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Florida jury hands down $40 billion verdict against tobacco company
July 20, 2014
A jury for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida on Friday handed down a verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., awarding the plaintiff $16.8 billion in compensatory damages, and $23.6 billion in punitive damages. The case, Cynthia Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was originally part of....... [more]

Supreme Court limits shareholder class action suits
June 23, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday limited shareholders' class action suits for securities fraud. In Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., the court declined to overturn its 1988 decision in Basic Inc. v. Levinson. Halliburton Co. has faced numerous lawsuits concerning allegations the company p....... [more]

Apple settles e-book price-fixing case
June 18, 2014
Apple on Monday reached an out-of-court settlement with the US Department of Justice, among other parties, regarding a class action lawsuit that accused the electronics company of illegally participating in a e-book price-fixing scheme. The company was found to have violated the Sherman Act and var....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against credit card issuers
April 11, 2014
Judge William Pauley of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a class action lawsuit on Thursday against American Express, Citigroup and Discover Financial Services that alleged the three credit card issuers violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by colluding to require t....... [more]

Federal judge decides not to combine Google privacy lawsuits
March 19, 2014
Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California decided on Tuesday not to combine several lawsuits against Google for violating the privacy rights of its Gmail users into a single class action suit. The plaintiffs allege that Google violated state and federal privacy....... [more]

Class action filed against GM for faulty cars
March 16, 2014
A class action lawsuit was filed in federal court in Texas on Friday against General Motors (GM) claiming that customers' vehicles have lost value due to ignition problems blamed for a series of fatal crashes. The complaint alleges that GM knew about the problem since 2004 but failed to fix it, crea....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on statute of limitations in class actions
March 10, 2014
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi v. IndyMac MBS, Inc. to rule on the statute of limitations in class action suits. In American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah (1974) the court held that "the commencement of a class action suspen....... [more]

Vietnam veterans with PTSD file lawsuit in federal court
March 3, 2014
Five veterans of the Vietnam War filed a class action lawsuit on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Connecticut accusing the military of failing to upgrade the discharges of veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The complaint, which names the US Army, Navy a....... [more]

Supreme Court allows class action for Stanford Ponzi scheme victims
February 26, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday in Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice that the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 (SLUSA) does not bar the plaintiffs' state law class action suit. The lawsuit was brought by the victims of the multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme orchestrated....... [more]

Apple files appeal in e-book price-fixing case
February 26, 2014
Apple filed a brief Wednesday with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit asking the court to either overturn a ruling from last year that Apple violated anti-trust laws or grant a new trial in front of different judges. Apple argues that the case management order that brought the case toget....... [more]

Ninth Circuit revives shareholder lawsuit against BP Alaska
February 14, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion on Thursday reinstating a shareholder class-action lawsuit against BP Alaska for securities fraud after the case had been dismissed by a lower federal court. The case had been dismissed for inadequate pleading in the lower court. On app....... [more]




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