Class Action

  • July 25, 2017

    EEOC, Bass Pro Reach $10.5M Deal To End Race Bias Suit

    Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC has agreed, without admitting wrongdoing, to pay $10.5 million to a class of black and Hispanic workers the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged it discriminated against by failing to hire, according to the consent decree filed on Monday in Texas federal court.

  • July 25, 2017

    Banks Say Top Court Ruling Cuts Against SIBOR-Rigging Suit

    A group of foreign banks accused of rigging the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate and another financial benchmark told a New York federal judge on Monday that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on jurisdiction strengthens their argument for dismissal, contrary to what plaintiffs have said.

  • July 25, 2017

    Iron Workers To Spearhead Anadarko Securities Fraud Class

    A Texas federal judge Monday named the Iron Workers Benefit and Pension Fund as lead plaintiff for a putative class of investors who say Anadarko Petroleum Corp. violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose risks associated with its gas wells before a deadly explosion.

  • July 25, 2017

    $5B Parexel Take-Private Deal Incites Investors

    Pamplona Capital Management LLP's plans to take biopharmaceutical services provider Parexel International Corp. private sparked a Massachusetts federal lawsuit Monday alleging the $5 billion deal is unfair to investors.

  • July 25, 2017

    Rams Lob Counterclaim At Fans, St. Louis Convention Center

    The Rams National Football League team has filed a counterclaim in Missouri federal court over personal seat licenses related to the team’s move from St. Louis to Los Angeles, denying liability for ticketholders’ claims and saying the claims should be against the group that sold the passes and not the team itself.

  • July 25, 2017

    Objectors To Nissan Transmission Deal Say They Will Appeal

    Two objectors to a deal worth at least $37 million resolving claims against Nissan North America Inc. over defective transmissions told a Florida federal judge Monday that they will appeal his final approval of the settlement, which they say provides little or no benefit to affected consumers.

  • July 25, 2017

    HSBC Wins Unredacted Docs In MBS Dispute

    A federal magistrate judge on Monday ordered an investment fund suing HSBC Holdings PLC over failed mortgage-backed securities to turn over more than 1,000 documents without redacting personal information contained in those messages, despite the fund’s concerns over potential privacy violations.

  • July 25, 2017

    Attys Want $4.45M In Fees In Wells Fargo's TCPA Settlement

    Attorneys representing a class of 3.2 million consumers who allege that Wells Fargo violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by autodialing their phones without consent asked a Georgia federal court on Monday to award them more than $4.45 million in fees after they secured a $14.8 million settlement to resolve the dispute.

  • July 25, 2017

    Retailers Seek Docs Given To FTC In Aggrenox MDL

    Humana and retailers including Walgreen Co. and Rite Aid Corp. that are suing pharmaceutical companies over their alleged role in a scheme to block generic alternatives to stroke-prevention drug Aggrenox on Monday urged a Connecticut federal court to require the drugmakers to give them documents recently turned over to the Federal Trade Commission.

  • July 25, 2017

    Edelson Escapes Mizuho Bank Sanctions Bid In Mt. Gox Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday rejected Mizuho Bank Ltd.'s request for sanctions against Edelson PC, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to support an order that Edelson strike claims in its proposed class action over the collapse of bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox.

  • July 25, 2017

    Airbnb User Seeks High Court Review In Race Bias Suit

    An African-American man asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider if he can proceed with his proposed race bias class action against Airbnb Inc., saying that a lower court’s decision to compel arbitration gives the rental website “a sustained license to self-police its discriminatory conduct.”

  • July 24, 2017

    Groupon’s Deals Exclude People With Disabilities, Suit Says

    Chicago-based discount website Groupon Inc. discriminates against people with disabilities by not offering tickets for accessible seating at events and not providing options to book accessible hotel rooms, a consumer said Friday in a proposed class action.

  • July 24, 2017

    Barclays Forex Rigging Settlement Nets $8.75M In Atty Fees

    Counsel for Axiom Investment Advisors LLC will receive $8.75 million from a $50 million settlement with Barclays Bank LLC in a New York federal court action filed over purported misuse of a foreign exchange trading system to boost bank profits. 

  • July 24, 2017

    Consumer Denied Cert. In Midland Credit Debt Notice Suit

    An Illinois federal judge denied class certification Monday to a consumer allegedly sent an inaccurate debt collection letter by Midland Credit Management Inc., saying there are no objective criteria by which a class of those injured could be created.

  • July 24, 2017

    Peet’s Can’t Ditch Coffee Subscription Auto-Renewal Suit

    A San Francisco judge on Monday rejected Peet’s Coffee’s attempt to end a putative class action alleging the company violated California's Automatic Renewal Law by failing to properly notify customers it would renew coffee and tea subscriptions, rejecting the chain's findings the class couldn't prove an injury.

  • July 24, 2017

    Equus Investor Fights Bid To Toss Equity Perk Suit

    Attorneys for a proposed class seeking to undo an approved Equus Total Return Inc. stock incentive plan parried suggestions Monday that their complaint alleged too little, too late during Delaware Chancery Court arguments on a company dismissal motion.

  • July 24, 2017

    AIG Unit Urges 9th Circ. To Rethink $8.6M Coverage Ruling

    An AIG affiliate urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to reconsider a ruling that left it on the hook for $8.6 million for infringing a patent by software company Magma Design Automation Inc., saying the court hadn’t fully considered a phone call that could turn the case on its head.

  • July 24, 2017

    11 Teva Entities Can't Escape Pa. Generic Price-Fixing Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Monday that 11 generic pharmaceutical entities based outside the state still must face price-fixing allegations in a union health insurance plan’s putative class action, but she threw out claims against four drugmakers that do not sell drugs in the state, finding the court lacked jurisdiction.

  • July 24, 2017

    Class Says Experian Can’t Block American Eagle TCPA Deal

     A class that reached a proposed $14.5 million settlement with American Eagle Outfitters in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit over unsolicited texts told a New York federal court Friday that Experian's marketing unit lacks standing to object to the deal because it was dismissed from the case.

  • July 24, 2017

    Wells Fargo Fights Investor's Class Cert. Bid In RMBS Suit

    Wells Fargo Bank NA has slammed a bid for class certification from an investor suing the bank over its alleged failures as trustee of two residential mortgage-backed securities trusts, telling a New York federal court on Monday that the proposed class is unworkable.

Expert Analysis

  • Viewing Class Settlements Through A New Lens: Part 1

    Kahn Scolnick

    In recent years, obtaining judicial approval of class action settlements has become more and more difficult. In part 1 of this two-part series, Kahn Scolnick and Sheldon Evans of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP discuss the practical considerations that parties and their counsel must take into account when deciding whether to settle or move forward — and how judicial hostility to class settlements alters this calculus.

  • Attempting To Limit Class Action Waivers And The FAA

    John Hansen

    Two efforts are currently underway to limit the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's past decisions involving anti-class action arbitration clauses in both consumer and employment agreements. However, both efforts are under attack, says John Hansen of John Hansen Law.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, It's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Northern District Of Illinois Is Botching TCPA Fax Rule

    David Almeida

    While the D.C. Circuit’s recent decision eliminating the solicited fax rule under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act seems clear on its face, at least two opinions from the Northern District of Illinois have inexplicably disregarded that holding, say David Almeida and Mark Eisen of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Enforcing Arbitration Clauses In Product Packaging

    Abby Sacunas

    Two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions pertaining to the enforceability of arbitration clauses provide guidance to manufacturers looking to bind consumers through the use of product packaging. Under certain states’ laws, such clauses may be enforceable — so long as reasonable notice is provided, along with notice that failure to return the product constitutes assent, says Abby Sacunas of Cozen O'Connor.