Tag Archives: Settlements

Dennis v. Kellogg Company: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Sets Aside Class Action Settlement Because Terms Did Not Meet Legal Standards for Cy Pres Distribution

In Dennis v. Kellogg Company, No. 11-55674 & No. 11-55706, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 18576 (9th Cir. Sept. 4, 2012), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court’s approval of a class action settlement because the terms of the settlement did not meet the legal standards for cy pres distribution. In particular, the … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit rejects class action settlement, clarifies standards for cy pres remedies and plaintiff counsel’s attorneys’ fees

In the recently published decision Dennis v. Kellogg Company, No. 11-55674, 2012 WL 2870128 (9th Cir. July 13, 2012), the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s approval of a purported $10.64 million settlement between defendant Kellogg and a class of consumers alleging false advertising. The Ninth Circuit rejected the settlement for three reasons: (1) the … Continue Reading

Court of Appeal Reminds Litigants That Settling With Named Plaintiff Does Not Necessarily End Putative Class Action

If a defendant in a putative class action settles with the class representative prior to class certification, does the defendant nonetheless have to respond to pre-settlement discovery requests to identify absent class members? According to the California Court of Appeal in Pirjada v. Superior Court, 2011 WL 6144930, Case No. B234813 (Cal. App. Dec. 12, … Continue Reading

Multimillion Dollar Class Action Settlements Approved In Insurance Brokerage Litigations

On September 8, 2009, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the approval of two multimillion-dollar class action settlements in consolidated multi district cases arising from investigations and civil lawsuits alleging bid rigging and steering activities in the insurance industry. See In re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation, Nos. 07-1759 et al. (3d Cir. Sept. 8, 2009).  Specifically, … Continue Reading
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