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Cases / Briefs

Wyeth v Levine

Amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA)’s approval of a prescription drug’s label does not preempt failure-to-warn claims under state laws. The brief, which was filed on behalf 10 current and former editors and contributing authors…

Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc.

Amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in successful case involving federal preemption of claims that a minivan was defective because its aisle seat lacked a lap/shoulder harness. In this case, we filed an amicus brief in a case in which a unanimous U.S. Supreme…

Williams, et al. v. BASF Catalyst, LLC, et al.

Public Justice filed an amicus brief in New Jersey federal court challenging the claim by talc producer BASF Catalyst, the law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel, and a number of individually named defendants that they can’t be sued for lying to asbestos victims and the…

Williams v. McDonnell Douglas

Lawsuit on behalf of a flight attendant who suffered serious permanent injuries from breathing toxic “bleed air” — engine oil fumes emitted from a defectively designed aircraft. Defendants McDonnell Douglas and Boeing moved for summary judgment on the grounds that plaintiffs Terry and Gary Williams’s…

Wells v. Chevy Chase Bank

Consumer class action against Chevy Chase Bank for monetary damages resulting from its breaches of a cardholder agreement that governed the terms and conditions of Visa and MasterCard credit card accounts with consumers. After years of issuing credit card agreements that promised that cardholders’ annual…

Weiss v. Allstate Insurance Company

Representing the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR), a consumer watchdog group, Public Justice asked the federal district court in New Orleans to make sure that Allstate Insurance Company could not get away with hiding practices and policies that illegally left homeowners empty-handed after…

Watters v. Wachovia Bank, N.A.

Operating subsidiaries of national banks sued the State of Michigan for a declaration that its anti-predatory lending law, which requires subsidiaries to register with the state and meet some basic requirements, is preempted by the National Bank Act.  By its terms, the Act only preempts…

Watson v. Philip Morris Companies, Inc.

Amici brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving the scope of removal under the federal officer removal statute. Public Justice joined two other groups in an amici brief to the U.S. Supreme Court involving the scope of removal under the federal officer removal statute. …

Walker v. Liggett Group, Inc.

Challenge to a cigarette manufacturer’s attempt to stop all tobacco-related litigation against it based on a proposed national no-opt-out class action settlement binding all present and future victims. We defeated a cigarette manufacturer’s attempt in Walker v. Liggett Group, Inc. to stop all tobacco-related litigation…