Victims With No Redress: The Recent Rise and Fall of Data Breach Class Actions

July 24, 2014

Earlier this week, the e-commerce website e-Bay was sued in federal court in Louisiana for allegedly failing to implement adequate security measures to protect the identities of its millions of customers.  e-Bay announced in May that there had been unauthorized

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Legal Pads and Spit Up Rags: A New Mom on Making it Work

February 08, 2013

Balancing and juggling.  A working mom’s life often sounds like a circus performance.  The words carry with them an insidious threat.  Let your guard down for a moment and the whole thing may fall apart.  I’ve been back in the

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Mazza v. Honda: The Death of Class Actions, or Just Making the Plaintiffs’ Bar Work a Little Harder?

March 07, 2012

In January in Mazza v. Honda, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated an order of the Central District of California certifying a nationwide class of purchasers and lessees of the Acura RL equipped with Honda’s Collision Mitigation Braking System

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Do As I Say, Not As I Sue: Exposing the Lawsuit-Happy Hypocrites of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform

October 28, 2011

Would you be surprised to learn that there is a powerful force working every day to limit your access to the legal system?  It is the same force working to convince the American people that all lawsuits filed against corporations

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Five Hot Button Issues to Watch for as the Supreme Court Kicks Off Its Fall Term

October 18, 2011

The Supreme Court began its fall term on Monday, October 3.  Many of the cases the Court has already agreed to hear, and a few it is widely expected to weigh in on, involve politically charged issues that are sure

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The Supreme Court Gets One Right: Members of a Class that Was Not Certified Are Not Bound by Collateral Estoppel in Smith v. Bayer; Thorogood v. Sears Remanded for Further Consideration

October 14, 2011

With all the commentary surrounding the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dukes v. Walmart, two important decisions affecting class action litigants may have fallen under the radar this summer.  In the first, Smith v. Bayer Corp., No. 09-1205 (June 16,

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The War on Acid: Is an Ounce of Prevention Really Worth a Pound of Cure?

June 17, 2011

So you were recently admitted to the hospital for a routine procedure and left with a little parting gift… a prescription for Nexium. You’re not alone.  Studies estimate that between 40 and 70 percent of hospital inpatients receive some form

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A Few Words on Contingent Fees

April 29, 2011

Black’s Law Dictionary defines a contingent fee as “[a] fee charged for a lawyer’s services only if the lawsuit is successful or is favorably settled out of court … Contingent fees are usually calculated as a percentage of the client’s

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