Why the NFL Concussion Settlement Wasn’t Approved – and Why It Might Never Be

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Yesterday, Judge Anita Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who oversees the consolidated NFL concussion litigation, issued an order denying preliminary approval to the $760 million (not including class action or MDL attorney’s fees) settlement reached last fall and detailed in a filing earlier this month.

Theories of Liability in Privacy Class Actions – 2013 Year in Review

By | Data Privacy Monitor | January 14, 2014
Theories of Liability in Privacy Class Actions – 2013 Year in Review

One hot area of data privacy litigation over the past several years has been data breach class actions brought under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (“CMIA”),[1]  which provides that a person may recover $1,000 “nominal” damages against a healthcare provider who has negligently “released” the person’s medical information.

Supreme Court Holds That CAFA Doesn’t Let Defendants Remove State AG Actions to Federal Court

When state attorneys general file suits to seek monetary recoveries based on claimed injuries to private citizens, those lawsuits look like, walk like, and quack like class actions. In fact, in most of these so-called “parens patriae” cases, the same private plaintiffs’ lawyers that bring private class actions are retained to represent states in exchange for the potential to garner substantial attorneys’ fees.