sdal.bmpBy Rebecca Bjork and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

A new Rule 23 decision caught our eye this week – the ruling in July v. Board of School Commissioners, No. 11-CV-0539, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74500 (S.D. Ala. May 28, 2013). This decision to deny class certification matters because it shows how plaintiffs’ continuing attempts to use (abuse?) the rule

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WCA2011.jpgSeyfarth Shaw’s 2011 Workplace Class Action Report is coming soon! The report is the sole compendium in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to workplace class action litigation. Our loyal readers can expect to receive their copy in several weeks, with rulings and case law developments reviewed and analyzed through December 31, 2010.

To say the least, 2010 was a significant year

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Co-authored by Rebecca Bjork and Brandon L. Spurlock

The Federal Judicial Center recently released new recommended class action notice forms – including a notice checklist and a plain language guide – to help attorneys and judges create more effective notices and notice plans for Rule 23 certification orders.  View Notice Checklist and Plain Language Guide.

The checklist provides overall guidance

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Co-authored by Dana Howells and Brandon L. Spurlock

Like all federal courts, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has promulgated Local Rules  that have the force of law to the extent they do not contravene the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Local Rules need to be taken seriously, including Local Rule 23-3’s requirement that a

Continue Reading Local Rules “Rule” in Procedural Defeat for FLSA Class Action