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Class Actions

Supreme Court Substantially Restricts Ability to Sue in Federal Court for FCRA, FDCPA, TCPA and Other Statutory Violations – Same Class Actions Now Difficult to Certify

On June 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States held that a plaintiff must suffer a concrete injury resulting from a defendant’s statutory violation to have Article III standing to pursue damages from that defendant in federal court. The Court also held that plaintiffs in a class action must prove that every class member has standing for each claim asserted and for each form of relief sought.

11th Cir. Holds ‘Invasion of Privacy’ Exclusion Barred Coverage for TCPA Class Action Settlement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s ruling that, under Florida law, a policy exclusion that barred coverage for claims arising out of an invasion of privacy also unambiguously excluded coverage for claims alleging violations of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, when the complaint specifically mentioned invasions of privacy.

4th Cir. Upholds Class Cert in ‘Inflated Appraisal Tactics’ Lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed in part and vacated and remanded in part a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs who brought a class action suit alleging that the pressure tactics used by the defendants on home appraisers to raise the appraisal values on the plaintiffs’ homes constituted conspiracy, breach of contract and unconscionable inducement under the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Assignment of Medical Lien to Funding Company Unlawful

The Appellate Court of Illinois First District, Sixth Division, recently reversed in part and affirmed in part a trial court’s dismissal of a putative class action plaintiff’s claim that one of the defendants, a healthcare provider from whom the plaintiff received medical treatment following a personal injury, attempted to unlawfully assign its statutory lien against the plaintiff’s personal injury settlement to the other defendant, a financial services company and non-healthcare provider.

3rd Cir. Holds No FDCPA Violation When Non-Interest-Bearing Debt Itemized ‘$0.00’ for Interest

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a class action complaint alleging that a collection letter’s itemization of a debt as including “$0.00” in interest and fees — when the debt could not accrue interest or fees — violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.