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Archive for April 29th, 2008

Here are some blog entries of interest to class action practitioners from this past week…

See The UCL Practitioner for a detailed synopsis of a recent California Court of Appeal decision rejecting an objector’s challenge to a class action settlement:

http://www.uclpractitioner.com/2008/04/new-class-actio.html

The Complex Litigator counsels class action practitioners to consider opposing perspectives in interpreting class certification decisions that ostensibly favor a plaintiff’s or defendant’s viewpoint (note later entry regarding de-publication of the Bell decision):

http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/2008/04/the-value-of-pr.html

Class Action Defense Blog summarizes a Missouri Supreme Court decision reversing class certification where the defendant’s liability was assumed in the class definition (sometimes called a “fail-safe” class definition):

http://classactiondefense.jmbm.com/2008/04/class_action_defense_casesvand.html

The D&O Diary discusses settlements in options backdating shareholder derivative lawsuits:

 http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/04/articles/options-backdating/uhoh-serious-options-backdating-settlement-problems/

SCOTUS Blog summarizes oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in a case involving a novel procedural device in which thousands of payphone service providers assigned their claims against long-distance telephone carriers to a few “aggregators,” who were assigned the claims solely “for the purposes of collection” but who were required to return any recovery back to the individual providers:

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/argument-recap-sprint-att-v-apcc/#more-7060

For a multi-faceted analysis response to recent blog commentary about FACTA class actions filed against merchants for leaving too much credit card information on credit card receipts, see this Bank Lawyer’s Blog article:

http://www.banklawyersblog.com/3_bank_lawyers/2008/04/what-we-have-he.html

The NV Flyer summarizes summary judgment rulings in a class action against charter aircraft services carriers:

http://nvflyer.wordpress.com/2008/04/28/court-rules-on-summary-judgment-motions-in-charter-flights-class-action/

LegalNewsline.comreports on an interview with Utah AG Mark Shurtleff discussing his openness to caps on punitive damages awards to “preserve the state’s favorable legal climate:” 

http://www.legalnewsline.com/news/211561-utah-ag-calls-for-punitive-damages-caps

Here’s a link to an Italian blog which I believe is critical of the new Italian class action law.  Of course, not being at all proficient in Italian and having relied on the alta vista babelfish translator, I can’t rule out the possibility that the article is actually supportive of the law:

http://www.brunoleoni.com/nextpage.aspx?codice=6592

An Overlawyered contributor is unimpressed with the the relief being offered to members of a settlement class of video game purchasers…

http://www.overlawyered.com/2008/04/grand-theft-auto-roundup.html

… and see more analysis from GamePolitics.com

http://gamepolitics.com/2008/04/29/overlawyered-blog-doesnt-think-much-of-hot-coffee-class-action-settlement/

Blind Access Journal discusses a recent ruling by the United States District Court for the Norther District of California in a class action against the Social Security Adminstration requiring Braille, large text, audio, and other accommodations for blind SSA applicants and beneficiaries:

http://blog.blindaccessjournal.com/2008/04/federal-court-rules-against-ssa-for.html

RCRWireless Newsdiscusses a trend in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class actions filed against mobile phone companies:

http://www.rcrnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080423/FREE/171317762/1002/rss01

And finally, here is a prudent reminder from a blog called Musings of an Absent Mind that class action notices are not typically delivered by email chain letter:

http://rogue610.livejournal.com/69498.html

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