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  • April 23, 2024

    Judge Dismisses Funds’ ERISA Suit Against Administrative Service Providers

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Ruling that the trustees of two multiemployer, self-funded welfare benefit funds had standing to sue administrative service providers but “do not plausibly allege that Defendants exercise or possess[] discretionary authority required to be” fiduciaries under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, a Connecticut judge dismissed the case without prejudice on April 22.

  • April 23, 2024

    Judge Allows UCL Suit Against Company For Leaky Period Underwear

    LOS ANGELES — A California federal judge denied a period underwear maker’s motion to dismiss a putative class action lawsuit against it for violating California’s unfair competition law (UCL) by advertising and representing its products as “leakproof” when in fact the products were allegedly never tested with human blood and are in fact not as absorbent as advertised.

  • April 23, 2024

    Calif. High Court Answers 9th Circuit Question, Finds Inmate Class Not Owed Wages

    SAN FRANCISCO — A class of nonconvicted inmates in a California county jail who perform services for a for-profit company that supplies meals have no claim for minimum wages and overtime under current state law, the California Supreme Court ruled April 22, answering a question certified by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in an interlocutory appeal.

  • April 23, 2024

    3rd Circuit Hears Arguments In 2 Cases Over Jurisdiction For Wiretapping Software

    PITTSBURGH — Considering questions of personal jurisdiction and pleadings standards, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard combined oral arguments in two putative class actions that were dismissed for lack of jurisdiction, in which Pennsylvania residents alleged violations of a state surveillance statute by Papa John’s International Inc. and a software company, respectively, based on wiretapping computer code that was surreptitiously placed on the devices of website visitors.

  • April 23, 2024

    U.S. High Court Hears Arguments On Constitutionality Of Public Camping Ordinances

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Attorneys representing a class of homeless individuals, the United States and an Oregon city presented arguments on April 22 before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the constitutionality of the city’s ordinances barring camping in public spaces and making violations punishable by fines and arrests.

  • April 22, 2024

    U.S. High Court Denies Domino’s FAA Petition In Truck Drivers’ Expenses Case

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 denied a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Domino’s Pizza LLC after the company’s truck drivers (D&S drivers) were found by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to be exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) in their class case alleging unreimbursed business expenses and violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL).

  • April 22, 2024

    Michigan Federal Judge Dismisses ERISA Case Over Outdated Mortality Tables

    DETROIT — Saying he “sympathizes with Plaintiffs’ position” but agrees with the defendants’ “statutory interpretation analysis,” a Michigan federal judge dismissed with prejudice a putative class suit in which Kellogg Co. retirees argued that using outdated assumptions and mortality tables to calculate pension benefits violates the actuarial equivalence requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • April 22, 2024

    Judge: Disclosure Of Driver’s License Info Did Not Violate New Hampshire Privacy Law

    CONCORD, N.H. — Granting a motion to dismiss by Bath & Body Works LLC (BBW), a New Hampshire federal judge found that the retailer’s transmission of a customer’s driver’s license information to a third-party business partner did not violate the New Hampshire Driver Privacy Act (DPA) because the plaintiff did not establish that a “department record” had been sold or offered for sale.

  • April 19, 2024

    Final OK Given To $62 Million Cy Pres Settlement Of Google Location History Suit

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — The same day he presided over a fairness hearing, a California federal judge issued a minute entry on the court docket on April 18 granting final approval to a $62 million settlement of a consolidated class action over the purported collection and retention of users’ location data by Google Inc., with most of the funds going to cy pres recipients.

  • April 19, 2024

    Judge Approves Settlement, Attorney Fees In ACA Hearing Discrimination Case

    SEATTLE — Class counsel’s “excellent result” in obtaining a settlement compensating claimants who paid out-of-pocket for hearing aids and hearing-loss related services regardless of whether they submitted a claim to the insurer warrants 33.3% in attorney fees, a federal judge in Washington said April 18 in granting final approval to the settlement in a case involving claims that the insurer’s exclusion of coverage for certain hearing loss products and care constituted discrimination under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

  • April 19, 2024

    U.S. Supreme Court Seeks Response To Review Bid For 2nd Circuit ERISA Ruling

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — After Cornell University and related entities said they didn’t plan to file a brief unless asked, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an April 18 request for a response to a certiorari petition in which retirement plan participants argue that of two 2023 decisions that amplified a “preexisting circuit split” over Employee Retirement Income Security Act pleading standards for prohibited-transaction claims, the ruling against them “is the superior vehicle for review.”

  • April 19, 2024

    9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Investors’ Suit Against Gaming Company

    SAN FRANCISCO — A panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a California federal judge’s decision to dismiss a putative class complaint brought by investors against a gaming company and certain of its officers, agreeing that the investors did not show that the company misled investors through false statements about the technical aspects of its mobile gaming platform.

  • April 18, 2024

    Court: Positive Outlook Doesn’t Outweigh Disclosures In Asbestos Securities Class

    NEW YORK — Even while putting a positive spin on Garrett Motion Inc.’s future, the company repeatedly warned investors about the dire financial situation posed by the asbestos-related liabilities it acquired in its spinoff from Honeywell International Inc., and the company was unlikely to believe it could mislead the market given the public nature of its information, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said April 17 in affirming dismissal of a securities class action.

  • April 18, 2024

    Amici File Briefs In Support Of Insurer’s High Court Appeal Of Remanded Class Action

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two sets of amici curiae filed briefs on April 17 in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting an insurer’s petition for a writ of certiorari seeking review of the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ finding that a class action challenging its practices fits within the internal affairs and home state controversy exceptions to the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA).

  • April 18, 2024

    EEOC Complaint Accuses Sheetz Of Racially Biased Hiring Practices

    BALTIMORE — Sheetz Inc., Sheetz Distribution Services LLC and CLI Transport LP (together, Sheetz) discriminate against classes of Black, Native American and other multiracial applicants based on their race by screening for criminal convictions and then denying employment based on them, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges in a complaint filed April 17 in a federal court in Maryland.

  • April 18, 2024

    Judge Won’t Rethink Dismissal Ruling In GitHub AI Copyright Suit

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Five Doe defendants who claim that they did not receive proper attribution for use of their licensed materials on GitHub Inc.’s online collaboration platform failed in their quest for reconsideration of dismissal of their claims under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) when a California federal judge ruled that they did not “show reasonable diligence in bringing the motion” and did not establish any of the prerequisites for justifying reconsideration.

  • April 18, 2024

    Hyundai, Kia Engine Defect Settlement Approved; Attorney Fees Given Partial OK

    SANTA ANA, Calif. — A federal judge in California granted final approval of a class settlement agreement providing an extended warranty, recall and product improvements and reimbursements for repairs and other expenses to owners and lessees of certain Hyundai and Kia models that allegedly were built with defective engines that can spontaneously ignite and partially granted a motion for attorney fees, costs and service awards.

  • April 18, 2024

    4th Circuit Reinstates Nevada Deception Claim In Lab Testing Costs Class Suit

    RICHMOND, Va. — Patients accusing a laboratory testing company in a putative class complaint of violating Nevada and Florida law by omitting material information and making false and misleading representations may proceed only with their claim that the company violated Nevada law by failing to include the list prices for tests not covered by insurance with estimates for the patients’ financial responsibility, a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled in an unpublished per curiam opinion.

  • April 17, 2024

    Settlement With Eli Lilly Over Insulin Costs Falls Apart In National Class Action

    NEWARK, N.J. — A proposed settlement between Eli Lilly & Co. and class members in which the drugmaker would pay $13.5 million for an insulin price claims fund and ensure that class members will have prices for certain Lilly insulins capped at $35 a month for four years is off the table, lawyers for the plaintiffs told a New Jersey federal judge.

  • April 17, 2024

    Centralization Of Cases Challenging Real Estate Commissions Denied By JPMDL

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) declined to centralize nine cases pending in seven districts brought on behalf of classes of home sellers alleging that rules governing buyer broker compensation violate antitrust laws, opining that pending nationwide class settlements in another case may resolve some of the claims in the nine cases.

  • April 17, 2024

    Attorney Fee In ERISA Record-Keeping Suit Is Cut To 1/4 Of $4.1M Settlement

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Adopting the approach to attorney fees used in a 2014 decision in a different Employee Retirement Income Security Act case, a Connecticut federal judge on April 16 awarded class counsel a quarter of a $4.1 million class settlement with Xerox Corp. and its retirement plan committee rather than the requested third.

  • April 17, 2024

    Jack In The Box Workers Partially Awarded Attorney Fees, Costs In Wage Suit

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Motions for attorney fees and costs by both sides in a wage-and-hour suit brought by a class of Jack in the Box Inc. workers who saw some success with their claims were partially granted and partially denied by a federal judge in Oregon who ruled that the workers were entitled to a portion of the attorney fees and costs they sought and that the employer was entitled to no attorney fees but was entitled to a portion of the amount it sought for witness fees and other costs.

  • April 17, 2024

    Federal Judge Clarifies Claims Deadline For Preliminarily Approved Class Settlement

    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge in California issued an order clarifying the claims deadline for the submission of claims for purposes of a $23,997,500 settlement and notice plan that received preliminary approval in a putative class action alleging claims for unfair business practices, false advertising, fraud, deceit, misrepresentation and breach of the duty of good faith against travel insurers.

  • April 17, 2024

    Apple, Plaintiffs, App Makers Differ On Discovery Issues In IPhone Antitrust Suit

    SAN FRANCISCO — In a trio of discovery letter briefs filed in California federal court, Apple Inc., a class of consumers and a nonparty app developer bicker over the relevance of the plaintiffs’ discovery requests related to notification of the recently certified class and the merits of the class monopolization claims against Apple.

  • April 17, 2024

    New York Agrees To $17.5M Settlement In Religious Head Covering Removal Suit

    NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York issued an order in a class complaint by individuals who were forced to remove religious head coverings for post-arrest photos holding a partial summary judgment motion in abeyance in light of a proposed settlement under which New York City would pay $17.5 million.

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