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The ABCs of Class Actions

How To Prosecute a Class Action Lawsuit, from Case Selection to Final Approval

Presented at the National Consumer Law Center’s 24th Annual Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, November 12–15, 2015
  • Advantages: Class action procedure allows you to get relief for large numbers of consumers who might never have brought suit individually. Class-wide injunctive relief can also change business practices for the benefit of consumers.
  • Challenges: Class actions are time consuming and expensive to litigate. They require
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Honda

Honda Brake Class Action

Judge Kimberly J. Mueller of the Eastern District of California approved a settlement of a class action lawsuit on behalf of a nationwide class of owners and lessees of 2006–2011 Honda Civics  with rear drum brakes. Plaintiffs Stacie Zakskorn, Javier Hidalgo, and Rachelle Schreiber alleged that these vehicles had a defective braking system, causing the front brake pads to wear prematurely. Because of the defect, the brake pads required replacement approximately every 7,500 to 15,000 …

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Transport Workers Union

Fair Representation Claims Against TWU

Caddell & Chapman represented current and former workers at American Airlines who were members of the Transport Workers Union (“TWU”) and accepted early separation offers in connection with American’s bankruptcy. TWU decided not to distribute any share of American equity that it received on behalf of its members in connection with the bankruptcy to those members who had accepted early separation. Plaintiffs alleged that their exclusion from any share in the equity was arbitrary, discriminatory, …

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Caddell & Chapman represents plaintiffs nationwide in class action lawsuits and other complex litigation.

Eleventh Circuit Rejects “Picking Off” Tactic

What’s a corporate defendant to do when a class-action consumer plaintiff has it dead to rights? When a complaint clearly shows that the consumer has a valid claim and that thousands of others are in the same situation?

One strategy is to make an offer of settlement to the class representative. If the class representative accepts, his or her claim will be moot, and someone else will have to represent the class. Since most people …

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