Class Action Tossed Due To Plaintiffs' "Unusual" Litigation History

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A California federal judge denied class certification in a privacy case brought by a plaintiff the judge said had an “unusual” litigation history, Legal Newsline reports.

Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California said the plaintiff’s history “shows a pattern of using the threat of class action to extract an undeserved premium on an individual claim.” The plaintiff has filed 10 other class actions under the California Invasion of Privacy Act, but all settled before the class was certified. In several cases, Judge Alsup wrote, the plaintiff and his lawyer “received settlement amounts disproportionate to maximum recovery allowed under the statute,” while other members of the classes received nothing.

August 23, 2019