Yet another pro-class action decision in the Ninth Circuit

Three years ago, Richard Chen and Florencio Pacleb sued Allstate Insurance Company for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. They purported to represent a class of people who received unwanted Allstate robocalls and sought the statutory remedy of … Continue reading

Supreme Court grants important “standing” case

Thomas Robins, an unemployed man, sued Spokeo Inc., which runs a website that collects and publishes consumer “credit estimates,” for willful violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), because it published false information, such as Robins was married, had … Continue reading

Plaintiffs in federal court must show an actual injury before suing

Spokeo Inc., runs a website that collects and publishes consumer “credit estimates.”  Thomas Robins, an unemployed man, sued Spokeo for willful violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), alleging that Spokeo published false information, such as Robins was married, … Continue reading

Clang! Round two in the moldy washer cases

Last year, the Sixth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals both certified massive classes of consumers in a lawsuit claiming that washing machines sold by Sears and Whirlpool were defectively designed such that some of them developed a “biofilm” that … Continue reading

Thank the plaintiff$’ lawyers: United States has the world’s costliest litigation system

Surprise, Surprise.  According to the Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, the United States has the world’s most costly litigation system.  As the report notes, litigation costs affect international competitiveness and productivity—not only by influencing the direct costs of … Continue reading