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Tag Archives: Class Action

WDVA: Class jurisdiction extended to non-resident claims (access required)

A recent U.S. Supreme Court case did not require dismissal of putative class claims that might arise from illegal prerecorded calls to class members outside Virginia. While that approach may be logical in the mass-tort context, it is unnecessary in ...

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4th Cir.: Plaintiffs exhausted chances to cure deficient complaints (access required)

Protracted litigation repeatedly put consumer-plaintiffs on notice that their complaints failed to meet Rule 8 pleading standards, but they never amended their complaints during this time despite having leave to do so. Thus, the district court did not err in ...

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EDVA: Transfer to venue of company HQ was warranted (access required)

Although the plaintiff’s choice of venue would ordinarily be entitled to great weight, several factors tipped the balance in favor of transfer to California, including the location of the defendant company’s headquarters, the location of key witnesses, and the small ...

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4th Cir.: Vets’ tort claims against contractor not justiciable (access required)

Waste and water management systems in Iraq and Afghanistan were operationally controlled by the military, not its contractor. Thus, mass tort claims for harms caused by the contractors’ alleged environmental mismanagement were barred by the political question doctrine. Background As ...

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EDVA: Age discrimination suit proceeds as class action (access required)

An ADEA class was conditionally certified in a suit asserting that a school system declined to rehire older employees for IT positions. Background Plaintiff Joseph Andreana has been employed with Defendant Virginia Beach City Public Schools for over 28 years, ...

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EDVA: Age discrimination suit proceeds as class action (access required)

An ADEA class was conditionally certified in a suit asserting that a school system declined to rehire older employees for IT positions. Background Plaintiff Joseph Andreana has been employed with Defendant Virginia Beach City Public Schools for over 28 years, ...

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4th Cir.: No appellate jurisdiction after voluntary dismissal (access required)

The court lacked authority to review, on the plaintiff’s appeal, a dismissal order that simply granted a putative class-action plaintiff’s request for voluntary dismissal. Background Appellant Erin Keena purchased a voucher from Appellee Groupon Inc. In the course of the ...

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EDVA: FLSA plaintiffs win nearly $700,000 in fees, costs (access required)

After approving a settlement of $285,000 for the Plaintiffs’ wage claims, a federal court also awarded about 80 percent of their requested fees, noting that the Defendant fought every issue “to its last breath.” Background This is a Fair Labor ...

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Class action brought for alleged Fair Credit reporting violations (access required)

The plaintiff claimed that the defendant violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., in connection with preparing background reports. Specifically, plaintiffs contended that the defendant website violated the FCRA by (1) reporting criminal records to ...

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