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U.S. SC arguments in consolidated cases over arbitration agreements set for October

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 17, 2017, 11:34am

The Oct. 2 oral argument date means a decision likely won’t be reached in the cases -- Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Ernst & Young v. Morris and NLRB v. Murphy Oil USA Inc. -- until late this year or even early 2018.

Supreme Court on Microsoft case: plaintiffs cannot voluntarily dismiss to appeal class certification

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro Jun. 21, 2017, 10:11am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Supreme Court recently addressed a legal loophole in which a plaintiff denied class certification could voluntarily dismiss the claim with prejudice, and then appeal the adverse judgment against class certification.

Supreme Court: Claims from out-of-state plaintiffs shouldn't be filed in California

John O'Brien Jun. 19, 2017, 1:03pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned rulings made by three California courts that concluded they had specific jurisdiction over lawsuits brought by out-of-state residents against a company not incorporated or headquartered there.

SCOTUS: Mont. SC wrong to take in out-of-state lawsuits against railroad

Charmaine Little Jun. 7, 2017, 11:52am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Supreme Court on May 30 reversed the judgment of the Montana Supreme Court decision in a case concerning jurisdiction.

Supreme Court paves the way for cities to sue banks under FHA

Dee Thompson May 10, 2017, 11:26am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Supreme Court on May 1 issued an opinion allowing the city of Miami to proceed as a homeowner under the FHA program and sue Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank for alleged discriminatory loan practices.

Trump's solicitor general could be changing government's stance on class action waivers

John Myers May 9, 2017, 8:58am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Both employers and employees will have to wait a little longer for clarification on whether class action waivers are an acceptable part of employment law, thanks to a recent announcement from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Spokeo decision may not protect magazine sellers who violate VRPA

S. Laney Griffo Apr. 4, 2017, 10:52am

A Michigan court ruled the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins will not protect alleged violators of Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act (VRPA).

SCOTUS to hear Montana case over FELA jurisdiction

Charmaine Little Mar. 27, 2017, 12:52pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – In April, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the question of whether plaintiffs can bring a lawsuit under a federal law in a state in which there is no personal jurisdiction.

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.