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Cases / Briefs

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…

De La Cruz v. Wachovia Dealer Services, Inc.

Public Justice is co-counsel in this appeal of a trial court decision finding that federal banking law preempts a California statute requiring that consumers be given accurate notice when their cars are repossessed. Public Justice argues that there is no federal preemption (1) because the…

National Meat Association v. Harris

Public Justice joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund in efforts to preserve a California law designed to prevent the abuse of pigs and other livestock who become non-ambulatory on the way to the slaughterhouse. The law was passed in 2008 in response to the Hallmark…

Center for Food Safety v. Lakey

On behalf of the Center for Food Safety and individual Texas consumers, Public Justice joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund in petitioning the Texas District Court to issue a writ of mandamus requiring the Texas Department of Health and Human Services to enforce health and…

Davis v. Honda

We successfully challenged a court secrecy order and unsealed a scathing 36-page decision that sanctioned American Honda Motor Company (Honda) and its expert witness for deliberately tampering with evidence.  The lawsuit was based on a 1999 accident in a Honda Civic that left plaintiff Sarah…

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