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Ninth Circuit Clarifies Evidentiary Requirements When CAFA Removal Is Challenged

The court provides further guidance after Dart Basin v. Owens.

Third Circuit Holds That Rule 23(B)(2) Classes Do Not Have To Be Ascertainable

The court rules in case involving the Eighth Amendment and prison inmates.

Seventh Circuit Rejects Glucosamine Settlement as Insufficient for Class Members

The ruling comes in Pearson v. NBTY, Inc.

Articles »

Class Actions 101: Multidistrict Litigation Proceedings

By Gregory C. Cook

A primer on the MDL and streamlining the pretrial process.

Supreme Court Kicks American Pipe Tolling Case: What Does It Mean?

By Andrew J. McGuinness

IndyMac may offer a double silver lining for the plaintiffs' bar.

SCOTUS Approaches Review of Question: Does the Violation of a Statutorily Created Right Create Article III Standing?

By Randall W. Edwards, Sabrina Heron Strong, and Mimi Vu

At stake is nothing less than what a consumer must show to bring a claim for violations of federal law.

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 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 Calls

Please join us for the CADS' Committee's bi-monthly call on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at noon (PT) / 2 p.m. (CT) / 3 p.m. (ET). The dial in number is 800-504-8071; the access code is 7765933.

Mark Your Calendars: SAC 2015

The 2015 Section Annual Conference will take place in New Orleans on April 15 through 17.

Upcoming Roundtable: Navigating Today's eDiscovery Issues

Please join us for our upcoming Roundtable taking place at 3 p.m. Eastern on December 11, 2014.

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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Alexandria, VA

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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