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Supreme Court Holds That Rule 68 Offer of Judgment Does Not Make Class Action Moot

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, with Justice Thomas providing the sixth vote, held that an unaccepted offer of judgment under Rule 68 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in a case seeking class certification under Rule 23 does not render the case moot, even though the defendant’s offer of […]

Leading Jurists, Scholars, and Advocates Say Unrelenting CO2 Emissions Violate International Law and Must Be Reduced to Prevent Catastrophe

A group of prominent jurists, scholars, and advocates on March 1, 2015, adopted the Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations. The Principles are based on the undeniable fact that “[t]he threats [to the Earth from climate change] are grave and imminent,” and the inescapable conclusion that “[a]voiding severe global catastrophe is a moral and […]

New Federal Study of Consumer Arbitration Clauses Finds That Consumers Lack Understanding and Clauses Limit Class Relief

On March 10, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued the second part of a long awaited study on arbitration clauses in consumer financial services contracts.[1] CFPB head Richard Cordray summarized two key study findings. “Tens of millions of consumers are covered by arbitration clauses, but few know about them or understand their impact,” […]

The Twin Obstacles Of Standing And State Secrecy Live On In Surveillance Challenges

Originally posted by Jeffrey Vagle on February 11, 2015 on The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School Website As Federal District Judge Jeffrey White made plain in his order granting the government partial summary judgment yesterday in Jewel v. NSA, current judicial interpretations of both standing doctrine and the state secrets privilege […]

Supreme Court to Clarify Pregnant Workers’ Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.,[1] a case that is expected to clarify employers’ legal obligations when pregnant women with work limitations seek workplace accommodations. Petitioner Peggy Young was a driver for UPS, a positon that required her to lift up to 70 pounds. During her […]