Federal courts are courts of limited jurisdiction; they cannot hear every case. A dispute must fall within the federal court’s specific “subject matter jurisdiction” in order for the federal court to hear and decide the dispute. One element of subject matter jurisdiction is Article III or constitutional standing. The Seventh Circuit recently rejected one argument as a “dubious strategy,” holding that state court defendants cannot remove a case to federal court and then move to dismiss for lack of standing under the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins.
The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims recently ruled that veterans seeking benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs may pursue class actions. As one of the judges explained, “[t]his holding is a seismic shift in our precedent, departing from nearly 30 years of this Court’s case law.”
More than two years ago, a group of faith-based institutions purchased shares in Sturm, Ruger and American Outdoor. Then the Parkland, Florida tragedy occurred on February 14, 2018. A few weeks later, these faith-based investors submitted two nearly identical shareholder proposals to Sturm Ruger and American Outdoor, “requesting reports detailing the companies’ efforts to make their products safer.”
Class actions suits enable individuals with relatively small claims to band together and force change where corporate wrongdoing is widespread. Here we present 5 examples of the power of class action lawsuits to make people’s lives better.