Class Action

  • August 11, 2020

    Investor Sues To Halt GlobalSCAPE's $217M Merger

    A GlobalSCAPE Inc. investor filed a proposed class action in Delaware Chancery Court late Monday seeking to halt the software company's proposed $217 million merger with HelpSystems LLC until more information is disclosed about the transaction.

  • August 11, 2020

    4th Circ. Revives Suit Over Gannett 401(k) Stock Fund

    A split Fourth Circuit panel revived a proposed ERISA class action against Gannett Co. on Tuesday, breathing new life into accusations that too much of workers' retirement savings were improperly kept in related company Tegna Inc.'s stock.

  • August 11, 2020

    T-Mobile Workers Call On 1st Circ. To Save Fidelity ERISA Suit

    A proposed class of T-Mobile employees asked the First Circuit on Monday to revive a suit alleging the company's 401(k) plan manager Fidelity Investments engaged in a pay-to-play scheme, saying a judge wrongly found the investment giant didn't owe them a fiduciary duty.

  • August 11, 2020

    9th Circ. Reverses FTC Win On Qualcomm Licensing

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday reversed the Federal Trade Commission's win in its case accusing Qualcomm of violating antitrust law through its licensing practices for standard-essential patents covering cellular technology.

  • August 11, 2020

    McKinsey Agrees To $40M Deal In ERISA Self-Dealing Suit

    McKinsey & Co. Inc. has struck a $40 million deal to settle a proposed ERISA class action alleging its employee retirement plans enriched a company subsidiary by tens of millions of dollars at workers' expense, according to documents filed in New York federal court.

  • August 10, 2020

    Ex-Bloomberg Reporter Slams Newsroom As Sexist, Racist

    A former news reporter for Bloomberg LP tore into the news organization Sunday for its allegedly sexist and racist culture, claiming in a proposed class action lodged in New York state court that she was denied advancement opportunities and exploited as a "diversity pawn" for its business and journalistic gain.

  • August 10, 2020

    Arizona Must Face Bulk Of 'All Natural' Gummy Labeling Suit

    Though a New York federal judge on Monday trimmed claims from a proposed class action alleging that Arizona Beverage Co. falsely labels its gummy snacks as "all natural," she found that the company still has to face allegations that it violated numerous state consumer protection laws.

  • August 10, 2020

    Cadence Investors Didn't Show Fraud, Judge Says

    A federal judge in Houston ended investors' securities fraud allegations against Cadence Bancorp. and two of its executives, finding that the proposed class action didn't detail alleged lies or other intentional wrongdoing that would have constituted a violation of federal securities law.

  • August 10, 2020

    MEI Pharma Lied About Cancer Drug's Potential, Investor Says

    MEI Pharma Inc. and its executives lied to investors about setbacks in the development of a cancer drug, violating federal securities laws and leading to artificially inflated stock prices, a shareholder alleged in a proposed class action brought Monday in California federal court.

  • August 10, 2020

    US Bank Can't Arbitrate Fee Suit After 9th Circ. Clarifies McGill

    A California federal judge on Monday rescinded her prior decision sending a proposed class action challenging U.S. Bank's fees to arbitration, finding that the arbitration provision is invalid in light of the Ninth Circuit's recent rulings that clarify the state high court's McGill v. Citibank precedent.

  • August 10, 2020

    PwC Ex-Workers Fight Bid To Decertify Class In ERISA Suit

    Thousands of former PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP workers have urged a New York federal judge to reject the company's bid to decertify their class action accusing PwC of violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's standards for calculating lump-sum retirement benefits.

  • August 10, 2020

    Title Insurance Investors Say $1.8B Deal Forced Through

    Investors in title insurance group Fidelity National Financial Inc. sued the company's executives and others in Delaware for allegedly forcing through a $1.8 billion acquisition of annuity and life insurance provider F&G earlier this year, saying the deal primarily served the personal interests of the company's chairman.

  • August 10, 2020

    Dairy Farmers Blast Trade Group's 'Proxy' Response To DOJ

    Farmers suing the cooperative Dairy Farmers of America over an alleged antitrust conspiracy told a Vermont federal court to disregard a trade groups' response to a U.S. Department of Justice filing in the case, characterizing the outfits as nothing more than proxies for the co-op.

  • August 10, 2020

    NYC Inks $3.2M Deal To Settle Illegal Wiretap Claims

    New York City and employees of the Kings County district attorney's office have inked a $3.2 million settlement with a class of individuals whose communications to a detective and an assistant district attorney were intercepted through a wiretap scheme spearheaded by Tara Lenich, a former assistant district attorney for the office.

  • August 10, 2020

    HSBC Hong Kong Beats Ponzi Scheme Suit

    A New York federal judge held Monday that a group of California investors who alleged that HSBC Hong Kong aided a $37 million Ponzi scheme lacked jurisdiction to sue the bank and tossed the suit without prejudice.

  • August 10, 2020

    Google Slams Parents' Suit Over 'Loot Boxes' In Games

    Google on Friday urged a California federal court to throw out a suit brought by parents claiming its Google Play store encourages children to gamble via surprise in-game purchases called "loot boxes," arguing that it's immune from the claims because Google isn't the one behind the games or the loot boxes.

  • August 10, 2020

    Allergan Says Breast Implant MDL Claims Are Preempted

    Allergan Inc. is urging a New Jersey federal court to throw out claims in multidistrict litigation alleging that it hid the health risks of its textured breast implants, saying that because the implants' design, manufacture and marketing were approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the claims are preempted by federal law.

  • August 10, 2020

    Little Caesars Can't Duck Ill. Workers' Biometric Privacy Suit

    An Illinois federal judge won't let Little Caesars escape a suit by two former employees alleging the company violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act by collecting their fingerprint data without consent, saying documents proffered by the company cannot be recognized as evidence at this stage.

  • August 10, 2020

    Settling Eventbrite Investors Say Virus Hurts Recovery Odds

    Eventbrite investors told a California federal judge they reached a $1.9 million settlement deal with the digital event management company, saying it seemed prudent to end their securities fraud suit amid a pandemic that makes large-scale, in-person events dangerous to hold.

  • August 10, 2020

    Land O'Lakes Aims To Sink ERISA Suit Over 401(k) Roster

    Former Land O'Lakes employees unhappy over the company's 401(k) investment lineup shouldn't be allowed to pursue their proposed class action because they didn't put their own retirement savings into the allegedly shoddy investment options they cite, the company has told a Minnesota federal judge.

  • August 10, 2020

    Walmart Forking Over Up To $9.5M In Meat Overcharge Suit

    Walmart agreed to pay up to $9.5 million and change certain business practices Friday in order to settle a putative class action in Florida federal court alleging that the retail behemoth has for years used sales prices to overcharge potentially millions of customers nationwide for its packaged meat products.

  • August 10, 2020

    Rosen Law Firm To Lead Tilray Stock-Drop Suit

    The Rosen Law Firm will lead a proposed class of investors in a stock-drop suit against the Canadian medical cannabis company Tilray Inc., a New York federal judge has ordered, saying the firm's client satisfies the lead plaintiff requirements and has the largest financial interest in the case.

  • August 10, 2020

    Uber Can't Escape Investor Suit Over Scandal-Scarred IPO

    A California federal judge said Uber must face a proposed securities class action alleging it duped shareholders about its numerous corporate scandals and downplayed risks ahead of its May 2019 initial public offering, saying there's enough to suggest that Uber may have overhyped its business prospects.

  • August 10, 2020

    ComEd, Ill. Speaker Hit With $450M Rico Suit Over Bribery Plot

    A group of Commonwealth Edison customers hit the utility, several company personnel and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan with a $450 million civil racketeering suit Monday following the company's recent admission that certain employees bribed the speaker's associates in exchange for favorable legislation.

  • August 10, 2020

    'Oblivious' Drizly Reported Breach 5 Months Late, Suit Says

    Alcohol delivery service Drizly warned customers in July of a major data breach even though hackers had been selling account owners' credit card information on the dark web beginning as early as February, according to a potential class action filed in Massachusetts federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Dreamers Bring Important Perspective To Legal Industry

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for the time being, and at this critical time in our nation's history, there are several actions that every law firm can take to increase the visibility of Dreamers, say Regina Calcaterra, Isidora Echeverria and Montserrat Lopez at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • Helping Clients Overcome Financial Hurdles Mid-Litigation

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    In perilous economic times like these, abandoning litigation in progress could be a tempting cost-cutting measure for companies, but lawyers can help clients evaluate two alternative financial arrangements to stanch the bleeding from expenditures while preserving valuable litigation assets, say Charles Agee at Westfleet Advisors and Collin Cox at Yetter Coleman.

  • Inclusivity Considerations For Law Firms Reopening Offices

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    While most law firms will focus on ensuring physical office spaces are as safe as possible for attorneys and staff members, it's equally important to consider the impact office reopening decisions will have on a firm's culture of diversity and inclusion, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Opinion

    EU Class Action Policy Guided By Wrong Measure Of Success

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    The political agreement obtained last month on the first European Union-wide rules on collective redress illustrates the fact that the main goal of the authorities is to increase the number of class action claims rather than focus on the application of standard civil liability principles, says Sylvie Gallage-Alwis at Signature Litigation.

  • How Cosmetics Cos. Can Prepare For Growth In Class Actions

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    Given light federal regulation of cosmetics, consumers are increasingly turning to class action litigation against the cosmetics industry, so companies should carefully review manufacturing processes and marketing claims, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • NY High Court Case Could Upend Litigation Finance Industry

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    A ruling in favor of the defendant in Fast Trak Investment v. Sax, a case recently accepted by the New York Court of Appeals, could enable borrowers to avoid repaying litigation funders by claiming state usury law violations, say attorneys at MoloLamken.

  • Unpacking The Supreme Court's Praise For The TCPA

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants strengthens the Telephone Consumer Protection Act as one of the most vexing and frequently deployed privacy statutes in the U.S., and paints the TCPA in a favorable light, say Ezra Church and Terese Schireson at Morgan Lewis.

  • Associates Can Prioritize Biz Development Despite Pandemic

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    Although many traditional business development activities are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associates should seize the unique opportunities of this time to cultivate business by strengthening their personal and professional relationships, and developing new ones, says Jeremy Schneider at Jackson Lewis.

  • Key COVID-19 Accessibility Issues As ADA Turns 30

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    Shira Blank and Joshua Stein at Epstein Becker examine pandemic-related accessibility challenges businesses should consider when balancing Americans with Disabilities Act Title III compliance against employee and patron safety as the statute's 30th anniversary approaches.

  • Opinion

    Let's Create An Ethical Obligation For Attys To Fight Racism

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    In this moment of national recognition of historical institutional racism, the American Bar Association must implement a model rule that explicitly declares efforts to fight racism and advance equality to be a matter of attorneys' ethics and professional conduct, say Marc Firestone at Philip Morris International and David Douglass at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Lessons From 6 Months Of Calif. Privacy Law Litigation

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    The California Consumer Privacy Act’s first six months have produced more than 50 consumer class actions, and trends in private litigants' strategies may be instructive on what to expect for enforcement, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • New Pharma Co. Defenses For 'Innovator Liability' Claims

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    Under the so-called innovator liability theory, a handful of states have permitted plaintiffs who took generic medication to sue the manufacturer of the branded form of the drug — but pharmaceutical companies have recently had success fighting such claims with three key strategies, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • 6 Considerations When Shopping For Legal Tech Software

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    When evaluating the vast range of legal technology options available today, law firms will want to make sure that firm intellectual property and client data stored in the software are encrypted, isolated, protected through backups and in compliance with the ever-growing list of data regulations, say Eric Tucker and Dorna Moini at Documate.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Publicizing Laterals Amid Lockdowns

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    With business development dinners and social events no longer viable for new lateral hires, law firms need a refreshed game plan — one that fully exploits the digital landscape, say Andrew Longstreth and Jesse Dungan at Infinite Global and Michael Coston at Coston Consulting.

  • Opinion

    End Forced Employee Arbitration To Advance Social Equality

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    If recent corporate claims against systemic racism and discrimination are genuine, companies should return bias and harassment claims to the courts by discontinuing the use of mandatory employment arbitration agreements, says attorney Victor Caldwell.

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