July 20, 2014
by Julie Deisher
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 ...[read more]
June 18, 2014
by Addison Morris
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 ...[read more]
April 11, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
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 ...[read more]
March 16, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
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, ...[read more]
March 3, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
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 ...[read more]
February 26, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
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 ...[read more]
February 14, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
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 ...[read more]
February 13, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, the Director of National Intelligence, the director of the NSA, and the director of the FBI challenging the constitutionality of the NSA's surveillance program. The class action complaint seeks a declaration ...[read more]
February 1, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia certified a class action lawsuit on Friday challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. "The amended proposed class ... meets the requirements of numerosity, commonality, typicality, and adequacy of representation," US ...[read more]
January 14, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. that the lawsuit in question is not a "mass action" suit under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) of 2005, reversing the previous holding of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. CAFA allows "mass ...[read more]

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