Asbestos personal injury litigation in New Jersey has been centralized in Middlesex County for many years, and since September 2012, all such cases have been assigned to Judge Vincent LeBlon.
In Mississippi v. AU Optronics, the United States Supreme Court recently held that consumer actions filed in state court by an attorney general on behalf of the state’s citizens cannot be removed to federal court as “mass actions” under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”).
Every lawsuit needs a plaintiff. Class actions, however, also require that the plaintiff be able to properly represent the class in order to obtain certification and proceed to trial.
Professor Suja Thomas (of Oddball Cases fame) has jumped into the debate over proportionality in discovery with a post over at Prawfsblawg. The debate, prompted by the upcoming amendments to FRCP 26, asks whether a party should be able to withhold discovery on the grounds that it is disproportionate to the needs (and the amount in controversy) of a given case.
In a securities class action decision released today, Justice Perell addressed several important issues relating to of the test for leave under Part XXIII.1 of the Ontario Securities Act and the certification of common law misrepresentation claims.