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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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