Sixth Circuit Reviews Classwide Arbitration

November 11, 2013

In Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Crockett, Case No. 12-3574, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit struck yet another blow to consumers whose contracts of adhesion force arbitration of any disputes.  Prior to Crockett, in some cases,[...]

JP Morgan Chase Expected to Pay Record Settlement

October 24, 2013

The story of banking giant JPMorgan Chase’s $13 billion settlement has been in heavy rotation on network and cable news outlets this week, as it should be. This settlement is the largest ever between a single company and the U.S.[...]

A Proposed Change to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Addressing Spoliation of Evidence

September 11, 2013

The problem is familiar: a party fails to preserve some document or thing that would have been discoverable under the Rules, and possible evidence is lost. Years ago, these spoliation of evidence disputes arose most often in accident litigation, such[...]

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[...]

A Hero

August 27, 2013

I just finished a book about our profession at its very best. The book is Devil in the Grove, by Gilbert King.  A 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for Non-Fiction, Devil in the Grove tells the story of a criminal trial[...]

Supreme Court Makes Second Landmark Ruling on the Liability of Generic Drug Manufacturers

August 19, 2013

Over the last year, I have written about the evolving law on an issue at the center of much controversy: the ability to bring product liability lawsuits against generic drug manufacturers.  While the Supreme Court determined that state law failure[...]