Just about anyone who owns a printer has strong opinions on toner cartridges. An enterprising group of plaintiffs’ lawyers sought to capitalize on consumer annoyance with printer cartridges by filing three class actions in the Northern District of California against toner manufacturer Hewlett Packard.

Their cases didn’t go so well. Some of the complaints

 In the Northern District of California, Judge William Alsup keeps a standing order informing attorneys of how he will evaluate any proposed class action settlements. Now, one of his fellow judges has joined him. While Tijero v. Aaron Bros., Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 183238 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 2, 2013) is neither a standing

I don’t usually say whether I think a class-action opinion is good or not.  For one thing, this blog has been about strategy rather than policy.  For another, I’m a practicing attorney, and I’d rather not try to second-guess judges who have to sort through layers of contentious briefing in order to decide issues in

 For plaintiffs’ counsel, one of the most important questions in a class-action settlement is how they will get paid. In McDaniel v. County of Schenectady, the Second Circuit explicitly compared the various methods of determining attorneys’ fees in class actions. McDaniel was a civil-rights case challenging strip-search policies for pretrial detainees. Approves settlement of

Back in 2001, Bruce G. Murphy, a California attorney, contacted the San Diego office of then-firm Milberg Weiss. He claimed to have several clients who had bought stock in Tut Systems, a technology company that had announced it was not going to meet its earning estimates for the fourth quarter of 2000. Murphy