Center for Class Action Fairness

Center for Class Action Fairness Center for Class Action Fairness is a project of the non-profit public interest law firm Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute that represents consumers and shareholders in the class-action settlement process
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Attorneys affiliated with CCAF represent consumer and shareholder class members pro bono in class action settlement fairness hearings, in proceedings to enforce approved settlements, and in motions to certify consumer class actions.

Attorneys affiliated with CCAF represent consumer and shareholder class members pro bono in class action settlement fairness hearings, in proceedings to enforce approved settlements, and in motions to certify consumer class actions.

Mission: To promote fairness in class action procedure and law.

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Come work for the Center for Class Action Fairness! Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute is hiring an attorney with 3+ years e...
09/09/2020

Come work for the Center for Class Action Fairness! Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute is hiring an attorney with 3+ years experience. Spread the word.

HLLI files complaint in Pennsylvania challenging First Amendment restrictions.https://hlli.org/greenberg-v-haggerty/
08/08/2020
Greenberg v. Haggerty

HLLI files complaint in Pennsylvania challenging First Amendment restrictions.

https://hlli.org/greenberg-v-haggerty/

HLLI filed a civil rights suit against the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to block implementation of a rule that would limit speech by Pennsylvania-licensed attorneys.

Frank Bednarz becomes the fifth CCAF attorney to win an appellate oral argument. https://news.bloomberglaw.com/class-act...
08/07/2020
Target ‘Blackmail’ Objectors Can’t Keep Money for Dropped Claims

Frank Bednarz becomes the fifth CCAF attorney to win an appellate oral argument. https://news.bloomberglaw.com/class-action/target-blackmail-objectors-cant-keep-money-for-dropped-claims

Litigants with “superficially plausible objections” to class action settlements aren’t allowed to sell-out their fellow class members for personal gain, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said in a ground breaking decision Thursday.

Big Second Circuit win overturning a $0 settlement of a bogus “slack fill” lawsuit.
07/09/2020
2nd Circuit vacates injunctive settlement in Barilla pasta case

Big Second Circuit win overturning a $0 settlement of a bogus “slack fill” lawsuit.

A federal appeals court has tossed out a class action settlement that would have required pasta maker Barilla SpA to print lines on its pasta boxes to show how full they are.

Zoom oral argument today at 2 PM Central in the Seventh Circuit, live (audio) streamed on YouTube. We’re seeking disgorg...
06/04/2020
Court Live Streaming

Zoom oral argument today at 2 PM Central in the Seventh Circuit, live (audio) streamed on YouTube.

We’re seeking disgorgement of $130,000 paid to objectors who settled appeals of their objections without obtaining benefit to the class. We previously won million dollars for the class with an earlier successful appeal. https://hlli.org/pearson-v-nbty-inc/

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

The plot thickens in the Equifax case. https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN22J3IE
05/08/2020
Equifax judge orders disclosure of class counsel’s draft ‘opinion’

The plot thickens in the Equifax case. https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN22J3IE

U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash of Atlanta ordered the disclosure Thursday of a controversial draft opinion written by class counsel in the Equifax data breach case. Class counsel's draft opinion was submitted to Judge Thrash after he granted final approval to a $380.5 million settlement at the co...

Latest on pending Equifax appeal. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-otc-equifax/ted-frank-wants-to-see-class-counsels-e...
04/23/2020
Ted Frank wants to see class counsel’s ex parte draft opinion in Equifax case

Latest on pending Equifax appeal. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-otc-equifax/ted-frank-wants-to-see-class-counsels-ex-parte-draft-opinion-in-equifax-case-idUSKCN2253IV

The class action watchdog Ted Frank of the Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute has asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to order the disclosure of a proposed order drafted by class counsel in the $380.5 million Equifax data breach case, arguing that if the trial judge’s 122-page opinion approvi...

CCAF’s Ted Frank debates Vanderbilt Law’s Brian Fitzpatrick about the state of class actions in America. https://www.spr...
02/09/2020
Fitzpatrick v. Frank: Should Conservatives Embrace Class Actions?

CCAF’s Ted Frank debates Vanderbilt Law’s Brian Fitzpatrick about the state of class actions in America. https://www.spreaker.com/user/fedsoc/fitzpatrick-v-frank-should-conservatives

Professor Brian Fitzpatrick of Vanderbilt Law School and Ted Frank of the Center for Class Action Fairness will debate Professor Fitzpatrick’s provocative new book, The Conservative Case for Class Actions (University of Chicago Press). Join us for this lively conversation.

#DollyPartonChallenge
01/26/2020

#DollyPartonChallenge

Yet another all-cy pres settlement from Google, but we’re representing David Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker ...
01/22/2020
Google 'Street View' Privacy Settlement Faces Challenge

Yet another all-cy pres settlement from Google, but we’re representing David Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker fame. We’ve raised First Amendment issues in addition to the standard array of problems with cy pres. https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/346020/google-street-view-privacy-settlement-faces-chal.html

Google's proposed $13 million "Wi-Spy" settlement is facing a challenge by an activist and nine state attorneys general, who argue the deal shouldn't be approved because it doesn't compensate people whose privacy may have been violated.

"Lo, Google already contributed to several of the nonprofits including the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, whi...
11/05/2018
Opinion | Class-Action ‘Charity’ Racket

"Lo, Google already contributed to several of the nonprofits including the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, which has produced research to support its preferred policies. Mr. Frank contends this creates “the illusion of relief when all that the settlement changes is the labelling of accounting entries.” Three of the outfits were alma maters of the plaintiff attorneys. ...

"Under the Ninth Circuit’s rationale, nearly every consumer class action could be settled with cy pres. This would encourage more dubious class actions that enrich attorneys but produce no direct benefit to members. Cy pres may also violate the First Amendment rights of members if they are required in effect to subsidize speech by groups that they disapprove.

"Left-leaning groups have been among the biggest beneficiaries of cy pres, but even the Court’s liberals should be troubled when putative class-action victims are bilked by self-dealing corporations and plaintiff attorneys."

The Supreme Court takes on self-dealing lawsuit settlements.

Our Anthem objection is in today's Wall Street Journal; they give us kudos.
02/12/2018
The Anthem Class-Action Con

Our Anthem objection is in today's Wall Street Journal; they give us kudos.

Judge Lucy Koh exposes what amounts to legal looting.

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