Class Action MDL Roundup Winter 2019

Class Action & MDL Roundup: Winter 2019

Welcome back to the Class Action & MDL Roundup! This year has begun with cases all over the map, from California to Florida to Massachusetts.

The West Coast features overbearing manufacturers, allegedly underpaid lenders, and anonymous social media users who were all left wanting by the courts. Plaintiffs had better luck with a food labeling claim that left 0g to the imagination, a noble crusade against hidden surcharges, and the idea that measuring stock twice is better than cutting it once.

The Midwest was the venue for privacy issues for Google’s face recognition system and for a health system’s data breach. Both companies looked to Spokeo for their defense. Federal courts in Florida decided cases in antitrust, banking, and securities, including cases involving undisclosed commissions and unauthorized processing fees.

There was no bias among the East Coast courts as they doled out victories to both plaintiffs and defendants. Cases included a question of FDCPA validation notices, a plaintiff whose research contradicted his own claims, and violations of the Securities Act.

We wrap up the Roundup with a summary of class action settlements finalized in the first quarter.

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