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HTMLEmployment Law Summer Recap 2014: Part 4 of 11 - Chris Pratt and Unexpected Surprises in Hollywood and the World of California Employment Law
Michael S. Arnold; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 18, 2014
This summer, those (31?) of us who watched Chris Pratt steal scene after scene in Parks & Recreation saw him ripen into the star we always hoped he’d become. First he charmed audiences as the voice of Emmett in the Lego Movie (you know, the one that easily broke the record for most...


HTMLFederal Court Relaxes Requirements for Australian Class Actions
John Emmerig, Michael Legg; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 2014
Ms Gray commenced two class actions related to the provision of consumer credit by Cash Converters franchises through "personal loan" and "cash advance" contracts. The respondents are alleged to have engaged in unconscionable conduct in contravention of s 12CB(1) of the...


HTMLPrice Advertising Claims Make a Comeback - As Class Actions
Ed Chansky, Irving Scher; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 10, 2014, previously published on September 5, 2014
In the 1950s and 1960s, many of the deceptive advertising cases brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general involved challenges to alleged “fictitious price advertising” by retailers. Indeed, the FTC determined that deceptive price advertising was so...


HTMLIn Re Paulsboro Derailment Cases: Putting the Brakes on Defendants’ Momentum Regarding Recent Ascertainability Developments within the Third Circuit
Rachel J. Gallagher, David C. Kistler; Blank Rome LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 10, 2014, previously published on September 2014
Action Items: Recent developments regarding the ascertainability requirement in class action lawsuits within the Third Circuit have given class action defendants another strong and viable argument to raise at the class certification stage, and In re Paulsboro Derailment Cases presents the latest...


HTMLHalliburton Deepwater Settlement: Halliburton and Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Reach Settlement
Motley Rice;
Legal Alert/Article
September 5, 2014, previously published on September 2, 2014
Settlement includes alleged punitive damage claims and assigned claims for commercial fishermen and property owners directly affected by oil


HTMLCalifornia Court Determines Arbitrator Must Decide Whether Class Claims Are Subject to Arbitration Agreement
Christopher W. Olmsted; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 4, 2014, previously published on September 2, 2014
When an employee who has signed an arbitration agreement files a lawsuit alleging individual claims along with class action claims, and the trial court has ordered him to take his individual claims to arbitration, what happens to the class claims? A California appellate court recently addressed...


HTMLOntario Court of Appeal Turns Against Cross-Border Securities Class Actions
H. Michael Rosenberg, Sapna Thakker; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 22, 2014
In the recent decision of Kaynes v. BP, PLC, 2014 ONCA 580, the Ontario Court of Appeal stayed a proposed secondary market securities class action on the basis of forum non conveniens. Writing for a unanimous Court of Appeal, Sharpe J.A. found that Ontario could assume jurisdiction over claims by...


HTMLGetting to "Yes": Ninth Circuit Provides Guidance on Formation of "Browsewrap" Arbitration Agreements
Archis A. Parasharami, James F. Tierney; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014
In the three years since AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, courts have largely been rejecting substantive attacks on arbitration agreements that waive class actions. By contrast, in some cases plaintiffs have succeeded in avoiding arbitration by arguing that they never agreed to it in the first...


HTMLTime to Leave: Supreme Court to Determine Securities Class Action Limitation Period
Elder C. Marques, Michael J.P. O'Brien; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 25, 2014, previously published on August 13, 2014
The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal in a case that will determine how to apply the statutory limitation period for investors in Ontario who decide to sue public issuers and their executives under the Securities Act. Given similar legislation in other provinces, the case will be...


HTMLCourt Approves Unique Overtime Class Action Settlement
Dylan R. Snowdon, Justin Turc; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 25, 2014, previously published on August 13, 2014
Canadian employers have been watching a series of class action claims, with employees claiming hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid overtime, since 2007. In January 2014 we summarized the progress of those cases here -...


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