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Ninth Circuit Issues Ruling on Post-Cambell-Ewald Rule 68 Offers

The case is Chen v. Allstate Insurance Co.

Spokeo's "Concreteness Versus Particularity" Dichotomy

What will this Supreme Court ruling really mean?

Supreme Court Rules Certain Securities Cases May Proceed in State Court

So long as they do not "arise under" the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.

Articles »

Shorthanded SCOTUS Hands a Victory to Data Aggregation Site—For Now

By Ashley Bruce Trehan and Kenneth L. Racowski

The Spokeo opinion reads as a compromise that sought to avoid a 4–4 decision.

What Does "Prevailing Party" for Title VII Defendants Mean?

By William M. Dunham

The Supreme Court finally clarifies in a unanimous decision.

D.C. Circuit Sharpens the Edges of Post-Class Action Settlement Ancillary Jurisdiction

By Joshua S. Levy

Eighty years after Mellon v. Goodyear, a lot has changed, but the preference for settlement has not.

Sound Advice »

audio Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure 16, 26, and 34

By Adam E. Polk

Adam Polk discusses how the recent changes to case management and discovery processes set forth in the Rules of Civil Procedure are likely to affect the small firm practitioner.

audio Ethical Considerations Regarding Class Action Settlements

By Patrick Lewis

Baker Hostetler's Patrick Lewis explores key ethics considerations that arise when parties seek to settle class action disputes.

audio Experts in Class Actions and Derivative Suits

By Curt Hineline

Although most litigators would view destroying an opposition expert witness in a deposition as a good thing, veteran litigator Curt Hineline says that may not be the case.

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 »

Third Annual Western Regional CLE Program on Class Actions and Mass Torts

Please join us in San Francisco!

May 17: CADS Committee Call

Please join us Tuesday, May 17, at 12 pm (PDT); 1pm (MDT); 2 pm (CDT); and 3 pm (EDT).

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.

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