OA104: Equifax, Class Actions, Sham Marriages & Redistricting!

Our jam-packed “breaking news” episode covers some of the biggest stories trending at the moment, including the Equifax breach.

First, Closed Arguments returns by tackling a proposal from friend of the show Eli Bosnick, who asks — in light of Trump’s repeal of DACA — whether we can’t just marry off the 800,000 program participants.  We can’t; listen and find out why.

In the main segment, Andrew walks us through the Equifax data breach, the pending class-action lawsuits, and all of the key legal issues.  He even weighs in on the “chat bot” that some are saying will file your suit for  you!

Next, Breakin’ Down the Law continues with everything you wanted to know about the Supreme Court’s recent gerrymandering decision.

Finally, we end with a new (and possibly too-easy!) Thomas Takes the Bar Exam Question #41 about the admissibility of footprint and shoe evidence.  Remember that you can play along with #TTTBE by retweeting our episode Tweet along with your guess.  We’ll release the answer on next Tuesday’s episode along with our favorite entry!

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Show Notes & Links

  1. “Adjustment of status” is governed by 8 U.S.C. § 1255, and sham marriages are prohibited by 8 U.S.C. § 1325(c).
  2. This is the Oregon lawsuit filed against Equifax.
  3. Class actions are governed by Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
  4. Here is a link to Equifax’s statement regarding the website TOC issued in response to NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s inquiry.
  5. We previously discussed political gerrymandering (including the “Wisconsin case”) in episode 54, and racial gerrymandering and Cooper v. Harris in episode 72.
  6. This is a link to the Supreme Court’s one-sentence 5-4 order in Abbott v. Perez staying the lower court’s decision, and this is a link to that case, Perez v. Abbott, SA-11-CV-360 (Aug. 15, 2017).
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