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Ninth Circuit: PAGA Cause of Action Is Not a Class Claim under CAFA

The ruling is a result of California Labor Code cases.

Seventh Circuit Rejects Third Circuit's "Heightened" Ascertainability Analysis

The rift comes in Mullins v. Direct Digital, LLC.

CA Supreme Court: Arbitration Agreement Challenge Allowed under Unconscionability Rule

The ruling comes in Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Company, LLC.

Articles »

Class Actions 101: Possible Amendments to Rule 23

By Robert J. Herrington

The proposed changes could have a great impact for years to come.

The Rule 23 Subcommittee Should Have Taken on Ascertainability

By Andrew Trask

The question has long been considered a vital case management tool.

Rule 23: Welcome to the Cy Pres Party

By Timothy G. Blood and Paula M. Roach

The doctrine's widespread use begs for guidance that only this Federal Rule can provide.

The Rule 23 Subcommittee's April 2015 Proposal on Issue Classes

By Paul G. Karlsgodt and Jacqueline K. Matthews

A starting point in the discussion.

Sound Advice »

audio Multidistrict Litigation Process

By Greg Cook

If you are involved in a multidistrict litigation case it may seem overwhelming—but fear not. Listen as 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

Hear as 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 »

CADS Committee Conference Call

Please join us for the CADS' Committee's bi-monthly call on Monday, August 31, noon (PT) / 2 p.m. (CT) / 3 p.m. (ET). The dial in number is 888-387-8686; the access code is 7958 864.

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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Los Angeles, CA

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Dallas, TX

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San Francisco, CA

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Simsbury, CT

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Boston, MA

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Santa Monica, CA

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Los Angeles, CA