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3rd Circuit: Defect, Warranty Claims For Vagus Nerve Stimulator Preempted

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 30 affirmed that manufacturing defect and breach of warranty claims involving the Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Therapy System made by Cyberonics Inc. are expressly preempted ( Diane M. Williams, et al. v. Cyberonics, Inc....

Standards For Appointing Class Counsel Under Rule 23(g)

Sheinberg v. Sorensen (606 F.3d 130, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 10922 [3d Cir. May 28, 2010]) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law ] explores the relationship between Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Section 23(g), concerning appointment...

Ballard Spahr LLP: 3rd Circuit Finds FAA Preempts N.J. Law On Class Action Waivers

By the Consumer Financial Services Group In the first federal appeals court decision to apply AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion to a non-AT&T Mobility arbitration agreement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts New Jersey...

3rd Circuit Reinstates Certification Of Nationwide Class Settlement In De Beers Diamond Case

In Sullivan v. DB Investments, Inc. ("Sullivan II"), No. 08-2784, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 25185 (3d Cir. Dec. 20, 2011) (en banc), the Third Circuit reinstated the district court's certification of a nationwide class settlement comprising indirect and direct purchasers of diamonds from De...

Supreme Court Will Review Class Certification In Comcast Antitrust Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 25 agreed to decide "[w]hether a district court may certify a class action without resolving whether the plaintiff class has introduced admissible evidence, including expert testimony, to show that the case is susceptible to awarding...

3rd Circuit: Humana Can Sue GSK For Reimbursement For Avandia-Related Expenses

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) Medicare Advantage provider Humana Medical Plan Inc. is allowed under Medicare law to seek reimbursement from GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) for the costs of treating insurance customers who were injured by GSK's Avandia diabetes drug, a unanimous Third Circuit U.S. Court...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Concepcion Mandates Individual Arbitration Even When Statutory Rights Cannot Be Vindicated, 3rd Circuit Holds

By the Consumer Financial Services Group The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion , 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], obligates courts to compel individual arbitration even where the plaintiff has proven that doing so...

High Court Hears Oral Arguments In Antitrust Class Certification Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 5 heard oral arguments on "[w]hether a district court may certify a class action without resolving whether the plaintiff class has introduced admissible evidence, including expert testimony, to show that the case is susceptible to...

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...

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: 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...

DLA Piper: 11th Circuit Opinion On Ascertainability Will Likely Make It Tougher To Certify Class Of Purchasers Of Small-Dollar Consumer Products

By E. Colin Thompson | A panel of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in an unpublished opinion, has issued a much-anticipated decision regarding the implicit ascertainability requirement for class certification. The court held that a plaintiff cannot establish that a class is ascertainable...

Ballard Spahr LLP: 7th Circuit Rejects 'Heightened Ascertainability' Requirement For Class Actions

By Michael R. Carroll and Burt M. Rublin Creating a clear circuit split on a class action issue of increasing importance, the Seventh Circuit has rejected the notion that in order to certify a class, a trial court must be able to identify class members in a reliable and administratively...

DLA Piper LLP: 7th Circuit Rejects 3rd Circuit's ‘Heightened’ Ascertainability Analysis

By E. Colin Thompson Critics of the controversial ascertainability requirement for class certification that the Third Circuit has been applying since 2012 are rejoicing after a recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision that flatly rejects the Third Circuit's approach. The Seventh Circuit...

Super Bowl of Sour Grapes

A federal lawsuit brought after Super Bowl XLVIII, which was held in New Jersey in 2014, was recently dismissed for lack on standing on the part of plaintiffs. Named plaintiffs, Josh Finkelman and Ben Hoch-Parker, wanted to attend the 2014 Super Bowl. Finkelman bought two tickets on the resale market...