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Data Breach Class Actions: 2015 Year in Review and 2016 Preview

As the new year begins, questions remain over standing in these cases.

Sixth Circuit Approves Certification of Classes to Pursue Plaintiffs' "Snake Oil" Theory of Liability

The ruling comes in Rikos v. The Procter & Gamble Co.

Southwest Airlines In-Flight Alcohol Suit Causes Circuit Split

The Seventh Circuit addresses CAFA's provisions governing coupon settlements.

Articles »

Class Actions 101: A Refresher on the Act that Transformed Federal Class Actions

By Ashley Bruce Trehan

Ten years after its passage, CAFA remains a necessary tool among class action litigators faced with deciding important questions.

Notice of Class Action Settlement: Don't Forget the Regulators

By Robert DeWitte

Class members are not the only parties that must be notified.

What Are the Effects of Dart Cherokee on Eighth Circuit Removal Practice?

By Christopher J. Schmidt and Timothy J. Hasken

The case came out of the Eighth Circuit. Class action litigators should understand how it changed CAFA in that circuit.

Sound Advice »

audio Overview of Class Actions Settlements in the Federal Courts

By Margaret Lyle

Longtime litigator Margaret Lyle gives both a step-by-step review of the process and the history of class action settlements within the federal courts. (12:06 min)

audio Discovery of Electronically Stored Information (ESI)

By Jennie Lee Anderson

Jennie Lee Anderson suggests that when it comes to e-discovery, early planning and cooperation are key to building a successful strategy to best help your clients. (8:21 min)

audio Multidistrict Litigation Process

By Greg Cook

If you are involved in a multidistrict litigation case it may seem overwhelming—but fear not. Veteran litigator Greg Cook explains the process and rules regarding the Multidistrict Litigation Panel (MDL Panel). (8:12 min)

audio Numerosity as It Pertains to Class Certification

By Kathryn Honecker

Rule 23(a) has four elements that must be proven prior to class certification. Listen as Kathryn Honecker explains salient points of one of the elements—numerosity. (14:17 min)

audio Understanding the Demand Futility Exception

By Jeff Gardner

Jeff Gardner explains how this exception works and the ways in which it may affect your clients. (8:54 min)

Roundtables »

audio Early Case Assessment and Other Initial Stages of Complex Litigation

The early stages of complex litigation are often the most important in delivering a successful result for your client. This presentation will go through the critical preliminary steps litigators should take to ensure that their case gets off to the right start. (56:46)

audio Hey, CAFA, Is That a Class Action?: Mississippi ex rel Hood v. AU Optronics

This Roundtable examines the holding in this newly announced decision—and examines what the holding may mean for future parens patriae actions—and for other types of quasi-class actions or mass actions. It also examines the strategy impact of this new decision. (56:12)


audio The Supreme Court’s First Decision on the Class Action Fairness Act: Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles

The Supreme Court has issued its first decision interpreting the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). In a unanimous decision, the Court held that, prior to certification, a named plaintiff’s stipulation that the putative class would not seek more than $5 million did not defeat jurisdiction under CAFA. (1:01:03)

Announcements »

Deep Dive into the 2015 "Proportionality" Rules Amendments

We want to bring to your attention and encourage you to attend a ground-breaking program that the ABA Section of Litigation, in cooperation with Duke Law School, is taking to 13 cities over the next six months. Learn more.

Record a Sound Advice Podcast!

Do you enjoy teaching others about a topic but are short on time? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you.

CADS Committee Updates Survey of State Law

The committee recently published its updated state law class action survey. The book is an excellent tool for in-house and outside counsel who litigate class actions in state forums.

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Boston, MA

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