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Docket: Consumer and Utilities


Case Name: Marx v. Gen. Revenue Corp.

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 11-1175

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Courts have discretion to award costs against unsuccessful plaintiffs in Fair Debt Collections Practices Act cases even if the claims were brought in good faith.

Case Name: Maughon v. Carnival Corp. 

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 11th Cir.   Docket: 09-15890-G

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Cruise line's arbitration clause is enforceable despite requiring people to travel to Florida to arbitrate and regardless of significant limitations on substantive legal remedies contained in the arbitration clause.

Case Name: McFarland v. Wells Fargo

Court: U.S. Ct. App 4th Cir.    Docket: 14-216

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Is mortgage lender practice of artificially inflating the appraisal of homes resulting in upside-down mortgages an unconscionable practice that may be raised in defense of a foreclosure?

Case Name: McGill v. Citibank

Court: Cal. Supreme Court Docket: S224086

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Case Issue: May a court enforce contract terms that prohibit consumers from suing to enjoin deceptive business practices for public injunctive relief under a state statute?

Case Name: Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 112-1036

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Case Result: State attorney general parens patriae action is not removable to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act mass action provisions.

Case Name: North Carolina ex rel. Utilities Comm'n v. Cooper

Court: N.C. Supreme Court    Docket: 268A12-1

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result:  Commission failed to make the necessary findings of fact to support its Return on Equity determination, and customer interests cannot be measured only indirectly or treated as mere afterthoughts.

Case Name: PHH Corp. v. CFPB

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C. Cir.  Docket: 15-1177

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Case Issue: Does the CFPB have constitutional and statutory authority to disgorge $105 million from PHH Corp. and its affiliates for violating the anti-kickback provisions of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)?

Case Name: POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 12-761

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Competitors can challenge allegedly misleading labeling of another's product because the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act does not preclude a private law suit under the Lanham Act.

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Find cases in which AFL has advocated in courts nationwide for the rights of older persons, and filed AARP’s amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs that help courts decide precedent-setting cases. The cases within the drop-down categories below are in alphabetical order for ease of searching.

Strengthening Law and Policy through
Legal Advocacy

Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect more than 15 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four impact areas: Tackling Senior Hunger, Paving the Way to Stable Income, assuring the adequacy and availability of Safe and Afffordable Housing and Reconnecting People to Families and Communities, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.