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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… subscribers file class action alleging use of bogus profiles

Posted on: January 18th, 2011 by Steve Larson

Subscribers of U.S. online dating giant allege in a class action complaint filed in the US District Court in Dallas that 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 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

PIMCO agrees to settle class action for $92 million

Posted on: January 12th, 2011 by Steve Larson

Bond fund giant Pacific Investment Management Co., known as PIMCO, agreed to pay $92 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the Newport Beach firm of trying to corner part of the market for Treasury bonds in 2005.  The class action challenged trades by PIMCO in futures tied to the price of 10-year Treasury notes. Read more…

U.S. Supreme Court docket for this term focused on class actions

Posted on: January 10th, 2011 by Steve Larson

As indicated earlier in this blog, this term the U.S. Supreme Court will be focusing on more issues involved in class actions than it has in decades.  It granted certiorari in the now well known case of Dukes v. Wal-Mart, Inc., and should be issuing an opinion this term in the equally well known case entitled AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion.  Both of these cases from the Ninth Circuit were decided in favor of the plaintiffs, but the Ninth Circuit is the most reversed Circuit in the country, so decisions in these cases could reconfigure the class action landscape. Read more…

Class Action certified against Netflix and Wal-Mart

Posted on: January 5th, 2011 by Steve Larson

A federal judge granted class-action certification to Netflix, Inc.  subscribers in their lawsuit against the company and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. for an alleged agreement to monopolize the DVD market.   U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton said that the subscribers bringing suit against the companies in 2009 were “united by common and overlapping issues of fact and law,” in an order dated Dec. 23 and filed in federal court in Oakland, California. Read more…

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  • Steve Larson has been representing investors, consumers and employees in class actions in Oregon for over 20 years. He is a shareholder at the law firm of Stoll Berne in Portland, Oregon.
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