Court Says Fitbit Gameplaying Around Arbitration Efforts Could Lead to Contempt

Court Says Fitbit Gameplaying Around Arbitration Efforts Could Lead to Contempt

Fitbit may be facing civil contempt charges for what U.S. District Judge James Donato says is “gamesmanship” after the company leveraged an arbitration agreement to shrink the class action lawsuit over alleged deficiencies in its heart rate monitors then quit the arbitration when the plaintiff didn’t like its settlement offer (hearing transcript). As reported by Law360, Judge Donato had directed Fitbit and the arbitrator to determine whether 12 plaintiffs’ claims about the Fitbit devices, which consistently mis-record heart rates, particularly during the vigorous exercise for which many consumers purchase the devices, should be heard in open and fair court or just in closed arbitration. [Read more…]

FIFA Bribery Scandal & Potential For Private Lawsuits

FIFA Bribery Scandal & Potential For Private Lawsuits

On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced a 47-count indictment charging nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives with a vast, 24-year scheme to “enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer.” Soccer officials solicited and received over $150 million in bribes from sports marketing companies in return for lucrative marketing rights — including television and radio broadcasting rights, advertising rights, sponsorship rights, licensing rights, hospitality rights, and ticketing rights — to FIFA events and matches.

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