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Trans Union Hit with Largest FCRA Verdict to Date

Trans Union, LLC, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States has been hit with a verdict by a California jury for $60 million, which is the largest verdict under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to...more

West Virginia Supreme Court Decision Clears the Way for Legal Reform

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

On June 16, 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia delivered its opinion in the matter of Martinez v. Asplundh Tree Expert Co., which involved consideration of whether two key pieces of West Virginia’s...more

Avoiding State Law Pitfalls (Part 4 of 4)

by Bryan Cave on

This is the fourth hypothetical in our series showing how well-intentioned employers can violate unfamiliar state laws. Scenario #4 - A manager of a Minneapolis, Minnesota restaurant calls you regarding an employee who...more

Avoiding State Law Pitfalls (Part 3 of 4)

by Bryan Cave on

This is the third hypothetical in our series showing how well-intentioned employers can violate unfamiliar state laws. Scenario #3 - The manager of a restaurant in Hartford, Connecticut calls you regarding an outspoken...more

Mainbrace: June 2017 (No. 3)

by Blank Rome LLP on

Welcome to the summer 2017 edition of Mainbrace. To say we live in interesting times would be a serious understatement. We read headlines on a daily basis that challenge traditionally accepted notions of how governments...more

New Fed Policy Eliminates Ability of Settlement Options to Include Payments to Non-Party NGOs

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 7, 2017, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to all Department of Justice (DOJ) components and 94 United States Attorney’s Offices prohibiting them from entering into any agreement on...more

Arizona Civil Verdicts, 2016

by Snell & Wilmer on

For the past 13 years, I’ve written the cover story of the state bar magazine, Arizona Attorney, about Arizona verdicts. The latest one is out. Here are 2016’s top Arizona verdicts, significant defense verdicts, punitive...more

Supreme Court Says Attorney Fees Must Be Causally Linked to Misconduct

by Zapproved Inc. on

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, No. 15-1406 (U.S. Apr. 18, 2017). The Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous opinion resolving a split in the circuit courts about what attorney fees courts can award for misconduct...more

The Top Hits: Fashion Cases with a Big Impact

by Knobbe Martens on

Over the last year, there have been some significant trademark and copyright cases in the fashion industry. Below are summaries of recent cases all brand owners should know and understand. These cases touch on important...more

5-Year Statute of Limitations Applies to SEC Disgorgement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 5, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission, resolving a circuit split and holding that the 5-year statute of limitations for civil penalties applies to SEC...more

U.S. Supreme Court Significantly Limits SEC's Power to Recover Disgorgement

by Jones Day on

On June 5, 2017, in an unanimous ruling in Kokesh v. SEC, No. 16-529, the United States Supreme Court significantly limited the breadth of the Securities and Exchange Commission's primary enforcement tool. The Court held that...more

SCOTUS Limits SEC Disgorgement Remedies

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that SEC disgorgement remedies used as punitive sanctions for violating federal securities laws constitute civil penalties and are subject to the five-year statute of...more

The Right to Seclusion of Personal Facts vs. Public Opinion

Unhappy with the valuation determination by Zillow’s Zestimates, a builder and related parties have initiated a class action suit against Zillow Inc. and Zillow Group, for class action complaint for (a) violation of the...more

Timing Is Everything: District Court In New York Approves CAFA Removal Two Years After Case Filing

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a somewhat unusual ruling, a New York federal court denied an unpaid intern’s attempt to remand a putative wage-hour class action against Oscar de la Renta to state court even though the case was removed to federal court...more

Eight-Figure Jury Award In California Highlights Risks Of Retaliation Claims

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A jury in California awarded $22.4 million in punitive damages to a former sales manager of Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., a medical device company, based on a finding that his employer retaliated against him under both the...more

Intellectual Property Cases Dominate 2016 Verdict Awards

by Knobbe Martens on

According to the annual Top 100 Verdicts report by ALM’s VerdictSearch, five jury verdicts for Intellectual Property cases cracked the top 10 with a sixth breaking into the top 25 verdicts of 2016. While the amounts do not...more

Punitive Damages Overkill Redux: J&J Hit With Another Massive Disproportionate Punitive Award In Talc Litigation

Just about a week after suffering its third punitive award in pelvic-mesh litigation, Johnson & Johnson found itself on the wrong end of a $105 million punitive award—close to 20 times the $5.4 million compensatory award—in...more

SCOTUS Reverses and Remands Circuit Court Award of Fees for Discovery Misconduct: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, 581 U.S. ___ (2017), the Supreme Court of the United States, in a decision delivered by Justice Kagan reversed and remanded the decision by the US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, for...more

Punitive Damages Overkill: J&J Hit With Still Another Disproportionate Punitive Award In Pelvic-Mesh Litigation

As early as 1967, Judge Friendly worried about the phenomenon of punitive damages overkill in mass tort litigation. Fifty years later, the problem persists....more

Landlords Who Violate Bankruptcy Stay May be Ordered to Pay Emotional Distress Damages and Punitive Damages

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Landlords should use caution in attempts to take possession of leased space once a tenant files bankruptcy. Recently, in Lansaw v. Zokaites, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an order of the Bankruptcy Court for the...more

Establishing Entitlement to Punitive Damages: The Not So Puny Standard

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Punitive damages may be awarded in civil actions as a form of punishment to deter others from engaging in conduct similar to the defendant. Punitive damages are only available for certain claims, such as intentional torts,...more

Smoke Screens & Side Shows

by Reed Smith on

We confess, we can’t think of any good reason for admitting evidence concerning product risks that the plaintiff in a particular case never actually encountered – yet plaintiffs try it with a straight face all the time. It’s...more

Bankruptcy Court Imposes Massively Disproportionate $45 Million Punitive Exaction, Then Plays Santa Claus With $40 Million Of It

A bankruptcy judge in the Eastern District of California recently issued a decision that is sure to raise appellate eyebrows. Concluding in In re Sundquist that the defendant bank had violated the automatic stay by...more

Bank of America Must Pay $46 Million for Improper Foreclosure

Brian Davidoff was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article on March 28, 2017, discussing U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher M. Klein’s ruling in Sundquist v. Bank of America NA which awarded Erik and Renee Sundquist...more

What is the Cost of Racial Profiling?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Ontario Divisional Court says it’s $75,000. In Elmardy v Toronto Police Services Board, a significant decision by the Divisional Court, the three-judge panel awarded a victim of racial profiling damages of $75,000....more

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