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Cases / Briefs

Blanco v. Key Bank

Opposition to bank’s federal preemption defense in case involving a bogus trade school and fraudulent student loans. Plaintiffs obtained loans from Key Bank, a national bank, to attend a trade school that closed down before their classes were completed.  They filed a lawsuit seeking, inter…

Betts v. Fastfunding

This case was brought in Orange County, Fla., against a payday lender that had been charging interest rates on its loans that far exceeded the usury limits in Florida. The plaintiff was sent to arbitration with instructions from the appeals court that the arbitrator must…

Bernal v. Daewoo

This case arises out of a terrible rollover auto accident that cost Dolores Pacheco her life and left her son-in-law, Manuel Bernal, with catastrophic injuries. Dolores, who was sitting in the rear-side seat of a 2000 Daewoo Leganza manufactured by defendant Daewoo Motor Company Inc….

Baker v. Washington Mutual Finance Group

We challenged a proposed class action settlement of predatory lending claims by Mississippi homeowners against Washington Mutual Finance Group, LLC, and other affiliated financial institutions, as an abuse of both the class action device and class members’ rights. In objections filed on behalf of class…

Argueta v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

As part of Public Justice’s Iqbal Project, we filed an amicus brief in this Third Circuit appeal, which involves the standard for holding a government supervisor liable when the supervisor’s subordinate has violated the Constitution. The Supreme Court’s Iqbal decision addressed this issue to a limited extent, but some defendants (like…

Angelfish Swim School v. Roberts

  In a case challenging fees imposed by Florida’s Secretary of State, the Secretary argued on appeal that class representatives have to be able to fund the entire cost of class litigation themselves, which would mean that only the wealthy can be class plaintiffs. Because…

Altria v. Good

Public Justice filed an amici brief opposing preemption in support of the Altria plaintiffs, who allege that, by touting Marlboro and Cambridge Lights as “light” and having “lowered tar and nicotine,” cigarette manufacturers violated Maine’s prohibitions on fraudulent misrepresentation.  The plaintiffs seek damages for having been tricked into purchasing…

Albano v. Shea Homes Limited Partnership

Amicus curiae brief in the Arizona Supreme Court arguing that court should adopt rule tolling statutes of repose while classwide litigation is pending. Public Justice filed an amicus curiae brief in the Arizona Supreme Court arguing that, in order to protect absent class members, the court should adopt…

Aleksich v. Remington Arms Co.

Public Justice represented Richard Barber in his efforts to obtain public access to the court file in Aleksich v. Remington, a personal injury case involving defects in the firing mechanism of Remington gun manufacturer’s popular 700-series rifle. The case settled in 1995 and was subsequently…