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Austin Tighe: The Death of Class Actions Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Austin Tighe spoke at the Texas Trial Lawyers Annual Convention in San Antonio on class actions. His presentation focused on how class actions, despite what the Chamber of Commerce and Texans for Lawsuit Reform would have you belief, are alive and well. Four of the last five class action decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court

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United States Supreme Court Accepts Cert in American Express Antitrust Case

On September 26, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a district court’s ruling in favor of the United States Department of Justice which found that American Express violated antitrust laws through its anti-steering rules. The Second Circuit instructed the district court to render judgment in favor of American Express.

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Second Circuit Vacates Certification of Visa/Mastercard Settlement Class

On June 30, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the district court’s certification of the approximately seven billion dollar settlement class in the In Re Payment Card Interchange Fee And Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation. The Second Circuit determined that the class of retailers and merchants were inadequately represented in violation

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US Department of Justice Wins Historic Antitrust Trial

In the past several years, a number of antitrust actions have been filed against American Express relating to its anti-steering rules, or “ASRs.” Plaintiffs in these actions have contended the ASRs are anti-competititve and have allowed American Express to artificially inflate the fees it charges to merchants. ASRs prevent merchants from using price and other

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