Case Name: Ciser v. Nestle
Court: U.S. Ct. App. 3d Cir. Docket: 13-4509
Case Result: The judgment of the district court dismissing plaintiff's claims for failure to plead a cognizable claim was affirmed because the third circuit found, not action to recover voluntarily paid but allegedly unreasonable late fees exists at common law, and actions to challenge unconscionable conduct under the N.J. Consumer Fraud Act must allege an element of deceptive conduct. Because the late fees were disclosed in Nestle's contract, they may not be challenged as an unconscionable practice.
Case Name: Sykes v. Mel Harris
Court: U.S. Ct. App. 2d Cir. Docket: 13-2742, 13-2747, 13-2748 (con)
Case Result: Class certification was affirmed in lawsuit challenging abusive debt collection practices by a debt buyer, a law firm, and the process servicers used by the law firm that often failed to serve the debtors but falsified court records to make it appear that debtors received notice.
Case Name: Torres v. SGE Management
Court: U.S. Ct. App. 5th Cir. Docket: 14-20128
Case Result: Class certification was reversed where divided panel found that the class members were required to prove reliance, and they could not show that the class members relied on the legality of the scheme because there are many reason why a person becomes involved in a pyramid scheme.
Case Name: Cabral v. Supple
Court: U.S. Ct. App. 9th Cir. Docket: 13-55943
Case Issue: Was it proper to certify a class of people who claim that Supple falsely advertised that its special juice will "completely reverse and halt the disease process" for any joint disease?
Case Name: Jarvis v. First Resolution Invest. Corp.
Court: Ohio Supreme Court Docket: 13-0118
Case Issue: Does debt collection action require strict adherence to procedural rules?
Case Name: Martinez v. Capital One Bank, N.A.
Court: U.S. Ct. App. 2d Cir. Docket: 12-1342-cv
Case Issue: Is there a private right of action to enforce N.Y. statutory safeguards that protect exempt benefits and wages from garnishment?
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