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Category: Class Action Basics

May 27, 2022 Andrew Parks Carter Scott Hazelgrove
Posted in  Ascertainability Case Updates Class Action Basics

A Review of Fourth Circuit Class-Action Opinions of the Past Year

As the calendar approaches the middle of the year, it is a good time to review the Fourth Circuit’s recent class-action decisions—and there have been a number of them. These opinions offer guidance on five key topics in class-action litigation, including numerosity, ascertainability, commonality, the rights and burdens of objectors, […]

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February 17, 2022 Jeffrey Steven McConnell Warren
Posted in  Ascertainability Class Action Basics

A Pandemic of Litigation: Prisons and COVID-19 Class Actions

Much like COVID-19 itself, a pandemic of class-action litigation has spread across this nation between two age-old foes: prisons, and their prisoners. Unlike most of the litigation arising from COVID-19 across the country, prisoners are taking a unique legal position: the failure of the government to take precautions against COVID-19 […]

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November 16, 2021 Joseph D. Hammond
Posted in  Class Action Basics

Swinging Blades, Tripwires, and Zombies, inter alia: the Adventurer’s Guide to Hidden Hazards in Class-Action Defense

Class-action litigation is rife with obvious hazards such as potentially huge exposure and unique procedural rules.  Class actions are also riddled with hidden traps:  lesser-known rules and evolving doctrines that can trip up the unsuspecting attorney.  We point out some traps so that you can leap over, run around, and/or […]

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