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3rd Cir. Clarifies Procedure for ‘Hybrid Wage-and-Hour’ Aggregate Litigation

In a “hybrid wage-and-hour” action brought by mortgage loan officers (MLOs), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently:  1) reiterated its prior holding that “an FLSA opt-in collective action is not, by its nature, incompatible with a parallel state law Rule 23 opt-out class action”, and 2) held that the trial court should not have required a trial in the FLSA opt-in collective action before deciding Rule 23 class certification on the parallel state-law claims.

9th Cir. Holds McGill Rule Did Not Bar Arbitration, Rejects Recent Contrary State Appellate Court Rulings

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently reversed a trial court's denial of a motion to compel arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) in a putative class action involving privacy and data-collection practices laws.

Maryland High Court Holds Property Inspection Fees Limited for Mortgage Lenders, Servicers, Assignees

The Maryland Court of Appeals – the state’s highest court – recently reversed a trial court’s dismissal of a putative class action alleging that a mortgage servicer and loan owner violated the Maryland Usury Law and Maryland Consumer Debt Collection Act by charging property inspection fees in connection with residential mortgage loans.

8th Cir. Affirms Denial of Class Cert in UDAP Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed a trial court's denial of class certification, concluding that (1) the plaintiffs' nationwide class action complaint alleged violations of the Minnesota Consumer Fraud Act, and thus rebuttal evidence was permitted; (2) the defendant company had evidence challenging the extent to which each plaintiff allegedly relied on the alleged omissions; and (3) individualized findings on reliance were therefore required, which would likely lead to multiple mini-trials within the class action.

Supreme Court Substantially Restricts Ability to Sue in Federal Court for FCRA, FDCPA, TCPA and Other Statutory Violations – Same Class Actions Now Difficult to Certify

On June 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States held that a plaintiff must suffer a concrete injury resulting from a defendant’s statutory violation to have Article III standing to pursue damages from that defendant in federal court. The Court also held that plaintiffs in a class action must prove that every class member has standing for each claim asserted and for each form of relief sought.

11th Cir. Holds ‘Invasion of Privacy’ Exclusion Barred Coverage for TCPA Class Action Settlement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s ruling that, under Florida law, a policy exclusion that barred coverage for claims arising out of an invasion of privacy also unambiguously excluded coverage for claims alleging violations of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, when the complaint specifically mentioned invasions of privacy.