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The Class Action Blogosphere Weekly Review is back on its regularly scheduled day this week.  As always, here are some blog entries that might be of interest to class action practitioners…

See Carlton Fields’ class action blog Classified for links to various news tidbits relating to class actions, including a summary of a bill recently passed in the United States House of Representatives that would amend the Fair and Accurate Transaction Act (FACTA) to, among other things, “ensure that it is not abused by frivolous class-action lawsuits against businesses.”

http://www.carltonfields.com/classactionblog/blog.aspx?entry=213

Class Action Defense Blog summarizes and provides a link to a transfer of venue decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York noting that the deference to be given to a plaintiff’s choice of forum is “diminished” in a class action:

http://classactiondefense.jmbm.com/2008/05/venue_class_action_defense_cas.html

The Complex Litigator comments on a recent entry in California Punitive Damages regarding an appeal that may affect punitive damages claims in wage and hour class actions:

http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/2008/05/are-punitive-da.html

http://calpunitives.blogspot.com/2008/05/pending-appeal-will-affect-punitive.html

Drug and Device Law Blog provides an in-depth analysis of and a link to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Pew v. Cardarelli, No. 06-5703-mv, slip op. (2d Cir. May 13, 2008), which addresses the procedures for appellate review of remand orders in cases removed under the Class Action Fairness Act…

http://druganddevicelaw.blogspot.com/2008/05/cafa-intrigue.html

… and see more on the same decision from the Consumer Law & Policy Blog

http://pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/2008/05/new-cafa-decisi.html

The D&O Diary continues to be the leading source of information on litigation arising out of the subprime mortgage crisis:

http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/05/articles/subprime-litigation/yes-but-the-subprime-litigation-wave-rolls-on/

How Appealing discusses a recent Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding a large verdict in an antitrust class action:

http://howappealing.law.com/051508.html#033744

Federal Civil Practice Bulletin discusses a recent First Circuit Court of Appeals decision discussing the level of merits evaluation required (as opposed to allowed) at the class certification stage:

http://federalcivilpracticebulletin.blogspot.com/2008/05/first-circuit-discusses-degree-of.html

Elizabeth Cabraser submits entry as a guest blogger on ACSBlog regarding the use of class actions as a tool for change and social justice:

http://www.acsblog.org/guest-bloggers-class-actions-and-justice.html

Law and More comments on the Deutsche Telekom trial and the possibility that Germany may adopt an American-style class action model (see my earlier entry here)

http://lawandmore.typepad.com/law_and_more/2008/05/will-germany-wind-up-importing-american-style-class-action-lawsuits.html

Canadian blog FP Legal Post comments on recent competition class action decisions in the Canadian courts:

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/legalpost/archive/2008/05/20/divisional-court-upholds-competition-class-action-certification.aspx

Startup Company Lawyer provides some practice tips for directors and officers on ways to minimize potential class action exposure resulting from the sale of a company:

http://www.startupcompanylawyer.com/2008/05/15/what-are-directors-duties-and-what-can-they-do-to-protect-themselves-in-a-sale-of-company/

Too Old to Know Better discusses a website allowing users to submit grievances for review by a consortium of plaintiffs’ class action lawyers (see my commentary on related topics here and here):

http://too-old-to-know-better.blogspot.com/2008/05/class-action-connect.html

A franchise lawyer provides his views on the use of the class action device in franchisee’s rights’ cases on Blue Maumau:

http://www.bluemaumau.org/my_personal_bias_foragainst_using_class_action_lawsuits

Sabal Insurance Group‘s blog summarizes a seminar addressing trends in shareholder class actions in the insurance industry:

http://sabalinsurance.blogspot.com/2008/05/insurers-told-to-monitor-class-action.html

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I’m out of town for depositions this week, so here’s a slightly abridged version of the Class Action Blogosphere Weekly Review.  Special thanks this week to The Mommy Blog for including classactionblog.com in Blog Review #158.  With that, here are some blog entries of interest to class action lawyers from this past week…

The Complex Litigatorprovides a great summary of online e-discovery resources:

http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/2008/05/e-discovery-upd.html

For the latest trends in securities class action filings, including the impact of the subprime mortgage crisis, see this D&O Diary entry:

http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/05/articles/securities-litigation/heightened-securities-filing-pace-continues-in-april/

Class Action Defense Blogdiscusses a recent Ninth Circuit decision rejecting an “incidental damages” approach to certification under Rule 23(b)(2), which allows certification of classes seeking injunctive or declaratory relief:

http://classactiondefense.jmbm.com/2008/05/walmart_class_action_defense_c_4.html

The UCL Practitioner summarizes a recent antitrust decision discussing class action arbitration waivers:

http://www.uclpractitioner.com/2008/05/new-second-circ.html 

California Punitive Damages reports on a class action lawsuit filed by family members of deceased service members alleging that a T-shirt company used the soldiers’ names without permission…

http://calpunitives.blogspot.com/2008/05/class-action-lawsuit-filed-by-parents.html

and see commentary from the same case on a blog from The Thomas Jefferson Center for Free Expression:

http://www.tjcenter.org/2008/05/05/suit-in-anti-war-t-shirt-case-seeks-class-action-status/

Here’s an interesting entry from the Blogger News Networkcommenting on the possible impact, or lack thereof, of a recent class action settlement on combatting identity theft:

http://www.bloggernews.net/115477

Point of Law argues that recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decisions have eroded the Class Action Fairness Act:

http://www.pointoflaw.com/archives/2008/05/class-action-fairness-act-unde.php

This siriusbuzz.com post raises interesting questions about a litigant who seems to be popping up everywhere:

http://siriusbuzz.com/class-action-gone-bad-the-plaintiff-mr-brockwell-segment-3-of-a-6-part-series.php

Several blogs have entries commenting on the end of the well-publicized “class action” (sigh) trial against the Veterans’ Administration:

http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=51880

http://gratefuldissident.blogspot.com/2008/05/vets-await-verdict-in-class-action.html

http://www.xenomed.com/forums/medical-news-today/129288-closing-arguments-presented-class-action-lawsuit-over-veterans-health-care-system.html

http://www.ciptc.org/med13192.htm

Finally, there are some people who think that class action lawsuits stink, but here’s an article about one that really does smell…

http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_9112105

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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:

http://thecomplexlitigator.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/04/coupon-only-set.html

The UCL Practitioner summarizes the latest decision on what constitutes restitution recoverable under the California UCL and Proposition 64:

http://www.uclpractitioner.com/2008/04/new-ucl-restitu.html

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.

http://www.carltonfields.com/classactionblog/blog.aspx?entry=211

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 …

http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/04/articles/optouts/class-action-optouts-the-impact-of-competition-on-securities-lawsuit-resolution/

… and discusses the latest trend in subprime-related class actions:

http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/04/articles/subprime-litigation/auction-rate-preferred-securities-whats-next-in-subprime-litigation/

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.

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/conference-call-companies-want-apartheid-case-tossed/

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:

http://coareview.blogspot.com/2008/04/split-noted-can-events-after-filing-of.html

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.

 http://classactiondefense.jmbm.com/2008/04/fcra_class_action_defense_case_3.html

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:

http://howappealing.law.com/

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:

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/mass_tort_litigation/2008/04/taylor-v-sturge.html

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:

http://wagelaw.typepad.com/wage_law/2008/04/supreme-court-d.html

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:

http://www.mortgagefraudblog.com/index.php/weblog/permalink/judge_dismisses_lender_from_mortgage_fraud_suit/

Perilocity predicts class action lawsuits against software vendors arising out of identify theft:

http://riskman.typepad.com/perilocity/2008/04/class-action-co.html

Disgusted Beyond Belief vents articulately about common political criticisms that class action lawsuits are generally frivolous and benefit only greedy lawyers and not consumers…

http://disgustedbeyondbelief.blogspot.com/2008/04/class-action-lawsuits.html

…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:

http://www.overlawyered.com/2008/04/update-diet-coke-sweetener-cla.html

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