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Category: Class Action Basics

October 31, 2022 Eric Cunningham
Posted in  Ascertainability Class Action Basics

A Chance at Redemption? Fourth Circuit’s Reversal of Summary Judgment in Bellon May Bring Fail-Safe Issue to the Fore

             Earlier this year, in Bellon v. The PPG Employee Life & Other Benefits Plan, 41 F.4th 244 (4th Cir. 2022), the Fourth Circuit remanded a decision from the Northern District of West Virginia addressing whether a class of retirees and their spouses may recover […]

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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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