Topic Archives: Class Certification

April 29, 2016Class Action, Class Certification

California Court of Appeal Affirms Demurrer to Class Allegations Where Mobilehome Park Residents Lack Community of Interest

In Schermer v. Tatum, 245 Cal. App. 4th 912 (2016), the California Court of Appeal affirmed two important principles for class actions in California: (1) to have a community of interest, there must be a wrong that is truly common to all members, and (2) class certification can be defeated on demurrer. Applying these principles, the Schermer court dealt the defendants a resounding victory by holding that the trial court properly sustained the defendants’ demurrer to the class allegations without leave to amend. ...›

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No Tea Time for Class Action Plaintiffs: Class Certification Denied for Bigelow Green and Black Tea Drinkers

Northern District of California Judge William Orrick recently denied class certification in two food misbranding class actions challenging antioxidant claims for Bigelow green and black teas. Consistent with many courts in this District, Judge Orrick rejected plaintiffs’ damages model and found that they failed to establish an entitlement to injunctive relief. ...›

Washer

What’s That Smell?: Eleventh Circuit Vacates Class Certification for Failure to Show Classwide Exposure to Misrepresentations in Electrolux Moldy Washer Case

On March 21, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit vacated a district court’s decision to grant class certification to California and Texas consumers claiming that Electrolux washing machines have a design defect that makes them prone to staining clothes and leaving them with a moldy smell, finding plaintiffs failed to satisfy the predominance requirement. ...›

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Class Cert Denial Redux: Plaintiff’s “Manufactured” Standing Falls Short in Yakult Yogurt Action

A California federal district court recently denied a plaintiff’s second attempt to certify a class of Yakult consumers allegedly misled by Yakult’s packaging and advertising claims touting the health benefits of its yogurt, finding that the plaintiff’s attempt to “manufacture” standing once again fell short. ...›