This discussion looks to the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Fulton Dental, LLC v. Bisco, Inc., which rejected a defendant’s attempt to use Rule 67 to deposit funds with the court’s registry as a way to force a putative class representative to involuntarily settle its claim. Fulton Dental builds on the Supreme Court’s decision, last year, in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, which held that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment could not moot a plaintiff’s claims.
Short-Sighted Invocation of Spokeo v. Robins May Lead to Exclusive Jurisdiction for Statutory Claims in State Courts
Before you hop on the Spokeo v. Robins bandwagon, be warned that what looks like a victory may actually be laying the groundwork for a plaintiff revolution in state courts.
7th Circuit: Impact of Defendant’s Exposure on Rule 23(f) Class Cert Appeal & Novel Issues of the TCPA
This week’s discussion focuses on a decision out of the Seventh Circuit by noted jurist Hon. Richard Posner that examines the impact of the magnitude of a defendant’s liability on the determination of whether to exercise Rule 23(f) to permit an interlocutory appeal of class certification. The case also discusses numerous novel issues of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
This week’s post takes a look at the Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Addison Automatics, Inc. v. Hartford Casualty. Ins. Co. that sheds some light on the boundaries of the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), but does so by utilizing a mechanism that left your author questioning the wisdom of the specific procedural result.