A Step in the Right Direction: The Proposed CFPB Rule Changes

June 23, 2016

Last month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed rulemaking that would prohibit banks and certain other companies from including arbitration clauses in new contracts that prevent consumers of financial services from filing or taking part in class action litigation.

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New Rules to Usher In Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

May 27, 2015

Earlier today, the Department of Labor along with federal procurement agencies released what we believe to be terrific new rules that flesh out—and give teeth to—the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order signed by the President last July. (Executive

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FINRA to Spar for Consumer Rights on Wednesday

September 05, 2013

Yesterday, the New York Times published an interesting article regarding discount brokerage firm Charles Schwab & Company’s attempt to lessen (if not effectively eliminate) its exposure to liability for widespread investment related abuses. More specifically, in 2011, Schwab added a

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Be Careful What You Ask For

November 12, 2012

In In re Abbott Labs., Inc, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 21387 (7th Cir. Oct. 16, 2012), the Seventh Circuit recently held that, by moving to consolidate numerous state court product liability cases under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 384, the plaintiff

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The Jury Is Out

June 21, 2012

Observers around the country have been describing the disappearance of the civil jury trial for quite some time.  In recent years, fewer than two percent of federal actions have gone to trial and less than one percent were heard by

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Warning: Spirit Airlines Wants to Continue Deceiving You

February 06, 2012

On January 24, 2012 a new U.S. Department of Transportation rule took effect requiring airline carriers to include all mandatory taxes and fees in their fares upfront.  Under this new regulation, airlines cannot continue to advertise bargain basement ticket prices,

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The Litigation Privilege: Offering Protection for 25 Years’ Worth of Lies?

January 09, 2012

In Williams v. BASF Catalyst, LLC, Case No. 2:11-cv-01754-SRC-MAS (D.N.J.) BASF Catalyst LLC (“BASF”) and its corporate law firm, Cahill Gordon Reindell, LLP (“CGR”) recently asked a New Jersey federal court to dismiss charges that they allegedly lied to asbestos

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California Supreme Court Allows Warrantless Cell Phone Searches Incident to Arrest

May 11, 2011

Earlier this year, the California Supreme Court ruled that police officers may conduct warrantless searches of cell phones and other mobile electronic devices found on the person of someone who has been lawfully arrested.  The opinion, People v. Diaz, 51

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Supreme Court Decisions Take Steps Toward Greater Government Transparency

March 18, 2011

After last year’s controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission campaign-finance ruling, which treated corporations like people under the First Amendment in lifting restrictions on corporate campaign expenditures, it appeared that the Supreme Court had forever distorted the distinction between

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