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Cases / Briefs

Scovill v. WSYX/ABC

We challenged an arbitration clause in an employment contract that required an employee to arbitrate all of his claims, but permitted the employer to go to court; stripped the employee of substantive rights available to him under federal anti-discrimination laws; changed the burdens of proof…

Sanderson Farms, Inc. v. Gatlin

In this case, plaintiffs Roy and Nelda Gatlin opposed a motion by Sanderson Farms, Inc., to compel arbitration of their state law claims. The Supreme Court of Mississippi ruled that Sanderson Farms, Inc.  — one of the top seven poultry producers in the United States…

Rivera v. American General Financial Services

As security for a loan from American General, a title lender, plaintiff Kim Rivera put up her car, her bicycle, her computer, and assorted camping equipment. She sued American General after it breached its contract with her, but the lender moved to compel arbitration. On…

Rieff v. Evans

Public Justice and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now the American Association for Justice), filed an amici brief in support of plaintiff-appellee Mary Rieff, arguing that the right to jury trial was essential to the framers of the Constitution; that juries and judges…

Rhodes v. R+L Carriers

Public Justice was co-counsel in this successful appeal from a district court’s decision dismissing employment discrimination claims under Ashcroft v. Iqbal. The plaintiff, Gene Rhodes, alleged that he was retaliated against for objecting to illegal discrimination and that he was discriminated against on the basis…

Republic of Philippines v. Westinghouse Electric

We and Public Citizen sought and won public access to documents filed under seal in the Republic of Philippines’ lawsuit against Westinghouse Electric for bribing Ferdinand Marcos to win a contract to build the Philippines’ first nuclear power plant and then building an unsafe plant. …

Renfro v. Unisys Corp.

As part of Public Justice’s Iqbal Project, we filed an amicus brief in this appeal of a district court decision misapplying the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal.  The district court dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims against Unisys because it found the claims implausible…

Priester v. Ford Motor Company

Public Justice is lead appellate counsel in this lawsuit against Ford alleging that a passenger truck was unreasonably dangerous because its side windows were made of tempered glass, which shatters on impact, rather than laminated glass, which holds together in the event of a crash,…

Perry v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Public Justice opposed the drug company Novartis’s federal preemption defense in this case involving the prescription drug Elidel. In its motion to dismiss, Novartis argued that the plaintiffs’ failure-to-warn claims were preempted because they conflicted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the…