The prediction that there would be a drastic decline in class action filings following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011) and AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011) has not transpired. After an initial look at the numbers in 2012, we recently followed up to discover that class action filings are indeed strong.
Based on research performed using Courthouse New Service (CNS), class action filings increased in 2012; dipped in 2013, though it is not apparent that the dip was due to the Supreme Court decisions; and are being filed at a record pace in 2014. In fact, it is estimated that if this trend continues, filings could increase by as much as 10 percent this year. Continue Reading