Shannon Petersen

Shannon Petersen

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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Seventh Circuit Affirms Lodestar Method to Determine Attorneys’ Fees in TCPA Class Action Settlement

In Americana Art China Company, Inc. v. Foxfire Printing & Packaging, Inc., 743 F.3d 243 (7th Cir. Feb. 18, 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s attorneys’ fees award in a...more

4/10/2014 - Attorney's Fees Class Action Lodestar Method TCPA

Ninth Circuit Rejects Percentage Method To Determine Attorneys’ Fees In Class Action Settlement

In Collado v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Nos. 11-57013, 11-57023, 11-57030 (9th Cir. Dec. 16, 2013), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s attorneys’ fees award in a class action settlement...more

1/23/2014 - Attorney's Fees Class Action Settlement Toyota

CFPB Report Targets Arbitration Clauses

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) is a new federal agency responsible for regulating consumer financial products and services. On December 12, 2013, the CFPB released a report on the use of arbitration...more

1/9/2014 - Arbitration CFPB Credit Cards Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Prepaid Payment Products

TCPA Class Actions Coming To New York

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit may lead to a wave of class action litigation in New York under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). See Todd Bank v. Independence Energy Grp....more

12/16/2013 - Class Action Mims v Arrow Financial Services SCOTUS TCPA

Third and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals Issue TCPA Decisions

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227, et seq. (“TCPA”), prohibits “robo-calls” to cell phones, text messages and “junk” faxes without prior consent. It imposes statutory penalties from $500 to $1,500 per...more

9/10/2013 - Appeals Class Action Liability Robocalling Spam Statutory Penalties TCPA Telemarketing

New FCC Interpretation Of "Express Consent" To Increase TCPA Class Action Liability

Plaintiffs frequently sue businesses in class actions for violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (the “TCPA”). The TCPA generally prohibits calls and text messages to cell phones using...more

6/13/2013 - Cell Phones Class Action Consent FCC TCPA Written Consent

California Court Holds That Borrowers May Enjoin A Foreclosure If A Lender Fails To Meet Servicing Guidelines

In Pfeiffer v. Countrywide Home Loans, --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, 2012 WL 6216039 (Dec. 13, 2012), mortgage borrowers filed a damages claim against a trustee for violating the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”)...more

2/5/2013 - Borrowers FDCPA Foreclosure Injunctions Mortgages Servicing Policies

Class Action Waivers Are Enforceable Despite Any State Statutory Right To A Class Action

In Flores v. West Covina Auto Group, --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, 2013 WL 139200 (Cal.App. 2 Dist. Jan. 11, 2013), the California Court of Appeal extended the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in AT&T Mobility, Inc. v....more

1/22/2013 - Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumers Legal Remedies Act Federal Arbitration Act Preemption

California Homeowner Bill of Rights: A New Mortgage Law For The New Year

The California Homeowner Bill of Rights (“HBR”) goes into effect on January 1, 2013. The HBR revamps California’s non-judicial foreclosure statutes granting borrowers additional rights. It was designed to correct perceived...more

12/12/2012 - Foreclosure Homeowner Bill of Rights Mortgages

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