Alan S. Kaplinsky

Alan S. Kaplinsky

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Hensarling and CFPB disagree on impact of Supreme Court’s Canning decision

It should be no surprise that the CFPB and Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, have different perspectives on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week that President...more

6/30/2014 - Barack Obama Canning v NLRB NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

U.S. Supreme Court Cell Phone Privacy Decision Deserves Employer Attention

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week in Riley v. California that police generally may not conduct a warrantless search of digital data stored on the cell phone of someone who has been arrested. The...more

6/27/2014 - Cell Phones Fourth Amendment Police Popular Riley v California SCOTUS Search Warrant

U.S. Supreme Court decides recess appointments case

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday issued a decision in NLRB v. Noel Canning in which it held that President Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were invalid. ...more

6/27/2014 - Barack Obama Canning v NLRB NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

Supreme Court Sets Framework for Determining Software Patent Eligibility

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an important opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International regarding the patent eligibility of basic business methods covered in computer software patents. Writing for the unanimous...more

6/24/2014 - Alice Corporation Bilski CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Risk Mitigation SCOTUS Software

Supreme Court To Decide Evidentiary Requirements for Removal Notices in Class Actions

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the issue of what, if any, evidence a defendant must present in a notice of removal to remove a case to federal court based on the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). In granting the...more

4/9/2014 - CAFA Class Action Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens Evidence Removal SCOTUS

FCRA Claim Provides Article III Standing without Showing of Actual Harm, Ninth Circuit Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a plaintiff had Article III standing to sue a website operator for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regardless of whether he could show actual...more

2/11/2014 - Article III ATMs EFTA FCRA Injury-in-Fact SCOTUS Statutory Damages

Update on disparate impact lawsuit against HUD

The settlement and Supreme Court’s dismissal of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. has increased the potential significance of the lawsuit filed in June 2013 in federal district court in Washington,...more

2/5/2014 - Disparate Impact FHA HUD Mount Holly v Mt. Holly Citizens in Action SCOTUS

Tenth Circuit Rejects State Law Challenge to FAA Primacy

In the aftermath of AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion and American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, consumer lawyers have frequently argued that arbitration agreements should be invalidated if features other than the...more

1/31/2014 - American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

State Attorney General Lawsuit Not Removable under CAFA, Supreme Court Holds

Resolving a conflict in the circuits, the U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a parens patriae action brought by a state attorney general is not removable from state to federal court as a “mass action” under the...more

1/15/2014 - CAFA Class Action Parens Patriae Removal SCOTUS

Tentative settlement reportedly reached in Mount Holly

It is looking like our prediction that Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. would settle before the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument was accurate. Late yesterday, the Wall Street Journal...more

11/1/2013 - CFPB Disparate Impact ECOA FHA HUD Mount Holly v Mt. Holly Citizens in Action SCOTUS Settlement

California Courts Rule for and against Arbitration

Two recent Ninth Circuit opinions and a California Supreme Court ruling demonstrate that the debate over the enforceability of consumer arbitration provisions is far from over. With the U.S. Supreme Court weighing whether to...more

10/31/2013 - American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration AT&T Mobility v Concepcion CFPB Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

Parties in Mt. Holly case hire Supreme Court advocates

As we previously reported, settlement discussions are underway in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc....more

7/30/2013 - CFPB Disparate Impact Fair Housing Act Mount Holly Mount Holly v Mt. Holly Citizens in Action SCOTUS

11th Circuit Affirms Arbitrator’s Class Ruling but Leaves Arbitrability Undecided

Applying the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Oxford Health Plans v. Sutter, the 11th Circuit affirmed an arbitrator’s conclusion that the parties’ agreement permitted class-wide arbitration....more

7/16/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Arbitration Waivers Class Arbitration Oxford Health v Sutter SCOTUS

More on a possible Mt. Holly settlement

As we reported, there are signs that a settlement may be reached in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. before the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to hear the case....more

7/11/2013 - Mount Holly SCOTUS Settlement

Settlement discussions underway in Mt. Holly

Since the petition for certiorari in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. was filed last year, we have raised the possibility that, even if the Supreme Court granted certiorari, the case might...more

7/2/2013 - Certiorari Disparate Impact FHA HUD Mount Holly SCOTUS Settlement

Supreme Court arbitration decision raises stakes for CFPB arbitration study

Last week, in its decision in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurants, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a knock-out punch to the last major court challenge to the use of class action waivers in consumer arbitration...more

6/25/2013 - American Express American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Dodd-Frank SCOTUS

Supreme Court agrees to take on recess appointment controversy

On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Noel Canning v. NLRB invalidating President Obama’s January 4, 2012 appointment of three NLRB members....more

6/25/2013 - Canning v NLRB Certiorari CFPB NLRB Recess Appointments Richard Cordray SCOTUS

No 'Vindication of Rights' Exception to Concepcion, Supreme Court Holds

The U.S. Supreme Court today delivered a knock-out punch to the last major court challenge to the use of class action waivers in consumer arbitration agreements....more

6/21/2013 - American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

Supreme Court grants cert (again) in FHA disparate impact case

Second time’s the charm? For the second time in less than two years, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari today in a case that presents the question whether plaintiffs suing under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) may bring...more

6/18/2013 - Certiorari Disparate Impact ECOA FHA SCOTUS

Supreme Court Agrees Again To Decide Critical Disparate Impact Questions under the Fair Housing Act

The question of whether plaintiffs suing under the Fair Housing Act may bring disparate impact claims is back on the U.S. Supreme Court's docket as a result of the Court's decision today to grant certiorari in Mount Holly v....more

6/17/2013 - CFPB Discrimination Disparate Impact ECOA Fair Lending FHA Redevelopment SCOTUS

U.S. Supreme Court likely to rule on cert petition in NLRB v. Noel Canning at June 20 Conference

We have been following very closely developments in NLRB v. Noel Canning, the case seeking Supreme Court review of the D.C. Circuit Court’s judgment invalidating President Obama’s January 4, 2012 appointment of several NLRB...more

6/3/2013 - Barack Obama Canning v NLRB CFPB NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

Petitioners in Mt. Holly file brief in Supreme Court responding to Solicitor General

The Township of Mount Holly and other petitioners for certiorari in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. filed a brief on May 24, 2013 in the U.S. Supreme Court replying to the brief filed by...more

5/29/2013 - Disparate Impact FHA HUD SCOTUS

Supreme Court Ruling on Employee’s Lawsuit Will Also Affect Rule 23 Class Action Cases

In a decision that has broad implications beyond its labor law context, the U.S. Supreme Court held on April 16, 2013, that an employee plaintiff in a collective action whose individual claim was mooted by her employer’s...more

4/18/2013 - Class Action Collective Actions FLSA Genesis HealthCare Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk Mootness Rule 23 Rule 68 SCOTUS

Supreme Court Agrees To Decide Procedure for Enforcing Forum Selection Clauses

Agreeing to review an important issue that has divided the federal circuit courts, the U.S. Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will decide the proper procedural vehicle for enforcing forum selection clauses. ...more

4/2/2013 - Forum Selection Clause SCOTUS Transfer of Venue

NLRB passes on rehearing in Canning and will file certiorari petition

The National Labor Relations Board announced that it has decided not to seek a rehearing of the D.C. Circuit’s January 2013 decision in Canning v. NLRB. Instead, the NLRB, in consultation with the Department of Justice, plans...more

3/13/2013 - Canning v NLRB DOJ NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

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