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No Old Kentucky Home for Parallel FDCA-Based Tort Claims

by Reed Smith on

Several years ago, in a post entitled “Negligence Per Se Trivia,” we included the following: "In Kentucky, negligence per se has been codified, and claims based on federal (but not state) statutes or regulations (like the...more

English Appeals Court’s Denial of Her Preliminary Injunction Motion

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, Leandra English filed a notice of appeal with the D.C. District Court. She is appealing the Court’s denial of her preliminary injunction motion through which she sought to block Mick Mulvaney from serving as the...more

Ninth Circuit Finds No Vicarious Liability Under the TCPA for Marketing Text Message

by Burr & Forman on

In Kristensen v. Credit Payment Services, Inc., — F.3d —, 2018 WL 343758 (9th Cir. 2018), the Ninth Circuit recently held that three lenders and two marketing companies could not be vicariously liable under the TCPA for text...more

Southwest Airlines Will Cooperate in Class Action Against American, Delta & United

A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of Southwest Airlines Co.’s settlement with a class of plaintiffs alleging antitrust violations against Southwest, American Airlines, Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc., and United...more

Rulings, Orders, Settlements – January 10, 2018

by Perkins Coie on

Court Grants Motion to Dismiss Class Action Involving Organic Baby Formula - Organic Consumers Association v. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., No. 1:16-cv-00925 (D.D.C.): The Court entered an order granting Defendant’s...more

Court dismisses defendants’ counterclaims against CFPB for fees and expenses

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A New York federal district court dismissed the counterclaims of the defendants in a CFPB enforcement action claiming that, pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), they were entitled to fees and expenses incurred....more

Court Denies English’s Preliminary Injunction Motion; Mulvaney Continues to Exercise Acting CFPB Director Authority

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly denied Leandra English’s motion for a preliminary injunction in a 46-page opinion. English had sought to block President Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney to serve as...more

Collection of ITT student debt barred in class action settlement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The saga of ITT Educational Services, Inc. appears to be drawing closer to an end, with ITT’s bankruptcy trustee and attorneys for former ITT students entering into a proposed class action settlement that would permanently...more

Debt Collection Letter's Inclusion Of Court Costs Was Not Deceptive

Any opinion that starts out by stating “[t]his case is about $82.00” is not likely to go well for one party and in this instance, that was the case for Nestor Saroza....more

Freedom To Surcharge—Ninth Circuit Rules Businesses Can Charge Card Fees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Ninth Circuit upholds district court decision granting five businesses injunctive relief, finding that state law banning credit card surcharges is unconstitutional as applied to the five businesses. ...more

State Of Louisiana, As Absent Class Member, Escapes CAFA Settlement Trap

by Carlton Fields on

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Pennsylvania district court decision holding the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution prevented a private party from enjoining the state of Louisiana from bringing...more

Department of Justice: Massachusetts’s Claims Against PHEAA Preempted By Federal Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Monday, January 8, 2018, the United States Department of Justice weighed in with a Statement of Interest under 28 U.S.C. § 517 in a pending state-court action (No. 1784CV02682) brought by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts...more

The Top 10 Class-Action-Related Developments of 2017

by BakerHostetler on

2017 was a relatively quiet year for major class action news, especially in the Supreme Court, which addressed only a handful of cases that might have an impact on class actions and reached decisions only in a couple of those...more

Prop 65 Victory For Defendants – Defendants Are Entitled To Have Their Cases Heard In the County Where the Claim Arose

Prop 65 Plaintiffs routinely file most Prop 65 cases in Alameda County, presumably because they believe it is a plaintiff-friendly forum. However, the California Court of Appeal recently issued a victory for Prop 65...more

Second Circuit Finds that Flu Shot Reminder Text Does Not Violate TCPA

by Burr & Forman on

In Latner v. Mt. Sinai Health System, Inc., ___ F.3d ___, 2018 WL 265085 (2d Cir. 2018), the Second Circuit recently held that a single flu shot reminder text does not violate the TCPA when a patient gives prior express...more

Can the ingredient list defense work? Look for ambiguity, invoke common sense

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

When faced with consumer litigation, food and beverage companies routinely point to the ingredient list in defense of front-of-package false advertising claims. The defense is essentially this: A false advertising claim based...more

Indirect Purchaser Cases in 2017: Key Appeals Court Rulings

by Zelle LLP on

As we enter the new year, we review some of the more interesting 2017 court decisions in or affecting the indirect purchaser class action arena, and provide practitioners with some key takeaways for 2018 and beyond. As with...more

Credit Union Files Reply Brief in SDNY Case Challenging Mulvaney’s Appointment

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On December 29, 2017, the Lower East Side People’s Credit Union (“People’s”) filed a reply brief in support of its preliminary injunction motion in which it seeks to block the appointment of Mick Mulvaney as the Acting CFPB...more

Where To Find Our Research 3.0

by Reed Smith on

Happy New Year! - It’s been 3 ½ years since we last updated our index to our online research resources. That’s almost ? of the total life of the blog, which started in way back in 2006. We’ve been blogging now for well...more

Fitbit Can’t Put Sleep-Tracking Claims to Bed

Fitbit may lose some sleep over a putative class action challenging the advertising claims for its sleep-tracking function after the court denied the company’s motion for summary judgment in the case....more

DOJ seeks dismissal of credit union’s SDNY lawsuit challenging Mulvaney’s appointment as Acting CFPB Director

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the Department of Justice responded to the preliminary injunction motion (“PI motion”) filed by the Lower East Side People’s Credit Union (“People’s”) in its lawsuit challenging Mick Mulvaney’s...more

The Highs - Celebrating the Ten Best Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2017

by Reed Smith on

Ending the year on a high note is one thing that the blog tries to do – with the top ten drug/device product liability decisions of the year. Occasionally, a court will do something that ruins the party, with an eleventh-hour...more

California Appellate Court Upholds Denial of Class Certification on Ascertainability Grounds

On December 4, 2017, a panel of the California Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed a trial court’s denial of class certification for alleged violations of California’s unfair competition, consumer protection, and false...more

Judge’s questions highlight serious concerns he has over English’s bid to claim the Acting Director role at the CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held oral arguments on Leandra English’s preliminary injunction motion through which she seeks to block Mick Mulvaney from continuing to serve as the...more

Breaking News: TH v. Novartis – California Supreme Court Recognizes New Tort Duties as Traditional Limits Slide into the Sea

by Reed Smith on

We posted our 2017 “Worst 10 decisions” list a day too soon, because the California Supreme Court issued its anticipated decision in TH v. Novartis, No. S233898, slip op. (Cal. Dec. 22, 2017) today, and if it is not the worst...more

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