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Cases / Briefs

FIA Card Services v. Weaver

Appeal of decision holding that courts are required to rubber-stamp arbitration awards, even where a consumer argues that he never agreed to arbitration. On appeal, Public Justice urged the Louisiana Supreme Court to reverse a decision holding that a court asked to enforce an arbitration award…

Felts v. CLK Management, Inc.

In this case in which Public Justice is co-counsel on behalf of a class of New Mexico payday lending customers, the New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that, under state consumer protection laws, an Internet payday lender cannot compel arbitration of the plaintiff’s claims. In…

Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co.

In 2002, the Erica P. John Fund, Inc., an investor in Halliburton Co., brought a putative securities fraud class action in Texas.  The complaint alleged that Halliburton deliberately falsified its financial results and tried to inflate stock prices by underestimating the company’s liability in an…

Epps v. JPMorgan Chase

Public Justice was co-counsel in this successful appeal from a district court’s decision holding that federal banking law preempts a Maryland consumer protection statute. The Maryland statute guarantees that consumers whose cars are repossessed will be given accurate information about how much they owe. Public…

Engle v. Liggett Group

Public Justice authored an amici brief, joined by Public Citizen, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and the American Cancer Society, in this class action lawsuit against the tobacco industry for compensatory and punitive damages resulting from the deceptive and dangerous practices of tobacco companies.  The brief argues…

Duncan v. Ford Motor Company

In this Project ACCESS challenge, we and Public Citizen moved to unseal trial exhibits that contained information on the dangers of the Ford Explorer SUV. Public Justice Attorney Leslie Brueckner was lead counsel. Charles Alford of Jacksonville, FL, was co-counsel.

Wal-Mart v. Dukes

In the largest employment class action ever filed in U.S. history, Public Justice filed an amici brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that class actions often provide the only effective means to compensate wronged individuals and to sanction corporate misconduct. As in the case before the Court,…

Drelles v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision agreeing with Public Justice that consumers who opted all of their claims out of a nationwide class action settlement with MetLife cannot be barred from fully prosecuting their individual cases against the company….

Drattel v. Toyota

We won a New York high court ruling in Drattel v. Toyota Motor Corp. that crash victims injured because their cars lack airbags can hold the auto manufacturers accountable.  The case later settled, with the crash victims winning compensation.

Dotson v. Bell Atlantic/Verizon

We challenged a proposed class action settlement of late fee claims by Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) customers in Maryland.  The original settlement reached with the phone company would have paid $156,000 in relief to the class, but $13 million to the plaintiffs’ lawyers with the…

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