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Duane Morris Class Action Review – 2024

Class action litigation is a staple of the American judicial system. The volume of class action filings has increased each year for the past decade, and 2024 is likely to follow that trend. Given the massive class action settlement figures in 2023, coupled with the ever- developing case law under Rule 23, corporations can expect more lawsuits, expansive class theories, and an aggressive plaintiffs’ bar in 2024. The DMCAR is a one-of-its-kind publication analyzing class action trends, decisions, and settlements in 23 areas of law impacting Corporate America.

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EEOC LITIGATION REVIEW — 2023

Government enforcement litigation is similar in many respects to class action litigation. Lawsuits brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) typically present significant monetary exposure and involve numerous claimants. The EEOC is one of the most aggressive federal agencies in terms of prosecuting government enforcement litigation.

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PRIVACY CLASS ACTION REVIEW — 2023

Privacy class action litigation, in a multitude of forms and theories, revealed itself as the hottest area of growth in terms of activity by the plaintiffs’ bar in 2022. As a result, compliance with privacy laws in the myriad of ways that companies interact with employees, customers, and third parties is a corporate imperative.

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WAGE & HOUR CLASS AND COLLECTIVE ACTION REVIEW — 2023

Complex wage & hour litigation has long been a focus of the plaintiffs’ class action bar. The relatively low standard by which plaintiffs can achieve conditional certification under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), often paired with state law wage & hour class claims, offers a potent combination by which plaintiffs can pursue myriad employment claims.

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PRIVATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL ACT REVIEW — 2023

One law making California so different – and so challenging – for employers is the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”), which authorizes employees to assert claims for alleged labor violations. Plaintiffs bring thousands of PAGA cases every year, and, because PAGA plaintiffs can bring suit on behalf themselves and other employees, the stakes are often significant, with companies exposed to risks similar to those arising from class action litigation.

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CONSUMER FRAUD CLASS ACTION REVIEW — 2023

Government enforcement litigation is similar in many respects to class action litigation. Lawsuits brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) typically present significant monetary exposure and involve numerous claimants. The EEOC is one of the most aggressive federal agencies in terms of prosecuting government enforcement litigation.

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