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Cases / Briefs

Parnell v. CashCall

This is an appeal involving the enforceability of a payday lender’s arbitration agreement that purports to require arbitration in a forum that doesn’t exist, and pursuant to rules that don’t exist. Army veteran Joshua Parnell brought a class action against a predatory lender relating to…

FTC v. AMG Services

In an enforcement action by the Federal Trade Commission against payday lender AMG Services for charging consumers undisclosed and inflated fees, the court found that lenders violated federal law when they misrepresented to consumers how much loans would cost them. We represented Americans for Financial…

Haeger v. Goodyear

Public Justice represents the Center for Auto Safety in seeking to intervene in a fraud case against Goodyear for the sole purpose of gaining public access to the court records and discovery documents. According to the complaint in the case, Goodyear not only sold defective…

Downs v. Claflin University

We represent Kamaria Downs, a graduate of South Carolina’s Claflin University, who was forced by university officials to vacate her dormitory and move off campus during her senior year because she was pregnant. The university had a policy that prohibited that prohibited pregnant students from…

Oliveira v. New Prime, Inc.

The story is becoming ever more common in the trucking industry: A large trucking company advertises something like “Become a trucker! Make a solid middle-class income!” And workers looking for decent jobs take the company up on its offer. They learn to drive a truck,…

Blackwood v. N&M Dairy

N&M Dairy was a multi-thousand cow dairy that the dumped millions of gallons of waste produced annually in surrounding open fields and earthen lagoons. The government and N&M Dairy consultants themselves warned N&M that its actions were killing crops and poisoning groundwater. Toxic nitrates seeped…

PETA et al. v. Cooper et al.

We are lead counsel on behalf of a coalition of public interest groups in a constitutional challenge to North Carolina’s “Anti-Sunshine” law—a statute that, like Ag-Gag laws, allows employers and property owners to sue undercover investigators who wish to blow the whistle on unethical or…

Beef Checkoff Case (R-CALF USA v. Perdue)

We are lead counsel on behalf of the nation’s largest organization of independent cattle producers, R-CALF USA, in a suit raising a First Amendment challenge to the administration of the beef checkoff in Montana. We are arguing that although the federal government mandates all ranchers pay…

Morris v. Tyson

We represent a mass action of poultry growers in Western Kentucky who raise poultry for Tyson, the nation’s largest poultry company. Tyson acts as an “integrator,” controlling all of the inputs used by its poultry growers—such as the birds, feed, and medical care—as well as…

Western Watersheds Project et al. v. Peter Michael

This case is a federal constitutional challenge to two newly enacted Wyoming statutes (the “Data Laws”) that are designed to prevent the public from gathering “resource data” on public or private “open land” in the State of Wyoming. See W.S. 6-3-414 (criminal statute) and W.S….