Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.
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The specifics of the case at the 11th Circuit show why. After Texas resident Ann Bergin was implanted with pelvic mesh manufactured by Mentor Worldwide in 2005, she experienced pain and bleeding. Bergin’s doctors performed two surgeries in 2006, removing pieces of mesh that had become infected. Bergin’s lead physician later said he probably told Bergin that her symptoms were related to the Mentor sling he had implanted. Bergin, according to the 11th Circuit, testified that she believed her body had rejected the implant and the surgeries were to resolve her particular complications.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Washington, D.C., dismissed two consolidated class actions by more than 21 million federal employees whose most sensitive personal information was exposed in four breaches of Office of Personnel Management databases. Judge Jackson concluded the federal employees could not establish their threshold right to sue in federal court because they had not shown they faced imminent risk of identity theft, even though nearly two dozen of those named in the class actions claimed their confidential information has already been misused.
In an extraordinary article on Monday, The New York Times disclosed tension between two White House lawyers, White House counsel Donald McGahn and Ty Cobb, whom President Trump brought into the West Wing to handle independent counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
There is no mechanism for group litigation in the Royal Court of Jersey, which oversees cases involving businesses incorporated in the popular Channel Island offshore jurisdiction. But the New York-based law firm Kobre & Kim has plans to team up with the litigation funder Bentham IMF to replicate the advantages of a class action in a jurisdiction where mass litigation doesn’t exist.
Shareholders haven’t had much success in securities class actions blaming investor losses on corporate data breach disclosures.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week deepened a circuit split on the constitutionality of administrative law judges who oversee enforcement proceedings – just weeks before a pair of crucial U.S. Supreme Court deadlines for the Justice Department in cases raising constitutional challenges to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s appointment process for ALJs.
In July, when the Justice Department officially parted ways with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a brief arguing that the Civil Rights Act does not preclude workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, former Obama Justice Department official Justin Levitt told me the split was “profoundly weird,” since both the EEOC and the Justice Department have a role in enforcing employees’ federal civil rights.
Less than a day after Equifax revealed one of the biggest data breaches in U.S. corporate history, the credit reporting company has already been hit with two proposed class actions in federal court – and one of those cases was filed by consumer lawyers who just won the right to move forward with gargantuan data breach litigation against Yahoo.
With former Willkie Farr & Gallagher partner Keila Ravelo headed for trial next month on charges that she created sham litigation services businesses in order to defraud her partners and clients of nearly $8 million, it looks like Ravelo’s onetime pal, class action lawyer Gary Friedman, may be called upon to testify about the scandal that has already uprooted his career.
Under a ruling Tuesday by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission can go back to court to argue that CollegeAmerica Denver illegally interfered with the statutory rights of a former employee whom the company is suing for the return of a $7,000 bonus. The appeals court concluded that even though CollegeAmerica expressly promised not to pursue the legal strategy that first provoked the EEOC’s concern, the commission’s claim was not moot because CollegeAmerica developed another theory that implicated its former employee’s statutory rights.