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Here are some blog postings from the week that was that might be of interest to class action practitioners.  The topic headings may or may not be a permanent addition to this weekly column.  They made sense this week given logical groupings in the topics being discussed around the blogosphere.  Let me know what you think.

Class Action Decisions

The Complex Litigator discusses the latest California appellate decision addressing the test for employment and provides a more general analysis of trends in wage and hour class action litigation surrounding alleged misclassification of employees as independent contractors.

http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/2008/06/the-borello-rig.html

Class Action Defense Blog summarizes a recent Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision affirming the dismissal of a class action lawsuit, holding in part that the alleged violation of a licensing statute is insufficient to support a claim for unjust enrichment.

http://classactiondefense.jmbm.com/2008/06/class_action_defense_casesvan.html

Drug and Device Law Blog reviews the latest in medical monitoring class action decisions:

http://druganddevicelaw.blogspot.com/2008/06/first-thoughts-on-sinclair-v-merck.html

Class Action Trends

The UCL Practitioner provides a link to a powerpoint presentation from a recent CLE course discussing the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL or Section 17200) after Proposition 64.

http://www.uclpractitioner.com/2008/06/california-unfa.html

The D&O Diary provides a summary of rulings on motions to dismiss subprime and credit-crisis-related lawsuits

http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/06/articles/subprime-litigation/the-list-subprime-lawsuit-dismissals-and-denials/

If you’re interested in tracking the latest trends in the useof technology in class action settlements, see this Class Reactions posting discusses a recent class action settlement permitting the online submission of claims:

http://classreactions.com/?p=34

Class Action News

Classified summarizes the latest class action news:

http://www.carltonfields.com/classactionblog/blog.aspx?entry=216

Mass Tort Litigation Blog reviews an interesting article of general interest to litigators, discussing an emperical study of trends in summary judgment orders:

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/mass_tort_litigation/2008/06/new-emprical-st.html

Legislation Impacting Class Actions 

Point of Law reviews an editorial in The Examiner praising Senator John Cornyn’s securities class action reform bill (see my earlier discussion of the bill here)…

http://www.pointoflaw.com/archives/2008/06/classaction-transparency.php

… and reports on the demise of a Senate Bill that would have resulted in a tax deduction on expenses advanced by lawyers in contingency fee cases:

http://www.pointoflaw.com/archives/2008/06/tax-break-for-trial-lawyers-bl.php

http://www.pointoflaw.com/archives/2008/06/tax-break-for-trial-lawyers-mo.php

Here’s more critical commentary on the same bill from RejectSociety.com:

http://www.rejectsociety.com/index.php/2008/06/09/republic-in-distress/

Class Action Scandals

Ideoblog provides a thoughtful and thorough response to St. John’s Law Professor Michael Perino’s paper on the Milberg Weiss kickback scandal…

http://busmovie.typepad.com/ideoblog/2008/06/another-perspec.html

…while Law and More critiques William Lerach’s somewhat-less-than-confessional essay “I am Guilty”

http://lawandmore.typepad.com/law_and_more/2008/06/bill-lerach—a-con-in-full.html

For a report on developments in the phen-fen corruption trial in Kentucky, see this Folo posting:

http://www.folo.us/2008/06/10/their-lips-were-legally-sealed-says-phen-fen-witness/

Internet and Tech Issues

Slashdot reports on a class action lawsuit filed in Quebec against a telecom company on behalf of DSL subcribers and other recent legislative developments in Canada implicating Net neutrality…

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/05/31/0148221&from=rss

…more on the same case from Michael Geist:

http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/2979/125/

…while TechCrunch comments on a class action lawsuit accusing an Internet business and services directory of online advertising “click fraud”:

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/05/27/citysearch-sued-for-click-fraud/

Arbitration Clauses and Class Action Waivers

Tort Deform provides a lengthy criticism of mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer agreements…

http://www.tortdeform.com/archives/2008/06/businessweek_on_consumer_arbit.html

… and Wage Law discusses the results of a recent opinion poll of American consumers regarding binding arbitration and attitudes toward potential legislation banning binding arbitration clauses in consumer agreements:

http://wagelaw.typepad.com/wage_law/2008/06/poll-says-americans-do-not-want-binding-arbitration.html

Potpourri

Overlawyered contributor Ted Frank chronicles his experiences as a pro se objector to a class action settlement involving video game purchasers.

http://overlawyered.com/2008/06/grand-theft-auto-class-action-the-frank-brief/

Finally, Bits and Pieces columnist Emory Schley laments the frustration and disappointment of participating in class action settlements:

http://www.ocala.com/article/20080610/COLUMNISTS/806100303/-1/NEWS

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Here are some blog entries of interest to class action practitioners from the week that was.

It’s been a big week for blog postings on CAFA removal decisions…

… after a bit of a hiatus, CAFA Law Blog is back with a rollicking review of the latest in CAFA removal decisions from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (relation back of amendment) …

http://www.cafalawblog.com/-case-summaries-the-plaintiff-files-his-complaint-adds-donald-duck-as-a-party-yadda-yadda-yadda-and-cafa-prevails-youve-come-a-long-way-baby.html

… while Class Action Defense Blog provides a somewhat more serious summary of the latest in CAFA removal decisions from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (proof of amount in controversy) …

http://classactiondefense.jmbm.com/2008/05/cafa_class_action_defense_case_18.html

… and Carlton Fields’ class action blog Classified outlines an opinion by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama applying CAFA removal precedent in analyzing a remand motion under traditional amount-in-controversy principles (burden of proof where complaint does not specify the amount of damages sought):

http://www.carltonfields.com/classactionblog/blog.aspx?entry=214

(My apologies for the illiteration.  I’ve been reading too many stories for toddlers recently.)

The Complex Litigator provides breaking news on the United States Supreme Court’s denial of a Petition for Cert to review preemption issues surrounding state law bans on class action arbitration waivers in consumer contracts …

http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/2008/05/breaking-news-u.html

… and more on the same case from Consumer Law and Policy Blog:

http://pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/2008/05/supreme-court-r.html

The UCL Practitioner provides useful notes of a California State Bar presentation by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard A. Kramer with practice tips regarding case organization and discovery (including e-discovery issues) in class action litigation under the Unfair Competition Law (UCL):

http://www.uclpractitioner.com/2008/05/state-bars-annu.html

The D&O Diary surveys international trends in securities class action litigation:

http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/05/articles/securities-litigation/securities-lawsuits-a-global-phenomenon/

Drug and Device Law blog has an analysis of the arguments for and against an interesting proposal by the American Law Institute that would permit individual clients to agree in advance to be bound by the collective decisionmaking of an aggregate group of mass tort plaintiffs who are represented by a common group of lawyers.

http://druganddevicelaw.blogspot.com/2008/05/race-in-which-we-have-no-horse.html

Wage Law blog comments on a recent Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision addressing whether refusal to sign an arbitration agreement during a pending wage and hour class action litigation can constitute protected activity sufficient to support a retaliation claim:

http://wagelaw.typepad.com/wage_law/2008/05/wrongful-termin.html

Overlawyered criticizes the attorney’s fees requested in a class action settlement involving video game purchasers.

http://overlawyered.com/2008/05/grand-theft-auto-class-action-settlement-26505-for-the-unrepresented-class-1-million-fee-request/

Points of Law summarizes a Kentucky Enquirer report on the testimony of Retired Circuit Court Judge Joseph “Jay” Bamberger regarding his actions in presiding over a now infamous fen-phen diet drug lawsuit that has led to the indictment and trial of several plaintiffs’ class action lawyers.

http://www.pointoflaw.com/archives/2008/05/fenphen-judge-i-didnt-know-wha.php

Health Plan Law addresses the futility exception to exhaustion of admininstrative remedies in ERISA class action litigation brought on behalf of HMO participants:

http://healthplanlaw.com/?p=634

FP Legal Post addresses a recent decision’s impact on Quebec, Canada’s reputation as a “class action haven”:

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/legalpost/archive/2008/05/23/quebec-no-longer-class-action-haven.aspx

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It’s a little later this week than normal because I unexpectedly had to attend a hearing out of state, but better late than never.  Here are some blog posts of interest to class action practitioners from this past week…

The Complex Litigator has an extensive analysis of an upcoming Law Review article by Professor Sheila Scheuerman of the Charleston College of Law regarding “inferential preclusion of punitive damages claims in class actions.”

http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/2008/05/has-the-united.html

For the latest in California class certification decisions, see The UCL Practitioner:

http://www.uclpractitioner.com/2008/05/new-class-certi.html

The California Wage and Hour Law weblog reminds the plaintiffs’ bar that some of the best ideas on employment class action strategies come from defense lawyers (right back at you)…

http://wagelaw.typepad.com/wage_law/2008/05/new-littler-rep.html

… and reviews a recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding the ability of a district court in which a certified class action is pending to enjoin other competing actions:

http://wagelaw.typepad.com/wage_law/2008/05/district-courts.html

SCOTUS Blog provides links to case materials in for class action cases in which Petitions for Certiorari have been filed with the United States Supreme Court raising, including issues relating to class action arbitration bans in consumer contracts and removal issues:

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/petitions-to-watch-conference-of-52208/

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/petitions-to-watch-conference-of-52908/

Drug and Device Law Blog analyzes a recent Oregon Supreme Court decision in a class action lawsuit addressing whether having to undergo medical monitoring can be an injury sufficient support a negligence claim:

http://druganddevicelaw.blogspot.com/ (See Post entitled So Big And Yet So Small)

Class Action Defense Blog provides a detailed summary of a recent federal court decision certifying a class in an action against a pharmaceutical company for its alleged actions to prevent generic competitors from entering the market:

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

D&O Diary provides yet another excellent analysis of trends in subprime class action litigation:

http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/05/articles/subprime-litigation/variations-on-the-subprime-lawsuit-theme/

Federal Civil Practice Bulletin provides a link to an article by Vanderbilt Law Professor Amanda Rose regarding securities class action reforms:

http://federalcivilpracticebulletin.blogspot.com/2008/05/prof-rose-posts-article-on-reforming.html 

EDTexWeblog.com discusses a federal district court’s denial of a motion to dismiss a class action filed under the Federal Odometer Act:

http://mcsmith.blogs.com/eastern_district_of_texas/2008/05/motion-to-dismi.html

Northern Law Blog discusses the benefits of responding to class action settlement notices.

http://www.northernlawblog.com/2008/05/class-action-lawsuits.html

Smart Blog discusses a lawyer’s rating website that successfully defeated a class action lawsuit on First Amendment grounds:

http://smartblog.typepad.com/smart_blog/2008/05/no-good-deed-go.html

A (very) left-of-center blog criticizes Barak Obama’s support of CAFA.  (Not to get too political, but this post only helps solidify my own support of Mr. Obama.  No doubt a major press release of my endorsement will follow):

http://proletariat.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/obama-and-the-class-action-fairness-act/

istockanalyst.com provides an extensive commentary of both potential abuses in class action lawsuits in general and issues regarding a particular shareholder class action attacking a proposed merger between satellite radio providers…

http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewarticle+articleid_1853716.html

…but InjuryBoard.com defends the benefits of class action lawsuits:

http://cleveland.injuryboard.com/miscellaneous/benefits-of-class-action-lawsuits.aspx?googleid=238998

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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 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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