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Applying High Court Jurisdiction Rulings, Federal Judge Shuts Out Suit Against Foreign Soccer Federation

After finding some success in its concussion-related class actions against professional and amateur football associations, noted plaintiffs’ firm Hagens Berman has taken aim at the world’s most popular sport—soccer. The firm has sued a number of soccer organizations, including the much-maligned Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), for failing to provide proper concussion management for players. The Zurich, Switzerland-based federation, obviously averse to playing defense on (or rather, in) the plaintiffs’ home court (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California), moved to dismiss. . . (continue reading here)

Ninth Circuit Adds to Landowners’ Woes with Another Endangered Species Act Litigation Loss

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently decided that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) need not perform a thorough balancing of the costs and benefits of an Endangered Species Act (ESA) critical habitat designation, and its decision not to exclude certain areas is judicially unreviewable. The ruling directly impacts over 12,000 square miles of waters, shorelines, and land areas of California, Oregon, and Washington. Its broader impact, however, will be much greater. . . (continue reading here)

United States v. DeCoster
On July 27, 2015, WLF asked the Eighth Circuit to overturn a district court decision that would impose a term of imprisonment on two executives of Quality Egg LLC under the “responsible corporate officer” (RCO) doctrine—a rare instance of strict...
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In re: Restrictions on "Incidental Take" of Migratory Birds
On July 27, 2015, WLF filed formal comments with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), calling on it to cease its efforts to assert regulatory authority over activities that have, at most, an incidental effect on migratory birds. The Migratory...
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Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez
On July 23, 2015, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, urging it to rule that when a plaintiff is offered everything he has asked for in a lawsuit, the case should be dismissed as moot. WLF argued that no actual controversy exists between...
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Baker v. Microsoft Corp.
On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied a rehearing petition in a case in which an appeals court panel greatly expanded plaintiffs’ appeal rights in class actions. The decision was a setback for WLF, which filed a...
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Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins
On July 9, 2015, WLF asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that would allow uninjured plaintiffs to sue in federal court for bare, technical violations of federal law. In a brief filed...
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Review of Expert Testimony Leads N.Y. Court to Reject “Single Fiber” Asbestos Liability Theory
By Michael Hoenig, a Member of the law firm Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C. in New York City.
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The Ongoing Anti-BPA Crusade in the States: A Disservice to Science and Consumers
By Timothy J. Coughlin, a Partner, and Christopher Joseph Klasa, a staff attorney in the Cleveland office of the law firm Thompson Hine LLP.
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