The Fifth Circuit recently upheld certification of a Rule 23(b)(2) class where the plaintiffs sought only injunctive relief, and the court squarely rejected a rule against “fail-safe” class definitions that other circuits have adopted.  Although this case involved relatively unique issues, this decision is significant in that it is a relatively plaintiff-friendly decision from a

Two recent California federal court decisions have held that insureds’ loss of “peace of mind” when life insurance policies lapse constitutes irreparable harm sufficient to warrant granting a preliminary injunction where the other requirements for a preliminary injunction are found to be satisfied.  In an April 26, 2012 blog post, I wrote about Yue

Preliminary injunctions in insurance class actions are relatively rare, which is why the recent decision granting such an injunction in Yue v. Conseco Life Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46565 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 2, 2012), caught my attention.  The case involves life insurance products sold by Conseco Life that apparently became a particularly

When a federal court grants preliminary approval to a proposed class action settlement, can it enjoin parallel state court proceedings while the notice and final approval process take place?  Judge Fallon of the Eastern District of Louisiana recently found such an injunction appropriate in In re Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation, 2011 U.S. Dist.

The Supreme Court failed to take the opportunity to resolve the pressing problem of relitigation in class actions, but suggested some potential solutions.  On June 16, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Smith v. Bayer Corp., addressing whether a federal court, after denying class certification, can enjoin a state court from adjudicating a

Can a court certify a class action to decide an insurance coverage issue, and then issue an injunction requiring an insurer to apply the court’s ruling to claims of class members?  A recent Third Circuit opinion danced around that question, without directly taking it on, holding only that the district court could not issue that