Tag Archives: Recent Cases

Fifth Circuit Holds That Securities Fraud Defendants May Not Rebut the Fraud-on-the-Market Presumption at the Class Certification Stage Through Evidence of No Price Impact

In Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co., No. 12-10544, 2013 WL 1809760 (5th Cir. Apr. 30, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a defendant in a securities fraud class action is not entitled to rebut the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance at the class certification stage by … Continue Reading

California Supreme Court Clarifies Class Action Standards in Brinker

On Thursday, April 12, 2012, the California Supreme Court issued its much anticipated decision in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court. In addition to providing needed clarity regarding the law of meal and rest periods (which we separately analyze here), the decision also contains several defense-friendly statements regarding class action law more generally.… Continue Reading

The Ninth Circuit Again Follows Concepcion And Enforces Consumer Arbitrations

On March 16, 2012, the Ninth Circuit followed the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in AT&T Mobility, Inc. v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011), and held that the Federal Arbitration Act (the FAA) preempts state law refusing to enforce arbitration provisions with class action waivers. See Marygrace Coneff v. AT&T Corp., — F.3d —-, … Continue Reading

Federal Law Preempts State Law Barring Arbitration Of Claims For Public Injunction

On March 7, 2012, the Ninth Circuit held that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts California’s rule prohibiting the arbitration of claims for public injunctions. Kilgore v. KeyBank, Nat’l Ass’n, — F.3d —-, 2012 WL 718344, *10 (9th Cir. March 7, 2012). Referring to this as the “Broughton-Cruz rule,” after the California Supreme Court’s decisions in … Continue Reading

California Court of Appeal Clarifies Breach of Warranty Law in Class Actions and Vacates Order Certifying Class of Consumers in American Honda Motor Company, Inc. v. Superior Court

In American Honda Motor Company, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, 199 Cal. App. 4th 1367 (2011), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District clarified that, under California law, a party moving for class certification in a breach of warranty action must provide “substantial evidence of a defect that is … Continue Reading

UnZIPped in New Jersey?

A New Jersey state trial court has initially weighed in on the issue of whether a retailer violates state law by requesting a customer’s zip code at the point of purchase.  In a case fashioned after the California Supreme Court’s decision in Pineda v. Williams-Sonoma, 51 Cal.4th 524 (Feb. 10, 2011), New Jersey Superior Court … Continue Reading

California Appellate Court Analyzes Employment Arbitration Agreement after Supreme Court’s AT&T Decision

On July 12, 2011, California’s Second Appellate District Court of Appeal issued a decision in Brown v. Ralphs Grocery Company regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements in the employment context that limit employees’ rights to assert class and representative actions. This was the first published state court decision in California regarding employment arbitration agreements since the … Continue Reading

Discover Bank Is Dead: The U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Federal Law Preempts State Laws That Obstruct The Enforcement Of Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements

On April 27, 2011, the Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act “preempts California’s rule classifying most collective arbitration waivers in consumer contracts as unconscionable.” AT&T v. Concepcion, 563 U.S. ____, majority at 5, 18 (2011). The Court referred to this rule as the “Discover Bank rule,” after the California Supreme Court’s decision in … Continue Reading

Kwikset: California Supreme Court Expands Plaintiffs’ Standing To Sue Under The Unfair Competition Law

In Kwikset v. Superior Court (Jan. 27, 2011) __ Cal.4th __, the California Supreme Court greatly expanded the standard for determining whether a plaintiff has standing to sue under the Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”), Business and Professions Code section 17200. In doing so, the Supreme Court disapproved several prior court of appeal decisions that had narrowed … Continue Reading

California Court of Appeal Continues the Trend of Limiting Tobacco II

The California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District recently added to the growing jurisprudence interpreting the scope and effect of In re Tobacco II Cases (2009) 46 Cal.4th 298 in its decision last month in Sevidal v. Target Corp. (Case No. D056206, Oct. 29, 2010) __ Cal.App.4th __.  Following a trend of other … Continue Reading

The Second District Court of Appeal Applies the “Filed Rate Doctrine” to California Insurance Ratemaking, and Holds that the Use of Approved Insurance Rates Cannot Create Tort Liability Against an Insurer in a Class Action

In MacKay v. Superior Court (October 6, 2010) ___ Cal.App.4th ___ the Second District Court of Appeal threw out a class action challenging an insurer’s rating practices on the ground that California law prohibits insureds from challenging rates approved by the California Department of Insurance (“DOI”) through a civil action. Writing for the court, Justice Croskey … Continue Reading

California Court of Appeal Holds Class Action Waiver in Commercial Contract Not Unconscionable

In Walnut Producers of California v. Diamond Foods, Inc., Case No. C060346 (August 16, 2010), the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District held that a class arbitration waiver in an agreement between walnut producers and a walnut processor is not unconscionable. Plaintiffs include Walnut Producers of California, a nonprofit cooperative marketing association whose … Continue Reading

Court of Appeal Affirms Multi-Million Dollar Settlement Despite Vigorous Objections

UPDATE:  On July 28, 2010, the Court of Appeal, First District, modified and published the opinion in Cellphone Fee Termination Cases .  The court retained its holdings regarding the adequacy of the class notice and the appropriate “incentive” payments to the class representatives.  However, the court did not publish the portion of its opinion that analyzed the “fairness” … Continue Reading

Time Out: California Court of Appeal Enforces Statute of Limitations in Class Action Brought Under the UCL

The Second District of California Court of Appeal recently refused to extend the continuing violations doctrine to causes of action brought under the Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”). The Court of Appeal held that the trial court properly sustained the defendant’s demurrer on the ground that the UCL cause of action was barred by the statute of … Continue Reading

The California Court Of Appeal Narrowly Interprets The Perata Mortgage Relief Act

On June 4, 2010, the California Court of Appeal issued its first important decision on the scope of California’s Perata Mortgage Relief Act, passed into law in 2008 and codified at California Civil Code Sections 2923.5 and 2923.6. See Mabry v. Superior Court (Case No. G042911, June 4, 2010) —Cal.App.4th—, 2010 WL 2180530. The plaintiffs … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Rejects $2 Billion Class Action Award Against The Republic of Argentina

On May 27, 2010, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed in part and remanded in part a district court’s decision certifying class actions against the Republic of Argentina and granting over $2 billion in damages to eight classes of plaintiffs.  Puricelli v. The Republic of Argentina, No. 09-0332, 2010 WL 2105132 (2nd … Continue Reading

In A Putative Class Action, The Third Circuit Holds That A Plaintiff Must Show Detrimental Reliance On Improper Loan Disclosure Statements To Obtain Actual Damages Under The Truth In Lending Act

On December 31, 2009, the Third Circuit held that a borrower must prove detrimental reliance to obtain actual damages for a violation of the federal Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”). See Vallies v. Sky Bank, —F.3d—, 2009 WL 5154473 (3rd Cir. 2009).… Continue Reading

Third Circuit Holds That Plaintiffs Alleging Respa Violations Under Section 8 Need Not Show An Overcharge To Have Article III Standing To Sue

In Alston v. Countrywide Financial Corp., 2009 WL 3448264 (3d Cir. October 28, 2009), the United States Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit confronted the issue of whether consumer plaintiffs alleging a violation of section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 (“RESPA”), codified in relevant part at 12 U.S.C. § 2607(d)(2), … Continue Reading

In Two Recent Class Actions, Retailers Get More Clarity On Key Privacy Issues In Song-Beverly Cases – Zip Code O.K., Reverse Lookup O.K., E-mail Address Not Preempted

The California Court of Appeal has recently published two new decisions involving data privacy class actions. Both involve claims under the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act. The most recent, Jessica Pineda v. Williams-Sonoma Stores, Inc., 2009 DJDAR 15191, affirmed the judgment against the plaintiff on the grounds that it is not a violation of Song-Beverly to request a … Continue Reading
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