Category: Class Action

Check Amounts Can Differ Substantially from Class Action Settlements Per Claim

The reported value per claim in a class action settlement can differ significantly from the actual check a class member receives.  Both StarKist and Trader Joe’s have faced class action lawsuits involving damages for allegedly under-filled cans of tuna.  Both defendants settled for cash amounts in the range of $25-29 per claim (although StarKist also …

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Supreme Court To Address Use of Statistics For Class Action Certification

The April 2013 Supreme Court decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, No. 11-864, was a profound change benefitting companies facing class action lawsuits.  The Court held that a plaintiff seeking certification must establish through “evidentiary proof” that damages can be measured on a class-wide basis.  Individual damage issues can defeat class certification where those issues …

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Anti-poaching settlement approved at $425 million

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh has blessed a $415 million settlement in the antitrust class action suit against Apple Inc., Google Inc. and others.  The defendants were accused of illegally agreeing not to poach each other’s software engineers.  A prior settlement deal at $325 million was rejected by the Court as insufficient.

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Three Strikes, Damages Out in Recent CA Class Certification

Jones v. ConAgra Foods, Inc. is a recent case that demonstrates the damages-based hurdles to obtaining class certification.  Despite Plaintiff’s presentation of three different damages models (“full refund,” “price premium,” and “regression”), Judge Charles R. Breyer concluded each failed to demonstrate class-wide damages. Because of this failure, Judge Breyer denied class certification. The case involved …

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Lack of Receipts Sinks Class Action Certification

The Northern District of California recently denied class certification related to claims of improper marketing and advertising of Fresh Step cat litter (In Re Clorox Consumer Litigation, Case No. 12-00280-SC (N.D. Cal. July 28, 2014) (ECF No. 129)). One of the reasons was a failure to establish a class that was sufficiently ascertainable, as plaintiffs …

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Cautionary Language is Key in Securities Litigation Dismissal

Investor claims were recently dismissed by a California district court against Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (“Mellanox”) for allegedly providing false or misleading statements related to the company’s prominence in the interconnect market and its prospects for future growth and revenue generation.  The Court found that Mellanox had adequately cautioned investors regarding the risks associated with the …

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College Football Players Get Employee Status

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) regional director Peter Sung Ohr recently ruled that a group of Northwestern University football players on scholarship are properly classified as employees of the university and thereby have rights to unionize and engage in collective bargaining. The NLRB relied upon the common law definition of an employee and was …

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Is Uber a Connectivity App or an Employer?

Uber identifies itself as a tech company which developed an app to connect livery car drivers with a network of registered users in need of rides.  Whenever a connection is made and a service is provided, Uber collects a 20% fee. However, some fail to see the difference between Uber and a cab company in …

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$765 Million Settlement Not Enough!

A recent article by Case Funding Inc., indicated that Judge Anita Body had questions about the adequacy of the $765 million settlement between the NFL and NFL players.  The settlement relates to mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) that NFL players have suffered or may suffer in the future as a result of their NFL careers. …

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Ernst & Young gets settlement deal of the decade

E&Y just settled the Lehman Brothers class action against them for $99 million. It made little news. The 2008 Lehman Brothers bankruptcy was at least partially caused by accounting malfeasance. This article describes the bankruptcy examiner’s report on this wrongdoing. Arthur Andersen was entirely destroyed for a bad audit of Enron that was no worse …

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