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Cases / Briefs

Freightliner Corp. v. Myrick

In this case, we helped win a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that injured crash victims can sue truck manufacturers for failing to install anti-lock brakes.  Public Justice was Counsel of Record for the plaintiff before the Court.

Frankl v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

A New Jersey state court case filed on behalf of the victim of a rollover accident caused by defective Goodyear tires.  During the course of the litigation, discovery related to the defective tires was sealed pursuant to an umbrella protective order that had been stipulated…

Foltz v. State Farm

On June 18, 2003, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a trial court ruling that permitted the blanket sealing of discovery materials and court records in a consumer fraud case against State Farm Insurance Company.  We intervened in the case on…

Fletcher v. Brooke Group, Ltd.

We objected to a motion for preliminary approval of a no-opt-out settlement of present and future personal injury and economic claims against the Liggett cigarette company on the grounds that the proposed class was too sprawling to meet the certification criteria of Rule 12 and…

Figueroa v. Sharper Image

We objected to a proposed class action settlement involving Sharper Image’s “Ionic Breeze” air purifiers. The proposed settlement would have resolved the claims of over 3 million consumers nationwide who own the machines, which Consumer Reports has said are ineffective and pose serious health risks…

Young v. Indiana High School Athletic Association

Public Justice’s lawsuit on behalf of a 14-year-old Bloomington, Ind., girl, prompted the Executive Committee of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) to adopt an emergency rule, permitting girls to try out for their high school baseball teams.  Public Justice had charged that the…

White v. Engler

Federal class action challenging a Michigan college scholarship program as discriminatory. We were co-counsel with the ACLU Fund of Michigan, the NAACP-Michigan State Conference, and MALDEF in this federal class action challenging a Michigan college scholarship program as discriminatory. The suit charges that the state’s…

Ulett v. University of Bridgeport

Title IX sex discrimination against the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut for eliminating and refusing to reinstate funding for its women’s gymnastics team. We filed a Title IX sex discrimination against the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut for eliminating and refusing to reinstate funding for…

Turner v. Association of American Medical Colleges

Public Justice joined other public interest groups in an amici brief to the California Court of Appeal, arguing that the court should reject the defendant’s request for a “prevailing party” fee award of $1.6 million that would have bankrupted the plaintiffs in a disability rights…

State Industries, Inc. v. Fandey

We won dismissal of State Industries, Inc. v. Fandey, a water heater manufacturer’s defamation lawsuit against a former U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission manager who voiced his safety concerns on ABC-TV’s “Primetime Live.” The case was a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) suit.

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