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Class Action

  • May 17, 2019

    Call Recipients Seek Class Cert. In Vacation Marketing Row

    A Choice Hotels loyalty program member is pushing a Florida federal judge to certify a nationwide class of more than 23,000 consumers whom the hotel chain's telemarketing partner BlueGreen Vacations allegedly bombarded with unsolicited calls.

  • May 17, 2019

    UK Truck Cartel Class Cert. Paused Amid Mastercard Appeal

    The U.K.’s competition tribunal pumped the brakes Friday on a class certification bid against Daimler and other truck manufacturers accused of a price-fixing cartel, preferring to wait at least until the country’s high court decides whether to take up Mastercard’s appeal of a decision significantly lowering the certification bar.

  • May 17, 2019

    NJ Judge Won't Toss Domino's Wage Suit Without Seeing Deal

    A New Jersey federal judge on Friday rejected separate bids to toss a proposed class action against a company that operates Domino’s Pizza franchises, saying the business must turn over a purported settlement agreement for the court’s approval or swear that there is no deal to resolve claims of Fair Labor Standards Act violations.

  • May 17, 2019

    Global Brass Hit With Investor Suit Over $963M Deal

    Global Brass and Copper Holdings Inc. failed to give stockholders enough information about its proposed $963 million tie-up with Wieland-Werke AG for them to make an informed vote on the transaction, an investor told a Delaware federal court Friday.

  • May 17, 2019

    CVS Ditches False Ad Suit Over Joint Health Pills

    CVS Health Corp. can escape a putative class action over claims it falsely advertised its line of CVS Health Glucosamine products, a California federal judge has ruled, finding that the pharmacy giant's packaging complies with federal labeling law, preempting the state law claims asserted in the suit. 

  • May 17, 2019

    Mobile App Developer Tries To Kick 'Click Injection' Fraud Suit

    A Chinese mobile app developer asked a New York federal court on Thursday to excuse it from a proposed class action accusing the company of lying to investors about faking its download numbers to fraudulently increase advertising revenue, arguing that the shareholders' claims are too vague.

  • May 17, 2019

    Citi, JPM Get Nod For $182.5M Euribor Settlement Payout

    A Manhattan federal judge on Friday approved a $182.5 million settlement between JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup and investors who accuse the two megabanks of rigging a key euro rate, signing off also on a roughly $36 million haul for plaintiffs' firms that brought the antitrust class action.

  • May 17, 2019

    GM Owners Open Faulty-Transmission Class Suit In Del.

    Attorneys for General Motors vehicle owners with allegedly defective transmissions opened a proposed nationwide federal class damages suit in Delaware Friday, becoming at least the third prospective multistate class challenge to the automaker’s gearboxes.

  • May 17, 2019

    Morgan Stanley’s $10M Deal Is Too Low, Advisers Say

    A group of former Morgan Stanley financial advisers urged a California federal judge Thursday to reject a $10 million deal proposed last month to settle allegations that the investment bank routinely refused to reimburse them for work-related expenses, arguing the amount is too low and the release of claims is too broad.

  • May 17, 2019

    8th Circ. Won't Rehear Honeywell's Retiree Health Care Win

    The Eighth Circuit has rejected Honeywell retirees' request to revisit a March panel ruling that gave Honeywell a green light to cut off health care benefits for workers who retired before they turned 65 years old.

  • May 17, 2019

    Jury Backs Pizza King Mario Sbarro In Steakhouse Wage Suit

    A New York federal jury has found in favor of pizza restaurateur Mario Sbarro and his son in a suit brought by tipped workers for a now-closed steakhouse who claimed the Sbarros failed to pay them minimum and overtime wages as the business struggled to survive.

  • May 17, 2019

    Ohio State Doctor's Abuse Was 'Open Secret,' Report Says

    A report by Perkins Coie LLP on allegations that a now-deceased Ohio State University sports doctor sexually abused and harassed student-athletes for decades concluded that the abuse was an “open secret” that involved at least 177 men but failed to spur action by the school.

  • May 17, 2019

    Army Can't Toss Noncitizen Troops' Improper Discharge Suit

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge has refused to end a proposed class action accusing the U.S. Army of wrongfully discharging noncitizen soldiers without prior notice, ruling the dispute was not a "broad programmatic attack" on Army recruitment barred by sovereign immunity.

  • May 17, 2019

    Drinker Biddle Adds Kelley Drye Atty To Class Action Group

    Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has added the former co-chair of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP’s class action practice to its class action team.

  • May 17, 2019

    The Law Firms Making Millions Off The PG&E Cases

    The nation's largest utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric, has paid at least $89 million in the past year in legal fees to firms directly involved with its bankruptcy, civil, criminal and regulatory cases stemming from California wildfires — and the vast majority of that sum has gone to Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

  • May 17, 2019

    Consumers Push For Sanctions In Tribe-Linked Usury Case

    Consumers accusing a tribe-linked online lender of issuing loans at unreasonably high interest rates urged a Virginia federal court Thursday to sanction the founder of a company connected to the lender, saying he has failed to comply with an order to turn over counsel documents.

  • May 17, 2019

    Pa. Lawyer Says Ex-Partner Stiffed Him On $1.3M In Fees

    A Pittsburgh attorney is suing his former legal partner for some $1.3 million in fees he claims he's owed for hundreds of hours of work on a now-settled class action against First Commonwealth Bank.

  • May 17, 2019

    DeVry $16M Ads Suit Settlement OK'd With Lesser Atty Fees

    A Delaware vice chancellor on Friday signed off on a settlement with a lesser-than-requested attorney fee by which former officers of DeVry University will pay $16 million to end a shareholder derivative suit that alleged the for-profit college chain made false advertisements and representations about the employment rates of its graduates.

  • May 17, 2019

    Zetia Buyers Demand Info On Generics In Pay-For-Delay Suit

    Generic-drug maker Zydus needs to cough up details on its generic version of Zetia, buyers of the cholesterol medication told a Virginia federal court, as they contend that information may bolster their pay-for-delay case against Merck and Glenmark.

  • May 17, 2019

    New England Couples Win Cert. To Fight Spouse Deportations

    A Massachusetts federal judge certified a class of U.S. citizens and their undocumented spouses in a ruling from the bench Thursday in Boston, opening the door for potentially thousands of New England couples to sue the federal government for deporting an undocumented spouse. 

Expert Analysis

  • The Precarious State Of Public Injunction Waivers In Calif.

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    Two years ago, in McGill v. Citibank, the California Supreme Court made arbitration agreements that preclude consumers from seeking public injunctive relief unenforceable. But some federal courts have deviated from that holding so as to make its future uncertain, say Brian Kabateck and Brian Hong of Kabateck.

  • Key Takeaways From Roundup Verdicts So Far

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    On May 13, a California jury returned a $2 billion verdict against Monsanto in the third trial over allegations that its popular weedkiller Roundup causes cancer. The Roundup trials highlight the importance of issues including punitive damages, celebrity influence and the value of jury exercises, say attorneys at Wiley Rein.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • Examining The Evidence On VIX Manipulation

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    An ongoing multidistrict litigation alleges manipulation of the formula used to determine the settlement price for derivatives based on the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s volatility index. But a review of trading data reveals how reasons other than manipulation can explain trading activity on any given day, say consultants with Analysis Group.

  • Calif. Privacy Law Will Likely Prompt Flood Of Class Actions

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    Regardless of the fate of recently proposed amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act's private right of action, e-commerce businesses serving customers in California must remain vigilant in preparing for the likely tide of CCPA litigation, says Alexis Buese of Sidley Austin.

  • High Court Clarifies Standards For Antitrust Claims

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    The primary practical implication of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday in Apple v. Pepper is that the court's Illinois Brick precedent remains an obstacle to federal antitrust claims for damages, but that its scope arguably has been limited, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • New Questions Over Corporate Officers' Legal Duties

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    Recent litigation between Hertz and its former executives raises novel questions about whether corporate leaders have a legally cognizable responsibility to set the right “tone at the top,” and the consequences if they fail to do so, say attorneys at Cleary.

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    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • 2nd Circ.'s Logical Take On 'Event-Driven' Securities Claims

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    The Second Circuit's recent opinion in Singh v. Cigna will not put an end to "event-driven" securities cases, which revolve around negative operational incidents. But it will likely increase the dismissal rate of such claims, and may deter weaker filings, say Adam Hakki and Agnès Dunogué of Shearman & Sterling.