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May 3, 2013 3:04 PM | Posted by Christina M. Calhoun | Permalink
The 2013 Carlton Fields Class Action Survey Report is here! Get the latest insights on managing class actions in this survey of more than 360 general counsel and chief legal officers at major corporations in this free report. The survey covers topics ranging from risk mitigation tools and the impact of recent case law to cost control approaches and alternative fee arrangements. read more
October 10, 2012 5:14 PM | Posted by D. Matt Allen | Permalink
Oxford University Press has released two new books on class actions that the practitioner may find helpful. read more
June 26, 2012 4:09 PM | Posted by Roberts, Joshua | Permalink

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the fate of an antitrust class action lawsuit that was brought by 2 million Comcast customers who were allegedly overcharged to the tune of $875 million.   

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April 10, 2012 5:58 PM | Posted by Katherine Heckert | Permalink
In Coneff v. AT&T Corp., the Ninth Circuit again considered the implications of the recent Supreme Court case, AT&T Mobility, Inc. v. Concepcion, to determine whether the Federal Arbitration Act preempted state law in Washington. Find out what the court found, after the jump. read more
April 10, 2012 5:43 PM | Posted by Katherine Heckert | Permalink
In Janis v. Health Net, Inc., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether evidence that evidence of jurisdictional requirements could be considered where the evidence was not submitted at the time the notice of removal was filed.  Find out whether such evidence may be considered, after the jump.  read more
March 29, 2012 5:39 PM | Posted by | Permalink
Nearly half of corporate counsel surveyed plan to increase the use of alternative fee arrangements to improve cost certainty in 2012. Find out more in the upcoming class action survey by Carlton Fields to be released in April. read more
March 28, 2012 3:37 PM | Posted by | Permalink
The internal organization of corporate legal departments and accountability for managing class actions makes a tremendous difference in the relative costs of class action litigation. Learn more in the upcoming class action survey by Carlton Fields to be released in April. read more
March 27, 2012 2:12 PM | Posted by | Permalink
Corporate legal departments report that their companies dedicate an average of 5 individuals (3 of these are, on average, attorneys) to the ongoing management of class action suits. Additionally, corporate counsel report spending an average of 313.9 hours annually on individual class action lawsuits. Learn more in the upcoming class action survey by Carlton Fields to be released next month. read more
March 26, 2012 4:03 PM | Posted by | Permalink
On the Rise: Corporate legal departments surveyed currently manage 4.4 class action suits, on average. That number is anticipated to increase incrementally to 5.4 in 2012. Learn more about the future of class action litigation from the perspective of corporate counsel in the new class action survey to be released in April by Carlton Fields. read more
March 22, 2012 5:34 PM | Posted by | Permalink
Corporate counsel project at least a 13.2% decline in legal spending vis-à-vis class actions principally through, among other things, stricter management of outside counsel, increased compliance efforts, and changes to class action strategies. Learn about this trend and more when the new class action survey by Carlton Fields is released in April. read more
March 21, 2012 2:16 PM | Posted by | Permalink
Hint: It’s not cost control. read more
March 20, 2012 2:22 PM | Posted by | Permalink
Carlton Fields’ upcoming survey on class actions (to be released in April 2012) features best practices for corporate counsel in reducing cost and managing risk in modern class action litigation. read more
March 19, 2012 2:18 PM | Posted by | Permalink
Carlton Fields is pleased to announce the forthcoming April release of a new client-focused survey, "Successful Management of Class Actions: Empirical Findings from Corporate America." This ground-breaking new survey will provide meaningful insight into corporate counsel's perspectives on and attitudes toward class action litigation in 2012 and beyond. read more
March 12, 2012 12:54 PM | Posted by Katherine Heckert | Permalink
In Kilgore v. Keybank, National Association, ---F.3d ----, 2012 WL 718344 (9th Cir. (CA) Mar. 7, 2012), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether the Supreme Court's decision in AT&T Mobility, Inc. v. Concepcion required the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA") to preempt California's state law rule prohibiting the arbitration of claims for broad, public injunctive relief in a class action related to private student loans.  Find out what controls, after the jump. read more
March 9, 2012 5:51 PM | Posted by Katherine Heckert | Permalink
In Nevada v. Bank of America Corp., --- F.3d ----, 2012 WL 688552 (9th Cir. (Nev.) Mar. 2, 2012), the Ninth Circuit was confronted with whether Nevada’s parens patriae lawsuit against Bank of America based on widespread complaints could be removed to Federal Court under the Class Action Fairness Act, including whether it could be classified as a mass action. Find out what the Ninth Circuit concluded, after the jump. read more
February 14, 2012 9:51 AM | Posted by Katherine Heckert | Permalink
In Sam Duran et al. vs. U.S. Bank National Assn., No. A125557 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 6, 2012), the California District Court of Appeals relied on the landmark Supreme Court decision in Wal-Mart to determine whether 20 out of 260 is a sufficient sample size to support class certification. What did they conclude? Find out, after the jump. read more
February 10, 2012 10:08 AM | Posted by Katherine Heckert | Permalink
In Skilstaf, Inc. v. CVS Caremark Corp., --- F.3d ----, 2012 WL 400369 (C.A.9 (Cal.)), the Ninth Circuit considered an appeal from a dismissal of a putative class action filed in a California federal district court, based on a Massachusetts federal district court’s certification of a nationwide class and approval of a class settlement.  A class member who objected in the Massachusetts case filed suit in California also seeking to represent a nationwide class, seeking damages based on the same facts as the Massachusetts case but against different defendants. Did the Ninth Circuit find this to be an appropriate basis for an action? Find out, after the jump.   read more
February 10, 2012 9:39 AM | Posted by Katherine Heckert | Permalink
Three years after initial class certification, the Ninth Circuit in Mazza v. American Honda, No. 09-55376 (Jan. 12, 2012) reviewed the District Court’s opinion, considering, in part, whether the Wal-Mart affirmative burden to demonstrate that a common question of fact or law exists was met to resolve the issues “in one stroke.”  Were such common issues present in Mazza, where consumers across the country were exposed to different advertising?  Find out, after the jump. read more
December 28, 2011 11:16 PM | Posted by Weiss, Aaron | Permalink
Judge King Issues MDL order on Waiver of Arbitration.
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