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Cases / Briefs

Citizens Coal Council v. Matt Canestrale Contracting, Inc.

Public Justice and Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), representing Citizens Coal Council, filed a citizens’ suit against Matt Canestrale Contracting, Inc. (MCC) for violations of Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams Law, Air Pollution Control Act, and Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act;…

Hudson v. Citibank

Public Justice represents Janet Hudson and Cynthia Stewart, who were holders of Citibank credit cards. After they fell behind on their payments, Citibank brought debt collection actions against each of them in Alaska state court. And, as in thousands of other credit card debt collection…

Braun v. Wal-Mart

In this class action resulting in a $188 million judgment against Wal-Mart for failure to pay employees for rest breaks and off-the-clock work, Public Justice joined in an amici brief to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court authored by the Impact Fund and rebutting Wal-Mart’s claim that…

Gilbert v. Synagro

A loophole in environmental regulations and inadequate enforcement left 37 Pennsylvania residents exposed to dangerous sewage sludge from neighboring farm fields. Public Justice joined two lawsuits on behalf of the residents. The suits are Gilbert v. Synagro and Jasinski v. Synagro. The Pennsylvania plaintiffs in…

Knox v. First Southern Cash Advance

The underlying lawsuit in this case was first filed in North Carolina state court and was one of five class actions brought by Public Justice against payday lenders that operated in North Carolina after the North Carolina legislation authorizing payday lending expired. The defendants in…

Chen-Oster v. Goldman Sachs

This is a putative class action in which the plaintiffs alleged that their employer, Goldman Sachs, engaged in a pattern of gender discrimination against its female professional employees in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. A July 2011 order from the New…

Yakima Valley Dairy Cases

In October 2012, the Center for Food Safety and the Community Association for Restoration of the Environment (CARE) — both represented by Public Justice — warned four major Yakima Valley (Wash.) factory farms that they will take them to federal court unless the farms stop…

Loeffler v. Target

California consumers in this case alleged that Target violated the law when it imposed sales tax reimbursement charges on their purchases of hot coffee to-go, which are exempt from taxation under California’s tax code. (While the consumers’ receipts says “sales tax,” Target was actually charging…

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