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Apr 9 , Brief of respondents Caroline Behrend, et al. in opposition filed. Apr 24 , DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 10, In Comcast Corp. et. al. v. Behrend, et. al., the Supreme Court of the United States, in a decision written by Justice Antonin Scalia. Co-author, What The Supreme Court’s Decision in Comcast v. Behrend Means for ERISA Class Certification, ABA Employee Benefits Committee Newsletter.

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The comcsat believed that, because the parties’ briefing had focused on the admissibility of expert evidence at the class-certification stage, the Court should not have decided whether the plaintiffs’ damages model was adequate to support class certification. Receive a daily email digest from Feedburner by entering your email.

See Brief for Respondents at Robbins and Bowles v. United States, ex rel. The trial court certified the class and the appellate court affirmed. December — Victoria Kwan.

Wyoming Home Depot U. The Court also built upon its prior decision in Wal-Martnoting that the “same analytical principles” are not only applicable in damages class actions, but also that “Rule 23 b 3 ‘s predominance criterion is even more demanding than Rule 23 a.

DukesU. More basically, respondents argue that Comcast failed to preserve its claims for appeal v.bhrend that the Supreme Court should dismiss the writ of certiorari in light of the settlement reached in the case.

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Brief amicus curiae of Cato Institute filed. Brief amici curiae of American Antitrust Institute, et al.

Failure to object to the admissibility of evidence normally results in the forfeiture of that claim on appeal.

Rather, Respondents would have district courts apply a more flexible standard that takes into account the context of the pretrial certification proceedings. In v.behrrnd, following evidentiary hearings and oral argument, the District Court recertified the proposed class.

BehrendS. However, none comast these state courts address when a damages model is necessary to establish the predominance of classwide injury or damages under Comcast. A divided Third Circuit affirmed the district court, concluding that Comcast’s “attack[] on the merits of the methodology [had] no place in the class certification inquiry.

Comcast Corp. v. Behrend

Application 11A granted by Comcazt Alito extending the time to file until January 18, Respondents further contend that the fact that the District Court did not accept all of the antitrust theories presented does not vitiate the testimony of Dr.


Appeal could delay resolution v.behremd class action against Comcast Aug. Turning to the specific evidence in Comcast, the Court noted that the different damages theories offered by the plaintiffs revealed important differences among class members, that the McClave model failed to account for the damages that allegedly resulted solely from the “overbuilder theory,” and that the Third Circuit had erred in failing to determine whether the plaintiffs’ damages methodology was “just and reasonable” or merely speculative and thus could not satisfy Rule 23 b 3 ‘s predominance requirement.

In asserting that Comcast failed to preserve its claims for appeal, respondents stress the importance of fairness and efficiency in litigation and the notion that district courts are generally in the best position to resolve factual disputes.

Though plaintiffs routinely contend that relief flowing from the plan eliminates these inquiries, Wal-Mart and Comcast in combination say not so fast. Harrison Return Mail Inc. The time to file respondent’s brief on the merits is extended to and including September 25, As for putative Rule 23 b 3 class actions, which is where the expanded remedies will now more often take us, especially close scrutiny is warranted.

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In fact, the Court noted that the predominance criterion of Rule 23 b 3 is even more demanding than Rule 23 a. Guido State and local governments are covered employers under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of regardless of comcas number of employees they have.

Murphy Cochise Consultancy Inc. United States Whether the rule of Apprendi v. PerryTown of Greece v. The plaintiffs sought certification of a purported class of two million current and former Comcast subscribers under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 b 3which requires among other things that “questions of law or fact common to class members predominate over any questions affecting only individual members[. AAI and AMIBA also argue that raising the bar for class certification would undermine the efficiency and accuracy of important private antitrust enforcement actions and deny plaintiffs comcaet Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury.

Comcast argues that even if the report could prove antitrust impact on a class-wide basis, the evidence is inadmissible because it fails to satisfy reliability requirements for expert evidence under Federal Rule of Evidence and Daubert v.

Comcast v. Behrend

See Brief in Support of Respondents at 18— As with many Supreme Court decisions, litigants generally and the lower courts will grapple with determining the full impact of Comcast. Specifically, the Court’s opinion underscores that district courts must critically examine damages methodologies to determine whether they are based on just and reasonable inferences and are not merely speculative and that individual issues of damages cimcast require the denial of class certification.


And where damages models are insufficient — because they cannot distinguish between liable misconduct and nonliable market factors, rest on unreliable assumptions or methodology, or are not grounded in facts — federal courts will deny certification.

Guido New Prime Inc. Amara, 2 and U. The decision will likely significantly impact the ability of plaintiffs to certify as a class under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, and it may also affect underlying commercial conduct, such as the future use of territory-swapping and clustering agreements.

The time to file the joint appendix and petitioners’ v.bfhrend on the merits is extended to and including August 17, Comcast’s Background and Summary Subscribers to Comcast’s cable television services brought a class action against the company, alleging that Comcast’s clustering of operations, in violation of federal antitrust laws, eliminated competition and led to non-competitive prices in the Philadelphia region.

New Jersey—which held that any fact, other cimcast a prior conviction, that increases the penalty for a crime beyond the prescribed statutory maximum must be submitted to a jury and proven beyond a reasonable doubt—should apply to the imposition of criminal restitution.

Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit refused even to entertain Comcast’s argument that the class was improperly certified because the McClave model failed to tie its damages calculation to the overbuilder theory. Insix Comcast customers brought a class-action antitrust lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the company, alleging anticompetitive and monopolistic conduct in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act.

Respondents sued Comcast for entering into an illegal agreement in restraint of trade and monopolizing in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can leave if you wish.

In sum, this case presents the Supreme Court with an opportunity to clarify the standard for class-action certification. See Brief for RespondentsCaroline Behrend et al. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dissent Offers a Limited View of the Majority Opinion Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, jointly writing for the dissent, argued that the Court should have dismissed the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.