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Rule 23(b)(3) and the Superiority of Class Actions for Statutory Damage Claims Involving Technical Violations Resulting in No Actual Damages

Rule 23(b)(3) and the Superiority of Class Actions for Statutory Damage Claims Involving Technical Violations Resulting in No Actual Damages

November 16, 2012

In this article, Carlton Fields shareholder Mike Walls discusses the two federal court approaches to determining whether, under Rule 23(b)(3), a class action is superior to other dispute resolution methods. It relates to claims made by consumers, who were not harmed and seek no actual damages for themselves or the class, for violation of consumer protection statutes that provide for statutory damages, fees, and costs.

Financial Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Financial Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

November 15, 2012

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by Congress in the wake of the financial crisis, is the nation’s first federal agency focused solely on protecting consumers in the financial marketplace. This report contains an assessment of its operations for fiscal year 2012.

Attorney Gambles Chasing Fees and Loses Big

Attorney Gambles Chasing Fees and Loses Big

November 11, 2012

In fee disputes, recognize, evaluate, and know the risks before gambling on litigation.

Local Government Economic Development Property Tax Exemptions

Local Government Economic Development Property Tax Exemptions

November 7, 2012

This article, by Carlton Fields shareholder Ken Tinkler, discusses the use of property tax exemptions as economic development tools by city and county governments in Florida. These types of incentive programs have repeatedly been approved by Florida voters, and should be evaluated by businesses that are considering relocation and/or expansion.

Uncertainty in the Cloud: Changing Requirements for Disclosing Customer Data

Uncertainty in the Cloud: Changing Requirements for Disclosing Customer Data

November 7, 2012

The rapidly growing number of companies that provide services that store data “in the cloud” creates challenges given the lack of clear legal guidance on these companies’ disclosure of customer information.

The Key to Time Management—and Achieving Work/Life Balance

The Key to Time Management—and Achieving Work/Life Balance

November 5, 2012

Good time management does not consist of following numerous rules for handling emails, telephone calls, errands, crises, or the myriad assignments and distractions we face every day. Instead, it comes down to one fundamental rule: Do everything now that you now know you have to do.

Three Drawbacks to Keyword Searches for Finding Electronic Evidence

Three Drawbacks to Keyword Searches for Finding Electronic Evidence

October 22, 2012

Know your limits when searching for electronically stored information in employment lawsuits. This article provides tips for effective keyword searches to locate electronically stored information.

How to Recognize a Government Investigation

How to Recognize a Government Investigation

October 18, 2012

This article, by Carlton Fields shareholders Catherine Salinas Acree and Ed Page, was published in the October 2012 issue of The Practical Lawyer. It offers guidance on how to recognize the clues that indicate a government investigation may be pending against your client. With this insight, a civil litigator is better able to take the steps required to limit criminal exposure.

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