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Trump’s pick for U.S. SC denies he’s against class actions

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 24, 2017, 4:00pm

Neil Gorsuch, a conservative who serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, faced four days of confirmation hearings by the U.S. Senate this week.

Phoney Lawsuits: How a Polish immigrant apparently sued his way to $800K

John O'Brien Mar. 15, 2017, 8:31am

FDS Bank says the man no longer qualifies for Social Security disability benefits because he has made approximately $800,000 from filing 31 lawsuits. FDS says he made less than $30,000 in 2009 working construction before creating a scheme to manufacture claims under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

U.S. SC arguments in consolidated cases over arbitration agreements to be set for 2017 term

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 14, 2017, 11:33am

According to reports, the nation’s high court notified lawyers in the cases -- Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Ernst & Young v. Morris and NLRB v. Murphy Oil USA Inc. -- that arguments will be scheduled for the next term, which starts in October.

Attorney: U.S. SC review of arbitration agreements to impact businesses

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 31, 2017, 1:59pm

The Supreme Court must consider whether the National Labor Relations Act bars enforcement under the Federal Arbitration Act, of class action waiver provisions in an arbitration clause in an employment contract.

Attorney: Trump U.S. SC pick likely more pro-employer

Christopher Knoll Jan. 3, 2017, 10:39am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – President-elect Donald Trump’s Nov. 8 victory has brought the opportunity for him to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court that will undoubtedly have a long-lasting effect.

Attorneys fees added when factoring maximum punitive damages in California case

Marian Johns Dec. 23, 2016, 9:43am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California appellate court recently held attorneys fees could be applied to the state's 10:1 punitive-to-compensatory damages limit while weighing in on a case involving a life insurance company’s alleged fraud against a disabled veteran.

Spokeo decision leads to dismissal of Lyft class action

Karen Kidd Dec. 9, 2016, 10:18am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Though a district judge used a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued last spring to dismiss a Lyft driver's proposed class action over alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, that high court ruling hasn't killed all such putative actions, a Tampa, Florida-based attorney says.

WLF pushing case relating to recess appointment of CFPB director

John Myers Nov. 28, 2016, 9:47am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit legal organization is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that could have broad effects for how federal government appointments are handled in the future.

Arizona leads coalition urging Supreme Court to protect consumers in class action settlements

Mark Iandolo Nov. 22, 2016, 8:26am

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Oct. 19 that he is leading a coalition of 17 attorneys general from across the nation to protect consumers from class action settlement process abuses.

Comments sought on proposed changes to federal class action rule

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 14, 2016, 1:33pm

Civil Rule 23, which governs class action lawsuits, has been amended four times since its adoption in 1934. Most recently, it was revised in 2003.

Eleventh Circuit confirms U.S SC’s Spokeo ruling on standing, concrete harm

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 19, 2016, 3:41pm

The federal appeals court, in a ruling this month, said where a plaintiff brings a lawsuit based only on alleged statutory violation, he or or she must, to establish standing, allege a concrete harm.

Time Warner benefiting from Spokeo decision in Wis. federal court

Mike Helenthal Oct. 18, 2016, 12:32pm

MILWAUKEE (Legal Newsline) – A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting a consumer’s ability to sue a company’s mishandling of personal information is protecting companies like Time Warner from class action lawsuits.

Delaware case of missing money heads to Supreme Court

Mark Iandolo Oct. 14, 2016, 10:31am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an original action case against the state of Delaware, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced.

Attorney: U.S. SC ruling on ‘pick off’ defense doesn’t change much for TCPA class actions

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 12, 2016, 9:14am

Henry Pietrkowski, an attorney at the Chicago office of Reed Smith LLP, admitted the court’s Gomez decision isn’t a great one for TCPA defendants, but said the ruling did leave a narrow opening for their attorneys.

Spokeo impact remains to be seen as lawsuits over N.J. law advance

Carrie Salls Oct. 4, 2016, 1:22pm

A recent class action lawsuit filed against Facebook Inc. in connection with the social media site’s requirement that users agree to the company’s conditions is one of many suits being filed under New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer, Contract Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA).

Plaintiffs attorney: U.S. SC decision won’t stop companies from finding ways to head off class actions

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 3, 2016, 9:42am

Attorney David Stein, who often represents consumers in complex consumer protection and financial fraud cases against Fortune 100 companies, said in a lot of cases, voluntary reimbursement or relief is not enough for plaintiffs.

Sixth Circuit sides with plaintiffs in data breach class actions, says it would be ‘unreasonable’ for customers to wait for misuse

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 26, 2016, 1:01pm

Mohammad Galaria and Anthony Hancox brought their class actions, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, respectively, after hackers breached Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company’s computer network in October 2012 and stole their personal information, along with more than 1 million others.

Eighth Circuit cites Spokeo ruling in dismissing class action against cable company

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 23, 2016, 1:46pm

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit this month affirmed a federal district court’s ruling, holding that the plaintiff’s allegation was, on its own, insufficient to establish Article III standing. Pointing to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo v. Robins, the panel said the plaintiff, a former Charter Communications customer, did not allege an injury in fact as required by Article III.

Defense attorney: Better customer outreach by companies can help head off class actions

Jessica Karmasek Sep. 19, 2016, 9:39am

Michael Mallow, an attorney with Sidley Austin LLP, contends companies first need to recognize there is a problem with their goods or services and then try to take care of it on their own, that way there is no need for or ability to bring a class action lawsuit.

Led Zeppelin loses battle for recovery of attorney fees in 'Stairway to Heaven' suit

Dawn Geske Sep. 9, 2016, 9:51am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Rock group Led Zeppelin was turned down in court for recovery of its attorney fees in its much publicized “Stairway to Heaven” copyright infringement case.