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Class Action

  • January 10, 2019

    Investors’ Attys In Cobalt Bribery Case Seek $43.5M In Fees

    Attorneys asked a Texas federal court on Wednesday to award them $43.45 million in fees for securing $173.8 million total for investors who brought allegations involving a potential foreign bribery scheme by now-bankrupt Cobalt International Energy Inc.

  • January 10, 2019

    GrubHub Fights Ex-Driver's Bid To Undo Contractor Ruling

    GrubHub told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that the California Supreme Court's Dynamex ruling establishing a new worker classification standard doesn't disturb a federal judge's finding that an ex-driver was an independent contractor and not an employee in a proposed class action over unpaid wages and overtime.

  • January 10, 2019

    Hospital, Ex-Workers Seek Quick Wins In 'Church Plan' Row

    A Kentucky hospital and a group of its former employees have filed competing bids for quick wins on the issue of whether the hospital’s pension plan warranted a religious exemption from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • January 10, 2019

    Forex Investors Want $300M Fee Objector To Post Bond

    An investor class that has secured $2.3 billion in settlements over claims that 15 banks plotted to rig benchmarking rates in the foreign exchange markets told a New York federal court that the lone objector to the $300 million attorneys' fees award should have to post bond.

  • January 10, 2019

    Drivers Seek $1.3M Attys' Fees In Fiat Transmission Deal

    A proposed class of drivers asked a New Jersey federal court on Wednesday to grant it $1.25 million in attorneys' fees after striking a deal with Fiat Chrysler to end allegations that the car manufacturer produced vehicles with defective transmissions.

  • January 10, 2019

    HSBC Offers $30M, 'Chat' Evidence To Settle Bond-Fix Suit

    HSBC Bank PLC has cut a $30 million deal to settle investors’ allegations surrounding a scheme to rig the SSA bond market, and will hand over electronic “chats” to aid the class’ prosecution of remaining banks in the case, according to settlement documents filed in New York federal court on Wednesday.

  • January 10, 2019

    Fiat Chrysler To Pay Up To $884M To End Emissions Claims

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has agreed to pay up to $884 million to settle claims that it illegally equipped diesel fuel-powered vehicles with software that enabled them to cheat emissions standards.

  • January 9, 2019

    BakerHostetler Atty Faces Disqualification Bid In Opioid MDL

    A BakerHostetler partner who represents Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. in multidistrict litigation over the opioid epidemic should be disqualified from the case, according to a motion filed in Ohio federal court Wednesday.

  • January 9, 2019

    Plaintiffs Attys Rip 'Dishonest' Ethics Complaint In Opioid MDL

    Top plaintiffs attorneys in multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis are savaging an ethics complaint lodged by drug companies, accusing them of meritless and “dishonest” objections to televised criticism of painkiller sellers.

  • January 9, 2019

    Uber Wins DQ Of Opposing Attys In Unfair Competition Case

    A California federal judge agreed with Uber Technologies Inc. on Wednesday that a conflict of interest involving its opponents' attorneys at Keller Lenkner LLC is grounds to boot them from a case claiming the ride-hailing company misclassifies its drivers as independent contractors to gain a competitive edge.

  • January 9, 2019

    Reject 'Radical' Ruling In TCPA Row, High Court Urged

    Health information service PDR Network LLC pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling in a junk fax dispute that courts must defer to the Federal Communications Commission's interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, arguing that the Fourth Circuit's "radical reading" of the law wrongly gives federal agencies "the final word" in statutory interpretation disputes.

  • January 9, 2019

    Danske Bank Estonia Scandal Erased $2.5B, Investors Say

    A putative class of Danske Bank investors claimed in New York federal court Wednesday that more than $2.5 billion was lost as a result of money laundering accusations involving the bank's Estonian branch, where suspicious payments of up to €200 billion ($230 billion) were authorized over eight years.

  • January 9, 2019

    Investor Suit Against Defunct Carrier Removed To Fed. Court

    The chairman of a local airport authority who was among those named in a $10 million investors suit alleging that now-defunct airline OneJet misled them about its purported abundant financial resources filed Tuesday for removal to Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 9, 2019

    Papa John's 'No Poach' Antitrust Suits Consolidated In Ky.

    Three suits accusing Papa John's of making illegal no-poach agreements between its franchises were consolidated in a Kentucky court by a New York federal judge Wednesday.

  • January 9, 2019

    Facebook Users' Call For Cambridge Analytica Docs Granted

    Under a New York bankruptcy judge's order, a group of Facebook users claiming Cambridge Analytica LLC misused their personal data will get a look at the bankrupt political consultant's documents after Facebook vets them for privacy concerns.

  • January 9, 2019

    Class Action Deals Shrink As Epic Systems Looms: Seyfarth

    The value of the biggest employment class-action deals cratered in 2018 after hitting an all-time high in 2017, and plaintiffs’ payouts will only get smaller as the U.S. Supreme Court’s Epic Systems ruling ripples through the courts, according to a recent report on class action litigation trends from Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • January 9, 2019

    Au Pairs Secure $65.5M Settlement In Antitrust Wage Dispute

    Several sponsorship agencies for au pairs have agreed to a $65.5 million deal in Colorado federal court that would settle allegations in a class action alleging that they colluded to suppress the child care workers’ wages.

  • January 9, 2019

    Judge Won't Narrow Class Definitions In Jeep Hacking Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday refused to narrow class definitions in a lawsuit by drivers who say their Jeeps are vulnerable to hacking, saying the automaker is trying to relitigate arguments he had already rejected at the class certification stage.

  • January 9, 2019

    NFL Pulls 'Cynical' Concussion Appeal Just Before Hearing

    The NFL on Wednesday withdrew an explosive appeal in the landmark concussion settlement that had outraged attorneys representing the brain-damaged players covered by the deal, just one day before it was to be discussed at a much-anticipated hearing in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 9, 2019

    Labaton's Fee Deal With Atty Was A One-Off, Ex-Judge Says

    A retired judge hired by Labaton Sucharow LLP to look into the $4 million the firm paid lawyer Damon Chargois in "referral fees" in cases where he did no work concluded in a report filed Tuesday that the deal was "unique and aberrational," a finding Labaton praised.

Expert Analysis

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • The Narrow Meaning Of Asacol Class Action Ruling

    Fred Isquith

    Following the First Circuit's decision last month in the Asacol antitrust litigation, some predicted the end of the Rule 23 class action process. While there is much of interest in the opinion, early comments overstated the court’s concerns and views, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Uncertain Future Of Illinois' Biometric Privacy Law

    Richard Darke

    The Illinois Legislature was at the forefront of protecting biometric information from unauthorized disclosure. A decade later, the exact scope of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act is about to be decided by the state high court in Rosenbach v. Six Flags, says Richard Darke of Duane Morris LLP.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Q&A

    BigLaw Alums Q&A: Mark Migdal's Lara O'Donnell Grillo

    Lara O’Donnell Grillo

    BigLaw firms tended to be inflexible, with methods that were inconsistent with how I wanted to practice law. There were many time-wasting aspects of the practice, says Lara O’Donnell Grillo of Mark Migdal & Hayden.

  • The Latest On Bristol-Myers' Class Action Application

    Ted Holt

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Bristol-Myers Squibb opinion left open the question of whether the personal jurisdiction holding extends to nationwide class actions. While no circuit court of appeals has weighed in, the Fifth Circuit and the D.C. Circuit are on the verge of doing so, say Ted Holt and Mary Caroline Wynn of Maynard Cooper & Gale PC.

  • A Series Of Avoidable Missteps In PLX Sale

    Gail Weinstein

    It takes an extraordinary series of mistakes for a stockholder or a banker to be found to have aided and abetted a board’s fiduciary breaches. The Delaware Chancery Court's decision last month in a shareholder suit following PLX Technology's acquisition illustrates the errors and how they can be readily avoided, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • High Court Junk Fax Case Is Not Just About Junk Faxes

    David Gettings

    Depending on the U.S. Supreme Court’s eventual decision in PDR Network v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic — a case involving junk faxes under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act — the outcome could have a profound impact on TCPA litigation nationwide, say David Gettings and Alan Wingfield of Troutman Sanders LLP.