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HTMLClass Action Trends in Virginia: Employment Background Reportsends in Virginia: Employment Background Reports
Turner A. Broughton, Robert D. Perrow; Williams Mullen;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on February 12, 2015
Forty percent of the consumer class actions filed in Virginia in 2014 alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) relate to background reports for employment purposes. With one exception, all of the cases are against consumer reporting agencies. The exception is a...

 

HTMLAustralian Lawyers with Financial Interest in Litigation Funder Restrained from Acting in Class Action
John Emmerig, Michael Legg; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on January 2015
In July 2014, in Melbourne City Investments Pty Ltd v Treasury Wine Estates Limited (No 3) [2014] VSC 340, Ferguson JA of the Supreme Court of Victoria found there was a serious risk of a conflict of interest where a legal practitioner was a sole director and sole shareholder of the lead plaintiff...

 

HTMLThe Question of “Weather” to Sue or Not
Ted M. Traut; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on November 25, 2014
First, I must apologize. Not because the title to this post contains a bad pun. But because really, all puns are bad. And I love them anyway.

 

HTMLForeign Bribery Report Issued by OECD
Abigail M. Bartine, J. Gregory Deis, Michael D. Frisch, William Michael; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 16, 2014
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its Foreign Bribery Report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of anti-bribery enforcement actions around the world dating from 1999. The report examines enforcement actions taken by all countries that have enacted...

 

HTMLU.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Procedures for Removal to Federal Court under Class Action Fairness Act
William J. Anthony; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 23, 2014
In a divided 5-to-4 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that defendants seeking to remove a case to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) need only allege in the notice of removal an amount in controversy in excess of the $5 million threshold and need not...

 

HTMLThe Bitter and Sweet of the Wal-Mart/Comcast/Halliburton Triumvirate: More Grounds for Defeating Class Certification, But More Exposure to Discovery
Noah Ryan Litton, Chad A. Readler; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on January 2015
Corporate litigants are still celebrating recent United States Supreme Court victories by defendants in high-profile class-action cases. As they should. After all, the trio of cases, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, and Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., mark a...

 

HTMLIt’s Not Personal: Ninth Circuit Denies Putative Class Representative’s Appeal as Moot
Alex Kuljis; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2015, previously published on January 6, 2015
In Campion v. Old Republic Protection Company, Inc., No. 12-56784, (Dec. 31, 2014) the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a putative class representative’s appeal was moot because he had no personal stake in the case after voluntarily settling his individual claims. Douglas Campion...

 

HTMLHold the Phone: Judge Holds Dish Network on the Line for Tens of Millions of Calls, but Leaves Silver Lining for TCPA Defendants
David S. Almeida, Mark S. Eisen; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2015, previously published on January 28, 2015
On December 12, 2014, Judge Sue E. Myerscough issued an epic 238-page order granting in part and denying in part cross summary judgment motions filed in United States of America, et al. v. Dish Network, L.L.C. (“Dish Network”). United States v. Dish Network, L.L.C., No. 09-3073, 2014 WL...

 

HTMLClear Sailing Ahead For Class Counsel in California Settlement
Alex Kuljis; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2015, previously published on December 15, 2014
In Laffitte v. Robert Half International, Inc., No. BC321317, --- Cal.App.4th --- (Oct. 29, 2014; pub. ord. Nov. 21, 2014), the California Court of Appeal affirmed a $19,000,000 settlement that included an attorneys’ fee award of one-third the settlement amount. Mark Lafitte filed a wage and...

 

HTMLSCOTUS Rules CAFA Removal Notices Need Contain Only a Plausible Allegation That Amount in Controversy is Satisfied
Hera S. Arsen, Rafael G. Nendel-Flores; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2015, previously published on December 15, 2014
On December 15, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States decided a critical issue regarding Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA) removals. Specifically, the Supreme Court settled a controversy surrounding what information a removing defendant must provide regarding the CAFA amount in...

 


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