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ABA Section Annual Conference

I spent some time going through the brochure for this Spring’s ABA Litigation SAC in NYC, May 1-3, and it looks like a good one. In addition to my panel on class actions and solo/small firm practice (“How Do Small Firms and Solo Practitioners Navigate the Class Action Arena?”), there are plenty of trial practice […]

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Drew’s upcoming conference presentations.

I’ll be moderating a panel on the topic of “ascertainability” as a requirement in class actions in San Francisco on February 22, 2019, as part of the Impact Fund Class Action Conference. This somewhat dry (but important) topic has generated various approaches among the federal and state appellate courts that have wrestled with it. I’m […]

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A bit of good news for investors . . .

In re. Johnson & Johnson (SEC ruling) In what is sure to be an ongoing effort by some to block stockholders and other investors from seeking to hold company managements accountable through securities fraud class action, chalk up one for the little guy: http://bit.ly/2RXS0hY . Arbitration is being used more and more often–not as the […]

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Trump Administration Threatens New Rule Jeopardizing Investor Protections Through Class Actions

Currently and for many decades, publicly-held companies have not been able to avoid securities fraud suits against themselves and their executives and officers, other than behaving well. In the mid- to late 1990’s, “tort reform”-style legislation, principally the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA) tightened up the rules for bringing such actions successfully, leading to […]

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Court Issues Final Order Approving Trott Fair Debt Class Action Settlement

On September 28, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Michigan issued a final order and judgment approving the proposed class action settlement in Martin, et al. v. Trott Law PC, et al.  The Court’s order and other settlement documents can be reviewed under the “Documents” tab at the settlement […]

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McGuinness to lecture on class actions at University of Michigan Law School; judge Campbell Moot Court Competition

I have been invited by Professor Stuart Rossman of the University of Michigan Law School to present to his Consumer Class Actions class this coming December. The topic is “The Future of Class Actions.” I’m looking forward to spending a few hours interacting with law students who share an interest in my passion–class actions–at my […]

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Register Now and Save! for the Oct. 18-19 (Chicago) ABA 22nd Annual National Institute on Class Actions

Once again, I will be teaching class action best practices, and later moderating a distinguished panel selected from the bench, bar, and academia, at this year’s 22nd Annual National Institute on Class Actions, to be held October 18-19 in Chicago. Our updated brochure is HERE. Register by August 31, 2018; and by Sept. 19, 2018, for […]

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Court preliminarily approves Trott class action settlement, appoints Andrew J. McGuinness, Esq., class counsel.

In an order entered June 29, 2018, by Judge Lawson, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, the Court preliminarily approved the proposed $7.5 million common fund class action settlement. Postcard notices began arriving in class members’ mailboxes today.  For further information, please go to: www.trottfairdebtsettlement.com. The Court’s order, and the full Class Notice, […]

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Amercian Legion op-ed calls for SEC to reject changes to allow publicly-traded companies to avoid securities fraud class actions.

Attempts to change SEC rules  to permit publicly-traded on companies to insert arbitration clauses with class action waivers in their shares or corporate governance documents have gained steam under the Trump Administration. The current SEC Chair, appointed by President Trump, has refused to reject them, as previous Democratic- and Republican-appointed Chairs have done. John Kamin, assistant […]

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Andrew J. McGuinness, Esq., Negotiates $7.5 Million Class Settlement in Trott Fair Debt Lawsuit

I am pleased to announce that we have successfully negotiated a class settlement in Martin v. Trott Law PC and David A. Trott, a fair debt action we filed in August 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the E.D. Michigan, Case No. 2:15-cv-12838.  The settlement, if approved by the Court, will provide a total $7.5 million Common […]

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