A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of April 22-28.
Jeannie O’Sullivan | Law360
The New Jersey Supreme Court [has agreed] to determine if a consumer is considered aggrieved if they’ve entered into an unlawful contract, but haven’t actually incurred damages, in order to better prepare the Third Circuit to consider putative class actions involving consumer protection claims.
Debra Cassens Weiss | ABA Journal
West Virginia’s top court imposed a two-year suspension on a lawyer who submitted bills for court-appointed work for more than 24 hours a day on two different occasions.
Alison Frankel | Reuters
It’s obvious from a ruling Monday by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer of San Francisco that the judge does not think owners of Volkswagen “clean diesel” cars needed individual counsel. The judge denied motions by 244 plaintiffs’ lawyers who wanted VW to pay them for the time they spent drafting filings for individual car owners, suggesting edits to classwide filings and advising their clients about developments in the case, including advice about whether to participate in the $10 billion class action settlement.
Michael P. Daly, Matthew J. Fedor, Andrew L. Van Houter, and Jenna M. Poligo | Drinker Biddle