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Cases / Briefs

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…

Cusack v. Bank United of Texas

Challenge to a class-action “coupon” settlement in Chicago federal district court.  The district court rejected our challenge, and we appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Challenge to a class-action “coupon” settlement in Chicago federal district court.  The district court rejected our…

Cruz v. Cingular Wireless

This putative class action on behalf of Florida consumers alleges that Cingular violated the state’s Unfair Trade Practices Act when it imposed monthly charges for a purportedly “optional” Roadside Assistance service that the plaintiffs had never requested or enrolled in.   The plaintiffs, in a…

Craft v. Philip Morris, Inc.

Public Justice filed an amici brief supporting certification of a class action seeking economic damages claims arising out of the sale of so-called “light” cigarettes.  The brief emphasized the value of the class action device.  The brief was authored by the National Association of Consumer Attorneys, with…

County of Santa Clara, et al. v. Superior Court

We filed an amicus brief in a case presenting the issue of whether government entities may retain and co-counsel with private attorneys on a contingent-fee basis to pursue a public nuisance action. Our brief supported the efforts of six California counties and four California cities suing the manufacturers…

Cordova v. World Finance Corp.

Public Justice argued the winning appeal before the New Mexico Supreme Court in the case of a woman trapped by a consumer loan contract that allowed the lender to sue her, but limited her redress to mandatory arbitration. The woman wanted to sue World Finance…

Commissioner v. Banaitis and Commissioner v. Banks

In these consolidated cases, we joined a coalition of civil rights organizations in filing an amici brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the federal government’s attempt to require victims of discrimination to pay income tax on any attorneys’ fees they recover, even though they never…

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