Here are some blog posts of interest to class action lawyers from this past week. Special thanks this week to Kimberly Kralowec of The UCL Practitioner and Scott Leviant of The Complex Litigator for adding links to ClassActionBlawg.com on their blogrolls…
The Complex Litigator critiques the continued use of coupon settlements in class action settlements:
The UCL Practitioner summarizes the latest decision on what constitutes restitution recoverable under the California UCL and Proposition 64:
Carlton Fields’ Class Action Blog highlights the recent Florida Court of Appeals decision in Nelson v. Wakulla County, — So. 2d –, 2008 WL 1774184 (Fla. 1st DCA April 21, 2008), upholding a trial court’s rejection of a proposed class action settlement–a must read for anyone getting ready to finalize a class action settlement.
The D&O Diary reviews a recent paper by Columbia Law School Professor John Coffee regarding the impact of opt outs in securities class actions …
… and discusses the latest trend in subprime-related class actions:
SCOTUS Blog provides an interesting analysis of a petition for writ of certiorari in class action litigation brought against various companies who allegedly aided and abetted the Government of South Africa during the apartheid era.
See this discussion in Appellate Review regarding a split in the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals on whether post-filing events can change whether a class action is removable under the Class Action Fairness Act:
Class Action Defense Blog offers a summary of a recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision resolving Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) issues arising in three would-be class action lawsuits.
See an April 22 entry in How Appealing for a link to a recent Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding the impact of filing a motion for reconsideration on the deadline for seeking interlocutory review of a class certification order:
Thanks to the folks at Drug and Device Law Blog for posting a link to a great article last week in The Mass Tort Litigation Blog. The article comments on oral arguments given before the United States Supreme Court in a case involving intriguing issues of non-class-action virtual representation and nonparty preclusion:
Wage Law, The California Wage and Hour Law Weblog summarizes a recent California Court of Appeal decision permitting precertification discovery for the purpose of identifying potential class members who might be suitable replacements for a class representative who lacked standing:
Mortgage Fraud Blog reports on a recent decision by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissing a mortgage fraud class action complaint filed against several banks for allegedly failing to supervise and monitor a mortgage broker:
Perilocity predicts class action lawsuits against software vendors arising out of identify theft:
Disgusted Beyond Belief vents articulately about common political criticisms that class action lawsuits are generally frivolous and benefit only greedy lawyers and not consumers…
…but the folks at Overlawyered might disagree, as they reiterate their criticism of would-be class action lawsuits filed against Coke in commenting on a recent Missouri Supreme Court decision rejecting class certification in Diet Coke artificial sweetener case: