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Ninth Circuit Opinion Suggests Potential Tool To Oppose Certification Of Successive Class Or Collective Actions

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By Christopher M. Cascino and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

In Baker v. Microsoft Corp., No. 12-35946, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 4317 (9th Cir. Mar. 18, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit considered whether to adopt a rule creating a principle of comity between different federal district courts under which denial of class certification in one district … Continue Reading

“Law of the Case” Sinks Class Certification Of Systemic Gender Discrimination Claims

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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Gina R. Merrill

In 2010, three women filed a class action suit against Goldman Sachs accusing it of gender bias and a “corporate culture” that allegedly favored men over women in determining pay and promotions.  After protracted battles over whether Goldman could compel individual arbitration and then over the scope of discovery, the issue … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Overturns Rule 23 Class Certification As Individual Inquiries “Overwhelm” Class Issues

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By Gerald L. Maatman Jr. and Howard M. Wexler

On March 4, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a District Court’s decision to certify a class action against Nextel Communications, Inc. (“Nextel”) in Johnson, et al v. Nextel Communications, Inc., et. al., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 3470 (2d Cir. Mar. 4, 2015), which we previously … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Denies Petition To Appeal Class Certification In A Purported $1.7 Billion Compensation Suppression Antitrust Case

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By Timothy F. Haley

The U.S. Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit recently rejected the Defendant’s petition in In Re VHS of Michigan, Inc., dba Detroit Medical Center, No. 14-0107, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 1816 (6th Cir. Feb. 3, 2015), to appeal the order to certify a class estimated to exceed 20,000 registered nurses in a compensation suppression … Continue Reading

Court Denies Class Certification In Race Discrimination Case Against The Fed

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By Rebecca S. Bjork and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

After Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), class action litigants are re-booting their theories in employment discrimination class actions. The stakes are high and the legal theories are novel in these workplace class actions, especially when an employer’s decision-making processes – either objective, subjective, or both – … Continue Reading

Michigan Court Of Appeals Affirms Certification Of Class Of Male Corrections Officers Alleging Reverse Discrimination

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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., and Alexis P. Robertson

On August 19, 2014, in Nowacki v. Department of Corrections, Case No. 315969  (Mich. Ct. App. Aug. 19, 2014), the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the certification of a class of male corrections officers alleging that certain policies enacted at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility, the defendant’s only facility … Continue Reading

Fourth Circuit Denies As Untimely A Request To Review A Decision On A Motion To Decertify A Class In Light Of Comcast v. Behrend

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By Rebecca Bjork and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

On July 25, 2014, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit refused to accept a Rule 23(f) interlocutory appeal in a case where an employer had asked the district court to decertify a hostile work environment class in light of Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013).  In Nucor v. … Continue Reading

Despite Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes, Court Certifies Hostile Work Environment Class Of Current And Former African-American Employees

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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., and Alexis P. Robertson

On July 5, 2014, Judge Matthew F. Kennelly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois certified a class of current and former African-American employees alleging claims of racial discrimination against Comcast, Inc.  In Brand v. Comcast, Case No. 11 C 8471 (N.D. Ill. July 5, 2014), … Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Marginalizes Comcast And Rules That “Common Damage” Is Not Required For Class Certification In Products Cases

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By  Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Jennifer A. Riley

On July 2, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Seventh Circuit entered its opinion in IKO Roofing Shingle Products Liability Litigation, No. 14-1532 (7th Cir. July 2, 2014), and vacated a district court’s decision denying class certification.

A Seventh Circuit panel of Judges Wood, Easterbrook, and … Continue Reading