In 2007, four customers of Allstate Insurance Company sued it, alleging that it used outdated scoring algorithms to calculate their premiums, in violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act.  They were later joined by another 19 named plaintiffs. Three years later, in 2010, the judge in the case denied certification and dismissed twelve of the named plaintiffs (leaving eleven total). Seven months later, the remaining eleven named plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their claims with prejudice.

All in all, not bad for Allstate, right? Well, that depends. It had not been found liable, but it did incur more than $980,000 in … Continue Reading

E-discovery: a term that has evolved from an interesting sidenote to something that can strike fear into the hearts of the most hardened defense lawyers. The Wall Street Journal Law Blog covered this issue a few weeks ago, pointing to a recent study by several King & Spalding lawyers published in the Duke Law Journal: Sanctions for E-discovery Violations: By the Numbers. The article is an excellent source for cases involving e-discovery sanctions. While it doesn’t specifically mention class actions, there is no question it applies to this field of litigation. Discovery is often a one-sided affair in Continue Reading

Since I first wrote about fighting fishing expeditions, Google has sent a number of readers to the blog looking for “fishing expeditions discovery” or “deny class certification discovery abuse.” (It also sent one reader looking for “botulism,” which I’m proud to say is not available here.) Clearly, fighting fishing expeditions in class actions is an important topic to defense lawyers. And the good news is, there’s more than one way to do so. For example, in addition to objecting to the relevance of some of plaintiff’s document requests or interrogatories, one can also object that the plaintiff is not Continue Reading