Justices Rule Settlement Offer Can't Moot Consumer Lawsuits

Law360, New York (January 20, 2016, 10:14 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that companies can't cut off sweeping class action claims by making an offer of full relief to individual plaintiffs, siding with a consumer who despite such an offer refused to drop his Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit against a U.S. Navy advertising partner.

"We hold today ... that an unaccepted settlement offer has no force. Like other unaccepted contract offers, it creates no lasting right or obligation," says the justices' opinion in a TCPA suit against a Navy ad partner. (Credit: Law360)

In a 6-3 ruling authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the justices rejected...

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