Robert W. Sparkes, III

Robert W. Sparkes, III

K&L Gates LLP

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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

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

Once More unto the Breach: The U.S. Supreme Court Takes Another Case Regarding Class-Wide Arbitration

The United States Supreme Court recently announced that it will return to the trenches of arbitration jurisprudence. Specifically, the Court granted certiorari in Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, No. 12-135 (U.S.), to...more

12/13/2012 - Arbitration Agreements Class Arbitration Federal Arbitration Act

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