- Federal Class Action Fairness Act 2005
A complete copy of the Federal Class Action Fairness Act 2005 and the accompanying Senate Report, recent court decisions under CAFA, links to articles and opinions about CAFA.
- Class Action FAQs
Answers to common questions asked about class action litigation.
- FCAP Manual
Federal Class Action Practice Manual - Internet Edition by Tlimothy Eble. Outline of chapters and links to chapters. Also found are forms for: Prefiling Considerations, Skeleton Form for Complaint, Request for Exclusion Form, and a Sample Motion for Class Certification.
- Class Action Proceedings
A flow chart describing the typical procedures followed in class action litigation.
- Legal Notices
Current and archived notices of class action litigation.
- Pending Legislation
Search Engine will query and report legislation that may affect class action litigation
- Canadian Class Action
Current status on Multi-Jurisdictional Class Proceedings and other informational links.
- Class Action Sites
Administration, notices, settlements, and general complex litigation information links.
- Other Links
Links to all of the Class Action Info pages and links to Class Actions Resource Guide, settlement news search, and other resources.
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Provides help in understanding legal terms used in class action litigation
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The index page for this section with site links to the remaining topics in this section.
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Class action litigation legal terms along with easy to understand definitions are listed. Links for additional legal dictionaries are included at the bottom if you are unable to find your term in the class action glossary.
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Multidistrict Litigation Information
- Class Action Litigation Library
Links are provided to Class Action articles by Timothy E. Eble, P.A. and Consumer Law articles by Judge Thomas A. Dickerson. Additional off site links include, but are not limited to, articles dealing with class action, complex litigation, and asbestos settlements. A link to the Federal Judicial Center's articles is also provided. Over eighty articles can be accessed through this library. Some of the available articles are listed below.
- Articles by Timothy Eble
An index of Timothy Eble's articles available in our library.
- South Carolina Class Action Litigation: A Review
Historical perspective, Standards for Maintaining Class Action, an examination of S.C.R.C.P.Rule 23, Due Process, Opt ins, Costs of Notice
- Class Action Litigation in Oregon: A Concise Summary
Discussion of the essential elements of ORCP 32, which governs procedures and elements required for class certification.
- Ohio Class Action Litigation: A Concise Summary
Ohio Rule of Civil Procedure 23(a) contains five explicit and two additional implied prerequisites for class certification.
- Brief Opposing Certification in South Carolina Case
Memorandum of American Federal BAnk, FSB, in Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion to Amend Complaint and to proceed as a Class action (August 1999)
- Avoiding Investment Fraud: Don't Get Taken
Avoiding fraudulent investment advisers. Principles that can minimize the risk of loss to an invester are examined.
- Avoiding E-mail Scams: Don't Get Taken
Email is a valuable and instantaneous form of communication. Along with the ability to deliver mail electronically comes a new opportunity for thieves and con artists...
- Articles by Judge Dickerson
An index of Judge Dickerson's articles available in our library.
- CLASS ACTIONS UNDER CPLR ARTICLE 9 IN 2007
Class Actions in 2007, the Donnelly Act (GBL 340), and decisions made by the Court of Appeals, the Appellate Divisions and numerous trial Courts are examined by Judge Dickerson and Kenneth Manning
- NEW YORK STATE CLASS ACTIONS IN 2006
New York State Class Actions in 2006 as well as the Forum Selection Clause Enforced are examined in this 2007 article by Dickerson and Manning.
- CONSUMER LAW 2008 UPDATE
This 2008 updated Consumer Law paper contains added cases from the previous year in New York State. It discusses consumer protection statutes most frequently used in New York State courts.
- CONSUMER LAW 2007 UPDATE
This Paper, prepared annually for New York State Civil Court Judges, discusses those consumer protection statutes most frequently used in New York State courts.
- CONSUMER LAW 2006 UPDATE
Table of N.Y.S. and Federal Consumer Protection Statutes, Recent NY Consumer Law Articles, Deceptive and misleading business practices, False advertising, Automobiles, Homes, Insurance, Loans & Credit, Overcoats lost in restaurants, Pyramid schemes, Property, Apartments & Coops, Retail Sales & Leases, Telemarketing, Litigation Issues, specific case citations and footnotes.
- CONSUMER LAW 2005 UPDATE
Discusses consumer protection statutes most frequently used in New York State courts.
- CONSUMER CLASS ACTIONS IN NEW YORK STATE COURTS 2004
Discusses how some consumer claims may be aggregated and prosecuted as consumer class actions.
- The Cruise Passenger's Rights & Remedies: 2006
History of Modern Cruising, Downside of rapid expansion, Safety, Cancellations, Increased security, Accidents, Standard of Care, Misrepresentations, Protection rules, lost, damaged or stolen baggage, litigation roadblocks, Specific case citations and footnotes. Four important developments in cruise passenger rights 2003-2006 discussed.
- The Cruise Passenger's Rights and Remedies: 2003
This revision has added information about cruise passenger safety post 9/11 as well as updates in recent cruise litigation and expanded general information.
- Cruise Passenger's Rights and Remedies 2001 Updated
This revision has added information about a vessel owner's liability, cancellation fees, adequacy of notice, and expanded general information.
- THE CRUISE PASSENGER'S RIGHTS & REMEDIES: 2000
Accidents aboard modern cruise ships are governed by ancient legal doctrines which favor shipowners over passengers. Accidents aboard, other common issues, and forum selection are discussed.
- A SUMMARY OF ARTICLE 9 CLASS ACTIONS IN 2005
Annual premium, Risk free insurance, and a decisions by the Appellate Divisions and trial Courts on a variety of 2005 class actions.
- A SUMMARY OF ARTICLE 9 CLASS ACTIONS IN 2004
The Scope of G.B.L. §349, Appellate Divisions and trial courts rulings on a variety of class actions.
- NEW YORK STATE SUPREME COURT PUBLISHED DECISIONS 1994-2004
Cases cited with date and abstract included.
- THOMAS A. DICKERSON BIBLIOGRAPHY: LEGAL ARTICLES [ 1977-2004 ]
Articles from Syracuse Law Review, New York Law Journal, The Practical Lawyer, Travel Law, Air Law, National Law Journal, Cornell H.R.A. Quarterly, Trial Magazine, I.N.C.L. Journal, Report of Consumer Affairs Committee, The Aviation Quarterly, The International Travel Law Journal, IFTTA Journal, et.al.
- A SUMMARY OF ARTICLE 9 CLASS ACTIONS IN 2003
Rights of school children, cable television subscribers, professional banquet waiters, appellate divisions and Supreme Courts rulings on a variety of 2003 class actions.
- Summary of Article 9 Class Actions in New York State Courts During the Year 2000
In 2000 the Court of Appeals addressed the viability of three consumer class actions brought under CPLR Article 9.
- SUMMARY OF ARTICLE 9 CLASS ACTIONS IN 1999
In 1999 the New York Court of Appeals addressed class certification under CPLR Article 9 and the viability of claims brought under General Business Law 349 [ GBL 349 ].
- SUMMARY OF ARTICLE 9 CLASS ACTIONS IN 1998
In 1998, New York Courts dealt with a record number of class actions brought under C.P.L.R. Article 9.
- SUMMARY OF ARTICLE 9 CLASS ACTIONS IN 1996
The adequacy of class representation was an issue that several New York courts analyzed in 1996.
- SUMMARY OF ARTICLE 9 CLASS ACTIONS IN 1995
Class actions brought against automobile salesmen, baby makers, soft drink manufacturers and distributors, State and New York City welfare agencies, class action attorneys, rental car companies, the Chief Administrator of the Courts of New York State, brokerage firms, hospitals, medical insurance companies and State and local taxing authorities.
- TRAVEL CONSUMER REMEDIES: SMALL CLAIMS COURTS AND CONSUMER CLASS ACTIONS
Typical damages awarded, small claims courts option, successful Travel law cases, Travel consumer class actions and class action requirements.
- FLIGHT DELAYS 2001: RIGHTS, REMEDIES, DAMAGES & CLASS ACTIONS
Flight delays in 2000 were the worst since 1995. An airline passenger's rights are discussed and possible remedies for flight delays and concellations, including class actions and small claims courts, are examined.
- APPLYING CONSUMER PROTECTION STATUTES IN NEW YORK STATE SMALL CLAIMS COURTS
Discusses New York State's consumer protection statutes in a 1999 Judicial Seminar Program. GBL § 349 and a variety of consumer protection statutes are examined using specific cases.
- WHAT TORT LAWYERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRAVEL LAW
Judge Dickerson's 2000 Revision provides a sampling of Travel Law topics including the concept of shifting liability between suppliers and sellers of travel.
- THE INTERNET, THE " SOLICITATION PLUS " DOCTRINE AND JURISDICTION OVER FOREIGN HOTELS AND OTHER TRAVEL SUPPLIERS
Dickerson's 2000 revision discusses the use of the internet in travel planning. Concerns about reliability of information, and the threat of destabilization to existing retail distribution are analyzed.
- THE LICENSING AND REGULATION OF TRAVEL SELLERS IN THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, GREAT BRITAIN, JAPAN AND THE MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY.
Judge Dickerson's 2000 article discusses the necessary components for uniform licensing of Travel Sellers: annual registration, proficiency testing, advertising standards, insurance, surety bonding, restitution funds, and penalties.
- SPONSORING GROUP TRAVEL: A DISCUSSION OF LIABILITY ISSUES--2000
The liability of travel sponsors who promote group travel but rely upon travel agents and tour operators to make the travel arrangements is examined in this August 2000 article by Judge Dickerson.
- INSTANT TRAVEL AGENTS
Dickerson's 1997 article looks at the travel agent who purchases their professional credentials, their affect on the travel industry, and the need for both regulatory action and prosecution for deceptive business practices.
- TOUR OPERATORS AND AIR CARRIERS : MODERN THEORIES OF LIABILITY
Judge Dickerson discusses the liability of tour operators and air carriers for the tour participant's injuries sustained in foreign locales.
- HOW SAFE ARE STUDENT TOURS
Student tours require special attention to supervision and safety. Failure to provide appropriate supervision and properly trained tour escorts can lead to tour operator liability.
- Hotel Restaurant Liability For Lost Overcoats
Proximity, warning signs, bailment theory, negligence theory, statutory disclaimers, and recoverable damages are considered in the examination of restaurant/hotel liability regarding lost or stolen coats.
- TRAVEL ABROAD, SUE AT HOME
Safety standards, medical care, consumer protection laws and user friendly legal systems in the US are not the standard encountered by many US travelers in foreign countries.
- ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN TRAVEL TRADE JOURNALS AND CONSUMER PUBLICATIONS [ 1976-1985 ]
Judge Dickerson's articles published in Travel Agent Magazine, Diversion Magazine, Balloon Magazine, and Frequent Flyer Magazine from 1976-1985 are listed.
- ARTICLES IN LAW REVIEWS AND LEGAL PUBLICATIONS [ 1977-2001 ]
Dickerson's Law Review and Legal Publication articles from 1977-2001 are listed. Some of these articles are printed in The Practical Lawyer, New York Law Journal, Air Law, and National Law Journal.
- TAKING YOUR TRAVEL AGENT ON A TRIP TO THE COURT HOUSE
The damages which a consumer may recover from a travel agent for breach of contract, negligence, fraud or violation of a Consumer Protection Statute will depend upon the nature of the injuries sustained.
- Published Decisions Of Judge Thomas A. Dickerson [ 1994-2001 ]
- CONSUMER LAW : THE INTERNET AND ITS IMPACT UPON PERSONAL JURISDICTION
The Internet has dramatically changed the way in which the Courts decide what types of business contacts justify the assertion of personal jurisdiction.
- CONSUMER LAW 2003 UPDATE: The Judge's Guide to New York State Consumer Protection Statutes
This paper discusses federal and state consumer protection statutes mos commonly used in New York State Courts.
- CONSUMER LAW 2000 UPDATE: The Consumer's Guide to Small Claims Court
There are many consumer protection statutes available to consumers, attorneys, arbitrators, and judges in New York State's Small Claims Courts.
- SHOULD COUPONS & CREDITS BE USED TO SETTLE TRAVEL CLASS ACTIONS ?
The settlement of travel class actions using coupons or credits should be carefully designed to insure the consumer actually receives something of value for releasing their claims against the defendants.
- Sporting Event Tours: Liability For Defaults, Performance Failures And Physical Injuries
Common sports fan problems are discussed (e.g. canceled tours,team relocation, sports fan injuries...) and the liability of the sports teams, tour operators, and ticket sellers is examined.
- RESORT TIMESHARING: THE CONSUMER'S RIGHTS & REMEDIES 2001
The Timeshare product is examined and types of common consumer problems, Federal & State Securities Laws, timeshare statutes, and other consumer protection statutes are discussed.
- Theme Parks and Thrill Rides: The Consumer's Rights & Remedies
Accidents occurring on thrill rides are examined and the assumption of the risk doctrine is discussed. Some Courts have found that injured patrons assumed the risk while others have not.
- Threatening Telephone Calls & Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree: The Need for Legislation
Family Offense of Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree needs to have its scope broadened in order to make it clearly applicable to all respondents who harass and threaten their victims.
- Consumer Law 2001
The Consumers Guide to Small Claims Court and How to Use Fed and State Consumer Protection Statutes.
- Consumer Class Actions and Coupon Settlements: Are Consumers Being Shortchanged?
The use of coupons in consumer class action settlements can be good for the defendants' business and good for the consumer class but the settlement must be carefully designed to ensure the consumers receive something of value.
- Travel Agents 2001 : The Consumer's Rights & Remedies For Performance Failure
The responsibilities of travel agents regarding their clients and the legal standards that may be applied to their position are examined.
- Judge Dickerson's Family Law Decisions 2000 - 2001
Judge Dickerson's Family Law Decisions, books, papers, articles, brief biography, and recent presentations are listed in this 2000-2001 personal update along with an overview of New York State Family Courts.
- HOTELS, RESORTS AND CASINOS : THE CONSUMER'S RIGHTS & REMEDIES (pdf)
This 2001 paper examines hotels, resorts and casinos looking closely at consumer problems that have been reported and the ensuing court action that has taken place.
- Summary of New York Class Actions in 2001
In 2001 the Court of Appeals addressed the viability of three class actions brought under CPLR Article 9 involving the rights of insureds, lesbian medical students and aliens seeking Medicaid benefits.
- False, Misleading & Deceptive Advertising in the Travel Industry: The Consumer's Rights and Remedies 2003
Deceptive and misleading travel advertising, Consumer Protection Statutes, and selling travel over the internet are examined. The need for New York State to adopt a modern travel seller statute is explained.
- Legal Articles & Books
- Manual for Complex Litigation 3rd
- Manual for Complex Litigation 4th
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