Tag Archives: Fifth Circuit

Offers of Judgment in Class Actions: Fifth and Seventh Circuits Weigh In

As highlighted in my June 16 blog post, the Supreme Court has granted certiorari, in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857 (SCOTUSblog page), to decide whether an offer of complete relief to a named plaintiff renders a putative class action moot. Notwithstanding that the Supreme Court is about to decide this question (with oral argument … Continue Reading

Title Insurance Class Action: Fifth Circuit Illustrates Analysis of Proposed Common Questions Under Wal-Mart v. Dukes

In a title insurance class action, the Fifth Circuit recently illustrated one method of applying the Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes:  Analyze separately each question that the named plaintiffs propose as a  common question of law or fact.  Determine whether it is actually a proper question that a judge would decide as a … Continue Reading

Class Certification After Wal-Mart v. Dukes: Fifth Circuit Instructs District Courts How To Apply Wal-Mart

How is a district court supposed to apply the Supreme Court’s opinion in Wal-Mart v. Dukes?  Dive deeply into the specifics of the plaintiff’s causes of action, the defendant’s defenses and the relevant facts.  A more general, broad brush analysis will not do.  That was the message delivered by the Fifth Circuit fairly strongly in … Continue Reading
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