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  • U.S. Government Weighs in on 'Cy Pres' Abuse in Frank v. Gaos

    October 17, 2018

    On October 31, 2018, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Frank v. Gaos. The petitioners are class members challenging a class action settlement resulting from alleged privacy violations by Google’s search engine. Out of the $8.5 million fund created by the settlement, it paid nothing to class members. Instead, it paid $2.1 million to the lawyers, $1.1 to named plaintiffs and administrative costs, and $5.3 million in cy pres payments to a handful of unaffiliated third-party organizations, including class counsel’s alma maters and groups Google already supported through donations.

  • Coupon Settlements: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

    September 27, 2017

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Class Action Ends in Counter-Productive Settlement

    June 30, 2017

  • CEI Seeks to Extend Landmark Walgreen Ruling in Favor of Shareholder Class Members

    June 12, 2017

    If you thought every corporate merger was unique, you’d be wrong. Over 90% of merger deals over $100 million have at least one thing in common: They are challenged in a strike suit—or subject to what essentially amounts to legalized extortion.

    On June 5, 2017, CEI argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to stop one example of such...

  • Volkswagen "Clean Diesel" Settlement Prioritizes Attorneys' Interests Over Harmed Consumers

    October 25, 2016

    Today the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved a settlement in the Volkswagen Clean Diesel MDL that puts the interests of the attorneys ahead of consumers. The class action, In re Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, No. 3:15-md-2672, arose from the emissions scandal that erupted last year following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issuing a Notice of Violation to Volkswagen for manufacturing and installing defeat devices in certain model year 2009 through 2015 diesel vehicles, resulting in violations of the Clean Air Act’s emission standards.

    The Court also approved settlements in actions against Volkswagen by the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), on behalf of the EPA, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), and California state agencies.

    The settlement...

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