Arbitration clauses in commercial and consumer contracts can be an effective tool for limiting the time and expense associated with litigation. However, parties always may decide to litigate, assuming neither party seeks to arbitrate. When one party engages in litigation conduct and only later moves to compel arbitration, the other party may argue that the
Third Circuit Clarifies Standards for Issue-Class Certification under FRCP 23(c)(4)
By Joseph A. Fischetti on
Posted in Class Action, Consumer Protection, Decisions, Noteworthy Cases
In a recent published decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit clarified the standards that district courts must apply when certifying discrete issues–rather than an entire action–for classwide adjudication under Rule 23(c)(4).
What Is Rule 23(c)(4)?
Rule 23(c)(4) is an obscure part of federal class action practice. It states, simply,…
Supreme Court Sharply Cuts Back TCPA Liability
By Naomi D. Barrowclough on
Posted in Class Action, Consumer Protection, Decisions, Noteworthy Cases, Regulatory, Trends
Today, the United States Supreme Court resolved a circuit split regarding what constitutes an “autodialer” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In a blow to the plaintiffs’ bar, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of defendant Facebook, establishing a narrower, nationwide standard for what type of dialing equipment constitutes an “autodialer.”
The TCPA prohibits…