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Cases / Briefs

Newton v. American Debt Services

The defendants/appellants in this case — Global Client Solutions and Rocky Mountain Bank & Trust — have appealed a district court order from February 2012 denying their motion to compel arbitration. The appeal involves the enforceability of an arbitration clause that the defendants imposed on…

Torrence v. Nationwide Budget Finance

One of a number of Public Justice’s class actions representing North Carolina consumers who were charged illegally high interests rates by payday lenders. These lenders used mandatory arbitration clauses and class action bans to immunize themselves from lawsuits. In January 2012, a North Carolina trial…

U.S. Airways v. McCutchen

This case is part of Public Justice’s campaign against employer-based health plans’ efforts to recover medical expenses from injury victims who have recovered damages for their injuries from a third-party tortfeasor. In U.S. Airways v. McCutchen, Public Justice defended a Pennsylvania man who had been…

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy v. Coresco

Public Justice, the Sierra Club, and local environmental groups oppose the expansion of coal ash disposal sites in Monongalia County, W.Va., and have filed a citizen suit demanding responsible cleanup of pollution. According to a report commissioned by Public Justice, coal combusion waste (CCW) and…

Aguayo v. U.S. Bank

Public Justice is co-counsel in this appeal of a district court decision finding that federal banking law preempts California consumer protection law requiring that consumers be given accurate notice when their cars are repossessed. In Aguayo, Public Justice argues that there is no federal preemption…

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…

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