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On the Case Podcast: Episode Seven

The trillion-dollar question: Can private lawyers hold drug companies accountable for the opioid epidemic?

Cities, states and counties across the country have hired private lawyers to sue the pharmaceutical companies that they blame for the addiction crisis that has cost tens of thousands of lives – and billions of dollars. One of the leaders of the private litigation, Paul Hanly, discusses why he thinks it’s okay for lawyers with a profit motive to step in when governments can’t otherwise afford to hold defendants accountable.  Listen 

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Oracle board committee must turn over documents to shareholder lawyers - Delaware judge

In a ruling issued Wednesday night, Vice-Chancellor Samuel Glasscock of Delaware Chancery Court had some linguistic fun with the novelty of a derivative case he’s overseeing. The case alleges that Oracle directors breached their duties when they approved the acquisition of NetSuite, a company controlled by Oracle chair Larry Ellison, at a huge premium over NetSuite’s trading price. Oracle board members contend there was nothing improper about the NetSuite deal and have called the bre

Oracle board committee must turn over documents to shareholders' lawyers - Dela. judge

In a ruling issued Wednesday night, Vice-Chancellor Samuel Glasscock of Delaware Chancery Court had some linguistic fun with the novelty of a derivative case he’s overseeing. The case alleges that Oracle directors breached their duties when they approved the acquisition of NetSuite, a company controlled by Oracle chair Larry Ellison, at a huge premium over NetSuite’s trading price. Oracle board members contend there was nothing improper about the NetSuite deal and have called the bre

Oracle board committee must turn over documents to shareholders' lawyers - Dela. judge

In a ruling issued Wednesday night, Vice-Chancellor Samuel Glasscock of Delaware Chancery Court had some linguistic fun with the novelty of a derivative case he’s overseeing. The case alleges that Oracle directors breached their duties when they approved the acquisition of NetSuite, a company controlled by Oracle chair Larry Ellison, at a huge premium over NetSuite’s trading price. Oracle board members contend there was nothing improper about the NetSuite deal and have called the breach of duty

How to pick lead counsel, Judge Alsup-style

When it comes to presiding over class actions, U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco has some unusual practices. You probably remember the furor over the judge’s rule prohibiting defendants from discussing settlement with plaintiffs lawyers until the class had been certified. In September, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a mandamus challenge (784 Fed.Appx. 514) to the judge’s gag rule, although the appeals court signaled discomfort with the blanket prohibi

Mass arbitration ethics: Can one firm protect the interests of tens of thousands of clients?

I’ve been proselytizing quite a bit of late about mass arbitration as a way of restoring leverage to workers (and, potentially, consumers) forced to accede to mandatory arbitration contracts in which they waive the right to sue or arbitrate as a class. Everyone knows that it doesn’t make economic sense for a plaintiffs’ firm to represent a single worker demanding to arbitrate a $100, or even $1,000, wage-and-hour claim. But if you represent 1,000 or 5,000 or 10,000 workers with very

After Postmates again balks at arbitration fees, workers seek contempt order

Lawyers representing more than 5,200 Postmates couriers who have filed individual demands for arbitration of their wage-and-hour claims against the food and grocery delivery company filed a contempt motion last week in Oakland federal court, arguing that Postmates is defying an Oct. 22 order compelling the company to arbitrate workers' claims.

37 state AGs accuse CenturyLink of ‘weaponizing’ class settlement to evade AG suit

In these hyper-partisan times, any newly-filed brief that includes signatures from the Attorneys General of 36 states and the District of Columbia is worthy of attention – especially when the AGs have joined forces to argue that a defendant is attempting to evade a state enforcement action by settling a private class action on the cheap.

More than 900 Equifax class members have filed objections to settlement - Class Action Inc

More than 900 people whose personal information was compromised in a 2017 data breach at the credit reporting agency Equifax have filed objections to the company’s proposed $700 million class action settlement, according to Reuben Metcalfe of Class Action Inc, who organized an Internet campaign to make it easier for Equifax class members to object to the deal.

1st Circuit: ‘Quasi-cross examination’ not required in private colleges’ sex assault probes

There’s a vigorous debate under way in state and federal appellate courts about how colleges and universities ought to conduct investigations of alleged sexual misconduct. As schools have adopted protocols to protect alleged victims, defendants have asserted that they must have a right to probe their accusers’ accounts.

DoorDash accused of changing driver rules to block mass arbitration campaign

The plaintiffs' firm Keller Lenkner moved this week for temporary restraining orders in state and federal court against the delivery service DoorDash, arguing that the company is improperly requiring drivers who have sought arbitration to agree to new contracts with overly burdensome restrictions.

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