Seyfarth Synopsis: In our continuing video blog series on the finding of our 2021 Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, somewhat unexpectedly, the aggregate monetary value of workplace class action settlements increased in 2020, despite the global pandemic and its impacts on the economy and business operations. In the video below, Jerry Maatman shares his observations on the settlements across all
Continue Reading 5 Top Workplace Class Action Trends In 2021: Trend #3 Class Action Settlement Trends Video

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Seyfarth Synopsis: In our continuing series of discussion points from the 2021 Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, somewhat counter-intuitively, the aggregate monetary value of workplace class action settlements increased in 2020, as settlement numbers went up and plaintiffs’ lawyers and government enforcement actions monetarized their claims at higher rates. Many employers and commentators alike expected
Continue Reading 5 Key Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation: Trend #3 Class Action Settlement Trends

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

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a recent ruling out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Court assessed a petition for attorney’s fees filed in conjunction with the settlement of a 43-year old sex discrimination class action. After entering into the largest discrimination settlement in United
Continue Reading Petition For Additional Attorneys’ Fees Denied By D.C. Court In Largest Employment Discrimination Class Action Settlement In U.S. History

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Jennifer A. Riley, and Alex S. Oxyer

Seyfarth Synopsis: “Objector blackmail” occurs in the class settlement approval process when a few class members object to a proposed settlement and, after the district court has overruled their objections, pursue appeals with the goal of obtaining “side” settlement payments to dismiss the appeal.  In
Continue Reading The Seventh Circuit Provides District Courts Ammunition To Deal With “Objector Blackmail” In Proposed Class Settlements

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Thomas E. Ahlering and Alex. W. Karasik

Seyfarth Synopsis: Plaintiffs’ lawyers reached a landmark $550 million settlement in January 2020 in a lawsuit against Facebook by consumers in a class action brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (the “BIPA”) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. On


Continue Reading Plaintiffs Push For Preliminary Approval Of $550 Million Settlement In Facebook Privacy Class Action

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Thomas E. Ahlering, and Alex S. Oxyer

Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 29, 2020, Facebook announced that it had reached a settlement with plaintiffs in a class action brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (the “BIPA”) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The settlement represents one of the
Continue Reading “Untagging” From Photo Privacy Lawsuit: Facebook Settles Its Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Litigation For $550 Million

Seyfarth Synopsis: As measured by the top ten largest case resolutions in various workplace class action categories, overall settlement numbers increased slightly in 2019, but as compared to the last several years, it was one of the lowest overall yields for settlements after those values plummeted to their lowest level ever in 2018. After settlement numbers were at an all-time
Continue Reading 5 Key Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation In 2019: #4 Lower Class Action Settlement Numbers In 2019

Seyfarth Synopsis: Of the five major class action developments in 2018, the decline in class action settlement numbers may have been most the striking shift.  In fact, when compared to the 2017 numbers, the value of the top class action settlements in 2018 decreased by over $1 billion.  In today’s blog, our readers can see and hear Workplace Class Action
Continue Reading Seyfarth Shaw’s Jerry Maatman Presents On 2018 Class Action Trend 4: Lower Class Action Settlement Numbers

By: Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Julie G. Yap, and Phillip J. Ebsworth

Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 18, 2019, in Porath v. Logitech, Case No. 18-CV-3091 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 18, 2019), Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California rejected, for the second time, Defendant’s attempts to allow pre-certification discussions relating to
Continue Reading A Unique Approach to Class-wide Settlement?

By: Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. 

Seyfarth Synopsis: Yesterday’s blog posting gave our readers an in-depth look at class action settlement developments in 2018, the fourth trend of this year’s Workplace Class Action Report (“WCAR”).  In terms of the top ten largest settlement among substantive areas of class action litigation, the monetary value of major case resolutions plummeted in 2018. 
Continue Reading 5 Key Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation For 2018: Trend #4 Billion-Dollar Downturn Video