Brian Forbes

Brian Forbes

K&L Gates LLP

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Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Whether Plaintiffs Have Standing to Assert a Statutory Violation without...

The United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari to decide whether a statutory violation alone, unaccompanied by any actual harm to the plaintiff, is sufficient to establish Article III standing. See Spokeo, Inc. v....more

5/1/2015 - Article III FCRA Federal Jurisdiction Imminent Harm Popular Private Right of Action SCOTUS Spokeo v Robins Standing Statutory Damages

Two for the Price of One? The First Circuit Holds that a Violation of the FDCPA is a Per Se Violation of the Massachusetts...

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, McDermott v. Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, P.C., may have broad implications for persons and entities involved in debt-collection activities in...more

2/6/2015 - Appeals Chapter 93A Debt Collection FDCPA FTCA

The First Circuit Clarifies That A Defendant’s Deadline to Remove is Principally Influenced by the Actions of the Plaintiff

The first questions any defendant served with a complaint filed in state court should consider are whether removal of the action to federal court is preferable and, assuming the action is removable, when must a notice of...more

11/12/2014 - Appeals CAFA Class Action Filing Deadlines Removal Rules of Civil Procedure

Winding the Removal Clock: The Second Circuit Clarifies The Deadline for Removal Under the Class Action Fairness Act

When faced with a state court lawsuit, a critical consideration for any defendant is the forum in which to litigate – whether to remain in state court or, if possible, remove the case to federal court. In the case of a...more

6/4/2014 - CAFA Class Action Corporate Counsel Deadlines Putative Class Actions Removal

Beyond Credit Reporting: The Extension of Potential Class Action Liability to Employers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Do not be fooled by its title: the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) reaches far beyond the realm of credit reporting and governs a broad spectrum of industries. Indeed, the provisions of FCRA apply to any business entity...more

4/4/2014 - Class Action Corporate Counsel Credit Reports Employer Liability Issues FCRA Trucking Industry

Laying Down the Law: Illinois Appellate Courts Confirm Insurance Coverage in TCPA Cases

The threat to many American businesses posed by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (“TCPA”) (47 U.S.C. § 227(b)) is undeniable. A typical alleged violation of the TCPA may consist of sending a fax without the...more

2/19/2014 - FCC Spam TCPA Unsolicited Faxes

A Decision to Arbitrate in the Mountain State: The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Rejects Retroactive Application of the...

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently issued a decision addressing mandatory arbitration in connection with a residential mortgage loan that will impact litigants in the Mountain State and potentially influence...more

11/27/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Arbitration Waivers Dodd-Frank Mortgages Unconscionable Contracts

Classy Move: The Supreme Court Rebuffs Class Action Forum Manipulation

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued its first decision reviewing the scope of removal jurisdiction under the federal Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). In Knowles v. Standard Fire Insurance Co., No. 11-1450 (U.S.), the...more

3/26/2013 - Amount in Controversy CAFA Class Action Damages Jurisdiction SCOTUS

Knowing Where You Are Litigating is Half the Battle: The Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Knowles v. Standard Fire Insurance...

Whether a putative class representative can block removal of his case to federal court by stipulating that class damages will not exceed the jurisdictional minimum under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) will be...more

2/7/2013 - CAFA Class Action Forum Shopping Jurisdiction Removal SCOTUS Standard Fire

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