Intervention by Non-Class-Member Objectors

In Devlin v. Scardelletti, the Supreme Court held that a class member who objects in a federal district court to a proposed class-action settlement may appeal approval of that settlement without moving for (and being granted) intervention. As I explained in this article, despite efforts by settling parties to limit Devlin to members of non-opt-out classes, […]

Calo’s Against Notice Skepticism

by Jeff Sovern I've moved on to the privacy chapter of our casebook, and in that regard I just finished reading M. Ryan Calo's (Calo is at the University of Washington and affilated with Stanford)  intriguing Against Notice Skepticism In Privacy (And Elsewhere), 87 Notre Dame Law Review 1027 (2012).  Before I add my two […]

Victoria Secret Trademark Complaint — Another Hosting Company Finks Out

by Paul Alan Levy    Amid the coverage of the feminist prank web site using Victoria Secret's name on a site promoting the concept of consent-themed underwear instead of underwear that portrays a woman’s readiness for sexual contact as a “sure thing,” I noted that in demanding the takedown of the web site on trademark infringement […]

The Ninth Circuit’s En Banc Argument in Kilgore v. Keybank

An 11-judge en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit heard oral argument this week in Kilgore v. Keybank, an important consumer arbitration case. Kilgore presents the question whether the Federal Arbitration Act and the Supreme Court's decision in AT&T v. Concepcion require courts to enforce arbitration clauses even when they would block consumers from pursuing […]

Richard Frankel Paper on Arbitration Clauses

Richard Frankel of Drexel has written The Arbitration Clause as Super Contract.  Here's the abstract: It is widely acknowledged that the purpose of the Federal Arbitration Act was to place arbitration clauses on “equal footing” with other contracts. Nonetheless,federal and state courts have placed arbitration clauses on a pedestal by creating special interpretive rules for […]

Looks Like Senator Warren is Heading to the Banking Committee

Read about it here in a piece by William Alden. We discussed the possibility right after her election. Now it looks like a certainty. An excerpt from Alden's piece: Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard professor who won a Senate seat in November, is officially on track to join the Senate Banking Committee, after the Democratic Steering […]

Still More on the Second Circuit’s Decision in Caronia

by Brian Wolfman We have now posted twice (here and here) about the Second Circuit's Caronia decision, in which the court ditched the misdemeanor conviction of a drug company prescription drug representative, saying that his promotion of one of the company's products was protected by the First Amendment. I've posted about the case because it […]