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9th Cir. Holds ‘Unlawful Information Collection and Sharing’ Class Action Improperly Removed Under CAFA

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a putative class action against state entities and a private contractor for allegedly collecting and sharing personal data without authorization was essentially a local controversy and was therefore correctly remanded…

8th Cir. Holds Property Damage Insurer Improperly Withheld ‘Labor Depreciation’ from Claim Payments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s order certifying a class of Arkansas homeowners against an insurer that improperly withheld amounts for labor depreciation when paying covered property damage claims under their insurance policies. A copy of the…

7th Cir. Upholds Denial of Class Certification in TCPA Cases Due to Individualized Issues of Consent

On a consolidated appeal for purposes of disposition, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed the trial courts’ rulings denying class certification to lead plaintiffs who received faxed advertisements that allegedly did not comply with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and…

Fla. App. Court (3rd DCA) Holds Monthly Text Messages with Link to Terms of Service Sufficient to Compel Arbitration

The District Court of Appeal for the Third District of Florida recently reversed a trial court’s order denying a defendant’s motion to compel arbitration, holding that monthly text messages with a hyperlink to the defendant’s terms of service provided the consumer with sufficient notice that…

Wisc. Supreme Court Holds Fire Spreading Across Multiple Properties Was Single ‘Occurrence’ Under CGL Policy

Reversing the rulings of the trial court and intermediate appellate court, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin recently concluded that a fire which spread across several properties was a single ‘occurrence’ for purposes of the commercial general liability policy, and not a new ‘occurrence’ each time…

 9th Cir. Holds State Contract Law SOL Applies to TILA Rescission Claims Following Timely Cancellation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that Washington’s six-year statute of limitations governing contracts instead of the Truth in Lending Act’s one-year statute of limitations applies to claims to enforce rescission under TILA, after a notice of right to cancel…

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Mortgagee’s 2nd Action on Note After Foreclosure Barred by ‘Single Refiling Rule’

The Supreme Court of Illinois recently held that a bank’s suit for breach of a promissory note — a third attempt to collect from the same defendant borrowers based on the same default of the promissory note — was barred by Illinois’ ‘single refiling rule.’…