Abbey Spanier LLP: Court Rejects Saxon’s Bid To Dismiss HAMP Class Action Lawsuit

We have another update regarding litigation involving the United States Treasury’s Home Affordable Modification Program (“HAMP”). See some of our HAMP related posts here, here and here . As explained in some of our prior posts, the HAMP was created by the federal government to combat...

AbbeySpanier LLP: Court Certifies Class Of Rite Aid Store Managers Under Rule 23

A former Rite Aid store manager filed a complaint in the Southern District of New York alleging that Rite Aid failed to pay its store managers overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”) and the New York Labor Law (the “NYLL). The plaintiff claimed that store...

AbbeySpanier LLP: 9th Circuit Revives HAMP Claims Against Wells Fargo

In Corvello v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA , 11-16234, 11-16242, 2013 WL 4017279 (9th Cir. Aug. 8, 2013) (a copy of the opinion can be found here ), the Ninth Circuit reversed the lower Court’s dismissal of two consolidated class action complaints, holding that if a borrower complies with a standardized...

Abbey Spanier LLP: JPMorgan Loses Bid to Prohibit Class Arbitrations

A California federal judge denied JPMorgan’s motion to compel arbitration on an individual basis. Two former JPMorgan employees filed a class action complaint alleging violations of state and federal labor laws on behalf of JPMorgan appraisers. As part of their employment, plaintiffs entered into...

Ballard Spahr LLP: 5th Circuit Rejects NLRB Ruling Invalidating Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements

By Steven W. Suflas, Mark J. Levin and Erin K. Clarke On December 3, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ruling that an employer violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by requiring employees to waive their rights...

Williams Mullen: In Rebuff To Labor Board, 5th Circuit Sustains Arbitration Agreements With Class Action Waivers

By David C. Burton , Beth Hirsch Berman and J. Nelson Wilkinson In recent years, employers have faced increased, and increasingly expensive, class action litigation from current and former employees. In response, many employers have turned to arbitration agreements with class-action waivers as...

U.S. High Court: State’s Lawsuit On Behalf Of Citizens Is Not Mass Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) A state’s lawsuit seeking restitution for itself and its citizens, in which it is the only named plaintiff, does not qualify as a mass action under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Jan. 14 ( State of Mississippi...

Judge Denies Preliminary Approval Of $760 Million NFL Concussion Settlement

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) The Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the National Football League concussion injury multidistrict litigation issued an order Jan. 14 denying a motion seeking preliminary approval of a previously announced proposed $760 million class action settlement ( In re...

Williams Mullen: State Attorneys General Served ‘Home Cooking’ By The Supreme Court Of The United States

By Charles E. “Chuck” James Jr. and Brendan D. O’Toole On January 14, 2014, in Mississippi v. AU Optronics Corp. , the Supreme Court held that a parens patriae action (one brought by the state on behalf of its injured citizens) does not constitute a ‘mass action’ and...

Abbey Spanier LLP: Ontario Court Upholds Amendment to IMAX Canadian ‘Global’ Class Certification Order

As discussed in a post last year, on March 19, 2013, Justice van Rensburg of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued an opinion relating to overlapping class action proceedings against IMAX Corporation (“IMAX”) in the United States and Ontario, Canada (the “March 2013 Order”...

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert For Makers Of Allegedly Defective Washing Machines

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 24 denied two petitions for writ of certiorari filed by Sears Roebuck and Co. and Whirlpool Corp. in relation to rulings that granted class certification for various purchasers of front-loading washing machines who allege that a...

High Court Hears Oral Argument In Securities Fraud Class Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 5 heard oral arguments in a securities class action lawsuit seeking a determination as to whether the Supreme Court should overturn or limit its holding in Basic Inc. v. Levinson (485 U.S. 224 [1988] [ enhanced opinion available...

Abbey Spanier LLP: 3rd Circuit Joins 7th, 9th Circuits Holding That Federal Common Law Standard For Successor Liability Applies To FLSA Claims

Last week, the Third Circuit issued a precedential decision holding that the federal common law standard for successor liability is applicable to claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The plaintiff filed a class and collective action...

Florida Federal Jury Adds $2.5M In Punitive Damages For Smoker With Lung Disease

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida federal jury added $2.5 million in punitive damages Friday to $2.5 million in compensatory damages it had awarded May 15 to a woman who said three companies’ cigarettes caused chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( Pauline Burkhart, et al....

DLA Piper: California’s Privacy Statute Regulates California Companies, But Not Against Out-Of-State Plaintiffs: A Recent Decision, 2 Takeaways

By Perrie Michael Weiner , Anahit Tagvoryan and Esteban Morales Throughout 2013 and into the new year, the plaintiffs’ bar has continued to file a steady stream of privacy-related class action claims. With statutes such as California’s Invasion of Privacy Act and the federal Telephone...

Pfizer To Pay $325M To Settle Neurontin 3rd-Party Payer, Antitrust Class Action

BOSTON — (Mealey’s) Pfizer Inc. has agreed to a $325 million class settlement of claims by third-party payers that allege that the off-label promotion of the epilepsy drug Neurontin violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and that the drug maker’s efforts to...

Federal Judge Gives Preliminary Approval To NFL Brain-Injury Settlement

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) A federal judge in Pennsylvania on July 7 preliminarily approved a settlement between the National Football League and retired players claiming football-related brain injuries ( In Re: National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation , MDL Docket...

Florida Jury Awards $23 Billion In Punitives To Smoker’s Family

PENSACOLA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A Florida state court jury on July 18 ordered R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to pay more than $23.6 billion in punitive damages to the family of a man who alleged that his death from lung cancer was caused by smoking ( Cynthia Robinson, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco...

NCAA, Student-Athletes Reach Settlement In Head-Injury Class Action

CHICAGO — (Mealey’s) The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and student-athletes claiming head injuries suffered in intercollegiate play reached a $75 million settlement of their federal class action suit July 29 ( In re National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete...

Ballard Spahr LLP: 3rd Circuit Holds That Courts, Not Arbitrators, Should Rule On Classwide Arbitration

By Steven W. Suflas, Alan S. Kaplinsky, Mark J. Levin, Burt M. Rublin, and Michelle M. McGeogh In Opalinski v. Robert Half International, Inc. [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ], the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that where an arbitration clause is...

Norton Rose Fulbright: Courts Disagree Whether Attacks On Expert Damage Models Defeat Class Certification In The Wake Of Comcast

By Joshua Lichtman Federal courts continue to be split on whether the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend [ enhanced opinion available to lexis subscribers ] [lexis.com subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs for this case ]. requires plaintiffs seeking class certification...

Norton Rose Fulbright: Red Bull Settlement Problems Show Consequences Of Certifying Unascertainable Classes

By Stephanie Stroup Since the Third Circuit’s opinion in Carrera v. Bayer Corp. [ enhanced opinion available to lexis subscribers ], courts have been battling with the approach to consumer classes for small-ticket items because consumers often do not retain receipts or proofs of purchase (think...

Florida Jury Awards $450,000 In Punitives To Daughter of Smoker (Watch The Closing Statement Videos)

BRONSON, Fla. — (Mealey’s) The daughter of a smoker who died of lung cancer was awarded $450,000 in punitive damages Nov. 12 by a jury in Florida’s Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in a trial limited to the redetermination of damages following the striking of an earlier award of almost...

Norton Rose Fulbright: 1 Plaintiff Not Enough to Prove Advertising Likely to Deceive Reasonable Consumers

By Matthew Gurvitz It seems that lately, all it takes to bring a false advertising class action regarding “all natural” or “no sugar added” representations on product packaging is the say-so of one consumer who claims the representations are misleading (even though they might...

Norton Rose Fulbright: Certification of Damages Class Denied in ‘All Natural Fruit’ False Labeling Suit

By Joshua Lichtman Updating our previous post , another federal district court has interpreted Comcast Corp. v. Behrend [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ] to require plaintiffs to demonstrate a viable “means of showing damages on a classwide basis through...