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Sixth Circuit Rules on Turbulent Air-Line Merger

In an opinion colored by aviation-themed puns, Judge Thapar, writing for the Sixth Circuit in Flight Options, LLC v. Int’l Bhd. of Teamsters, Local 1108, ordered airlines and pilot unions to arbitrate their long-running dispute. A few years ago, two luxury airlines merged, leading to a spate of litigation. Most recently, the airlines attempted to … Continue Reading

Flint Water Crisis Litigation Flows On

While the headlines from the Flint water crisis have all but subsided, two consolidated putative class actions arising from the crisis gained new life over the summer as a result of the Sixth Circuit’s ruling in Boler v. Earley. The Boler decision examined whether two groups of plaintiffs’ constitutional claims were preempted by the federal … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Clarifies Exhaustion Requirement in ERISA Suits

In Hitchcock v. Cumberland University 403(b) DC Plan, the Sixth Circuit decided what could be a very important case in ERISA litigation. Practitioners are familiar with the common injunction upon plaintiffs to exhaust administrative remedies before they seek relief in court, as well as the limited and narrow exceptions to that requirement. But the question … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Provides Guidance in Trademark Cases

In NetJets, Inc. v. IntelliJet Group, LLC, the Sixth Circuit offered important interpretations, regarding trademark infringement, of both federal law and Ohio common law on trademarks. In a careful and deliberate analysis that in part affirmed, reversed, and remanded the district court’s holding, the Court offered a view into what trademark holders, and alleged trademark … Continue Reading

SCOTUS To Decide If Clean Water Rule Can Be Challenged Directly In U.S. Circuit Courts

In February of last year, we reported on the Sixth Circuit’s split-panel holding that it had jurisdiction to review challenges to the validity of the “Clean Water Rule” (which clarifies the term “waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act). Last week, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in National Association of Manufacturers v. … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit: Standard For Sealing Judicial Records “Vastly More Demanding” Than For Rule 26 Protective Order

In Shane Group, Inc. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mich., a unanimous panel of the Sixth Circuit vacated the district court’s orders sealing “most of the parties’ substantive filings” and approving a class action settlement in a price-fixing action against an insurer. In vacating the orders placing documents under seal and the settlement approval, … Continue Reading

SIXTH CIRCUIT REVERSES PUNITIVE AWARD IN FCRA CASE

In Smith v. LexisNexis Screening Solutions, Inc., the Sixth Circuit reversed a $150,000 punitive award in a suit under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The case arose when LexisNexis was conducting a criminal background check for a potential employee named David Smith.  The check returned a fraud conviction for a different David Smith, but not … Continue Reading

Standing and Data Breach Suits in the Sixth Circuit

A divided panel of the Sixth Circuit recently overturned a district court’s dismissal of claims against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company involving the theft of data, as hackers breached Nationwide’s computer network to steal the plaintiffs’ personal information.  The plaintiffs In Galaria et al. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., asserted claims against Nationwide under the Fair … Continue Reading
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