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Docket: Consumer and Utilities


Case Name: Marx v. Gen. Revenue Corp.

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

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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

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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: 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

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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: NRG Power Marketing v. Maine Pub. Utilities Comm'n

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 08-674

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: FERC cannot set aside a utility contract as "unjust and unreasonable" unless the purchaser of electricity proves that the contract "seriously harms the public interest."

Case Name: Office of Public Counsel v. Graham

Court: Fla. Supreme Court    Docket: SC 16-95

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Case Issue: Did the Florida Public Service Commission exceed its authority when it approved ratepayers being required to pay for the cost of Florida Power and Light's investment in the exploration, drilling and production of natural gas using hydraulic fracking in Oklahoma?

Case Name: POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola

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

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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 the most recent 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.

Strengthening Law and Policy through
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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 priority areas: Hunger, Income, Housing and Isolation, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.