3rd Circuit Overturns 8-Figure Settlement in Lending Class Action — Again
By Shannon P. Duffy
For the second time, a federal appeals court has overturned an eight-figure settlement in a class action predatory lending suit on the grounds that the trial judge failed to follow the rigorous and precise steps involved in certifying a settlement class.
In its 100-page opinion in In re Community Bank of Northern Virginia, a unanimous, three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a $47.6 million settlement on the grounds that the trial judge applied the wrong legal standard in ruling on class certification.
The ruling is a stunning second setback for both the plaintiffs and the defendants whose prior settlement of $33 million was overturned by the 3rd Circuit in 2005. It’s a coup for a coalition of objectors, represented by lawyers from Alabama, North Carolina, Missouri, Maryland and Georgia, who have now succeeded twice in blocking settlements of claims they say are worth more than $3 billion.
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