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Oregon Consumer Class Action Verdict Against BP Petroleum Demonstrates Importance of Consumer Class Actions.

Myth: Class actions never go to trial. For just one example of the fact that they do, see here; Myth: The lawyers get all the money; consumer get a pittance. See above link to debunk this one; and Myth: Class actions don’t actually advance consumer interests. Again, see the above link. It describes how an […]

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Trump Administration Reverses Obama-era Rule Barring Forced Arbitration For Nursing Home Patients

Unfortunately, these forced-arbitration clauses typically bar class actions as well, further denying access to courts for vulnerable citizens. See discussion here.

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Los Angeles County Settles Civil Rights Class Action

Click here for a good example of why we need class actions.

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Chase adds forced arbitration/class action waiver provisions, to its credit card terms.

Unfortunately, JP Morgan Chase Bank has decided to adopted forced arbitration clauses in its credit card terms. These clauses prohibit customers from participating in class actions. A cool website you can use to opt out BY AUGUST 7, 2019, can be found HERE.

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Drew’s upcoming conference presentations.

I’ll be moderating a panel on the topic of “ascertainability” as a requirement in class actions in San Francisco on February 22, 2019, as part of the Impact Fund Class Action Conference. This somewhat dry (but important) topic has generated various approaches among the federal and state appellate courts that have wrestled with it. I’m […]

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A bit of good news for investors . . .

In re. Johnson & Johnson (SEC ruling) In what is sure to be an ongoing effort by some to block stockholders and other investors from seeking to hold company managements accountable through securities fraud class action, chalk up one for the little guy: http://bit.ly/2RXS0hY . Arbitration is being used more and more often–not as the […]

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Trump Administration Threatens New Rule Jeopardizing Investor Protections Through Class Actions

Currently and for many decades, publicly-held companies have not been able to avoid securities fraud suits against themselves and their executives and officers, other than behaving well. In the mid- to late 1990’s, “tort reform”-style legislation, principally the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA) tightened up the rules for bringing such actions successfully, leading to […]

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Court Issues Final Order Approving Trott Fair Debt Class Action Settlement

On September 28, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Michigan issued a final order and judgment approving the proposed class action settlement in Martin, et al. v. Trott Law PC, et al.  The Court’s order and other settlement documents can be reviewed under the “Documents” tab at the settlement […]

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McGuinness to lecture on class actions at University of Michigan Law School; judge Campbell Moot Court Competition

I have been invited by Professor Stuart Rossman of the University of Michigan Law School to present to his Consumer Class Actions class this coming December. The topic is “The Future of Class Actions.” I’m looking forward to spending a few hours interacting with law students who share an interest in my passion–class actions–at my […]

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Amercian Legion op-ed calls for SEC to reject changes to allow publicly-traded companies to avoid securities fraud class actions.

Attempts to change SEC rules  to permit publicly-traded on companies to insert arbitration clauses with class action waivers in their shares or corporate governance documents have gained steam under the Trump Administration. The current SEC Chair, appointed by President Trump, has refused to reject them, as previous Democratic- and Republican-appointed Chairs have done. John Kamin, assistant […]

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