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Docket: Consumer and Utilities


Case Name: Popowsky v. Pa. Pub. Util. Comm'n

Court: Commonwealth Ct. of Pa.    Docket: 1179 CO 2012

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Case Result: The Commission's interpretation of the statute as permitting a utility to rely solely on spot market pricing for default utility rates, where the statute requires that the prices be based on a "prudent mix" of sources, will not be disturbed because the statute is ambiguous and the Commission has the technical expertise to interpret it.

Case Name: Quinn v. Walgreen Co.

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. SDNY    Docket: 57:12-cv-8187(VB)

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Case Issue: Should court dispprove a proposed class action settlement of claims challenging the deceptive marketing used to sell products containing glucosamine under the store brand name because it is unfair?

Case Name: Reyes v. Zions First National Bank

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 3d Cir.   Docket: 13-8086

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Case Issue: The district court erred by denying class certification because it should have used a preponderance of the evidence standard rather than absolute certainty for the predominance and commonality elements of class certification. The district court also failed to consider expert testimony.

Case Name: S. Alliance for Clean Energy v. Fla. Pub. Serv. Comm'n

Court: Fla. Supreme Court   Docket: SC-2465

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Case Result: Court rejected the challenge, finding that recovery of preconstruction costs through customer rates in order to promote utility company investment in new nuclear power plants, even though plants might never be built, is a policy decision for the legislature.

Case Name: Sykes v. Mel Harris

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 2d Cir.   Docket: 13-2742, 13-2747, 13-2748 (con)

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Case Issue: Is certification of class appropriate to challenge alleged scheme by debt buyers, law firm and process servers to obtain default judgments en masse by filing fraudulent affidavits of service and attesting to the accuracy of the debt, when debt information is inherently unreliable and is sold subject to explicit disclaimers as to its reliability and accuracy?

Case Name: Torres v. SGE Management

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 5th Cir.   Docket: 14-20128

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Case Issue: Can an alleged pyramid scheme be challenged as class action under RICO if the court can infer that all class members relied on representations that it was a legitimate business opportunity?

Case Name: Townsend v. Midland Funding

Court: Md. Ct. of Appeals   Docket: 24-C-13-001033

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Case Result: In small claims court, no rules of evidence or even a competent witness is necessary for a debt buyer to obtain a judgment in a contested trial.

Case Name: Unifund CCR Partners v. Shah

Court: Ill. App. Ct. of Ill., 1st Dist.   Docket: 11-3658

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Case Result: After clarifying the obligation of the collector to provide sufficient evidence of an assignment of the debt as required by statute, the court determined the record on appeal was insufficient to permit review, and therefore affirmed the trial court judgment dismissing the case.

Case Name: Vassalle v. Midland Funding

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 6th Cir.    Docket: 14-4156

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Case Issue: Did court err in approving nationwide settlement against debt buyer which released the claims of all class members for de minimus monetary compensation?

Case Name: Vassalle v. Midland Funding

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 6th Cir.    Docket: 11-4021

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Case Result: Nationwide class action settlement could not be approved as class representatives and settlement did not adequately protect the absent class members.

Case Name: Wert v. Manorcare of Carlisle Pa.

Court: Pa. Supreme Court   Docket: 62 MAP 2014

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Case Issue: When nursing facility admission agreement designates a specific arbitration (NAF), is the designation an integral part of agreement so that failure to use NAF voids agreement?

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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.

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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.