A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reversed a trial court decision that had dismissed a proposed class action against the Miami-Dade County tax collector from taxpayers seeking to claw back interest on overpayments of ad valorem taxes.
Counsel for GlaxoSmithKline and families who claim its anti-nausea medication Zofran caused various birth defects argued in Boston federal court Wednesday over how many patients should be targeted for individual discovery in the multidistrict product liability litigation.
An Illinois federal judge gave the final go-ahead Wednesday to a $3 million settlement reached between JPMorgan Chase and nearly 2,000 mortgage bankers who say the company denied them overtime pay in violation of both state and federal wage laws.
Willbros Group Inc.'s board misled investors about a $107.6 million deal to sell the company to Primoris Services Corp. and undervalued the price, according an investor's proposed class action against the oil and gas infrastructure company and its board in Texas federal court Tuesday.
A group of Volkswagen franchised dealers cannot get their hands on documents from Robert Bosch LLC and Robert Bosch GmbH related to ongoing government investigations into the alleged defeat device that Bosch manufactured for Volkswagen diesel vehicles to cheat emissions tests, a California federal judge said Tuesday.
A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday approved $33 million in class counsel awards in a $100 million settlement between Halliburton Co. and disgruntled investors, saying the request — which is only 77 percent of the lodestar rate — is reasonable.
Buyers of electrical parts known as capacitors have reached $20 million in settlements with various manufacturers alleged to have jacked up prices on the products and on Tuesday sought a California federal court's preliminary approval of the deals after nearly four years of antitrust litigation.
An industrial products distributor agreed Tuesday to pay $16.5 million to end a proposed class action filed in Tennessee federal court alleging a faulty toilet part causes flooding that damages homes and other structures.
Two car buyers urged the Sixth Circuit on Monday to reverse a lower court’s decision that struck their objections to nearly $40 million in settlements with Denso Corp. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. in antitrust multidistrict litigation, saying the deals warrant a second look.
The Crow Creek Tribe hit the Federal Communications Commission with a proposed class action in South Dakota federal court Monday, seeking to represent federally recognized tribes in a suit claiming the FCC overstepped its authority when it recently approved new rules exempting small cell fixtures from environmental and historic reviews.
A group of four law firms representing players in the landmark $1 billion NFL concussion settlement has stepped up attacks against the program’s claims administrator, accusing it of a “Machiavellian strategy” to delay desperately needed payouts for players by “falsely accusing” the attorneys of fraud.
Tempur Sealy International Inc. and its former website host Aptos Inc. asked a Georgia federal judge Monday to reject a bid to revive a proposed class action accusing the companies of lax security practices that opened the door to a 2016 data breach, arguing the latest complaint raises no plausible new claims.
Allegiant Air was hit with a putative securities class action Tuesday alleging the low-cost airline hid its poor safety record and lied to investors about numerous hazardous incidents, which were revealed in a recent bombshell CBS News "60 Minutes" report that caused Allegiant’s stock price to dip.
Labaton Sucharow LLP, Thornton Law Firm LLP and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP will pay up to $800,000 more to cover costs for a probe into whether they inflated billable hours to claim $75 million in fees in a suit against State Street Corp. over its foreign exchange practices, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday.
Georgetown University urged a Washington, D.C., federal judge Monday to scrap a proposed class action accusing it of mismanaging two employee retirement plans, saying the suit by plan participants is merely an example of "Monday morning quarterbacking" that didn’t identify faulty plan management processes.
A proposed class of University of Pennsylvania employee retirement plan participants alleging the plan was mismanaged told the Third Circuit on Monday that several amicus briefs submitted by outside groups should not be accepted because they give the defendants an unfair word-count advantage.
The Second Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of a proposed class action accusing Etsy of concealing risks regarding counterfeit goods that led to a stock plunge after its initial public offering, concluding that shareholders failed to show the sort of false statements necessary to support their securities claims.
Top business groups on Monday implored the U.S. Supreme Court to examine a Third Circuit ruling that let consumers continue suing drugmakers over allegedly oversize eyedrops, warning that the ruling invites “a new wave of abusive, no-injury class action litigation.”
A Florida state senator has joined plaintiffs' firm Morgan & Morgan PA in its Fort Lauderdale office, where he will focus his practice on consumer class actions, False Claims Act suits and first-party insurance coverage cases, the firm announced Tuesday.
Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. urged a California federal court Monday to reject a consumer’s bid to certify a class of people who purchased allegedly underfilled boxes of Junior Mints and Sugar Babies, saying the majority of customers are repeat buyers who know the boxes’ contents.
Even if courts begin to consistently dismiss putative nationwide classes on Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California grounds, filing a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction may not always be the best strategic and business decision for defendants, says Neil Tyler of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
A controversial issue argued Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court was whether the Second Circuit should have given complete deference to a declaration that price-fixing by two vitamin C manufacturers was required by Chinese law. When a foreign government’s regulation is exempt, measuring damages attributable only to the cartel respects international comity while also recognizing how foreign cartels can harm U.S. customers, say mem... (continued)
There is speculation that smart contracts may enable technology to replace the practice of law. However, disputes will almost certainly arise as a result of the innate characteristics of smart contracts, requiring seasoned legal representation, say Collin Starkweather, a principal at Charles River Associates, and Izzy Nelken, a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange's product development committee.
In Kelly Ellis v. Google, a California federal judge recently denied Google's bid to dismiss classwide claims alleging gender-based pay discrimination. If the class is certified and if the plaintiffs win, it may signify the beginning of the end of the fight for equal pay for women, say Debra Ellwood Meppen and Laurie DeYoung of Gordon & Rees LLP.
It's been eight years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates v. Allstate Insurance, but courts continue to wrestle with whether state statutory class action bars are enforceable in federal court, say Daniel Fong and Robert Guite of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.
The widespread adoption and increasing regulation of virtual currencies and related technologies will give rise to the need for individuals with expertise in traditional fields, such as financial services and tax, say Collin Starkweather, a principal at Charles River Associates, and Izzy Nelken, a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange's product development committee.
Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.
Earth Day is almost here, and companies may be looking to capture some environmentally minded consumers with nifty green-themed advertising campaigns. To help sort through the Federal Trade Commission requirements for environmental marketing, David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP assesses recent disputes involving the agency's “Green Guides” in his second annual review.
The scope of discovery that plaintiffs can obtain from defendants in employment discrimination cases includes limitations that defendants often attempt to assert. San Francisco-based attorney William Jhaveri-Weeks addresses how to use the different mechanisms for obtaining discovery effectively, and the types of cases and discovery disputes that often occur.
How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.