Wire fraud cases, arising from what the Federal Bureau of Investigation calls “business email compromise,” are on the rise. In 2018, the FBI reported that business email compromise and other internet-enabled theft, fraud, and exploitation resulted in $2.7 billion of financial loss. See FBI – IC3 Annual Report Released. Surprisingly, even sophisticated parties and

In December, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia refused to submit to arbitration a dispute alleging violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act because plaintiff Keith Hobbs provided a declaration stating that he did not visit defendant Apollo Interactive, Inc.’s website. In doing so, the Court kept alive a TCPA

In Dancel v. Groupon, Inc., No. 19-1831 (7th Cir. Oct. 9, 2019), the Seventh Circuit split with the Eleventh Circuit regarding jurisdictional discovery to prove federal subject matter jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”).

This case involved a claim brought by Christine Dancel regarding the unauthorized use of Dancel’s image in Groupon

On December 20, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the Washington district court’s decision that denied Huuuge, Inc.’s bid to arbitrate a proposed class action based on a browsewrap agreement. In Wilson v. Huuuge, Inc., No. 18-36017, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 37952 (9th Cir. Dec. 20, 2019), the Ninth Circuit held that “because Huuuge did not

How many plaintiffs does it take to form a class action lawsuit? When it comes to satisfying Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(a)’s “numerosity” requirement, the traditional rule of thumb has been that 40 plaintiffs generally are enough, while 20 are too few. The range in the middle tends to be a closer call. Courts

On December 4, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit denied plaintiff Joanne Scanno’s attempt to obtain a larger fee award under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The Third Circuit affirmed the District Court’s ruling that a reduction in the fees sought was warranted because not only

In a win for out-of-network health care providers, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently remanded a case to state court, holding that there was no federal question jurisdiction and that the plaintiff’s claims were not preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), 29 U.S.C. §

On November 12, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida issued an order granting final approval to a class action settlement in Sanders et al. v. Global Radar Acquisition LLC d/b/a Global HR Research. This settlement resolves the lawsuit filed by Shawana Sanders and Keynatta Williams alleging that Global HR

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act requires a debt collector to inform consumers of the “name of the creditor to whom the debt is owed” within five days after its initial communication with a consumer regarding a debt. 15 U.S.C. § 1692g(a). And § 1692e(10) prohibits the use of any “false representation or deceptive means