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4:15-md-02669-JAR

In Re: 
Ashley Madison

This multidistrict litigation arises from a data security breach involving AshleyMadison.com, a “dating” website designed to facilitate intimate relationships for individuals who are either married or in a committed relationship. Avid Life Media, Inc. (“Avid”) owns and operates the website. Plaintiffs in these actions similarly allege, on behalf of similar putative nationwide or state classes, that Avid failed to adequately secure their personal and financial information; marketed a “Full Delete Removal” service that did not, in fact, purge user account information from the Ashley Madison database; and made extensive use of artificial intelligence “bots” and other mechanisms to mimic fake users (specifically, female users) on the Ashley Madison website in order to induce actual (predominantly male) users to make purchases. There are currently twenty cases which have been consolidated into this action.

Procedural History

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated the Ashley Madison cases on December 9, 2015 and transferred the matter to this Court for coordinated pretrial proceedings. An initial case conference is scheduled for January 26, 2016.

This page contains selected procedural and substantive orders. It is not a complete inventory of decisions, and these electronic versions are not official documents of record. The official records are those contained in the Clerk of Court’s official docket.

Documents

415md2669-0383

Date Filed: 
11/20/2017
Description: 
Order Granting Final Approval of Settlement

415md2669-0378

Date Filed: 
11/07/2017
Description: 
Order re: Cy Pres award nominees

415md2669-0377

Date Filed: 
10/23/2017
Description: 
Order granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Leave to File Exhibits Under Seal

415md2669-0361

Date Filed: 
10/16/2017
Description: 
Order regarding objection to proposed settlement

415md2669-0354

Date Filed: 
07/21/2017
Description: 
Order granting preliminary approval of class settlement

415md2669-0345

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Order Setting Hearing on Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement

415md2669-0344

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement

415md2669-0344-1

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Declaration of W. Lewis Garrison, Jr. in Support of Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement

415md2669-0344-2

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Declaration of Layn R. Phillips in Support of Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement

415md2669-0344-3

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Declaration of Steven Weisbrot, Esq. on Adequacy of Notice Program

415md2669-0343

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement

415md2669-0343-1

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Exhibit 1 to Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement (Stipulation of Settlement)

415md2669-0343-2

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Exhibit A to Stipulation of Settlement (Claim Form)

415md2669-0343-3

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Exhibit B to Stipulation of Settlement (Notice Plan)

415md2669-0343-4

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Exhibit C to Stipulation of Settlement (Long Form Notice)

415md2669-0343-5

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Exhibit D to Stipulation of Settlement (Summary Publication Notice)

415md2669-0343-6

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Exhibit E to Stipulation of Settlement (Proposed Preliminary Approval Order)

415md2669-0343-7

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Exhibit F to Stipulation of Settlement (Internet Banner Ads)

415md2669-0343-8

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Exhibit 2 to Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement (Proposed Order)

415md2669-0343-9

Date Filed: 
07/14/2017
Description: 
Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement (Notice Plan)

415md2669-0341

Date Filed: 
06/20/2017
Description: 
Order cancelling July status conferences

415md2669-0338

Date Filed: 
04/25/2017
Description: 
Order cancelling May and June status conferences

415md2669-0333

Date Filed: 
02/28/2017
Description: 
Order cancelling April 7, 2017 status conference

415md2669-0331

Date Filed: 
02/13/2017
Description: 
Order Continuing Hearing on Motion to Dismiss and/or Stay and Compel Arbitration and Cancelling March 3, 2017 Status Conference

415md2669-0325

Date Filed: 
01/06/2017
Description: 
Order following January status conference and cancelling February status conference

415md2669-0306

Date Filed: 
11/28/2016
Description: 
Order Cancelling December status conference

415md2669-0261

Date Filed: 
11/15/2016
Description: 
Order Cancelling November 18, 2016 status conference

415md2669-0252

Date Filed: 
10/21/2016
Description: 
Order continuing November status conference ECF

415md2669-0248

Date Filed: 
10/03/2016
Description: 
Order Cancelling Status Conference

415md2669-0243

Date Filed: 
09/15/2016
Description: 
Briefing Schedule on Motions to Dismiss or Stay and Compel Arbitration

415md2669-0241

Date Filed: 
09/09/2016
Description: 
Order Following September Status Conference

415md2669-0235

Date Filed: 
08/30/2016
Description: 
Order Granting Leave to File Documents Under Seal

415md2669-0205

Date Filed: 
08/05/2016
Description: 
Order Following August Status Conference

415md2669-0192

Date Filed: 
07/05/2016
Description: 
Order Cancelling July 8, 2016 Status Conference

415md2669-0176

Date Filed: 
06/03/2016
Description: 
Order Following June Status Conference

415md2669-0157

Date Filed: 
05/03/2016
Description: 
Order Cancelling May Status Conference

415md2669-0153

Date Filed: 
04/29/2016
Description: 
Order Granting in Part Avid's Motion for Order Precluding Use of Stolen Documents by Plaintiffs

415md2669-0142

Date Filed: 
04/13/2016
Description: 
Order extending deadline for Plaintiffs to file consolidated class action complaint

415md2669-0138

Date Filed: 
04/06/2016
Description: 
Order Denying in Part Plaintiffs' Motion for Leave to Proceed Under Pseudonyms

415md2669-0122

Date Filed: 
03/04/2016
Description: 
Order Following March Status Conference

415md2669-0087

Date Filed: 
02/05/2016
Description: 
Order Appointing Leadership Counsel

415md2669-0075

Date Filed: 
01/27/2016
Description: 
Order Following Initial Status Conference

415md2669-0005

Date Filed: 
12/23/2016
Description: 
Practice and Procedure Order Upon Transfer

Contacts

Clerk's Office

United States District Court
Eastern District of Missouri
111 South 10th Street, Suite 3.300
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314)244-7900

Case Management Team
Kara Scheele 314.244.7911 (team leader)
Katie Stamm 314.244.7937
John Bernsen 314.244.7941

MDL Coordinator
Dave Braun 314.244.7938

Chambers of U.S. District Judge John A. Ross

Courtroom 12-North
111 South 10th Street
Suite 12.148
St. Louis, MO 63102
314.244.7560

Judicial Assisant: Sara Armbrecht
Court reporter: Lisa Paczkowski (314) 244-7985

Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel

Douglas P. Dowd
Dowd & Dowd, P.C.
211 North Broadway, Suite 4050
St. Louis, MO 63102
314.621.2500

Plaintiffs' Co-Lead Counsel

John J. Driscoll
The Driscoll Firm,, P.C.
211 No. Broadway, 40th Floor
St. Louis, MO 63102
314.932.3232

W. Lewis Garrison, Jr.
Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC
2224 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
215.326.3336

Plaintiffs' Executive Committee

John Arthur Eaves, Jr.
Eaves Law Firm
101 North State Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
601.355.7961

Gary F. Lynch
Carlson Lynch Sweet & Kilpela, LLP
1133 Penn Ave., 5th floor
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
412.322.9243

Katrina Carroll
Lite DePalma Greenberg LLC
211 W. Wacker Drive, Ste. 500
Chicago, IL 60606
312.750.1591

Julian A. Hammond
HammondLaw PC
1829 Reisterstown Road
Suite 410
Baltimore, MD 21208
310.601.6766

Thomas A. Zimmerman, Jr.
Zimmerman Law Offices
77 West Washington Street
Suite 1220
Chicago, IL 60602
312.440.0020

Liaison Counsel for Defendants

Richard P. Cassetta
Bryan Cave LLP
One Metropolitan Square
211 North Broadway
Suite 3600
St. Louis, MO 63102
314.259.2823

Lead Counsel for Defendants

Robert A. Atkins
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind & Garrison, LLP
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
212.373.3183

 

Hearings and Conferences

This calendar provides only the upcoming hearings and status conferences. It does not include other case management deadlines. For most hearings and status conferences, a call-in number is established (and sent out approximately one week before the hearing or conference) to allow telephone participation.  

  • January 6, 2017 - Status Conference with Counsel in Courtroom 12N at 10:00 a.m.
  • February 17, 2017 - Oral argument on Defendants' Motion to Dismiss and/or Stay and Compel Arbitration in Courtroom 12N at 10:00 a.m.
  • March 3, 2017 - Status Conference with Counsel in Courtroom 12N at 10:00 a.m.
  • April 7, 2017 - Status Conference with Counsel in Courtroom 12N at 10:00 a.m.
  • May 5, 2017 - Status Conference with Counsel in Courtroom 12N at 10:00 a.m.
  • June 2, 2017 - Status Conference with Counsel in Courtroom 12N at 10:00 a.m.
  • July 7, 2017 - Status Conference with Counsel in Courtroom 12N at 10:00 a.m.
  • August 4, 2017 - Status Conference with Counsel in Courtroom 12N at 10:00 a.m.
  • September 1, 2017 - Status Conference with Counsel in Courtroom 12N at 10:00 a.m.
  • October 6, 2017 - Status Conference with Counsel in Courtroom 12N at 10:00 a.m.
  • November 3, 2017 - Status Conference with Counsel in Courtroom 12N at 10:00 a.m.
  • December 1, 2017 - Status Conference with Counsel in Courtroom 12N at 10:00 a.m.