Statutory Damages

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Post-‘Spokeo’ Standing for Consumer Class Actions a Struggle

Federal courts have varied widely in their interpretation of standing for plaintiffs in consumer protection class actions since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Spokeo v. Robins , __ U.S. __, 136 S.Ct. 1540 (May 16,...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Will Texas Change the Recovery of Attorneys' Fees in 2017?"

The general rule in Texas is that litigants must pay their own attorneys’ fees. Texas only allows the recovery of attorneys’ fees where it is authorized by statute, called for in the contract between the parties, or – in rare...more

Annoyance and Discomfort Damages Resulting from Injury to Trees are Subject to the Statutory Damage Multiplier

Boundary disputes are one of the most actively litigated areas of real property law. One common category of such disputes involves the trimming of a neighbor’s tree, either to remove branches that have grown over a property...more

In Bizarre Procedural Posture, Ninth Circuit Finds FCRA Willful Violation

In Syed v. M-I, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that combining a liability waiver and a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) disclosure in an employment application constitutes a willful...more

January 2017: Class Action Update

Spokeo’s Impact: A Potent but Mercurial Class Action Gatekeeper. The Supreme Court’s May 2016 decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540(2016), as revised (May 24, 2016), promised to rein in the wave of class actions...more

Not Providing Compliant Rest Breaks in California Could Break the Bank – New Clarifications from the State’s High Court

Recently, in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., the California Supreme Court upheld a $90 million award of statutory damages, interest, and penalties against an employer who required employees to remain on-call during...more

Constitutional Standing Provides Fertile Battleground In Data Breach Litigation

A common and understandable concern of companies that suffer a data breach is whether the victims can sue the company. It is tempting to assume that the victims won’t sue if they do not suffer identity theft or monetary loss...more

California Supreme Court: California Prohibits On-Duty And On-Call Rest Periods

Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc. On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., ruled that California law prohibits on-duty and on-call rest periods. You may...more

Three Point Shot - December 2016

In Partial Trademark Victory over Chinese Sportswear Company, MJ Posterizes Unauthorized User of Chinese Version of His Name - In Game 3 of the first round of the 1991 NBA Eastern Conference playoffs between the New York...more

Causation Counts: Strategic Use of Summary Judgment Post-Spokeo

Early scorecards in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins all note high marks in the plaintiffs’ column, especially at the motion to dismiss stage. Emboldened by these decisions,...more

9th Circuit opens door to damages against retailers carrying infringing works

One of the attractions of copyright law is that copyright owners can recover substantial damages (which can go up to $150,000 in cases of willful infringement) without having to prove actual losses. But generally these...more

Freelancers in New York City Get Wage Protections

A written contract, payment within 30 days, and statutory damages for non-payment of wages are among the provisions of New York City’s new freelancer protection law signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on November 16, 2016. The law...more

Nicklaw v. CitiMortgage, Inc.: Eleventh Circuit Holds Statutory Violation Insufficient to Confer Article III Standing Absent...

On October 6, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued its opinion in Nicklaw v. CitiMortgage, Inc., dismissing, for lack of Article III standing, a class action complaint that alleged...more

Ninth Circuit Provides a Second Look at Willful Copyright Infringement **WEB ONLY**

In a case stemming from a copyright dispute over photographs of the legendary hip hop group Run-DMC, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a music...more

Lawsuit Involving IP Protection for a Lamp

Last week a federal lawsuit was filed in Minnesota by Blu Dot to protect alleged intellectual property rights in the floor lamp shown on the left below. The accused “strikingly and confusingly similar” floor lamp shown on the...more

Another Setback For TCCWNA Plaintiffs: New Jersey Appellate Division Reigns In Interpretation of “Consumer” and “Consumer...

This past year, the plaintiffs’ bar has been aggressively pursuing class action claims under New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract and Warranty Notification Act (“TCCWNA”), N.J.S.A. 56:12-14, et seq.—presumably because of...more

NJ’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act: Will Related Class Actions Against Retailers Continue?

This year brought a wave of class action complaints alleging that national retailers are violating the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA), N.J.S.A. §§ 56:12-14 et seq., by including...more

Beacons, Basketball and the App that Hears Too Much

What are the privacy limits when users give permission for an app to access their smartphone’s microphone? A purported class action filed last week by LaTisha Satchell (a New York resident) against the Golden State Warriors...more

NBA Team Sued By Fans Over Mobile Application

Earlier this week, a putative class action was brought against the NBA’s Golden State Warriors concerning the team’s mobile application. According to the complaint, the free app provides an interactive experience for fans by...more

Spokeo Can't Help Bank Avoid $6.2M Settlement

Invoking the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Spokeo v. Robins, a federal court in New York held that a bank remained on the hook for a $6.2 million class action settlement. What happened - Plaintiffs were...more

Top Privacy Cases of 2016: Midyear Report

Law360, New York (July 1, 2016, 12:12 PM ET) -- The U.S. Supreme Court made a big splash this year establishing a murky threshold for standing that has already been widely cited by both sides of the bar, while consumers...more

Third Circuit Remands "Meaningful Attorney Involvement" Decision

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has vacated the district court's decision in Bock v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP in which the district court ruled that a debt collection law firm violated the Fair Debt Collection...more

A Setback to Businesses: Courts in the Eleventh Circuit in a Post-Spokeo World

When the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540, 194 L. Ed. 2d 635 (2016), earlier this year, it was received by compliance professionals with mixed reactions. Many were thrilled with the...more

Statutory Damages for Infringement of your Copyrights and Trademarks

Statutory damages for copyright and trademark infringement are damages provided for under federal law, which is an advantage to the claimant because other types of damages (lost profits, compensatory damages) can be difficult...more

Dorsey TCPA Team Earns the Country’s First Post-Spokeo Dismissal of a TCPA Case for Lack of Article III Standing

Dorsey’s TCPA litigation team continues to thrive on the cutting edge. In a first of its kind ruling, a Pennsylvania District Court ruled today that plaintiffs who manufacture Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”)...more

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