Consumer Law

1809 ABA Journal Consumer Law articles.

Fertility doctors used their sperm for pregnancies, contrary to patients’ wishes, 2 lawsuits allege
Two women learned from their children’s home DNA tests that fertility doctors fraudulently used their own sperm to impregnate them, according to lawsuits filed against the doctors Wednesday.
Afternoon Briefs: Bankruptcy classes more popular; John Pierce representing teen in Kenosha shootings

More law students are taking bankruptcy classes

Some law professors are reporting the demand for their bankruptcy classes is booming. Ronald Mann, a Columbia Law School professor, told Thomson Reuters…

Drugmaker accuses plaintiffs law firm of running misleading ads about HIV medications
Drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc. is asking a federal judge to admonish a plaintiffs law firm for allegedly running misleading advertisements about Gilead’s HIV medications.
Amazon may be liable for injuries caused by defective products sold by third-party vendors, court rules
A California appeals court ruled Thursday that Amazon can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by defective products sold by third-party vendors through its online marketplace.
Afternoon Briefs: Prosecutor who filed OSHA complaint dies from COVID-19; Wells Fargo faces new class action

Prosecutor who filed OSHA complaint dies from COVID-19

A prosecutor in Pennsylvania who filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after becoming ill with COVID-19 has…

Macy’s uses facial recognition software to identify customers on security cameras, lawsuit claims
A would-be class action lawsuit alleges that the Macy’s department store chain violates Illinois law when it identifies customers recorded on its surveillance cameras by using facial recognition software.
Would a government-backed social credit scoring system like China’s ever fly in the US?
Judge says BigLaw firm essentially called him stupid in ‘astounding’ display of ‘effrontery’
U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay of the Northern District of Texas slammed Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and its co-counsel Wednesday for calling his interpretation of an arbitration clause “nonsensical.”
Supreme Court will decide circuit split over Facebook’s use of text messages
The U.S. Supreme Court granted Facebook Inc.’s request Thursday to review a proposed class action that accuses the social media company of sending unwanted text messages.
Consumer agency survives SCOTUS challenge but not for-cause removal of its chief
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau violates the separation of powers because it concentrates power in a single director who is removable only for cause.
Supreme Court rules disgorgement, with limits, is allowed in SEC civil actions
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Monday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may seek disgorgement—with some limits—in civil enforcement cases.
Coronavirus on board: Lawyer’s parents were trapped on a contaminated cruise ship

Florida plaintiffs lawyer Debi F. Chalik remembers the moment she decided to file suit against Princess Cruises for negligence arising from the COVID-19 outbreak on the Grand Princess ship. It was March 6, and she was home watching Vice President Mike Pence deliver a televised briefing that included an update on the status of the Grand Princess.

Suing a cruise line? There are a boatload of challenges unique to the industry

Bringing a case against an ocean cruise line is challenging. Plaintiffs lawyers say these cases are highly specific and highly specialized, governed by myriad legal standards and subject to investigative challenges. It’s an area so unique that it’s easy for a novice lawyer to make an honest mistake that can permanently sink an otherwise meritorious case.

Afternoon Briefs: Bar exam pass rate hits new low in California; Ben & Jerry’s ‘happy cows’ suit tossed

California’s February bar exam pass rate drops to less than 27%

The pass rate for California’s February 2020 bar exam was 26.8%, which, according to the Recorder, is a record…

Federal judge sues Allstate, claims insurer is wrongly trying to evict him during pandemic
A federal judge in Brooklyn has filed a lawsuit contending that Allstate is trying to force him and his wife to leave the property that they rented after a fire destroyed their home, despite New York’s moratorium on evictions.

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