SPOTLIGHT

A Road Map to the Upcoming Rule 23 Amendments

By Jonathan H. Beemer – July 23, 2018

Four core amendments address class notice, "frontloading" class notice, final settlement approvals, and professional objectors.






Recent cases both clarify and raise new questions.

There appears to be growing support for either court-imposed or legislative rules requiring disclosure of litigation funding agreements in class actions.

An understanding of how recent decisions have cabined this analysis to specific scenarios can help guide both pleading and defense strategies.

The case confirms the obsolescence of earlier case law propounding the application of a less stringent burden to plaintiffs’ expert evidence at class certification.

The court’s discussion in Hodsdon v. Mars, Inc. highlights a key area of potential uncertainty that may affect many consumer class actions.

The case arises from allegations that the tech giant violated its users’ privacy rights by disclosing their search terms to other websites.

The ruling comes in Epic Systems v. Lewis.

The Scott decision is a departure from the rule in the Third Circuit, which recognizes a presumption of timeliness for intervention motions filed by class members before the opt-out deadline.

 


HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Work-Life Balance: What It Is and How to Achieve It
By Adam Prom – July 31, 2017
Define your idea of a balanced life and choose how to satisfy your work obligations and personal passions.

 


In Part 2 of our interview series, Jan Levine, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia, sat down with Lindsay Breedlove, also a litigator at Pepper Hamilton, to share her experience as a member of the class action defense bar with significant leadership experience in large class actions.

Expert testimony regarding class-wide damages can make or break a motion for class certification. Here, litigator Cedric Logan reviews the current state of the law regarding expert damages models and points out issues with certain models that have caused courts to deny certification.

In Part 1 of our interview series, Danielle Myers, a partner at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, sat down with Calie Adamson, a litigator at McMillan, and Lindsay Breedlove, a litigator at Pepper Hamilton, to share her experience as a woman litigator and member of the class action plaintiffs’ bar.

In this podcast, we examine recent class action lawsuits relating to three key topics: (1) claims and defenses regarding underpayment of royalties, (2) fracking and allegations of seismic activities in Oklahoma, and (3) attempts by royalty owners to void lease agreements by alleging that the producer did not develop the lease.

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