A recent decision by a Washington federal district court caught my eye because it involved a circumstance I often see—a new development in the law results in a class action lawsuit being filed before the defendant has an opportunity to change its practices in response to the change (or clarification) in the law. This decision

A common tactic by plaintiffs’ lawyers in filing class actions against insurance companies is to attempt to recover automatic statutory penalties which are small on each individual claim but, when aggregated, potentially impose a very large liability on the insurer.  An example of this type of suit is Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates, P.A. v. Allstate

The recent Sixth Circuit decision in Pipefitters Local 636 Insurance Fund v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 16624 (6th Cir. Aug. 12, 2011) makes some interesting points about superiority that I think are particularly significant, and have not seen in other class action decisions. 

The case involved whether certain