Class certification is often discussed as a “stage” of litigation, but the Second Circuit’s recent decision in Jin v. Shanghai Original, Inc. et al is a good reminder that, even after a class is certified, class treatment must remain appropriate throughout the litigation. In Jin, the Second Circuit upheld the decertification of a class after “red flags” alerted the court that plaintiffs’ counsel was no longer serious about taking the case to trial. The opinion is particularly significant in practice areas where settlement is the expectation and trial the exception—and it provides a roadmap for defense counsel contemplating a motion to decertify if class counsel does not remain diligent. Whether to do so may depend on the case. A class decertified for counsel’s failures of representation may just be scooped up and reasserted by a different (and more adequate) lawyer. But in cases with serious proof problems, class decertification on adequacy grounds may effectively end the litigation.
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Jessica’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on class action, financial services litigation and enforcement, and commercial disputes. Recent representative matters include the defense of a leading marketplace lender in a putative nationwide class action under state usury laws; a major consumer products company in multidistrict antitrust litigation; a professional services firm in a malpractice action; a lingerie company facing consumer protection claims, including claims of false advertising; and financial institutions facing claims under the federal and state contract and antitrust laws, RICO Act, Right to Financial Privacy Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and state unfair and deceptive practices statutes. She also regularly advises and represents clients in complex commercial disputes.
What do you like best about your work? Our work is our role as problem solvers. As litigators, we help clients address immediate problems. But when we know our clients and their businesses well, our clients also turn to us for longer term advice, to help identify issues before they arise, and think about how to do things better.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I try to work with my hands. I started learning wheel-thrown pottery last year and enjoy forcing my family and friends to accept impractically shaped mugs, not just at Christmas, but — lucky for them — all year long.
How do you see your practice changing in the next few years? I see my practice including more state AG enforcement work in the years ahead. The regulatory environment for our financial services clients is poised to change dramatically at the federal level; active AGs in New York and California will see that as an opportunity to fill the void. More ›
Adam J. Hunt
Adam Hunt is an associate in the Litigation Department of Morrison & Foerster’s New York office. His practice focuses on complex litigation, with an emphasis on class action and commercial litigation.
Adam has extensive experience representing financial institutions, consumer products companies, and technology firms in class action cases and complex commercial disputes. Representative experience include cases involving state consumer protection statutes, including New York General More ›
Natasha Greer Menell
Natasha Menell represents clients in a variety of complex commercial disputes, including antitrust class actions, trade secrets litigation, and adversarial proceedings in bankruptcy. She also has experience representing clients subject to investigation by the Department of Justice and federal regulatory bodies for suspected violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Dodd-Frank Act.
Ms. Menell received her J.D. magna cum laude from More ›