Topic Archives: Class Certification

Ninth Circuit’s En Banc Hyundai Decision: Less Strict Standard For Settlement Classes

On June 7, 2019, an en banc Ninth Circuit panel affirmed certification of a nationwide settlement class and held, 8-3, that class certification criteria are applied less strictly in a settlement context.[1]  Hyundai II preserves the ability to certify nationwide settlement classes while maintaining more demanding requirements for litigation classes.  As noted in our earlier ...›

Lead Plaintiff Spreads Her Misleading Butter Case a Little Too Thin

In April, a New York federal court denied certification for a purported class alleging that Johnson & Johnson misled customers by placing the words “no trans fat” on labels for its Benecol buttery spreads. See Bowling v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., 1:17-cv-03892, S.D.N.Y. 2017. The court’s order focused on issues highly specific to the ...›

Mixed Results on Class Certification for “Cereal” Plaintiff

In Hadley v. Kellogg Sales Company, Plaintiff Stephen Hadley, who has filed at least two additional lawsuits alleging the mislabeling of breakfast foods, sought certification of four California subclasses of purchasers of Kellogg’s cereal and cereal bar products.  On August 17, 2018, Judge Koh issued an order that carefully dissected Plaintiff’s request.  The court concluded ...›

Time Is Money: Time Spent Resolving Issues Arising from Data Breaches Enough to Plead Standing and Damages

Another court has allowed individuals to move past the preliminary stages of litigation by finding that “lost time” and the “time value of money” are injuries. Building on its prior rulings allowing data breach cases to jump over standing hurdles, on April 11, 2018, in Dieffenbach v. Barnes & Noble, Inc., No. 17-2408 (7th Cir. 2018), ...›

January 9, 2018Class Action, Class Certification

California Class Actions: 2018 Update

In our California Class Actions 2018 Update, we have outlined several key cases and trends that define the current class actions landscape. From “litigation tourism” to new definitions for unfair and fraudulent, we provide a rundown on the most-watched and influential recent cases. Please click here to open the California Class Actions 2018 Update. ...›

Court Declines to Certify Class in False Advertising Case Without Survey Evidence of a Common Consumer Definition

On June 7, 2017, a Central District Court of California declined to certify a class of consumers who alleged that 5-Hour Energy’s marketing of an energy drink was misleading, finding that individual factual questions regarding the effect of 5-Hour Energy’s advertising statements on consumers predominated over questions common to all plaintiffs.  In re 5-Hour Energy ...›

Ninth Circuit Revives Gerber Baby Food Class Action

Bruton v. Gerber, No. 15-15174.  The district court had dismissed Plaintiff’s unjust enrichment claim, denied class certification for lack of an “ascertainable class,” and granted summary judgment to Gerber because Plaintiff lacked evidence of deception.  The Ninth Circuit reversed the rulings and remanded the case. Background of the Case.  Plaintiff alleged that the labels on ...›

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Speaking Engagement: False Advertising Class Actions – Practitioner’s Guide to Class Certification, Damages and Trial

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm, Morrison & Foerster partner Purvi Patel will be presenting at The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) CLE program “False Advertising Class Actions – Practitioner’s Guide to Class Certification, Damages and Trial.” Ms. Patel and her fellow panelists will discuss new developments and tips regarding prosecuting, defending ...›