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Spokeo case may return to U.S. Supreme Court after Ninth Circuit ruling about concrete harm, attorney says

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case in which an appeals court recently and again upheld a plaintiff's standing to pursue his claims in federal court might be on its way back to the U.S. Supreme Court, a labor and employment attorney said during a recent interview.

Medical device maker seeks U.S. SC review in case over ‘mass action’ removal

Cordis Corp. filed its petition for writ of certiorari, or review, with the nation’s highest court last month. The company, which makes IVC filters, wants the court to reaffirm defendants’ statutory right to remove cases of “national significance” to federal court.

Former sales rep for software maker claims company ‘stonewalling’ case over commission practices

The plaintiff, who in February filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Oracle America Inc., alleges the technology giant now is obstructing the arbitration process.

Seventh Circuit, on Volvo ‘pick-off’ case: Timing of offer has no effect

The proposed class action, Laurens v. Volvo, is about a car buyer’s disappointed expectations. The dispute, in particular, centers on the difference between Volvo’s model XC90 and the XC90 T8. Both are luxury SUVs, but the XC90 runs on gas, whereas the T8 is a plug‐in hybrid.

TCPA defendants could be looking at longer, more expensive legal battles

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, recently denied defendant DePaul University’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it over a series of allegedly unsolicited text messages sent to a man’s personal cell phone.

Johnson & Johnson already planning appeal of $417 million California talc powder verdict

After a four-week trial, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury returned a verdict of $417 million against Johnson & Johnson Monday. The total includes $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 in punitive damages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.