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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.

Date Filed # Description
07/21/2017 0354 Order granting preliminary approval of class settlement
07/14/2017 0345 Order Setting Hearing on Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement
06/20/2017 0341 Order cancelling July status conferences
04/25/2017 0338 Order cancelling May and June status conferences
02/28/2017 0333 Order cancelling April 7, 2017 status conference
02/13/2017 0331 Order Continuing Hearing on Motion to Dismiss and/or Stay and Compel Arbitration and Cancelling March 3, 2017 Status Conference
01/06/2017 0325 Order following January status conference and cancelling February status conference
11/28/2016 0306 Order Cancelling December status conference
11/15/2016 0621 Order Cancelling November 18, 2016 status conference
10/21/2016 0252 Order continuing November status conference ECF
10/03/2016 0248 Order Cancelling Status Conference
09/15/2016 0243 Briefing Schedule on Motions to Dismiss or Stay and Compel Arbitration
09/09/2016 0241 Order Following September Status Conference
08/30/2016 0235 Order Granting Leave to File Documents Under Seal
08/24/2016 0228 Discovery Order
08/05/2016 0205 Order Following August Status Conference
07/05/2016 0192 Order Cancelling July 8, 2016 Status Conference
07/01/2016 0189 Scheduling Order
06/03/2016 0176 Order Following June Status Conference
05/03/2016 0157 Order Cancelling May Status Conference
04/29/2016 0153 Order Granting in Part Avid's Motion for Order Precluding Use of Stolen Documents by Plaintiffs
04/13/2016 0142 Order extending deadline for Plaintiffs to file consolidated class action complaint
04/06/2016 0138 Order Denying in Part Plaintiffs' Motion for Leave to Proceed Under Pseudonyms
03/04/2016 0122 Order Following March Status Conference
02/05/2016 0087 Order Appointing Leadership Counsel
01/27/2016 0075 Order Following Initial Status Conference
12/23/2016 0005 Practice and Procedure Order Upon Transfer


Clerk's Office

United States District Court
Eastern District of Missouri
111 South 10th Street, Suite 3.300
St. Louis, MO 63102


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



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



Plaintiffs' Co-Lead Counsel

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


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



Plaintiffs' Executive Committee

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


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


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


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


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



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



Lead Counsel for Defendants

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




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.

  • July 21, 2017 - Hearing on Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement in Courtroom 12N at 10:00 a.m.
  • November 20, 2017 - Hearing on Final Approval of Class Settlement in Courtroom 12N at 10:00 a.m.


Date Filed # Description
07/14/2017 0344 Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement
07/14/2017 0344-1 Declaration of W. Lewis Garrison, Jr. in Support of Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement
07/14/2017 0344-2 Declaration of Layn R. Phillips in Support of Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement
07/14/2017 0344-3 Declaration of Steven Weisbrot, Esq. on Adequacy of Notice Program
07/14/2017 0343 Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement
07/14/2017 0343-1 Exhibit 1 to Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement (Stipulation of Settlement)
07/14/2017 0343-2 Exhibit A to Stipulation of Settlement (Claim Form)
07/14/2017 0343-3 Exhibit B to Stipulation of Settlement (Notice Plan)
07/14/2017 0343-4 Exhibit C to Stipulation of Settlement (Long Form Notice)
07/14/2017 0343-5 Exhibit D to Stipulation of Settlement (Summary Publication Notice)
07/14/2017 0343-6 Exhibit E to Stipulation of Settlement (Proposed Preliminary Approval Order)
07/14/2017 0343-7 Exhibit F to Stipulation of Settlement (Internet Banner Ads)
07/14/2017 0343-8 Exhibit 2 to Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement (Proposed Order)
07/14/2017 0343-9 Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement (Notice Plan)

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