A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of June 17-23.


Supreme Court Tightens Rules on Class-Action Lawsuits

Thomas Heath | Washington Post

The Supreme Court on Monday issued a ruling that makes it more difficult for plaintiffs attorneys to look for friendly locations for their lawsuits, a practice known as “court shopping.”

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Mistrial Declared in Talcum Powder Suit After U.S. Supreme Court Limits Where Companies Can be Sued

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A St. Louis judge declared a mistrial Monday in a talcum powder trial underway in St. Louis Circuit Court after the U.S. Supreme Court imposed limits on where injury lawsuits may be filed.

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Lawsuit: Home Depot Selling 4x4s That Aren’t 4 Inches By 4 Inches! Everyone Else: They Aren’t Supposed To Be, You Moron.

By Joe Patrice | Above the Law

Home Depot and Menard’s are facing class-action lawsuits — at least until the Supreme Court bans class actions altogether next Term — that the 4×4 boards both retailers have been peddling to the public for years aren’t really 4 inches by 4 inches. In fact, they’re substantially off, generally measuring 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches!

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Murphy Oil’s Law: Solicitor General’s Office Reverses Course in Arbitration Cases, Supports Employers

Amy Howe| SCOTUSblog

It is rare for the Office of the Solicitor General to change its position in a case before the Supreme Court after a change in administrations, even when the party in control of the White House changes. But that is exactly what happened last week, when the Trump administration weighed in on an important arbitration case: The office urged the justices to affirm the same decision that, on behalf of the National Labor Relations Board, it had previously asked them to review and overturn.

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