approve a $110 million settlement over alleged intentional miscalculations the company’s accounting department made that caused artificial stock value inflation and led to heavy losses.

  • January 16, 2018

    QBE Division, Staffing Co. Settle OT Fight For $1.3M

    A QBE Insurance Group Ltd. division and a staffing agency have agreed to pay up to $1.29 million to resolve collective action claims that thousands of call center workers were denied proper overtime pay, according to Friday filings in Arizona federal court.

  • January 16, 2018

    Forever 21 Dodges Discovery, Gets Tax Class Action Tossed

    Forever 21 dodged a class action Tuesday after a New York federal judge ruled a putative class was not entitled to discover whether the retailer had paid collected tax revenue to the state, dismissing their suit.

  • January 16, 2018

    Drivers Ask Judge To Reject $3M Uber Settlement

    A group of drivers on Tuesday blasted a proposed $3 million agreement that would end allegations by a separate group of New York drivers against Uber Technologies Inc., telling a New York federal court that it was an improper attempt to settle sales tax claims against the company.

  • January 16, 2018

    BCBS Agrees To Settle Mental Health Coverage Suit For $7M

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California has agreed to pay $7 million to settle allegations that it refused to cover residential and outpatient treatment for mental health or substance use-related disorders, a putative class of customers told a California federal judge on Monday.

  • January 16, 2018

    Avid's $1.3M Deal With Investors Over Stock Drop Gets OK

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday preliminarily approved Avid Technology Inc.’s $1.3 million settlement resolving a securities fraud class action over the rollout of one of its products after both sides in the suit agreed to tweak the deal in response to concerns from the judge.

  • January 16, 2018

    AMD Hit With Investor Suit Over Chips' Vulnerability

    Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. downplayed its vulnerability to a recently revealed security flaw dubbed Spectre, causing shares to drop when the company disclosed the true extent of its chips' susceptibility, says a proposed class action filed in California federal court Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2018

    Burger King, Supermarket Hit With ADA Suits Over Websites

    Fast-food giant Burger King and supermarket chain Morton Williams are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide websites that are accessible to users who are blind or visually impaired, according to proposed class actions filed Friday in New York federal court.

  • January 16, 2018

    Class Action Group Of The Year: Susman Godfrey

    Susman Godfrey LLP continued to push for victories in class actions varying from auto parts purchasers to film animators in the past year, proving the firm's role as a litigation powerhouse and landing it among Law360's Class Action Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 16, 2018

    Ascension Health Gets OK For $29.5M Deal To End ERISA Suit

    An Illinois federal judge gave the final nod on Tuesday to a $29.5 million settlement in a class action accusing Ascension Health of violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, calling the deal a good result for the class despite a recent adverse U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

  • January 16, 2018

    NFL Fans Seek Class Cert. In Canceled Game Suit

    Ticket holders to the 2016 NFL Hall of Fame Game urged an Ohio federal court Monday to certify a nationwide class and name Eagan Avenatti LLP as class counsel in their breach of contract suit over the eleventh-hour cancellation of the preseason game.

Expert Analysis

  • Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

    Christina Marinakis

    In an effort to study jurors' attitudes toward foreign witnesses, a representative sample of over 1,000 jury eligibles across the U.S. were surveyed over the course of several years. The results revealed two important findings, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court

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    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Is Not The Solution To The Opioid Epidemic

    William Escobar

    It is irresponsible to fit the pharmaceutical industry into the mold of Big Tobacco. The opioid addiction crisis is a public health problem and litigation is not a proper solution, say members of Kelley Drye and Warren LLP.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • New Obstacles For VPPA Plaintiffs At 9th Circ.

    Joshua Jessen

    Although the lure of hefty statutory damages under the Video Privacy Protection Act means that VPPA litigation will almost certainly continue, the Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Eichenberger v. ESPN is another setback for plaintiffs attempting to map this pre-internet law onto modern platforms that serve video content, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Biometrics In The Workplace: Best Practices For Compliance

    Thomas Mandler

    Biometric technology may provide higher security and greater efficiencies for employers, but with new technology comes new risks and a patchwork of new legal frameworks to be followed, say attorneys with Akerman LLP.