Companies are asking to dismiss class action suits as moot even if the class representative doesn’t accept the settlement offer. Think about it: a company can potentially avoid having to compensate hundreds or thousands of people harmed by its illegal actions simply by promising to compensate one person—a promise it doesn’t even have to keep once the case gets dismissed.
AFJ Audio Analysis
Alliance for Justice analyzes key cases before the United States Supreme Court, and circuit courts of appeals, using audio excerpts from oral arguments.
On April 28, 2015, the Supreme Court heard oral argument on one of the most anticipated constitutional law issues in recent memory: the right of same-sex couples to marry. The cases, four consolidated ones from Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky, presented two questions for the Court: first, whether the states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and second, whether states must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples married in other states.
On March 25, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in three consolidated cases: Michigan v. EPA, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, and National Mining Association v. EPA. At issue is the quality of the air we breathe.
On March 4, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell. The case involves the availability of tax credits in federally-run, as opposed to state-run, health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the Court eliminates the credits, premiums will rise and millions of Americans will be left uninsured. One study estimates that each year, 9,800 people will die as a result of being uninsured. This shock to the insurance market could trigger a “death-spiral” of skyrocketing premiums that would mean the complete collapse of the ACA system and leave even more Americans uninsured.