CALIFORNIA CLASS ACTION LAW

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Northern District Denies Class Certification, After Sustaining Objections to a Declaration Designed to Evade a Local Rule on Page Limits

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The United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion for class certification for evading the page limit on briefing by relying on 11 pages of argument crammed into a supporting declaration.  Juarez v. Jani-King Of California, Inc., No. 09-3495 SC, 2010 WL 3766649 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 24, 2010).  Plaintiffs brought a putative class action arising out of the sale of franchises by Defendants Jani-King of California, Inc., Jani-King, Inc., and Jani-King International, Inc.  Id. *1.  Plaintiffs petitioned the Court for leave to file a brief exceeding Northern District of California’s Civil Local Rule 7-4(b)’s twenty-five-page limit, but the court denied the request. Id.

Plaintiffs filed their Motion to Certify, as well as sixty exhibits totaling more than four thousand pages in support of the Motion.  Id. Defendants filed objections to an eleven-page section of a declaration that Plaintiffs filed in support of their Motion.  Id.

The Statement of Facts in Plaintiffs’ motion cited almost exclusively to seventy-six paragraphs in this declaration.  Id. And in turn, these paragraphs cited to the evidence supporting the Motion.  The court gave the following example from the motion and declaration: Read the rest of this entry »

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Ninth Circuit Holds That No Private Right of Action Exists to Enforce the Provisions of § 13(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940

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In a shareholder class action, Northstar Financial Advisors, Inc. v. Schwab Investments, et al., 2010 WL 3169400 (9th Cir. Aug. 12, 2010), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals addressed whether there is a private cause of action to enforce the provisions of § 13(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“ICA” or “1940 Act”), 15 U.S.C. § 80a-13(a).  That section generally requires an investment company to obtain shareholder approval before deviating from the investment policies contained in the company’s registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

The Court held that “nothing in § 13(a) as originally enacted or as subsequently amended either creates a private cause of action or recognizes one exists with the clarity and specificity required under Supreme Court precedent.”

Marc J. Gross argued for plaintiff-appellee Northstar Financial Advisors, Inc.

Darryl P. Rains argued for defendants-appellants Schwab Investments, et al.

The case was argued before Circuit Judges Mary M. Schroeder N. Randy Smith and Hon. James Maxwell Moody, the Senior United States District Judge for the District of Arkansas, who was sitting by designation.  Circuit Judge Schroeder wrote the opinion of the Court.

By CHARLES H. JUNG