Corn farmers waited too long to allege that Watts Guerra LLP and 15 other law firms engaged in fraud and other malpractice-related claims in underlying multidistrict litigation with Syngenta AG, the firms told a Kansas federal court Tuesday.
An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday denied certification to a proposed class of salad eaters alleging that the makers of Wish-Bone brand salad dressing deceived customers about the amount of extra virgin olive oil used in the products, saying the lead plaintiff hasn't established that anyone else shares his complaint.
In a possible turning point for a wave of opioid-crisis lawsuits, an Ohio federal judge on Wednesday approved a novel “negotiation class” that could encompass every U.S. city and county in hopes of striking global settlements with pharmaceutical companies.
A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday preliminarily approved $71 million of settlements for eight Japanese banks accused of fixing global interest rates, greenlighting a notification process for some 100,000 potential claimants in the class action litigation.
Purdue Pharma LP and its owners, the Sackler family, have reached a tentative deal to settle roughly 2,000 opioid suits brought by local governments, states and tribes, with the Sacklers agreeing to pay $3 billion from their own fortune, a source involved with the negotiations told Law360 on Wednesday.
A group of excess insurers must face Lumber Liquidators' claims that they should help cover aspects of the flooring company's $36 million settlement over formaldehyde in its laminate flooring, a Wisconsin state judge said.
A former Charles Schwab worker accusing his ex-employer of keeping poorly performing funds in its retirement plan has urged the Ninth Circuit to reconsider booting his proposed class action to arbitration, arguing the decision didn't mesh with the court's earlier finding in a case against USC.
A New York federal magistrate judge on Wednesday selected The Rosen Law Firm PA to lead a putative securities class action against a Russian telecommunications company accused of making $420 million in bribes to officials in Uzbekistan.
Investors in Philip Morris International have told a New York federal judge they've more than adequately pled claims in their proposed class action that the company lied about sales and regulation efforts for its flagship electronic cigarette.
Exercise studio chain CorePower Yoga will pay $1.49 million to end claims it didn't pay its Illinois interns and instructors for mandatory out-of-studio work, under a settlement that received final approval in federal court Wednesday.
The Third Circuit said Wednesday that transportation workers who transport passengers, not just goods, might be exempt from arbitration under certain circumstances, signaling that a New Jersey Uber driver could potentially pursue in court his claims that the ride-hailing giant misclassified drivers as independent contractors.
A California judge Tuesday denied law firm Girardi Keese's bid to throw out a lawsuit seeking an accounting of $120 million in settlements from an oil contamination case, saying it hadn't cited any authority for its request to order the matter decided in private by a retired judge.
CVS Health Corp. has agreed to pay $4.35 million to resolve claims it divulged the protected health information of 6,000 Ohio residents by mailing letters in envelopes with windows that revealed names and references to HIV diagnoses, according to Tuesday federal court filings.
A Sundial Growers stockholder has launched a proposed class action against the Canadian cannabis producer in New York state court, claiming the company misled investors ahead of its $143 million initial public offering by failing to disclose that a customer had returned more than half a ton of cannabis over quality issues.
A Chicago futures trading software company and the former executives of an artificial intelligence company it acquired must face a shareholder suit claiming executive mismanagement drove down its sale price, an Illinois federal judge ruled on Monday.
Sanderson Farms, one of the major poultry producers facing a price-fixing conspiracy lawsuit, disclosed Monday that it had received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the agency’s own investigation into the alleged conspiracy.
Four current and former officers of phone and PC app developer Cheetah Mobile Inc. on Monday added to their company's request in New York federal court to end proposed class claims that they deceived investors when the company secretly earned revenue by gaming an app-advertising commission system.
The Second Circuit on Tuesday revived a proposed class action alleging Spirit Airlines duped passengers with extra carry-on bag fees, saying federal law does not preempt the consumers' New York state law breach of contract claim.
Chinese technology company Xunlei Ltd. escaped a proposed shareholder class action in New York federal court Tuesday, dodging allegations that its cryptocurrency rewards program operated like an initial coin offering and flouted Chinese law.
A group of mothers accusing UnitedHealth Group of failing to cover breastfeeding services in violation of federal benefits and health care laws has renewed its plea to a California federal judge for class certification after tailoring the classes to address the judge’s previous concerns.
A bondholder couldn't have been duped into buying allegedly overpriced Volkswagen bonds if it never saw — much less read — offering documents it claimed concealed the automaker's emissions-cheating scandal, Volkswagen told a California federal court Monday.
A medical group facing a certified class action for its alleged fraudulent marketing of stem cell treatments has told a California federal court that it has filed for bankruptcy and will liquidate the business.
BTG International Inc. told a Pennsylvania federal judge that its former workers waited too long to bring a proposed class action accusing the health care company of violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by letting its 401(k) plan pay excessive fees to John Hancock USA.
Zimmerman Reed LLP and Kreindler & Kreindler LLP have added their voices to the growing chorus of attorneys claiming Seeger Weiss LLP shortchanged them for their work on the landmark NFL concussion settlement, in a contentious fee fight in the Third Circuit.
The parent company of fast-food chain Fatburger asked a California federal court to dump its investors' proposed class action over alleged omissions ahead of its $20 million initial public offering, arguing that the third iteration of the suit still fails to plead securities fraud.
Legal writing often falls flat not because it’s unorganized, but because it’s technically unsound and riddled with gaffes that cheapen and degrade it. Avoiding the most common mistakes will keep judges interested and, most importantly, make them trust you, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.
Although the hurdles to certification of a settlement class are not as high as they were last year, the difficulties of demonstrating that a class action settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate arguably trend higher, say attorneys at Alston & Bird.
In the final installment of this monthly series, legal recruiting expert Carlos Pauling from Major Lindsey & Africa talks with Virginia Essandoh about the trends and challenges she sees as chief diversity officer at Ballard Spahr.
In "Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense," authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher meticulously chronicle the forgotten high-profile 1915 libel trial of Teddy Roosevelt, capturing the interesting legal customs of an era before things like notice pleading and pretrial discovery, says Chief U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York.
PDR Network v. Carlton & Harris is a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case, but the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week drew some important battle lines over the broader question of agency deference, say Artin Betpera and David Carter of Womble Bond.
In light of JPMorgan Chase's recent $5 million settlement in a class action alleging sex discrimination in its parental leave policy, employers should proceed with caution when it comes to policies that differentiate between primary and nonprimary caregivers, says Alexandra Harwin of Sanford Heisler.
A recent analysis indicates that 33 securities class action complaints filed in the last year contain at least one alleged stock price drop that does not surpass the standards of indirect price impact. Verifiable absence of indirect price impact can help directors and officers execute a successful defense to negate class treatment, says Nessim Mezrahi of SAR.
Although the full effect of last year's South Dakota v. Wayfair U.S. Supreme Court decision is still uncertain, we expect that the trend of consumer sales tax class actions will grow as retailers struggle to keep up with the proliferation of states' Wayfair regulations, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.
The U.S. Supreme Court's broad ruling in Parker Drilling v. Newton that federal — not state — wage laws apply to offshore oil workers is an important win for companies with operations on the Outer Continental Shelf, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.
Recognizing California district courts' rejection of “pure omission” theories in cases targeting food companies for failure to disclose child labor in the supply chain, a group of plaintiffs have taken a different approach in the search for a liability hook to make nondisclosure of child labor actionable, says Christian Foote at Carr McClellan.
North Dakota's consumer fraud and public nuisance claims against opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma were recently dismissed by a state court. The decision provides a framework for opioid defendants to challenge similar allegations in other jurisdictions, and may prove timely for Johnson & Johnson in its current Oklahoma trial, says Cameron Turner of Segal McCambridge.
When evaluating potential new hires, law firms should utilize structured interviews in order to create a consistent rating system that accurately and effectively assesses candidates' skills and competencies, says Jennifer Henderson of Major Lindsey.
Though multiple worker classification questions still swirl around the California Supreme Court's Dynamex decision, many have wondered what it means for white collar independent contractors. The law is still murky on this point, but there are several steps that might help hiring companies rebut a misclassification claim, say Raymond Bertrand and James de Haan at Paul Hastings.
A primary benefit of the virtual law team in mass tort litigation is creative collaboration. A "company case" approach is essential to breaking down the silos between team members, say attorneys at FaegreBD and Reed Smith.
Three years after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark consumer privacy decision in Spokeo v. Robins, Mary-Christine Sungaila and Marco Pulido at Haynes and Boone examine how courts have applied the opinion, the role of congressional findings in Article III standing cases, and a developing litigation trend.