Public Defense

An appeals court in Louisiana reversed class certification of 13 people charged with non-capital offenses who were appointed counsel because they couldn’t afford an attorney, finding that they failed to satisfy commonality and typicality requirements. The class complained that Louisiana’s public defense system fails to provide effective representation to indigent defendants.

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NFL Game

A federal court in Ohio certified a class of ticket holders suing the NFL for its cancellation of the 2016 Hall of Fame Exhibition Game due to field conditions. The ground crew did not have enough time to prepare the field and heated it to speed the drying of the painted midfield logo, melting the turf, and creating a “slick, stick, congealed mess.” A substance applied to the field to remedy the issue contained a warning label that it could burn skin. The fans were not notified of the game’s cancellation until they were inside the stadium.

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Justice Department Asks Federal Judge to Terminate Flores Agreement

Following a group of nonprofit legal groups seeking to intervene earlier this week, the Justice Department asked a federal judge Thursday to decertify the class in the Flores class action that deals with the detention of immigrant children and terminate the settlement agreement.

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