Tagged: Printer Defect

Ninth Circuit Rules that Redemption Value of Coupons Cannot be Ignored in Calculating Attorneys’ Fees in Coupon Settlements

In In re HP Inkjet Printer Litigation, the Ninth Circuit reversed a District Court’s approval of a class action settlement providing “e-credits,” or coupons, to class members, on the ground that the class counsel fee award violated § 1712 of the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”). The parties’ settlement agreement had provided for $5 million in coupons, as well as injunctive relief in the form of additional product disclosures. The District Court, recognizing that the coupons were worth significantly less than their face value, estimated that the “ultimate value” of the combined coupon and injunctive relief to the class was approximately $1.5 million, and awarded fees of $1.5 million based solely on the lodestar method, without calculating the actual redemption value of the coupons.

Rejecting Tele Aid, the Third Circuit in Maniscalco v. Brother Holds that the Laws of Consumers’ Home States Apply in Nationwide Class Actions

On March 8, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued its precedential decision in Maniscalco v. Brother International Corp., which significantly restricts the ability of out-of state plaintiffs to use the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (“NJCFA”) to pursue nationwide class actions in New Jersey against New Jersey based companies.