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U.S. Supreme Court Imposes Limits On Class Actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court on Wednesday limited the ability of people to combine forces and fight corporations together when they want to dispute contracts for cell phones, cable television and other services, a move consumer advocates called a crushing blow. In a 5-4 ideological split...

Veteran Supreme Court Reporter Analyzes Roberts Court's Form Of 'Judicial Activism'

PHILADELPHIA - Does the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. engage in judicial activism? Yes, according to a reporter who has covered the high court for more than 50 years. But, he says, that's not a negative quality, or unusual. And he has a pretty narrow definition of "activism...

Ballard Spahr LLP: 2nd Circuit Says Online Agreement Did Not Bind Plaintiffs To Subsequent Arbitration Provision

By Alan S. Kaplinsky and Mark J. Levin Although much attention has been paid in the past few years to the enforceability of class action waivers in consumer arbitration agreements, a recent federal appeals court opinion is a stark reminder that there must be an enforceable "agreement" to...

Ballard Spahr LLP: 5th Circuit Rejects NLRB Ruling Invalidating Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements

By Steven W. Suflas, Mark J. Levin and Erin K. Clarke On December 3, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ruling that an employer violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by requiring employees to waive their rights...