Tag Archives: Eighth Circuit

Cy Pres Distributions in Class Action Settlements Addressed By Eighth Circuit

Over the last several years, federal courts of appeals have been closely scrutinizing cy pres distributions to charitable organizations in class action settlements. This includes opinions by the First Circuit, Third Circuit and Ninth Circuit. The general thrust of these decisions is that cy pres should be used sparingly, and the charitable organization should be … Continue Reading

Medpay and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Class Action: Eighth Circuit Reverses Class Certification, Stressing That All Class Members Must Have Standing

The Eighth Circuit recently addressed class certification in an insurance class action involving medpay and personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.  The case involved the use of third-party bill reviewers and the application of a guideline comparing charges for medical services to the 80th percentile of such charges in the geographic area.  The court applied the … Continue Reading

Stipulations Regarding Amount in Controversy Under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA): Eighth Circuit Upholds Stipulations

A February 2, 2012 decision by the Eighth Circuit upheld the use of stipulations by the named plaintiff and plaintiff’s counsel attempting to limit the amount in controversy to below the $5 million threshold for federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA).  This is the first court of appeals opinion squarely addressing this … Continue Reading