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Thomas Richie has defended dozens of class actions involving federal statutory claims, breach-of-contract, negligence, products liability, warranty, data breach, tax and financial services issues. He represents clients across industries, including insurance, retail, construction, defense, pharmaceutical, energy, environmental, finance, wireless communication, and manufacturing.

Competing Duties and Courts: 11th Circuit Clarifies Procedures and Counsel Duties in Competing Class ActionsThe 11th Circuit recently addressed the issue of competing or overlapping class actions, which often create problems for both the plaintiffs’ counsel and the defense. In Medical and Chiropractic Clinic, Inc. v. Oppenheim, the 11th Circuit clarified what duties class counsel owes to class representatives and the correct forum for asserting challenges

The En Banc 11th Circuit Clarifies “Risk of Identity Theft” StandingIn a decision that narrows the path to federal court for plaintiffs seeking statutory damages with no actual harm, the full 11th Circuit has held that a plaintiff must plead a concrete injury to bring a claim based on an increased risk of identity theft. The en banc decision in Muransky v. Godiva Chocolatier,

11th Circuit Forbids Incentive PaymentsYou need to read Johnson v. NPAS Solutions, LLC. This recent decision from the 11th Circuit fundamentally changes the rules of obtaining approval for class action settlements.

Johnson’s introduction emphasizes that the 11th Circuit is shaking up the way class actions are settled and that the court knows it: “The class-action