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September 9, 2016

In the News Today – September 9, 2016

  • CA Governor Urged to Veto Anti-Arbitration Bill: A coalition of business groups are urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to veto a bill, SB 1078, that would “prohibit arbitration companies from soliciting business from a party to a consumer arbitration for as long as the arbitration lasts.” The groups, including the Civil Justice Association of California, Farm Bureau Federation, and Hospital Association, sent a letter to the governor that said the bill would create “impractical and logistical barriers that reduce the effectiveness of arbitration as a faster, less expensive alternative to civil litigation.” (Northern California Record
  • Judge Threatens Sanctions Over ‘Worthless’ Cases in Vaginal Mesh MDL: U.S. District Judge Clay Land, overseeing hundreds of lawsuits regarding vaginal mesh devices, warned of sanctions against plaintiffs’ attorneys who file worthless cases, and “suggests the process of bundling cases together in multi district litigation is to blame.” He wrote, “the evolution of the MDL process toward providing an alternative dispute resolution forum for global settlements has produced incentives for the filing of cases that otherwise would not be filed if they had to stand on their own merit as a stand-alone action.” (Forbes)
  • Subway ‘Footlong’ Settlement Goes Before Federal Appeals Court: The case over the actual size of a Subway “footlong” sandwich has headed to federal appeals court. A district court judge had previously approved a settlement that awarded $520,000 in plaintiffs’ attorney fees and “incentive awards” valued at $500 each to named plaintiffs. The federal appeals court now heard arguments “on whether the settlement gave too much dough to the lawyers without benefiting Subway consumers.” (Wall Street Journal

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