Articles by Jacalyn Crecelius, J.D.

Water Providers Join MDL Alleging Contaminated Water Sources

There’s a phrase in economics known as the tragedy of the commons. It describes scenarios in which individuals’ short-term selfish interests are at odds with long-term group interests and the common good. Water rights are a prime, real-world example of…

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Google Serves Microsoft Subpoena for Documents in Antitrust Lawsuit

The parties in the Google antitrust lawsuit are currently going through an onerous discovery process that includes demands for Microsoft to produce documents. With a trial date of September 12, 2023, this case is likely to be in our periphery…

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What Happens When Expert Testimonies Conflict?

The Slip and Fall Case: Malcolm v. Regal Ideas, INC. In Malcolm v. Regal Ideas, INC., the plaintiff alleged he sustained injuries while using a ladder sold by Regal Ideas, INC. While atop the ladder, the rungs broke beneath him,…

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TransUnion v. Ramirez: No Harm, No Foul

June 25, 2021, marked a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision, which struck a blow to consumers in a virtual world. Plaintiffs brought suit under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regarding the inaccuracy of TransUnion’s credit files. Though the FCRA…

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Department of Justice Prioritizing COVID-19 Fraud Lawsuits

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has made it clear that COVID-19 related fraud is still a priority issue. The DOJ is presently targeting a large range of COVID-19 fraud litigation. Included targets are the Paycheck Protection Program, Unemployment Assistance, Economic…

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Hyundai & Kia Engine Fires Class Action Reaches $1.3 Billion Settlement

Originally estimated to be a $758 million payout, this boosted deal will affect 3.9 million class-defined vehicle drivers. Associated defects can cause engine seizure or stalling, engine failure, and even fire. Potential awards include warranty extensions, repair reimbursement, and compensation…

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Peloton Shareholder Lawsuits Bring Corporate Duties into Question

Peloton Interactive, Inc. has had quite an eventful legal calendar this spring—with summer not looking any better. Since April 2021, the company has been on the wrong end of two shareholder class action suits. The suits showcase the range of…

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Amazon Drops Mandatory Arbitration Clause Following Thousands of Alexa Voice Recording Complaints

Amazon has recently dropped its mandatory arbitration clause for customer claims. The move comes after the company received thousands of complaints alleging its Alexa digital assistant illegally preserved voice recordings. Arbitration has long been the preferred conflict resolution method for…

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State-Specific Expert Witness Admissibility Rules: What Attorneys and Experts Need to Know

An expert witness’s role is to break down complicated subjects so that triers of fact can make informed decisions. However, sometimes even the most reputable experts in a particular field are not necessarily the best ones for trial.  For instance,…

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FTC and DOJ Jointly Bring First COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act Charges

April 15, 2021, marked the inaugural enforcement action under the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act (the Act). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch (CPB) requested relief for misleading marketing. Passed in December 2020, the Act…

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