Class actions

Amended US Federal Rules of Civil Procedure narrow availability of civil discovery and sanctions

Important changes to the US Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), which govern the conduct of civil proceedings (including product liability cases) in US federal district court, will take effect on 1 December 2015 (absent US Congressional action, which appears unlikely). … Continue reading

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FDA Empowers Plaintiffs’ Bar with Trans-Fat Ban

Following almost two years of deliberation, and notwithstanding a nearly 80 percent drop in the consumption of trans fats over the past decade (due in part to industry’s movement away from the use of partially hydrogenated oils), the FDA has … Continue reading

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Lawyers, Partially Hydrogenated Oils, and Money

Lawyers for class-action plaintiffs in the US often “piggyback” on the work of government regulators and prosecutors — swooping in to file class actions against the recipients of FDA warning letters or the targets of government enforcement proceedings. In some … Continue reading

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US Supreme Court weighing proposals to curtail scope, burden and uncertainty of discovery in US Federal Court

Joe Falcone has published an article in Financier Worldwide addressing proposed amendments to the US Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which rules govern civil cases (including product liability cases) in US federal court. If adopted, these amendments should narrow significantly … Continue reading

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Supreme Court To Revisit Fraud-on-the-Market Basis for Class Certification

On 5 March, 2014, the Supreme Court will hear argument in a suit that has the potential to alter significantly the landscape of class action litigation in the United States.  The case, an alleged class action based on securities fraud, … Continue reading

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