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Passive Investors in Payday Lending Operations Get Partial Reprieve

While tossing certain claims brought by Pennsylvania’s attorney general, a federal judge denied part of a motion to dismiss brought by online short-term lenders in an action accusing them of “renting” Native American tribes...more

Off-Label Marketing MDL Winds Down With Some Summary Judgment

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We have written extensively on the travesty of the Neurontin trilogy and noted how the plaintiffs’ efforts to fit cases based on alleged off-label promotion of the prescription SSRIs Celexa and Lexapro into the same rubric...more

Product Liability: 2017 Year in Review

Massachusetts state and federal courts issued a number of important product liability decisions in 2017. The Product Liability and Toxic Tort Litigation Group at Nutter recently reviewed these cases. Highlighted below are...more

New Jersey Federal Judge Dismisses RICO suit against FDCPA Plaintiff Law Firms

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Late last year, a debt collection agency went on the offensive and filed a RICO lawsuit against three FDCPA Plaintiff Law Firms, alleging that the Plaintiff Firms filed frivolous class action lawsuits under the FDCPA as a way...more

Based on Principles of Fairness, Court Dismisses Putative Class Action RICO Claims Asserted Years After Initiation of Suit

by Carlton Fields on

In Robertson v. SunLife Financial, a federal district court in Louisiana dismissed with prejudice as time-barred an amended putative class action complaint alleging RICO and state racketeering claims related to alleged...more

A Cannabis-Themed Wish List for 2018

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

This past year has been a memorable one for so many different reasons. For Burns, it saw the growth and expansion of our Cannabis Business Advisory Group, the launch and development of this blog, and the successful execution...more

The World In U.S. Courts - Fall 2017

FSIA Does Not Exempt US Bank from Subpoena for Production of Records of Accounts Maintained by Central Bank of Nigeria - The World in U.S. Courts: Fall 2017 - Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/Political Question Doctrine....more

Second Circuit Construes Civil RICO's "Domestic Injury" Requirement

by Jones Day on

The Background: A Chilean plaintiff filed a civil RICO action against a Chilean defendant based on the latter's pattern of misappropriation of the former's assets. The Issue: The defendant sought to dismiss the action...more

Jury Convicts Payday Lender Owner for Allegedly Fraudulent Payday Lending Scheme

by Goodwin on

On November 15, 2017, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (“?USAO”) announced that a jury has convicted the owner of an alleged fraudulent lending scheme (the “Defendant”) for one count of conspiracy to...more

Federal jury convicts operator of payday lenders sued by CFPB and FTC

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Richard Moseley Sr., the operator of a group of interrelated payday lenders, was convicted by a federal jury on all criminal counts in an indictment filed by the Department of Justice, including violating the Racketeer...more

The Courts Speak: Bank Liability for Alleged AML Failures Impacting Third Parties, and Hauling into U.S. Court Foreign Defendants...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We discuss two recent federal court opinions addressing two issues of increasing frequency and importance: (i) the potential civil liability of financial institutions to non-customers and other third-parties for alleged...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Civil Rico "Domestic Injury" Requirement

by BakerHostetler on

On Monday, the Second Circuit brought a measure of clarity to the debate about the definition of a domestic injury under the Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), while also seeming to announce a new...more

What the Second Circuit Did and Didn't Tell Us About RICO's Reach

On Oct. 30, 2017, the Second Circuit issued its opinion in Bascuñán v. Elsaca, becoming the first court of appeals to address the requirement that a private claim under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | October 2017

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

The use of beauty products is “an understudied source of environmental chemical exposures” with a disparate effect on women of color, George Washington University and Occidental College researchers argue. Ami R. Zota, et al.,...more

Millennium Lab Part II: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Dispels Shadow Over Non-Consensual Third-Party Releases (For Now)

by Dechert LLP on

In trotting a path out of Chapter 11, debtors in most cases will need to engage various key stakeholders, some of whom are not entitled to a distribution in the bankruptcy. As a form of remuneration, non-debtors may insist on...more

Seventh Circuit Curtails RICO Application to Third-Party Payor Off-Label Suits

by Reed Smith on

If you want to insult and annoy someone, consider suing them under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 18 U.S.C. section 1964. That law is charmingly known as RICO, in an allusion to the big bad in the...more

Are Restaurant No-Tipping Policies the Product of an Antitrust Conspiracy?

In July of 2013, Danny Meyer, the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, tweeted that he was considering eliminating tipping at his restaurants and solicited the opinion of other restaurant owners. Meyer and others...more

Delta Airlines Uses RICO Statutes To Enforce Trademark Rights Against Counterfeit Pet Transit

by Reed Smith on

Delta Airlines, Inc. (“Delta”) sued a handful of defendants in Federal court last week over a pet shipment website that appears to be affiliated with the company. Delta is seeking an injunction and damages against John Doe...more

The Preemption Defense to Flood Insurance Claims Under the National Flood Insurance Program

by Wilson Elser on

According to Lloyd’s of London, which helped to reinsure the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for more than $1 billion seven months before Hurricane Harvey, the storms in Texas and Florida may result in damage...more

Ashley Madison: Life Is Short. Settle.

On July 21, 2017, Judge John A. Ross of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri issued a preliminary approval of a settlement agreement between the owner of AshleyMadison.com and the class representing...more

The World In U.S. Courts - Summer 2017

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co., US Supreme Court, May 1, 2007 - Plaintiff Helmerich & Payne (H&P), a supplier of drilling equipment, sued Venezuela to obtain compensation...more

How Poking The Bear Gets Your Assets Kicked

by Ifrah PLLC on

For many decades, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals was viewed as a very conservative place, where prosecutors were usually quite comfortable with the status quo, a largely “law and order” kind of venue. During the Obama...more

Debt Dialogue: July 2017 - A New Millennium: Bankruptcy Courts May Lack Constitutional Authority to Approve Nonconsensual Plan...

Third-party releases have become a common and oft-litigated issue in connection with confirmation of a Chapter 11 plan. This is especially so if the party being released is the target of claims arising out of questionable...more

Summary Judgment for Insurer in Annuity Sales Practices Action

by Carlton Fields on

On March 31, in Chambers v. N. American Co. for Life & Health Ins., an action alleging RICO violations and other claims in the sales of deferred annuities to seniors, the Southern District of Iowa granted the insurer’s motion...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of RICO Claim in So-Called Shadow Insurance Suit

by Carlton Fields on

In Ludwick v. Harbinger Group, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the dismissal under the McCarran-Ferguson Act of a federal RICO claim against Fidelity & Guaranty (and its owner and several affiliates)...more

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