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Cases / Briefs

Duran v. U.S. Bank

In this class action resulting in a $15 million judgment for banking officers who claimed they were misclassified as exempt employees, Public Justice joined in an amici brief to the California Supreme Court arguing that defendants do not have a due process right to litigate…

Machado v. System4

Public Justice and Public Citizen filed an amici brief urging the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to affirm a trial court’s decision not to compel arbitration claims brought by a putative class of largely immigrant and non-English-speaking janitorial workers who allegedly suffered egregious wage violations under…

Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett

This case presents the issue of whether design-defect claims against generic drug manufacturers are preempted by federal law.  A New Hampshire jury awarded plaintiff Karen Bartlett more than $21 million in compensatory after she suffered catastrophic injuries caused by Mutual’s generic drug, sulindac.  Mutual argues…

Citizens Coal Council v. Matt Canestrale Contracting, Inc.

Public Justice and Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), representing Citizens Coal Council, filed a citizens’ suit against Matt Canestrale Contracting, Inc. (MCC) for violations of Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams Law, Air Pollution Control Act, and Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act;…

Hudson v. Citibank

Public Justice represents Janet Hudson and Cynthia Stewart, who were holders of Citibank credit cards. After they fell behind on their payments, Citibank brought debt collection actions against each of them in Alaska state court. And, as in thousands of other credit card debt collection…

Braun v. Wal-Mart

In this class action resulting in a $188 million judgment against Wal-Mart for failure to pay employees for rest breaks and off-the-clock work, Public Justice joined in an amici brief to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court authored by the Impact Fund and rebutting Wal-Mart’s claim that…

Gilbert v. Synagro

A loophole in environmental regulations and inadequate enforcement left 37 Pennsylvania residents exposed to dangerous sewage sludge from neighboring farm fields. Public Justice joined two lawsuits on behalf of the residents. The suits are Gilbert v. Synagro and Jasinski v. Synagro. The Pennsylvania plaintiffs in…

Knox v. First Southern Cash Advance

The underlying lawsuit in this case was first filed in North Carolina state court and was one of five class actions brought by Public Justice against payday lenders that operated in North Carolina after the North Carolina legislation authorizing payday lending expired. The defendants in…