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“A good fortune may forebode bad luck, which may in turn disguise good fortune.”  – Chinese Proverb

I’ve been sent the blogging equivalent of a chain letter.  The kind folks at Drug and Device Law Blog have tagged ClassActionBlawg.com with an Internet Meme (if you don’t know, click the link–It was the first I’d heard of such a thing).  My task is to list five interesting non-law blogs and then tag five more blawgers to do the same.  This process will then continue over and over until we either find the “God” particle or create a microscopic black hole that causes the Earth to implode instantaneously into a single point of infinite mass and gravity.

The whole thing feels like just the sort of pyramid marketing scheme that is going to get me named a defendant in the next wave of class actions, so my good sense tells me to ignore it.  But on the other hand, I have this gut feeling that if I don’t accept Drug and Device Law Blog‘s invitation, the ensuing bad karma will cause me to be afflicted with some sort of industrial disease.

So, I’ll do it, but just to be extra safe, let me first make this DISCLAIMER for the benefit each of the millions of you who end up getting tagged in the future.  Please do NOT mail me a $1 bill, no matter how much bad luck you think might come your way if you don’t.

With that out of the way, here are my non-law blog picks of the moment:

1) Levick Strategic Communications’ Bulletproof Blog covers PR topics of interest to lawyers and their clients facing publicity relating to litigation.

2) For those interested in keeping up with trends in corporate governance issues from an accounting consultant’s pespective, see Francine McKenna’s blog, re: The Auditors.

3) Tech Crunch is a great resource for reviews of new websites of all types and trends in Internet innovation, including class action-related sites like SueEasy and litigation alternatives like AllRise.

4) Being a closet science geek, my favorite radio program these days is WNYC’s Radio Lab.  WNYC also  offers a Radio Lab blog, where they post extra content, just in case the radio broadcasts and podcasts aren’t enough.  They haven’t done anything remotely related to class actions as far as I know, but they did do an episode recently on the mysteries of collective group action (in the physical, not legal, sense) called Emergence.  Plus, co-host Robert Krulwich recently gave this commencement speech at Cal Tech discussing the art of persuasion through storytelling, which I think is just as applicable to lawyers as it is to scientists.

5) Finally, if you want to keep up to date on everything going on in the NFL even when it’s not game day, check out Mac’s Football Blog.  I couldn’t figure out a way to make this one even tangentially related to class actions, but I have to give it a plug since it is written by a fellow suffering Seahawks fan.

… and here are my blawger victims:

1) My former Corporations and Administrative Law Professor, Jay Brown, authors The Race to the Bottom in collaboration with students, which focuses on corporate governance issues.

2) Since he is primarily a plaintiff’s lawyer, Scott Leviant’s perspectives are usually wrong, but his blog entries in The Complex Litigator are so eloquent that you still find yourself agreeing with him.

3) Mack Sperling’s North Carolina Business Litigation Report covers the goings-on in a jurisdiction with a specialized business court dedicated to complex litigation matters.

4) Blawging veteran Kimberly Kralowec of The UCL Practitioner was part of CLE panel that finally convinced me to start ClassActionBlawg.com.  So this is the thanks she gets!

5) Anonymous blogger of The Mommy Blawg gave ClassActionBlawg.com a mention in her May 5 Blawg Review #158, so this is the thanks she gets! 

Let us go forth and multiply…

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Here are some blog postings from the past week (and a day) that might be of interest to class action practitioners:

 

Class Action Decisions

 

CAFA Removal

 

CAFA Law Blog provides a case summary of an Illinois federal court decision declining removal jurisdiction under CAFA pursuant to CAFA’s permissive abstention provisions.

 

http://www.cafalawblog.com/-case-summaries-illinois-court-finds-permissive-abstention-under-28-usc-1332d3-to-be-appropriate-and-declines-jurisdiction.html

 

See Drug and Device Law Blog for this guest article by Sean Costello reviewing a recent Seventh Circuit decision holding that the phrase “not less than 7 days” used in 28 U.S.C. §1453(c)(1) to describe the time to appeal a remand order of a case removed under CAFA really means “less” than 7 days, contrary to the rulings by other federal circuit courts of appeals that “less” was a typographical error that really meant “more.”

 

http://druganddevicelaw.blogspot.com/2008/07/shocking-ruling-from-seventh-circuit.html

 

Class Action Arbitration Waivers

 

Class Action Defense Blog discusses a recent California federal court decision on class action arbitration waivers and preemption under the Federal Arbitration Act.

 

http://classactiondefense.jmbm.com/2008/07/faa_class_action_defense_cases.html

 

Attorney’s Fee Awards

 

How Appealing highlights a “must read decision” by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals addressing the appropriateness of an enhanced attorney’s fee award for achieving “exceptional” results in a class action, calling it a “must read for

 

http://howappealing.law.com/070308.html#029512

 

Class Certification

 

The New York Daily News gossip column reports on class certification in a wage and hour class action filed against a club owned by rapper Jay-Z (there were a multitude of music and pop culture blogs commenting on this decision, but most of them simply quoted or paraphrased this article):

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2008/07/02/2008-07-02_jayzs_club_faces_pay_rap.html

 

Class Action Scandals

 

Overlawyered reports on comments made by the jury foreman in the trial of three Kentucky lawyers accused of mail fraud in connection with a fen-phen class action settlement.  As the article reports, the court declared a mistrial after the jury became deadlocked 10-2 for acquittal in deliberations of charges against two of the defendants after previously acquitting the third defendant, Milbourne Mills, Jr.

 

http://overlawyered.com/2008/07/ky-fen-phen-foreman-theres-a-lot-of-people-that-should-have-been-on-trial-that-werent/

 

The Paul Corio Weblog comments on the granting of a special license for a racehorse to race in New York because two of the horse’s minority owners are the remaining defendants in the Kentucky fen-phen fraud case.

 

http://paulcorio.blogspot.com/2008/07/curlin.html

 

Commentary on Class Action Issues

 

The Complex Litigator examines cases addressing the potential disastrous consequences of plaintiffs’ class action counsel failing to do a thorough conflicts check.

 

http://www.thecomplexlitigator.com/2008/07/class-action-co.html

 

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog has a recent article with the fairly self-explanatory article “Are Consumer Class-Actions Bans Going the Way of the Dodo?”

 

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2008/07/03/are-consumer-class-actions-bans-going-the-way-of-the-dodo/

 

InjuryBoard.com discusses a highly anticipated case pending before the Seventh Circuit of Appeals involving the Truth In Lending Act (TILA) and analyzes the potential impacts of a ruling one way or the other…

 

http://losangeles.injuryboard.com/miscellaneous/truth-in-lending-ruling-could-jolt-banking-industry.aspx?googleid=243324

 

…and more on the same case from The Big Picture:

 

http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2008/07/uh-oh-courts-ac.html

 

SCOTUS Blog comments on the potential impact of actions by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission on an appeal to the United States Supreme Court in a lawsuit involving advertising of “light” cigarettes:

 

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/a-second-blow-to-tobacco-appeal/#more-7649

 

Class Action Legislation and Reform

 

Wage Law reports on the California Supreme Court’s decision to grant review in a class action lawsuit to address whether the attorney-client privilege protected against disclosure of a pre-litigation memorandum from outside counsel to corporate counsel.

 

http://wagelaw.typepad.com/wage_law/2008/07/supreme-court-to-review-ruling-on-attorney-client-privilege.html

 

The Electronic Frontier Foundation comments on the passage of the FISA Amendments Act, which grants retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies sued in numerous class actions for alleged actions in connection with the Bush administration’s domestic wiretapping program…

 

http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2008/07/09

 

… and Point of Law offers a response to EFF’s statement…

 

http://www.pointoflaw.com/archives/2008/07/fisa-so-thats-the-end-of-the-l.php

 

…as well as a summary of the Senate vote:

 

http://www.pointoflaw.com/archives/2008/07/fisa-legislation-passes-6928-t.php

 

The Association of Corporate Counsel provides links to a position paper by ACC Europe, the European chapter of that same organization, critical of proposals to introduce US-style class action legislation in Europe.

 

http://www.acc.com/feature.php?fid=1587

 

International Class Actions

 

Mass Tort Litigation Blog provides a link to a recent Federalist Society article by John Beisner, Allison Orr Larsen, and Karl Thompson, Canadian Class Action Law: A Flawed Model for European Class Actions.

 

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/mass_tort_litigation/2008/07/canadian-class.html

 

http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/pubid.1100/pub_detail.asp

 

The Yeshiva World and Shalom New York report on a successful Israeli class action involving fees charged for text messages sent to kosher cell phones.

 

http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=20743

 

http://www.shalomnewyork.com/uncategorized/israel-successful-class-action-suit-against-charges-for-sms%E2%80%99-to-kosher-phones/ 

 

The Jurist reports on proceedings on remand in a class action filed under the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) by South Africans seeking relief from several businesses for alleged complicity in the former South African government’s system of apartheid and provides links to various resources relating to the case.

 

http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2008/07/class-action-apartheid-case-to-resume.php

 

Summaries and Roundups

 

The D&O Diary summarizes recent news in the areas of options backdating lawsuits, subprime-related litigation, securities class actions, and other topics.

 

http://www.dandodiary.com/2008/07/articles/options-backdating/headline-news-settlements-lawsuits-dismissals/

 

Consumer Law and Policy Blog offers a roundup of recent news relating to consumer law, including recent decisions on class action arbitration waivers.

 

http://pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/2008/07/npr-interviews.html

 

The North Carolina Business Litigation Report offers a listing of interesting issues on appeal from the Business Court, including issues relating to class actions and derivative suits.

 

http://www.ncbusinesslitigationreport.com/2008/07/articles/about-the-business-court/north-carolina-business-court-decisions-on-appeal/

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