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New York’s Highest Court: Pre-Certification Settlements Require Classwide Notice

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York Court of Appeals holds that the state’s class action rules require notice of settlements to be sent to putative class members – even though no class has been certified....more

Of Dead Sea Scrolls and Criminal Impersonation

Golb v. Attorney General, No. 16-0452-pr (Jacobs, Leval, Raggi), arises out of unusual facts—forged emails by a proponent of one side of an academic dispute—and reaches an unusual result. On habeas review, the Second Circuit...more

Textualism Is the Law of the Land in Georgia: What to Do About It?

As we see it, the most important trend coming from the Georgia Supreme Court in 2017 is the court’s adoption of textualism as the guiding principle of statutory interpretation in Georgia. Because of the growing impact of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument In Case That Raises Issue Of Whether State Courts Have Jurisdiction Over Securities Act...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 28, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, No. 15-1439, a case addressing whether state courts have jurisdiction over class actions asserting...more

Fire Protection Districts' Authority to Enforce State Fire Marshal Standards and Regulations Reiterated in California AG Opinion -...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Attorney General has reiterated fire protection districts’ broad authority to enforce building standards and regulations disseminated by the State Fire Marshal, including for residential occupancies and...more

Supreme Court to Determine whether State Courts Have Jurisdiction to Adjudicate Covered Class Actions under the Securities Act of...

by BakerHostetler on

On June 27, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Cyan Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund,[1] to decide whether the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1998 (SLUSA) bars plaintiffs from filing any covered...more

Three Tips for Avoiding Social Media Conflicts

by Dentons on

While most attorneys recognize the value of social media in promoting their practices, attorneys do not always apply the same level of care when using social media in a supposedly personal capacity. However, recent...more

Supreme Court to Determine State Court Jurisdiction of Class Actions Under Securities Act of 1933

On June 27, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Cyan Inc. et al. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund et al., agreeing to weigh in on whether state courts have jurisdiction to hear class action lawsuits brought...more

West Virginia Supreme Court Holds That State’s Cap On Punitive Damages Applies To Claims That Arose Before the Statute’s Effective...

In 2015, West Virginia enacted a statute that caps punitive damages at the greater of $500,000 or four times the compensatory damages. We blogged about the statute here, explaining that the West Virginia legislature was...more

The Appeal in Teal: SCC Majority Restores Commercial Arbitrator's Award

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court has again restricted the scope of appeals from decisions of commercial arbitrators, this time upholding an arbitrator's award of compensation under a British Columbia statute by a close majority....more

Finality in commercial arbitration further affirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada

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Confirming its 2014 decision in Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp.1 (Sattva), the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), in another appeal from the Province of British Columbia, has held that there is limited jurisdiction for...more

IREs Held as Unconstitutional in Workers’ Compensation Cases

by Barley Snyder on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week drastically altered the landscape for workers’ compensation carriers and created future uncertainties when it struck down aspects of the Workers’ Compensation Act....more

The Scambler Case: Tax Law in Plain English?

A recent decision of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) (UT) in Scambler and another v HMRC [2017] UKUT 1 (TCC) considers the question of when it is appropriate to look back to earlier versions of tax legislation...more

Positive No More: Rhode Island Employers Need to Think Twice Before Denying Employment Based on a Positive Drug Test

In a recently issued trial court decision, Callaghan v. Darlington Fabrics Corp., a Rhode Island Superior Court justice held that an employer could not deny employment to an applicant licensed under state law to possess and...more

Kerfuffle on statute of limitations issue in PHH case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 7, the CFPB submitted a Rule 28(j) letter to the D.C. Circuit in the PHH case. In the letter, the CFPB embraced the fact that the Supreme Court’s recent Kokesh v. SEC decision makes the five-year statute of...more

D.C. Circuit Publishes Transcript of PHH v. CFPB Oral Arguments

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 6, 2017, the D.C. Circuit published the 85-page transcript of the May 24, 2017 oral arguments in the PHH v CFPB case...more

Supreme Court’s Kokesh v. SEC ruling limits CFPB disgorgement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Kokesh v. SEC. In Kokesh, the SEC took the position that disgorgement was not a penalty and therefore not subject to the statute of limitations in 28...more

D.C. Circuit poised to decide constitutionality of CFPB structure in PHH case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 24, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (D.C. Circuit) held oral argument in the PHH case, which we have blogged about extensively. The constitutionality of the CFPB’s structure was the central issue at...more

The Potential Declawing of the SEC: The Financial CHOICE Act

The Financial CHOICE Act (or “CHOICE Act 2.0”), which would significantly narrow the SEC’s ability to bring enforcement actions and make it more challenging for it to prevail in such actions, is inching its way towards...more

Financial Regulators Take Note: The Supreme Court’s Newest Member is a Tough Taskmaster

On April 10, 2017, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the Supreme Court’s 113th justice. While his experience on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals with cases involving financial regulation may be limited, certain of his decisions...more

Richard Cordray’s tenure as CFPB Director is uncertain

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Clients are always asking me and others in our Consumer Financial Services Group about how long Richard Cordray will remain as CFPB Director. The short answer is nobody knows, perhaps not even Richard Cordray. ...more

The Framers did not rest our liberties on “bureaucratic minutiae,” PHH argues

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

PHH filed its reply brief with the D.C. Circuit on April 10 in the en banc rehearing of the PHH case. We have blogged extensively about the case since its inception. Central to the case is whether the CFPB’s...more

A World Without the Chevron Doctrine? Newly Confirmed Justice Challenges Administrative Deference in Interpreting Ambiguous...

The Senate’s recent confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the United States Supreme Court vacancy, could impact the deference courts currently afford to administrative agencies in the...more

Director Corday’s appearance before House Committee: strong on theater, weak on substance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Despite its long duration (over five hours including a recess for a vote), the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on April 5 at which Director Cordray was the sole witness provided a strong dose of political theater...more

DOJ seeks leave to participate in PHH en banc rehearing oral argument

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Justice, with the consent of PHH and the CFPB, has filed an unopposed motion with the D.C. Circuit requesting ten minutes of argument time in the oral argument to be held on May 24, 2017 in the rehearing en...more

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