Amicus Briefs

Consumer Action is proud to work with plaintiffs' attorneys to file amicus ("friend of the court") briefs in legal cases of importance to the consumer interest.

  • APSCU v. Arne Duncan and US Department of Education
    Consumer and public interest groups urged the courts to uphold the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful employment regulation, which would prevent for-profit colleges from accessing federal student aid if they can’t prove they provide students with adequate tools to find employment. (In June, 2015, the court ruled against the APSCU attempt to block implementation of the rule.)
  • Ardon vs. City of Los Angeles
    A legal challenge held that local governments should not be permitted to retain illegally collected taxes merely because they need the funds to balance their budgets. As it turns out, the California Supreme Court agrees.
  • FTC v. AT&T Mobility
    The full Ninth Circuit has agreed to rehear the Federal Trade Commission’s data-throttling lawsuit against AT&T, which was dismissed in August after a panel found that the company’s status as a common carrier exempted it from the FTC Act.
  • James Gonzales, et al vs Owens Corning
    Consumer Action joins the National Association of Consumer Advocates and other groups in an amicus brief in support of reversing a district court decision in a case alleging fault with Owens Corning roof shingles.
  • New York v. Actavis PLC and Forest Laboratories LLC
    Consumer Action and other public interest organizations filed a brief in a lawsuit against Actavis and its subsidiary Forest Laboratories aiming to stop the drug company from discontinuing the widely used Alzheimer's drug Namenda.
  • PHH Corp. v CFPB
    Consumer Action joined coalition partners and state attorneys general in an amicus brief asking the court to uphold the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a rehearing of PHH v CFPB, urging the court to reject PHH's petition and allow the agency to continue to protect consumers.
  • Sorrell v. IMS Health
    Sorrell v. IMS Health centers on the sale of drug prescription data.
  • Treiber, et al., v. Aspen Dental Management, et al
    The Aspen Dental clinic chain is charged with harming unwary consumers by pressuring them into expensive and prolonged treatment plans, which must be paid for upfront.
  • United States v. Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
    Consumer Action has joined an amicus brief in support of the Department of Justice in its effort to ensure that powerful music publishers and performing rights organizations are held to a seven-decades-old antitrust consent decree.
  • Viacom v. YouTube
    Consumer Action joins an amicus filing supporting YouTube-Google in an appeals case to determine that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) law indemnifies online companies like YouTube when the content is removed upon notification by the copyright holder.
 
 

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