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Cutting the Cord: Can Courts Trim TCPA Statutory Damages?

Whether courts can reduce statutory damages awards under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is an ongoing issue because potential liability can be strikingly disproportionate given the lack of actual harm to class...more

Putative Class Complains that Annie’s “Strawberry Fruit Snacks” Lack Strawberries

On August 1, 2017, plaintiff Raymond Alvandi filed a putative class action in California federal court against Annie’s, Inc., seeking damages and injunctive and declaratory relief. Alvandi alleges that Annie’s misrepresented...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2017

In response to three questions asked of it by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court opined as follows...more

EEOC Sued Diversified Maintenance Systems for Race Discrimination and Retaliation

Tampa-Based Janitorial Service Provider Rejected African-Americans for Jobs and Punished Black Employee for Opposing Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Janitorial Service Provider Diversified Maintenance...more

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

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

Ohio Court Compels Plaintiffs to Respond to Interrogatories Regarding the “Contours” of the Putative Class

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In a reversal of the usual scenario where a plaintiff seeks and a defendant resists class discovery, the Southern District of Ohio granted a defendant’s motion to compel answers to its interrogatory regarding who was included...more

The Spotify Settlement With NMPA: What It Means for Music Publishers

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

In March 2016, the popular music streaming service, Spotify, reached a settlement with the National Music Publishers Association (“NMPA”) to cover billions of unlicensed streams from member publishers dating back to the...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 4 & 11, 2016

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Constitutional Challenge: record title owner’s argument that Florida Statutes section 702.035, governing “Legal notice concerning foreclosure proceedings,” is an unconstitutional...more

Johnson & Johnson Hit With Two Huge Punitive Awards In Missouri Talcum Powder Litigation

We have previously posted—for example, here, here, here, and here—about the thorny problem of avoiding excessive punishment when multiple plaintiffs seek punitive damages for the same course of conduct.  Johnson & Johnson is...more

Ninth Circuit Leaves it to Policyholder to Pay Eddie Haskell’s Attorneys’ Fees

by Carlton Fields on

Moral hazard lurks around the edges of many disputes about liability coverage. Everyone agrees in principle that insurance shouldn’t help bad actors benefit from their wrongdoing, but parties often clash over where the...more

Dave & Buster’s faces FCRA class action for alleged background check violations

Joseph Alvarez filed a class action against Dave & Buster’s restaurant chain earlier this year in Florida alleging that it used background checks for employment decisions without providing a copy of the report to the...more

Class Action Results in Hefty Bill: C$2-Million in Punitive Damages

In the recent decision Biondi c. Syndicat des cols bleus regroupés de Montréal (SCFP-301), the Superior Court of Quebec (Court) ordered the Syndicat des cols bleus regroupés de Montréal (Union) to pay C$2-million in punitive...more

Canadian Employment News Series - January 2016: Top 10 Canadian Employment Law Cases of 2015

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With 2015 now behind us and our sights set on 2016, we have compiled the following list of ten significant Canadian employment law cases from 2015. This roundup is a cross-section of decisions from across the country,...more

Advertising Law - September 2015 #3

State AGs Settle Negative Option Marketing Case for $1M: Negative option marketing cost one company $1 million in a recent deal with the Attorneys General of New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. According to the...more

Avoiding Class Action Litigation Under Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a growing source of class action litigation, due to the high potential penalties that it provides for very technical violations. The statute imposes conditions, among other things, on...more

Why Shady Grove Should Be No Impediment To Obtaining Bifurcation In Federal Court

As we have noted in prior posts, many states require courts to bifurcate punitive damages trials upon the defendant’s request. The question therefore arises whether a federal court sitting in diversity must or, at least...more

Sixth Circuit Gives Dukes Class Members A Re-Do, Allowing Them To Pursue Class Certification Of Sex Bias Claims Against Wal-Mart

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Whereas Wal-Mart scored a major victory for employers in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), its saga continues as former class members continue to pursue class claims in regional forums. As we previously...more

Up in Smoke – District Court Vacates $20,760,000 Punitive Damages Verdict in Florida Tobacco Lawsuit

by Butler Snow LLP on

On April 23, 2015, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida vacated a $20,760,000 punitive damages award that had been levied against international tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris USA, Inc. by a...more

Trouble in the Magic Kingdom: Disney Finds Itself the Villain in This Fairytale

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Disney is known for its fairytales and happy endings. Usually its adorable characters and feel-good plots earn it wide acclaim. But recently, a California judge agreed with the plaintiff, in Roger L. Culberson II v. The Walt...more

For whom the bell tolls: the changing joint employer standard and what it means for your business

by DLA Piper on

The joint employer standard is changing rapidly, and businesses – among them franchisors and investors – need to be aware of the emerging landscape to protect their brands and their bottom lines. The most important...more

Supreme Court to Consider CAFA’s Reach to Attorney General Suits

by BakerHostetler on

The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided The Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles , a case that dealt with the extent to which plaintiffs can avoid federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”) by...more

Illinois Supreme Court Finds Insurance Coverage for TCPA Claims under Traditional Liability Policies

by BakerHostetler on

The Illinois Supreme Court held on May 23, 2013, that claims based on alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Action (TCPA) are covered under traditional general liability policies. Standard Mut. Ins. Co. v....more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds TCPA Damages Not Punitive

Today the Illinois Supreme Court issued its decision in Standard Mutual v. Lay, 2013 IL 114617 (2013). Locklear brought a class action claim against Lay under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), which...more

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