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Archive for November 29th, 2008

CABWR Challenge of the Week Recap

I’m very disappointed to have to report that last week’s “Lay Down the Gauntlet” Challenge of the Week did not generate a single vote or comment.  This means that I must arbitrarily assign a label for class actions filed against institutional investors for failing to make a claim in another class action settlement.  I have delegated the selection to my dog, Monty, whose vote was to be recorded based on whether he wagged his tail in response to my uttering each of the three candidates.  For anyone who questions the fairness of this process, you should have thought about that when you decided not to vote.  Plus, you should know that Monty got third place one year in the NCAA basketball tournament office pool.  In truth, Monty wasn’t enthralled by any of the choices.  But he did raise an eyebrow and sniff in response to one, while simply maintaining a blank stare in response to the other two.  So, class actions seeking liability for failing to participate in other class action shall forever be called…

“Malkovich”

Congrats to Professor Peter J. Henning of White Collar Crime Prof Blog on his victory.  I’m sure he’ll be thrilled by his victory if he ever discovers that he even entered (in an entry from 2005).

Without further ado (and a few days later than usual), here are some blog entries from the week that was that might be of interest to class action practitioners…

Class Action Decisions

Feminist Law Professors discusses a California state court’s decision to grant class certification in a sexual orientation discrimination case filed against an online dating site for refusing to match gay and lesbian patrons:

http://feministlawprofs.law.sc.edu/?p=4364

Class Action Defense Blog reviews a Third Circuit Court of Appeals opinion reversing, on predominance and superiority grounds, a class certification order in a case filed by automobile dealers against a manufacturer:

http://classactiondefense.jmbm.com/2008/11/class_action_defense_casesdanv_1.html

Classified provides a synopsis of a decision by a Florida federal court addressing proof necessary to establish jurisdiction under the $5 million amount in controversy requirement in a case removed under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) when the plaintiffs’ class definition was imprecise:

http://www.carltonfields.com/classactionblog/blog.aspx?entry=243

Drug and Device Law comments on a Tennessee Supreme Court decision from earlier this year holding that claims under the state’s consumer protection law could not be brought as class actions:

http://druganddevicelaw.blogspot.com/2008/11/tennessee-rejects-consumer-fraud-class.html

Class Action Trends

Point of Law comments on a well-known personal injury firm switching its emphasis from asbestos cases to ERISA class actions involving fees charged in connection with 401K plans:

http://www.pointoflaw.com/archives/2008/11/asbestos-today.php

The WSJ Law Blog discusses a request for attorneys fees in a class action settlement for work done by temporary lawyers:

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2008/11/24/in-xerox-class-action-fees-for-temp-lawyers-take-center-stage/

Class Action News

North Carolina Business Litigation Report offers the latest developments relating to a class action brought to enjoin a high profile bank merger:

http://www.ncbusinesslitigationreport.com/2008/11/articles/class-actions/north-carolinas-attorney-general-and-state-treasurer-duke-it-out/

Securities Docket discusses the resolution of a battle between several large institutional investors for appointment as “lead plaintiff” in a securities class action against a mortgage lender:

http://www.securitiesdocket.com/2008/11/26/political-shoving-match-in-north-carolina-rebuts-lead-plaintiff-presumption-in-freddie-mac-case/

The Tampa Bay Tribune reports on a putative class action filed in Florida on behalf of voters challenging Florida’s decision to move up its primaries despite objections from both major parties:

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/nov/26/class-action-status-sought-suit-over-florida-prima/news-politics/

The UCL Practitioner summarizes the issues accepted for review by the California Supreme Court in a case implicating whether payment of alleged overcharges can constitute injury sufficient to support an action under the Unfair Competition Law (UCL) when those overcharges are passed on to third parties:

http://www.uclpractitioner.com/2008/11/statement-of-issues-on-review-in-clayworth-v-pfizer-inc.html

AMLAC & Fraud links to a CNN article reporting on the indictment of six people charged in connection with an alleged conspiracy to make fraudulent claims in class action settlements (see ClassActionBlawg entry about the story here):

http://amlac1.blogspot.com/2008/11/federal-government-charges-6-in-40.html

Class Action Commentary

Sergie Lemberg of LemonJustice.com offers a guest commentary on The Complex Litigator addressing the loser pays rule common in jurisdictions outside the Europe and opining that the rule hurts consumers:

http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/2008/11/guest-blogger-sergei-lemberg-from-lemonjusticecom-on-the-loser-pays-system-and-why-it-hurts-consumer.html

The Race to the Bottom comments on trends in “foreign cubed” securities fraud class actions.  (See recent ClassActionBlawg commentary on the subject here):

http://www.theracetothebottom.org/home/no-bright-line-test-for-foreign-cubed-securities-fraud-actio.html

Class Action Reports

Tom Willging of the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) comments on Consumer Law & Protection Blog regarding the FJC’s recent report on trends in class action filings following the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA):

http://pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/2008/11/new-federal-judicial-center-study-on-the-class-action-fairness-action-one-of-the-authors-speaks.html

International Class Action Law

Shareholders Foundation discusses proposed European collective action procedures and how they might compare to the U.S. class action model:

http://shareholdersfoundation.com/?p=4647

Jurist reports on the Sixth Circuit’s decision affirming an order granting in part and denying in part a motion for summary judgment in a class action against the Vatican arising out of alleged clergy abuse by the Catholic Church:

http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2008/11/sixth-circuit-allows-class-action.php

With Vigour and Zeal offers notes on a variety of issues touching on international and transnational class and collective action litigation:

http://kranenburgesq.com/blog/2008/11/wrapping-it-up-26-november-2008/

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