If you are a litigator and didn’t get the chance to attend the litigation CLE at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, yesterday, don’t miss the next one!
The program was presented by Vorys Sater attorneys Marcel Duhamel and Lisa Babish Forbes, both among the impressive group of Ohio Super Lawyers. Mr. Duhamel presented on the topic, “Standing in Federal Class Actions”. Several case studies referenced were Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l USA. This wasn’t a class action case, but it has been cited in consumer class action litigation. Two of the cases applying Clapper where standing exists were Galaria v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., and Lewert v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. Two other cases cited that applied Clapper, but where standing does not exist were In re Horizon Healthcare Servs. Data Breach Litigation also Storm v. Paytime, Inc. in 2015. The other case that had a direct impact on consumer class action litigation was Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins (referred to as Spokeo, a data aggregator similar to consumer reports).
The second half of the CLE was presented by Lisa Babish Forbes. She presented on “State Law Issues” in Consumer Class Action Litigation. The focus of the presentation was on the role of “injury-in-fact” in Ohio consumer class actions, and also the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act (OCSPA) class action notice requirement. The case Felix v. Ganley Chevrolet, Inc. was discussed, and some pertinent points from it. One such being that “We hold that all members of a class in class action litigation alleging violations of the OCSPA must have suffered injury as a result of the conduct challenged in the suit.”. Also, “Plaintiffs in class-action suits must demonstrate that they can prove, through common evidence, that all class members were in fact injured by the defendant’s actions.” This particular case has affected several other cases in recent years.
All in attendance enjoyed delicious lunch and the on-point hospitality of the Vorys law firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Everyone left being enlightened on the subject of Recent Developments in Consumer Class Action Litigation. From all of us here at Cady Reporting, we would like to thank Vorys Sater and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association for enhancing the knowledge of our legal community. It is one we can be proud of.
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The article was written by Michelle Cady-Cook. She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company). She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of the Follow Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years. Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation.
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