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7th Circuit: Chicago Must Hire 111 Black Firefighters
Posted on 16 May 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

CHICAGO - (AP) A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the Chicago Fire Department must hire 111 African Americans who passed a firefighters entrance exam 16 years ago and pay millions of dollars to thousands more who took and passed the same test... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: 7th Circuit Green Lights Data Breach Class Action Against Neiman Marcus
Posted on 29 Jul 2015 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Phillip N. Yannella, Daniel JT McKenna and Suzanne O. Lufadeju An increase in data breach class actions could be the result of a recent decision of the Seventh Circuit holding that allegations of future harm stemming from a data... Read More

7th Circuit Says Motion To Consolidate Depakote Suits Triggers CAFA Jurisdiction
Posted on 17 Oct 2012 by Tom Moylan

CHICAGO - Resolving a split between two district courts, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 16 ruled that plaintiffs' motions to consolidate 10 Illinois state court cases involving Abbott Laboratories' anti-seizure drug Depakote... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Comcast Corp. v. Behrend's Impact In Toxic Tort Litigation
Posted on 21 Apr 2014 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin I have written about how the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Comcast v. Behrend has had the practical result of raising the bar for class certification and leveling the playing field for corporate defendants [ enhanced opinion... Read More

Williams Mullen: 7th Circuit Interprets ERISA’s Statute of Limitations for Fiduciary Breach: Fish v. GreatBanc Trust Company
Posted on 30 May 2014 by Williams Mullen

By Mark S. Thomas and Robert W. Shaw The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Fish v. GreatBanc Trust Company , No. 12-3330 (7th Cir. May 14, 2014) [ enhanced opinion available to subscribers ], has issued a decision that clarifies the rules... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: No More Rubber Stamps: Courts Critical Of Class Action Settlements
Posted on 31 Oct 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Lauren Shoor A number of recent cases show courts taking a more active role in approving class action settlements, more closely scrutinizing settlements meant to benefit class members. Just last month in Redman v. RadioShack Corporation [ enhanced... Read More

AbbeySpanier LLP: 9th Circuit Revives HAMP Claims Against Wells Fargo
Posted on 27 Nov 2013 by Abbey Spanier

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... Read More

SNR Denton On Kartman v. State Farm: No Bad Faith Liability Unless Some Benefits Improperly Delayed Or Denied
Posted on 24 Jan 2012 by William T. Barker

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton In Kartman v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. , the Seventh Circuit reversed certification of a class action for allegedly improper adjustment of claims for hailstorm damage to insureds' roofs... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Certification Of Arbitrator Partiality Case
Posted on 16 May 2011 by Andrew McCue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on May 16 said it would not hear a challenge to a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision regarding arbitrator partiality ( Trustmark Insurance Company v. John Hancock Life Insurance Company... Read More

DLA Piper LLP: 7th Circuit Rejects 3rd Circuit's ‘Heightened’ Ascertainability Analysis
Posted on 12 Aug 2015 by DLA Piper

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... Read More

Foley & Lardner LLP: Wisconsin Voter ID: Plaintiffs' Emergency Application to Justice Kagan Lacks a Key Element
Posted on 6 Oct 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

By Thomas L. Shriner Jr. The plaintiffs in Wisconsin’s Voter ID case [on Oct. 2] filed an emergency application with Justice Kagan, the Circuit Justice assigned to the Seventh Circut, seeking an order vacating the Seventh Circuit’s September... Read More

ABA Public Utility, Communications And Transport Labor Committee Spring 2011 Report
Posted on 24 May 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

By the American Bar Association Section of Public Utility Excerpt: I. EMPLOYMENT LAW DEVELOPMENTS A. Title VII 1. Third Circuit Holds that Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Does Not Apply to Title VII Failure-to-Promote Claims In Noel v. The Boeing Company... Read More

Williams Mullen:Court Holds that Erroneous Advice about Medical Benefits Coverage Can Expose Plans to Liability
Posted on 10 Jul 2013 by Williams Mullen

By Mark S. Thomas and Robert W. Shaw In Kenseth v. Dean Health Plan, Inc. , No. 11-1560 (June 13, 2013) [ Enhanced opinion available to subscribers], the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed the scope of equitable remedies available... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: 7th Circuit Rejects 'Heightened Ascertainability' Requirement For Class Actions
Posted on 4 Aug 2015 by Ballard Spahr LLP

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... Read More

Split High Court Upholds 7th Circuit's FELA Causation Standards Ruling
Posted on 23 Jun 2011 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A split U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 upheld the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' determination that Rogers v. Missouri Pacific R. Co. (352 U.S. 500) relaxed the proximate cause requirement in Federal Employers'... Read More