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.

  • Smith v. LoanMe

    Consumer Action joined EPIC and the Consumer Federation in an amicus brief in a case that would implicate a fundamental privacy principle: the right of individuals to control the retention, use, and disclosure of their telephone communications. Eliminating the all-party consent rule would essentially transform telephone services in California into a take-it-or-leave-it regime, where individuals must allow others to record and retain their communications to use call services.

  • 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.

  • Bauer, Del Rose, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. US Department of Education

    Consumer Action supports the efforts of defrauded students and state attorneys general who are suing the U.S. Department of Education, and Secretary Betsy DeVos, for delaying the 2016 Borrower Defense rule. The rule is essential to protect students and taxpayers from misconduct by unscrupulous for-profit education programs, and to maintain the integrity of our federal financial aid program.

  • Connor v. First Student

    Consumer Action joined an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs over their employer’s violations of California’s Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA) in the Connor v. First Student appeal.

  • English v Trump & Mulvaney

    Consumer Action joined nine leading organizations in an amicus brief filed to uphold the independence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

  • Expression Hair Design et al. v NY AG Schneiderman

    In Expression Hair Design et al. v NY AG Schneiderman, Consumer Action and other advocates supported merchants’ first amendment free speech rights to inform consumers of the actual costs of credit transactions.

  • 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.

  • Nelson v. Great Lakes Educational Loan Services

    As record numbers of Americans struggle to afford their student loans, private enforcement of state consumer protection laws is critical to hold student loan servicers accountable and to redress the harm done to borrowers impacted by illegal servicer conduct.

  • 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 from around the country in an amicus brief asking the court to uphold the rule that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is constitutional and that its director can be fired by the president for cause only.

  • Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

    In Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Supreme Court will consider a constitutional challenge to the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Consumer Action has joined allies in a “friend of the court” brief arguing that the Bureau’s leadership structure is essential to its ability to protect consumers from harmful practices of the financial services industry.

  • Sessa v. TransUnion

    Sessa v. TransUnion is a case involving a woman who sued the national credit reporting agency for violating the Fair Credit Collections Act (FCRA).

  • Sorrell v. IMS Health

    Sorrell v. IMS Health centers on the sale of drug prescription data.

  • State of Maryland v. Department of Education

    Consumer Action joined advocates in filing an amicus brief in support of the gainful employment rule. The Department of Education is illegally refusing to enforce the gainful employment rule, putting students in harms way, particularly those targeted by predatory, for-profit colleges, such as students who are veterans, people of color, from low-income families, and single parents.

  • 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.

  • UFCW Local 1500 Welfare Fund v. AbbVie, Inc.

    Consumer Action and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) filed an amicus brief in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that pharmaceutical company AbbVie’s actions to extend its patents on Humira (which can reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis) are costing Americans billions of dollars.

  • 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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