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Cases / Briefs

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…

US Bancorp. Mortgage Company v. Bonner Mall Partnership

Our amicus brief in U.S. Bancorp. Mortgage Co. helped persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to unanimously overturn the federal courts’ practice of routine vacatur – wiping out lower court decisions when they are appealed and the case then settles.  The practice allowed wealthy, repeat litigants…

UFCW Local 1776 v. Eli Lilly & Co.

Amicus brief on appeal in support of district court orders granting class certification and denying Eli Lilly’s motion for summary judgment, in case against Lilly for misleading patients and physicians about the safety of its prescription drug Zyprexa. We filed an amicus brief in the…

Toe v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

After a rollover crash in 2007 killed one passenger and severely injured the others, the accident victims sued in Iowa state court. As part of their case, the plaintiffs’ attorneys obtained key documents showing that Cooper was aware of dangerous defects in several of its…

Ting v. AT&T

In this case, Public Justice won an important ruling for California long distance phone customers. Phone giant AT&T attempted to impose upon its customers an unfair, one-sided arbitration system, but in February 2003 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down provisions…

Tebbetts v. Ford Motor Company

Argument that crash victims injured because their cars lack airbags can hold the auto manufacturers accountable.  We won a unanimous New Hampshire Supreme Court decision in Tebbetts v. Ford Motor Company that crash victims injured because their cars lack airbags can hold the auto manufacturers…

Sweeney v. Savings First Mortgage, LLC

Lawsuit to hold mortgage brokers accountable for violations of state law and challenging defendant’s federal preemption defense. On August 6, 2005, Maryland’s high court held 7-0 that the federal Depository Institutions and Deregulation Monetary Control Act of 1980 does not preempt Maryland’s Finder’s Fee Law,…

Strauss v. Horton

An amici brief filed by Public Justice and 40 other public interest groups and bar associations raises a key constitutional issue about California Proposition 8, passed in November to bar same-sex marriage in the Golden State:  can a simple majority of the voting public “amend”…

Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine

Federal preemption appeal on behalf of man whose wife was killed when she was repeatedly struck by an unguarded boat propeller. Public Justice’s legal team included Leslie Brueckner, lead counsel; Arthur Bryant and former Public Justice attorney Michael Quirk, co-counsel; and Joseph A. Power, Jr.,…

Skirchak v. Dynamics Research Corp.

After the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts struck down a class action ban as unconscionable in this wage-and-hour case, Public Justice filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of appeals for the First Circuit in support of the employee-plaintiffs.