In the past, class actions were most prevalent in the United States and Canada. With class action and similar procedures spreading throughout the globe, it pays to track and learn from developments in the U.S. In the U.S., defendants have tried to defeat class actions by offering the class representative full value in settlement of that individual’s claim. A putative class action typically needs an adequate representative to proceed to class action status.» Read More
Facebook has settled a class action suit arising out of the display of sponsored advertisements using profile photos of Facebook users when the users’ friends accessed Facebook. The plaintiffs claimed that these sponsored ads, which resulted from their “liking” a brand on Facebook, violated their right of publicity.
The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a case that could have an enormous impact on business in the United States. In Wal-mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, Betty, et al., 10-277, plaintiffs seek to affirm certification of a “nationwide class action consisting of all current and former female employees of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., estimated at the time to comprise at least 1.5 million women.” Petition for a Writ of Certiorari, 2010 WL 3355820, *1 (U.S.» Read More