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One Estopp Shop: The Ninth Circuit Weighs in on the Use of Equitable Estoppel to Compel Arbitration in Two Recent Decisions

When can you compel arbitration of a putative class action? The law is developing quickly[1] and still doesn’t provide a crystal clear answer. The Ninth Circuit recently weighed in on two cases examining what happens when the parties don’t have an arbitration agreement to …›

May 18, 2021 - Coronavirus (COVID-19), FDA

New Face Mask Performance Standard Has Consumers Covered

ASTM International recently approved a new performance standard that will tell consumers just how much protection their cloth face masks offer. Some face coverings like N-95 respirators and surgical masks must meet certain filtration requirements enforced by government agencies like the U.S. Occupational Safety …›

FTC Lays Groundwork for Rulemakings: Are New Substantive Competition Rules Coming?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appears poised to begin testing the scope of its rulemaking authority, including new substantive competition rules for the first time in decades.[1] On March 25, 2021, FTC Acting Chairwoman Rebecca Slaughter (D) formed a group within the agency’s Office …›

AMG Capital v. FTC – SCOTUS Strips the FTC of a Critical Enforcement Tool

In a unanimous decision reversing the Ninth Circuit, the Supreme Court in AMG Capital v. FTC ended a federal circuit split and squarely held that the FTC lacks authority to pursue equitable monetary relief in federal court under Section 13(b) of the Federal Trade …›

Relief for the Unharmed: Supreme Court Considers Whether Article III & Rule 23 Permit Certification Where Most Class Members are Uninjured (Ramirez v. TransUnion)

The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly declined to resolve a question that has sharply divided the Circuits: whether a class may be certified even though it contains uninjured members. See e.g., Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo et.al., 136 S. Ct. 1036, 1050 (2016). …›

Much-Anticipated Supreme Court Ruling Limits the TCPA’s Definition of an Autodialer

The Supreme Court has issued its much-anticipated ruling in Facebook v. Duguid, impacting many pending TCPA cases nationwide and providing guidance to the many businesses that engage in calling and texting campaigns. The TCPA generally requires an individual’s prior consent to use an automatic …›