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CEB Prac. Guide § 2B.35: Class Actions

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In Morgan v. U.S. XPRESS, Inc., CHRISTOPHER MORGAN,  2018 WL 3580775, at *2–3 (W.D.Va., 2018), Judge Moon found that a TCPA Plaintiff had to distinguish between cell phone lines and land-lines. To start, Plaintiff's characterization of the cell phone as a “residential, cellular telephone line” is not determinative of this question. These are not factual allegations, but legal terms drawn… Read More

In Reyes v. BCA Financial Services, Inc., 2018 WL 3145807 (S.D.Fla. 2018), the District Court certified a TCPA class action. On that question, the Court agrees with Reyes that she has presented an administratively feasible method of identifying class members. Although “B” flags or “WN” notations may not incontrovertibly establish that BCA dialed a wrong number, and thus would not conclusively… Read More

In Karpilovsky v. All Web Leads, Inc., Case No. 17-C-1307, 2018 WL 3108884 (N.D. Ill. 2018), Judge Leinenweber certified a TCPA class. The Plaintiffs, however, retained an expert, Young, who testified that the AWL website was not materially changed during the class period and, for that reason, all members of the proposed class experienced the same information-submission and click-through procedure when… Read More

In Lavigne v. First Community Bancshares, Inc., 2018 WL 2694457, at *7–8 (D.N.M., 2018), Judge Johnson certified a TCPA 'wrong-number' class. Plaintiff proposes that the class includes all individuals, according to Defendants records, who (1) called in to Defendants and were coded as “Bad/Wrong Number”, and were (2) subsequently called again by Defendants, and were coded as “Bad/Wrong Number.” Plaintiff proposes… Read More

In Gamble v. New England Auto Finance, Inc., 2018 WL 2446607 (11th Cir. 2018), the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit found that text messages sent by automobile finance company after its customer had paid her RISC in full were not subject to the RISC’s arbitration clause and class-action waiver. NEAF also argues that the Arbitration Provision is broad enough… Read More

In Makaron v. Enagic USA, Inc., 2018 WL 1311400, at *2 (C.D.Cal., 2018), Judge Pregerson certified a TCPA class against a telemarketer, finding that class-certification was not the time to determine whether an ATDS was used and that administrative feasibility is not a prerequisite to class certification. As an initial matter, the court observes that Defendant devotes a substantial portion of… Read More

In Johnson v. Yahoo!, Inc., 2018 WL 835339, at *1–4 (N.D.Ill., 2018), Judge Shah decertified a TCPA class after the defendant obtained information from a third party provider and compared it to its own records, suggesting that the means by which membership in the class would be determined would be unmanageable. The production of records from Sprint after the close… Read More

In Weller v. AT&T Corp., 2018 WL 748607, at *2–3 (E.D.N.Y., 2018), Judge Block struck a TCPA class action because the plaintiff was an inadequate class representative. Dr. Wexler concedes, as she must, that she would have had an interest in a potential fee award to her husband, had he been appointed class counsel. She argues that his withdrawal “mooted” the… Read More

In Ronquillo-Griffin v. Transition Rental Screening Solutions, Inc., 2018 WL 325051, at *3–5 (S.D.Cal., 2018), the District Court denied production of the actual class's call recordings in a call recording class action because the content was private. Plaintiffs assert that the requested audio recordings “are highly relevant to several requirements for a class certification motion,” including numerosity, ascertainability, commonality, predominance, and manageability.… Read More

In Moser v. Health Insurance Innovations, Inc., 2018 WL 325112, at *8–9 (S.D.Cal., 2018), Judge Hayes found that a TCPA Plaintiff had adequately pleaded agency allegations against a host of defendants allegedly involved in health insurance telemarketing sales.  Judge Hayes then refused to strike a host of allegations made in the Complaint regarding other complaints and sister-state actions. Allegations concerning the… Read More

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