Benefits of Class Action Lawsuits

Class action lawsuits are useful for groups of individuals who have suffered a loss due to a company’s harmful actions. By banding together instead of pursuing separate lawsuits, individuals who have suffered harm can consolidate their efforts and increase their chances of success. There are several significant benefits to class actions, compared to what plaintiffs […]

Florida and New York Classes Recommended for Certification in Gerber False Advertising Action

On February 20, 2019, Magistrate Judge Ramon E. Reyes, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, found that the proposed classes of New York and Florida consumers of Gerber Products Co.’s (“Gerber”) Good Start Gentle baby-formula satisfied their state law requirements, while proposed North Carolina and multistate classes […]

Risk Management Investor Class Action Against Credit Suisse Continues

On February 19, 2019, Judge Lorna G. Schofield, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, recently ruled that investors in Credit Suisse Group AG (“Credit Suisse”) sufficiently alleged that the bank concealed risk management issues in its fixed-income franchise before $1 billion in write-downs in 2016. The class, headed […]

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Fieldale Poultry Company To Settle Price-Fix Suit for $1.4 Million

On February 13, 2019, Judge Thomas Durkin, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, granted early approval to Georgia-based Fieldale Farms Corp. (“Fieldale”) for a $1.4 million settlement of claims from buyers of broiler chickens that allege the poultry company artificially drove up the price of its chickens for decades. […]

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Transamerica Faces 401(k) ERISA Class Action

On December 28, 2018, a proposed class of approximately 17,000 participants in the 401(k) Plan for Transamerica Corp. (“Transamerica”) sued the financial services company in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. The participants are accusing Transamerica of violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) by including six obviously underperforming […]

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FedEx Agrees to $2.1 Million Settlement in NY Underpayment Suit

On December 20, 2018, FedEx Corporation (“FedEx”) agreed to a $2.1 million settlement in a 2010 suit brought by the New York attorney general alleging that hundreds of FedEx workers were underpaid as a result of being misclassified as independent contractors. As independent contractors, approximately 500 delivery drivers were denied overtime pay and had illegal […]

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CareFirst Agrees to $3.6 Million Settlement of Breastfeeding Benefits Claims

On December 10, 2018, CareFirst Inc. (“CareFirst”) agreed to a $3.6 million uncapped settlement regarding claims that it violated the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) in failing to cover comprehensive breastfeeding and lactation counseling and support. Proposed class members will receive complete reimbursement for any cost-sharing CareFirst imposed on them, and CareFirst will also cover the […]

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Hyundai and Kia Face Engine Defect Class Action

A class action suit filed on December 14, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California alleged that Kia Motors Corp. (“Kia”) and Hyundai Motor Co. (“Hyundai”) knew and failed to warn customers about an engine defect that caused their vehicles to spontaneously combust. According to the complaint, Hyundai and […]

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Cheez-It “Whole Grain” Mislabeling Suit Revived

On December 11, 2018, a three-judge panel consisting of Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Pierre N. Leval, Robert D. Sack, and Christopher F. Droney vacated a 2017 decision dismissing a complaint alleging that the “whole grain” label on Cheez-It crackers was misleading. The suit was originally filed in 2016 as a class of all […]

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Hyundai Faces Class Action Suit Over Sonata Brake Defect

On December 5, 2018, plaintiffs Steve Miller, Rebecca McCormick, Darrell R. White, Karen Marshall, and Charlene Liddle (“Plaintiffs”) filed a motion to certify a proposed class in their action against Hyundai Motor America (“Hyundai” or “HMA”), alleging the auto manufacturer sold Sonata models with defective brakes. The proposed class consists of all consumers who bought […]