Class Actions Blog

Elderly apartment residents in Des Moines seek class action status for bedbug lawsuit

Posted on: January 24th, 2011 by Steve Larson

Lawyers for roughly 300 current and former residents of two Des Moines, Iowa apartment buildings for the elderly and disabled filed court papers January 18, 2011, alleging that managers knew about a massive bedbug infestation for more than two years but refused to warn tenants or to properly treat it until they were sued.  The documents, filed as part of a March 2010 Polk County lawsuit, ask a judge to kick-start the slow-moving case by formally certifying it as a class action and pushing it closer toward trial. Read more…

Hard Rock Cafe servers and bartenders sue for minimum wage

Posted on: January 21st, 2011 by Steve Larson

Two Hard Rock Cafe (“Hard Rock”) employees, who worked in the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Studios in Orlando, filed a class action lawsuit against Hard Rock for the company’s alleged failure to pay minimum wages that were required under Florida law.  The Orlando Hard Rock Cafe is the largest Hard Rock Cafe in the world.  The case was brought under the minimum wage provisions of Florida’s Constitution, which was passed by citizen’s initiative and became effective as of May 2, 2005. Read more…

U.S. Supreme Court to consider securities class action

Posted on: January 20th, 2011 by Steve Larson

On January 7, 2011, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co. (No. 09-1403). This case presents the Court with an opportunity to resolve a split in the Circuits about an important issue in how securities fraud cases are litigated. Specifically, the Supreme Court will consider the extent to which courts must resolve issues of “loss causation” – i.e., whether the alleged fraud actually caused a company’s stock price to decline and thereby caused investors to suffer losses – at the class certification stage. Read more…

5th Circuit denies Katrina and Rita settlement class certification

Posted on: January 19th, 2011 by Steve Larson

The Fifth Circuit rejected a settlement after an appeal by objectors of the district court’s certification of a settlement class of numerous consolidated lawsuits brought on behalf of residents of New Orleans, Louisiana who suffered harm during the levee breaches during hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  In re: Katrina Canal Breaches Litigation, 2010 WL 5128640 (C.A. 5 (La.)).  The defendants at issue in these settlements were various levee districts and their boards of commissioners.  The insurer for the levee districts tendered the limits of insurance for the settlement fund, $21,000,000.00.  The parties sought to certify a limited fund mandatory settlement class under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(1)(B).  The district court approved the settlement and certified the class.  A group of class members objected and appealed to the 5th Circuit; the Court of Appeals reversed the district court and denied certification. Read more…

Match.com subscribers file class action alleging use of bogus profiles

Posted on: January 18th, 2011 by Steve Larson

Subscribers of U.S. online dating giant Match.com allege in a class action complaint filed in the US District Court in Dallas that Match.com uses bogus romantic come-ons by phony or inactive members to get subscribers to renew, a lawsuit alleges.  The suit alleges that more than half the personal profiles featured on Match.com belong to inactive members or scammers. Read more…

Federal Judicial Center issues New Pocket Guide on Class Actions

Posted on: January 14th, 2011 by Steve Larson

The Federal Judicial Center has released an updated 2010 “Managing Class Action Litigation: A Pocket Guide for Judges” which  will assist Federal Judges (and practitioners) handling class actions.

The pocket guide is helpful for practitioners to learn what judges may be considering when a class action is pending before them. The Pocket Guide can be accessed through this link:  Pocket Guide for Judges

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