On May 23, 2022, the Supreme Court ruled, in a decision that will potentially have wide ranging impact on the arbitration of potential class action disputes, that a party’s right to try to send a case to arbitration after first litigating does not depend on whether the delay prejudiced the other party. As a result, workers seeking to keep their cases out of arbitration no longer need to show prejudice when fighting a delayed arbitration bid. They only need to show that the employer waived its right to arbitration by engaging in conduct inconsistent with the […]
State Farm Policy Holders Granted Class Certification for Second Time in COVID-19 Insurance Recovery Class Action
On February 11, 2022, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted class certification for a second time to a statewide class of Virginia businesses in a potentially precedent setting COVID-19 insurance recovery class action. The class includes at least 111 Virginia businesses who submitted insurance claims for pandemic-related losses to their insurer, State Farm—and whose claims State Farm denied under its policy’s virus exclusion. The court’s ruling comes months after a Fourth Circuit panel reversed the trial court’s ruling and remanded the case, ruling that the trial court improperly granted class […]
On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL and multiple NFL teams, including the New York Giants, the Denver Broncos, and the Miami Dolphins, alleging racial discrimination in the hiring process of African American coaches and general managers. Although not directly relevant to his race discrimination claims, Flores also alleged that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered to pay him $100,000.00 per loss for each loss during the 2019 season. Flores’ lawsuit comes just weeks after the Dolphins controversially fired him, despite back-to-back winning seasons as […]
Georgetown University, along with 15 other private universities, are now defendants in an antitrust lawsuit recently filed in Illinois federal court regarding their financial aid calculations. The plaintiffs are five former students who attended some of the defendant universities and allege they engaged in price fixing and unfairly limited financial aid by utilizing a shared calculation method for applicants’ financial needs.
The defendants are private, national universities that are members of an organization titled the “568 Presidents Group.” The group’s name is derived from a section of federal law permitting collaboration among universities on financial aid formulas […]
2021 was a busy year in class actions. State and federal courts across the country grappled with thousands of different class action lawsuits ranging from consumer protection, to employment discrimination, to COVID-19-related cases.
Within this influx of class action lawsuits, there were key developments in class action law that affected these lawsuits in 2021 and may continue to have an impact in years to come. This article addresses just a handful of these developments.
I. Article III Standing in Class Action Lawsuits
On June 25, 2021, the Supreme Court issued what may be a landmark decision in TransUnion v. […]
On November 15, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear a case by a former Taco Bell employee, Robyn Morgan, regarding her former employer’s right to compel arbitration in her wage and hour case. Morgan’s claims stem from her allegation that her former employer and Taco Bell franchisee, Sundance, Inc., failed to pay her time-and-a-half for overtime. Specifically, Morgan alleges that Sundance recorded her worktime across multiple weeks to keep her time under forty hours per week. Sundance answered Morgan’s Complaint and litigated the case for eight months. It then moved to compel arbitration […]
On August 19, 2021, in a first-of-its-kind ruling, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted class certification to a statewide class of Virginia businesses in a COVID-19 insurance recovery class action. The Court granted class certification to a class of at least 111 Virginia businesses that, between March 23 and June 20, 2020, submitted insurance claims to State Farm for pandemic-related business losses. The losses stemmed from the COVID-19 restrictions put in place in Virginia that required many recreational businesses to close—and then only permitted them to reopen at limited capacity […]
On June 21, 2021, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of college athletes in their dispute with the NCAA over caps on certain education-related benefits. In a 9-0 decision, the Court affirmed the ruling of the Ninth Circuit that the NCAA’s restrictions on certain education-related benefits to college athletes violates anti-trust laws. Although college athletes will not receive salaries tied to their participation in athletics, they will be able to receive compensation for education-related activities and expenses—like internships, computers, and study abroad programs.
While the NCAA has defended its caps on education-related benefits as necessary to preserve […]
After over a year, it appears there is finally light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. With over 85 million Americans fully vaccinated and millions more being vaccinated each month, a semblance of normalcy is slowly beginning to return. As a result, colleges and universities are forming plans for students to safely return to campus for something resembling a normal school year in the fall of 2021. Key for many institutions is a requirement that returning students be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Georgetown University, Brown University, and the University of Notre Dame, just to name […]
Since releasing our most recent podcast episode, athletic events and concert venues have been slowly reopening at different capacities depending on the state, but what kinds of claims are arising out of these reopenings?
Carr Maloney attorneys Matthew D. Berkowitz, Brian O’Shea, and Samantha Lewis sit down to discuss possible causations of these class action claims and how to form an argument around the defense.
Listen along to Carr Maloney’s most recent COVID-cast episode below:
On December 16, 2020, the Supreme Court granted cert. to hear TransUnion v. Ramirez, a Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) class action suit that presents the question as to “whether either Article III (of the Constitution) or Rule 23 (of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure) permits a damages class action where the vast majority of the class suffered no actual injury, let alone an injury anything like what the class representative suffered.”
In Ramirez, Ramirez was refused the purchase of a car by a dealership when his credit report incorrectly indicated that his name appeared on […]
College sports have not been immune to the repercussions of COVID-19 and therefore we are seeing a rise of class action lawsuits across the country that many universities will have to address in these coming months. Many claims have been from players themselves with lack of PPE equipment and exposure to the virus, but is there a way to safely play a contact sport with proper precautions to prevent a viral outbreak, and by playing are you assuming the risk of injury?
Listen along as attorneys Matthew D. Berkowitz, Samantha Lewis, and Brian O’Shea tackle potential class […]