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First Quarter 2021 Update on Class Actions

Gibson Dunn lawyers provides an overview and summary of key class action developments during the first quarter of 2021.

Client Alert | April 28, 2021

Year-End and Fourth Quarter 2020 Update on Class Actions

Gibson Dunn's year-end 2020 report provides an update on the application of Article III in class and other complex litigation.

Client Alert | January 22, 2021

Third Quarter 2020 Update on Class Actions

This update provides an overview and summary of key class action developments during the third quarter of 2020 (July through September).

Client Alert | November 10, 2020

Daily Journal Names Theane Evangelis and Carrie LeRoy Among 2020 Top Women Lawyers in California

The Daily Journal named Los Angeles partner Theane Evangelis and Palo Alto partner Carrie LeRoy to its 2020 list of Top Women Lawyers. The profiles were published on November 4, 2020.

Firm News | November 5, 2020

Numerosity Analysis Fix Can Improve Class Cert. Decisions

Dallas associate Bennett Rawicki is the author of "Numerosity Analysis Fix Can Improve Class Cert. Decisions," [PDF] published by Law360 on July 28, 2020.

Publications | July 28, 2020

Second Quarter 2020 Update on Class Actions

This update provides an overview and summary of key class action developments during the second quarter of 2020 (April through June). 

Client Alert | July 24, 2020

Best Lawyers in Germany 2021 Recognizes 19 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

Best Lawyers in Germany 2021 has recognized 19 Gibson Dunn attorneys as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas. Frankfurt attorneys recognized include: Alexander Klein – Banking and Finance Law; Jens-Olrik Murach – Competition/Antitrust Law, and Litigation; Dirk Oberbracht – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Private Equity Law; Wilhelm Reinhardt – Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Sebastian Schoon – Banking and Finance Law; and Finn Zeidler – Arbitration and Mediation, Criminal Defense, and Litigation.

Firm News | June 26, 2020

9th Circ. Unequal Class Cert. Appeal Treatment Is Problematic

Los Angeles partner Bradley Hamburger, Los Angeles associate Lauren Blas and Washington, D.C. associate Kelley Pettus are the authors of "9th Circ. Unequal Class Cert.

Publications | June 23, 2020

Supreme Court Holds That ERISA Defined-Benefit Pension Plan Participants Do Not Have Article III Standing To Sue For Fiduciary Breach

On June 1, 2020, the Supreme Court held 5-4 that participants in defined-benefit pension plans lack Article III standing to sue under ERISA for alleged breach of fiduciary duties because, whether or not they prevail in the action, they will receive the same payments for the rest of their lives. 

Client Alert | June 1, 2020

Closed for COVID-19: Class Action Refund Lawsuits, Practical Considerations, & Potential Defenses

In the wake of closures and cancellations, consumer frustration has mounted, and scores of class action lawsuits have followed.  Gibson Dunn examines the industries facing these lawsuits, describes the theories that plaintiffs are asserting, and provides some practical considerations and potential defenses for these lawsuits.

Client Alert | May 19, 2020

Mitigating Class Action Exposure From COVID-19 Disruptions

Washington, D.C. partner Chantale Fiebig and associate Kelley Pettus are the authors of "Mitigating Class Action Exposure From COVID-19 Disruptions," [PDF] published by Law360 on May 13, 2020.

Publications | May 14, 2020

First Quarter 2020 Update on Class Actions

Gibson Dunn lawyers provide an overview and summary of key class action developments during the first quarter of 2020 (January through March).

Client Alert | April 24, 2020

Competitor Collaborations During COVID-19 Pandemic: Practical Antitrust Guidelines and an Update from the DOJ and FTC

Gibson Dunn lawyers provide practical guidance for companies considering competitor collaborations or discussing such plans with competitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, in compliance with antitrust and competition laws..

Client Alert | March 25, 2020

Law360 Names Gibson Dunn Among Its 2019 Class Action Practice Groups of the Year

Law360 named Gibson Dunn one of its six Class Action Groups of the Year for 2019. The firm’s Class Action practice was profiled on February 4, 2020.

Firm News | February 4, 2020

Year-End and Fourth Quarter 2019 Update on Class Actions

Gibson Dunn lawyers provide an overview and summary of key class action developments during the fourth quarter of 2019 (October through December).

Client Alert | January 31, 2020

Gibson Dunn Named a 2019 Law Firm of the Year

Law360 named Gibson Dunn a Firm of the Year for 2019 in its article, “The Firms That Dominated in 2019,” featuring seven firms that received the most Practice Group of the Year awards.

Firm News | January 13, 2020

Gibson Dunn Promotes 13 Lawyers to Partnership

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has elected 13 new partners, effective January 1, 2020. “We congratulate our new partners on this important and well-deserved professional achievement,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.

Press Releases | November 20, 2019

Law360 Names Nine Gibson Dunn Partners as 2019 MVPs

Law360 named nine Gibson Dunn partners among its 2019 MVPs and noted that Gibson Dunn was one of two law firms with the most MVPs this year. Law360 MVPs feature lawyers who have “distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.” The list was published on November 12, 2019.

Firm News | November 12, 2019

Third Quarter 2019 Update on Class Actions

This update provides an overview and summary of key class action developments during the third quarter of 2019 (July through September).

Client Alert | November 6, 2019

Gibson Dunn Lawyers Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America® 2020

The Best Lawyers in America® 2020 has recognized 158 Gibson Dunn attorneys in 54 practice areas. Additionally, 48 lawyers were recognized in Best Lawyers International in Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

Firm News | August 15, 2019

Second Quarter 2019 Update on Class Actions

An overview and summary of key class action developments during the second quarter of 2019 (March through June).

Client Alert | July 25, 2019

Supreme Court Holds That Third-Party Defendants May Not Remove Class Action Counterclaims To Federal Court

On May 28, 2019, the Supreme Court held 5-4 that when a defendant in a state court action files a counterclaim against a third party as a class action, the third-party defendant may not remove the class action counterclaim to federal court.

Client Alert | May 28, 2019

First Quarter 2019 Update on Class Actions

This update provides an overview and summary of key class action developments during the first quarter of 2019 (January through March), as well as an important decision concerning class arbitration that the Supreme Court issued in April. 

Client Alert | May 14, 2019

Supreme Court Reaffirms Stolt-Nielsen And Holds That Class Arbitration Requires The Parties’ Unambiguous Consent

On April 24, 2019, the Supreme Court held 5-4 that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts state laws that require class arbitration where an arbitration agreement is ambiguous as to whether the parties consented to such a procedure.

Client Alert | April 24, 2019

Supreme Court Remands Cy Pres-Only Class Action Settlement Question Over Standing Concerns

On March 20, 2019, the Supreme Court determined that questions concerning plaintiffs’ standing to challenge Google’s alleged violations of user privacy prevented the Court from deciding whether cy pres-only class action settlements are fair, reasonable, and adequate under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(e).

Client Alert | March 20, 2019

So will a Martian invasion extend the Rule 23(f) deadline?

Los Angeles partner Christopher Chorba and associate Jeremy Smith are the authors of "So will a Martian invasion extend the Rule 23(f) deadline?" [PDF] published by The Daily Journal on March 13, 2019.

Publications | March 13, 2019

Supreme Court Holds That The Deadline For Filing Petitions For Permission To Appeal Class Certification Orders Is Not Subject To Equitable Tolling

On February 26, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court held 9-0 that Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(f)’s 14-day deadline for filing a petition for permission to appeal an order granting or denying class certification is not subject to equitable tolling.

Client Alert | February 26, 2019

Webcast: Class Action Litigation in Europe: Recent Developments and Emerging Trends

A panel of Gibson Dunn partners from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the United States provide insights into emerging trends in class actions in Europe and offer practical guidance to in-house attorneys for managing associated risks.

Webcasts | January 23, 2019

Law360 Names Gibson Dunn Among Its Class Action 2018 Practice Groups of the Year

Law360 named Gibson Dunn one of its five Class Action Practice Groups of the Year [PDF] for 2018. The practice group was recognized “as a leader in ‘gig economy’ lawsuits.” The firm’s Class Action practice was profiled on January 22, 2019.

Firm News | January 22, 2019

Fourth Quarter 2018 Update on Class Actions

This update provides an overview and summary of key class action developments during the fourth quarter of 2018 (October through December). Part I summarizes amendments to Rule 23 that went into effect on December 1, 2018.

Publications | January 18, 2019

Gibson Dunn Named a 2018 Law Firm of the Year

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce its selection by Law360 as a Law Firm of the Year for 2018, featuring the four firms that received the most Practice Group of the Year awards in its profile, “The Firms That Dominated in 2018.” [PDF] Of the four, Gibson Dunn “led the pack with 11 winning practice areas” for “successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.” The awards were published on January 13, 2019.

Firm News | January 13, 2019

Law360 Names Eight Gibson Dunn Partners as MVPs

Law360 named eight Gibson Dunn partners among its 2018 MVPs and noted that the firm had the most MVPs of any law firms this year. Law360 MVPs feature lawyers who have “distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.”

Firm News | November 28, 2018

Third Quarter 2018 Update on Class Actions

This update provides an overview and summary of significant class action developments during the third quarter of 2018 (July through September), as well as a brief look ahead to some of the key class action issues anticipated for the end of 2018 and into 2019.

Client Alert | October 24, 2018

Second Quarter 2018 Update on Class Actions

This update provides an overview and summary of significant class action developments during the second quarter of 2018 (April through June), as well as a brief look ahead to some of the key class action issues anticipated later this year.

Client Alert | July 18, 2018

Supreme Court Rejects Tolling Of Statute Of Limitations For Successive Class Actions

China Agritech Inc. v. Resh, No. 17-432 Decided June 11, 2018 Today, the Supreme Court held that the filing of a class action does not toll the statute of limitations for putative class members to file their own class actions.

Client Alert | June 11, 2018

A Better Method For Achieving Broader Class Action Reform

Los Angeles partners Kahn Scolnick and Bradley Hamburger are the authors of "A Better Method For Achieving Broader Class Action Reform," [PDF] published in Law360 on June 5, 2018.

Article | June 5, 2018

Supreme Court Upholds Agreements To Individually Arbitrate Employment-Related Disputes

Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, No. 16-285; Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, No. 16-300; National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, No. 16-307 Decided May 21, 2018

Client Alert | May 21, 2018

First Quarter 2018 Update on Class Actions

This update provides an overview and summary of significant class action developments during the first quarter of 2018 (January through March), as well as a brief look ahead to some of the key class action issues anticipated later this year.

Client Alert | May 4, 2018

Supreme Court Holds States May Hear Securities Fraud Class Actions Under The 1933 Act

Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, No. 15-1439 Decided March 20, 2018 Today, the Supreme Court held 9-0 that class actions alleging only federal claims under the Securities Act of 1933 may be heard in state court and, if brought in state court, cannot be removed to federal court.

Client Alert | March 20, 2018

Michele Maryott and Theane Evangelis Named Litigators of the Week

The Am Law Litigation Daily named partners Michele Maryott and Theane Evangelis as its Litigators of the Week [PDF] for their trial victory on behalf of Grubhub “in a bellwether case that could have a lasting impact on how gig-economy workers are classified.” 

Firm News | February 15, 2018

Fourth Quarter 2017 Update on Class Actions

This update provides an overview and summary of key class action developments during the fourth quarter of 2017 (October through December), and a brief look ahead to some of the key class action issues anticipated in 2018.

Client Alert | January 30, 2018

Third Quarter 2017 Update on Class Actions

This update provides an overview of key class action developments during the third quarter of 2017 (July through September):

Client Alert | November 7, 2017

Second Quarter 2017 Update on Class Actions

This update provides an overview of key class action developments during the second quarter of 2017 (April through June): Part I explores a significant decision from the Supreme Court concerning defeating novel attempts by plaintiffs to obtain appellate review of denials of class certification.  Part II addresses rulings from the Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit regarding the breadth of the American Pipe tolling doctrine for statutes of limitations in class actions.  Part III analyzes recent decisions interpreting and applying the Supreme Court's Article III standing decision in Spokeo, Inc.

Client Alert | August 1, 2017

Viewing Class Settlements Through a New Lens: Part 1 and Part 2

​Los Angeles partner Kahn Scolnick and associate Sheldon Evans are the authors of "Viewing Class Settlements Through a New Lens: Part 1 and Part 2," [PDF] published by Law360 on July 25, 2017 and July 26, 2017, respectively.

Article | July 25, 2017

United States Supreme Court Limits Class-Action Tolling

On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States held in CalPERS v.

Client Alert | June 26, 2017

First Quarter 2017 Update on Class Actions

This update provides an overview and summary of key class action developments during the first quarter of 2017 (January through March).  Part I explores significant class-certification decisions from the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits.  Part II addresses decisions from the Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits adopting conflicting approaches to determining whether putative class representatives have standing to sue for statutory violations under the Supreme Court's decision in Spokeo, Inc.

Client Alert | May 19, 2017

Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Potential Impact on the Development of Class Action Law

As Judge Neil Gorsuch proceeds through the Senate confirmation process, we are continuing to review his jurisprudence and to assess how he might affect the Supreme Court should the Senate approve his nomination.  We are publishing these analyses in a series of client alerts focusing on individual subject matters.  This alert focuses on class actions.

Client Alert | March 13, 2017

Corporate Social Responsibility Statements – Recent Litigation and Avoiding Pitfalls

Over the past few years, interest in corporate social responsibility ("CSR") has increased significantly. The spotlight on CSR has led companies to expand and strengthen their CSR efforts.

Client Alert | March 9, 2017

2016 Year-End Update on Class Actions

Last year saw continued attention to class action issues across the federal appellate courts, with the U.S. Supreme Court issuing three decisions on important issues to practitioners--Spokeo, Inc. v.

Client Alert | February 1, 2017

Will the High Court Resolve Circuit Split on Class Waivers in Employee Arbitration Agreements?

​Washington, D.C. partner Mark Perry and associate Kevin Barber are the authors of "Will the High Court Resolve Circuit Split on Class Waivers in Employee Arbitration Agreements?" [PDF] published on November 10, 2016 by Legal Backgrounder, a Washington Legal Foundation publication.

Article | November 10, 2016