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It’s that time of the week already.  Here are some blog postings from the past week that might be of interest to class action practitioners. 

The fallout from several plaintiffs’ class action corruption scandals took center stage in the class action blogosphere this week.

Mass Tort Litigation Blog discusses the sentencing of plaintiffs’ class action lawyer Melvyn Weiss…

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/mass_tort_litigation/2008/06/mel-weiss-recei.html

… and discusses a possible settlement involving his firm:

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/mass_tort_litigation/2008/06/milberg-llp-nea.html

See the many other blog entries discussing Mr. Weiss’ sentencing here:

http://www.sphere.com/search?q=sphereit:http://legalblogwatch.typepad.com/legal_blog_watch/2008/06/if-kickbacks-ar.html

Class Reactions quotes a less-than-remourseful class action attorney William Lerach discussing his views on the social benefits of his acts of “fee-sharing” and his belief of the injustice of his imprisonment for those acts …

http://classreactions.com/?p=28

… and see Mr. Lerach’s essay entitled “I am Guilty (My Side of the Story)” at Conde Nast Portfolio.com:

http://www.portfolio.com/executives/features/2008/06/02/Bill-Lerach-Essay

Overlawyered discusses developments in the Kentucky fen-phen settlement fraud scandal:

http://overlawyered.com/2008/06/another-victim-in-the-kentucky-fen-phen-settlement-fraud/

The Complex Litigator provides a critical review whether a recent California Court of Appeal decision addressing the California Song-Beverly Credit Card Act truly “limits” the scope of the Act’s protections of credit card holders:

http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/2008/05/tjx-companies-i.html (responding to this entry in the Privacy Law Blog; also see a recent entry on the same case from Class Action Defense Blog here)

Class Action Defense Blog and Wage and Hour Blog both have summaries of a recent decision by the California Court of Appeal addressing alleged conflicts of interest by plaintiffs’ counsel and the named plaintiffs where the attorneys represented both individual class representatives and a labor organization interested in promoting union organizing efforts by class members:

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

http://wagelaw.typepad.com/wage_law/2008/06/union-attorneys-can-represent-non-union-employees-in-wage-hour-class-actions.html

D&O Diary discusses potential insurance implications arising from cooperation given by former executive to plaintiffs’ counsel in a class action filed against the executive’s company (where the executive had previously pled guilty to criminal charges arising out of the same scandal):

http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/05/articles/d-o-insurance/former-refco-ceo-aids-class-action-plaintiffsan-insurance-issue/

The UCL Practitioner has an interesting analysis of a press release issued by the San Francisco City Attorney regarding a public prosecutor’s UCL action being brought on behalf of the San Francisco Health Plan and other political subdivisions and California citizens.  The plaintiffs are reportedly being jointly represented by the City Attorney’s office and a private class action firm.

http://www.uclpractitioner.com/2008/05/san-francisco-c.html

Point of Law provides a link to a position paper by California Senator Tom Harman entitled “Incentivizing Appropriate Restitution in Class Action Cases.  (For a previous discussion on ClassActionBlawg.com regarding legislation proposed by Senator Harman, click here).

http://www.pointoflaw.com/archives/2008/06/state-senator-calls-for-tying.php

Classified provides a summary of a recent decision by the U.S. Court for the Middle District of Georgia dismissing a class action regarding “guaranteed auto protection insurance policies” due to the plaintiffs’ failure to provide notice of cancellation required under the policy:

http://www.carltonfields.com/classactionblog/blog.aspx?entry=215

Healthcare HR Solutions Blog comments on an increase in wage and hour class action litigation and provides tips on how employers can avoid potential Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) liability:

http://healthcarehrsolutions.com/blog/2008/05/29/increase-in-wage-and-hour-class-action-litigation/

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A National Law Journal Article published today (available at Law.com) entitled Tough Year for Class Action Attorneys Continues provides an analysis of the latest round of prosecutions of alleged class action kickback schemes.  As the article points out, the news provides more ammunition for those calling for a Congressional investigation into the scandals and those proposing new class action reform legislation.  For previous entries on these topics, click here and here.

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