Litigation

Supreme Court Issues Decision on Federal Arbitration Act

On January 15, 2019, the Supreme Court issued an important decision regarding the enforceability of certain arbitration agreements under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA).  In New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, No. 17-340, the Supreme Court unanimously held that courts should determine whether a contract falls within the “contracts of employment”…

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Supreme Court Grants Cert in TCPA Junk Fax Case to Determine Whether the Hobbs Act Trumps the Chevron Doctrine

On November 13, 2018, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic (No. 17-1705), to answer the question whether the Hobbs Act required the district court to accept the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) legal interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).  At issue…

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Ninth Circuit Issues Opinion on TCPA ATDS Definition

On September 20, 2018, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion finding that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s (TCPA’s) “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS) definition is vague and ambiguous, and interpreting the statutory definition anew.  More specifically, in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, LLC, the court interpreted the TCPA’s ATDS definition…

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California Supreme Court Rules that Loans Can be Unconscionable Due to High Interest Rates, Despite Lack of Interest Rate Cap

On August 13, 2018, the California Supreme Court answered a question certified to it by the Ninth Circuit, holding that a loan with a high interest rate can be unconscionable, even if the legislature specifically declined to impose an interest rate cap on loans of that amount.  See De La Torre…

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In the Wake of ACA International, Four Cases Follow Suit

On March 16, 2018, the D.C. Circuit issued a long-awaited ruling in ACA International v. FCC, which struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) expansive interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s (TCPA’s) “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS) definition.  As LenderLaw Watch analyzed more fully here, the D.C. Circuit focused…

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Second Circuit Affirms TCPA Dismissal, Finding Broadly-Worded Consent Provided on Intake Form Sufficient to Show Prior Express Consent

On January 3, 2018, the Second Circuit decided Latner v. Mount Sinai Health Sys., Inc., 879 F.3d 52 (2d Cir. 2018), affirming the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York’s decision to dismiss the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) suit, and finding that the plaintiff consented to…

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