Class Actions

Supreme Court Again Confirms That Class Action Arbitration Waivers Are Valid, Even In California

Facing yet another issue involving the arbitration of consumer disputes, the United States Supreme Court on December 14, 2015 held that a class action waiver clause was valid even when the contract incorporated state law standards that would have voided the waiver. The decision continued the Court’s trend toward enforcement…

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Anticipating Decisions In Three Supreme Court Cases With Potential To Impact Class Action Litigation

The US Supreme Court’s October 2015 term includes three cases that may have important implications for class action litigation: Spokeo Inc. v. Robins et al., 13-1339, Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 14-857, and Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, 14-1146.   In each case, the Court will consider a procedural question whose answer…

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Recent Class Actions Challenge Property Inspection Charges

From origination through final payoff, plaintiffs’ counsel look for claims in just about every aspect of the relationship between borrowers and their mortgage lenders.  Recently, scrutiny has turned to property inspections carried out during default servicing.  Plaintiffs’ lawyers have filed several class-action suits alleging that inspection fees violate mortgage terms, state…

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Class-Action Waivers on the CFPB Chopping Block

Earlier this month, the CFPB announced that it may propose rules designed to curtail or eliminate class-action waivers from arbitration clauses. Arbitration clauses appear in most financial-services contracts to provide both parties with a cheaper alternative to litigation. Dubbing such clauses “a free pass [to] sidestep the legal system, avoid…

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Class Action Scrutiny Of New York Loan Satisfactions Increases

**EDITOR’S NOTE:  This post was guest-authored by Goodwin Procter partner Joe Yenouskas and associate Alyssa Sussman.  Both are members of Goodwin Procter’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation Group.** A series of putative class actions have been filed recently in New York federal courts by borrowers alleging that their mortgage satisfactions were not timely…

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8th Circuit Revives Dismissed TCPA Action

On June 8, 2015, the 8th Circuit reversed the Eastern District of Missouri and revived class claims in Golan et al. v. Veritas Entertainment, LLC et al.  In Golan, the plaintiff alleged that the defendants—producers of the movie, “Last Ounce of Courage”—robo-called consumers to promote the film in violation of…

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Supreme Court Will Address Use Of Statistical Sampling and Whether A Class Can Be Certified If It Contains Members Who Are Not Injured

Last week, the United States Supreme Court granted cert in Bouaphakeo v. Tyson Foods, Inc., a Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) case with potentially wide reaching implications in federal class actions.  In Bouaphakeo, plaintiffs alleged that they were entitled to overtime for time spent putting on (“donning”) and taking off…

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CFPB Finds Arbitration Agreements Limit Consumer Redress

On March 10, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Arbitration Study, which concludes that arbitration agreements in contracts associated with consumer financial products constrain consumers’ ability to assert their rights if a dispute arises.  The study, which the CFPB was directed to carry out under Section 1028(a)…

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Ninth Circuit Ruling on Customer Agreements Affects Ability to Arbitrate TCPA and FDCPA Claims

On November 10, 2014, the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court’s order dismissing and directing to arbitration a putative nationwide class action alleging Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) violations, finding that the Customer Agreement containing the arbitration clause was unenforceable for lack of mutual assent.  Knutson v. Sirius XM Radio…

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IN FAIRNESS TO ALL: Complying With FCRA Disclosure Requirements When Evaluating And Hiring ...

Employers use a number of tools to assess any potential hire, and to evaluate existing employees.  When using a credit report for these purposes, employers need to be wary of the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (“FCRA”) (15 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.) provisions.  The FCRA has strict procedures, requiring that employers…

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