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In Justice Gorsuch’s First Opinion, Supreme Court Holds That Debt Buyers Are Exempt From Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act does not apply to debt buyers, as opposed to debt collectors working on behalf of loan originators....more

Supreme Court Rules That Church-Affiliated Hospitals Fall Within ERISA’s Church Plan Exemption

On June 5, a unanimous US Supreme Court reversed decisions of the US Courts of Appeal for the Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, holding that a church-affiliated organization that establishes an employee benefits plan falls...more

Supreme Court Affirms Strict Personal Jurisdiction Rules

On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of corporations in a personal jurisdiction decision, limiting the number of places where they can be sued. In BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, an 8-1 decision authored by...more

Attempt to Block Unclaimed Property Gift-Card Audit Again Rejected by Delaware Federal Court

Marking its second decision on the issue, the Delaware federal district court has held that the U.S. Supreme Court’s priority rules governing the distribution of unclaimed property among competing states do not apply to...more

Cybersecurity Certifications Now Required to Access Death Master File

Tough cybersecurity certification requirements for parties seeking access to certain information in the Social Security Death Master File (DMF) take effect on November 28. The final rule imposing the cybersecurity...more

Supreme Court Holds Dismissal of Individual Case in MDL Proceedings Is Immediately Appealable

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held yesterday in Gelboim v. Bank of America Corp., No. 13-1174, that an order disposing of an individual case previously consolidated with other cases for multidistrict litigation (MDL)...more

Massachusetts Treasurer Demands National Mutual Fund Records in Multistate Unclaimed Property Audit

Late this summer, the Massachusetts Treasurer demanded mutual fund records on a nationwide basis as part of a multistate unclaimed property audit. Thirty-five (35) states are involved in the audit, but the Treasurer has...more

Final Deadline Imminent for Enrolling in Delaware VDA Program

The enrollment period for the Delaware Secretary of State’s Voluntary Disclosure Agreement Program (the Delaware VDA Program) for unclaimed property reporting closes next week on September 30, 2014. Delaware has previously...more

Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,...more

Florida Court of Appeal Holds Insured’s Death Alone Does Not Trigger Unclaimed Property Law Obligations

In an opinion filed August 5, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal held that Florida’s unclaimed property law does not make life insurance proceeds due and payable at the time of the insured’s death and does not impose an...more

Idaho Unclaimed Property Rule: Insurers Must Confirm Whether Insureds Have Died

In a recently issued notice of rulemaking, the Idaho State Treasurer’s Office has proposed a temporary rule that, if permanently adopted, would alter two key definitional provisions in the state’s unclaimed property laws...more

No SLUSA Protection Absent Material Connection With Sale/Purchase of Covered Security

In Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice, the U.S. Supreme Court held on February 26, 2014, that the victims of Allen Stanford’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme can proceed with their claims against law firms, insurance brokers,...more

Legal Alert: In a Class of Their Own: the Impact of the Supreme Court's October 2012 Term on Class Actions

During its recently concluded October 2012 term, the Supreme Court of the United States decided seven cases that are likely to have a significant impact on class action practice. This term’s decisions addressed evidentiary...more

Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Post-Concepcion

Class action waivers in employment agreements have been a point of contention for quite some time. More often than not, courts around the country have found that employment arbitration agreements with class action waivers are...more

Legal Alert: Retained Asset Account Litigation—Summary Judgment Entered for MetLife

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, Judge Larry R. Hicks presiding, granted the defendant - insurer’s motions for summary judgment in the consolidated, putative class actions, Keife v....more

Legal Alert: Arbitration and Class Action Waiver Issues Again Before the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in the first of two cases to be argued this term again raising questions regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements and class action waivers. These cases...more

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