An Illinois federal judge recently certified a class of consumers who allege that Sturm Foods and its parent company Treehouse Foods Inc. marketed their Grove Square Coffee pods for use in Keurig Inc. brewers—and designed them to mimic Keurig’s “K-Cups” that yield fresh coffee—but hid the fact that they were 95% instant coffee by using the terms “soluble and microground” on the package labels.
Judge Robreno has done a heroic job of resolving the “elephantine mass” of asbestos litigation stuck in the federal system (MDL 875) but his attempt to resolve an ancient Greek paradox came up short.
I’ve been following closely a series of class actions around the country alleging that, in calculating the “actual cash value” of property damage under a homeowners or commercial property insurance policy, insurance companies should not be applying depreciation to the labor component of the replacement cost of a damaged structure.
Removal Untimely Where State Court Pleading Acknowledges Grounds for Removability Previously Ascertained
A district court in Massachusetts remanded a case to state court finding that a delay in filing a notice of removal unjustifiable when the complaint, the defendants’ prior filings, and underlying circumstances provided defendants with sufficient grounds to timely ascertain their basis for removal.
The B.C. Court of Appeal increasingly stands alone in refusing to limit the scope of discovery in class actions to the common issues.
Another Watershed Moment for Class Actions? SCOTUS to Address Limits On Statistical Proof in Class and Collective Actions
In a case that is certain to provide an important sequel to the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes and Comcast Corp. v. Behrend decisions, the Supreme Court will hear argument next week on Tyson Foods Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, to address (1) the use of statistical averaging in class actions to prove liability and damages, and (2) whether courts may certify a class that includes individuals with no injury.
From Juicy Grapes to Wrinkled Raisins – Solutions for 4 Types of Facts That Can Lead to Sticky Situations
Whenever you see flies or insects in a still life- a wilted petal, a black spot on the apple- the painter is giving you a secret message.
In a recent order in Medici, et al. v. City of Chicago, Case No. 15 C 5891, 2015 WL 6501153 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 27, 2015), Judge Charles P. Kocoras of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a class action brought by three City of Chicago police officers who alleged that a new Chicago Police Department policy requiring on-duty officers to cover personal tattoos violated the officers’ First Amendment rights.