• Sommer Sheely
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    Sommer L. Sheely serves as Vice Chair of Litigation for the firm's Energy, Environmental and Utility practice. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including energy, environmental, and oil and gas ...

Ninth Circuit finds employee statutory claims cannot be removed under CAFA

Sixth Circuit vacates class certification based on preclusion, interprets Wal-Mart

The future of no-harm class actions is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court following oral argument in First American Financial Corp. v. Edwards, U.S. Supreme Court Docket No. 10-708, October 2011.

Sixth Circuit Affirms Decision Striking Class Allegations in Challenge to Health Care Discount Program, Calling Class Treatment Inefficient, Unworkable, and Inconsistent with Rule 23

Determining whether a complaint properly identifies and defines a class is a critical step in determining whether class certification is appropriate.   If a class definition is overbroad, unambiguous, unidentifiable or failsafe, certification should generally be denied.  Federal case law is developed on this point.  Ohio cases, on the other hand ...

An update on the pending U.S. Supreme Court case of First American Financial Corp. v. Edwards which could potentially curtail the recent rise of no-harm class actions.

Discussion of the pending U.S. Supreme Court case of First American Financial Corporation, et al. v. Edwards dealing with no-harm class actions.

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