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The Price Is Not Right: Class Action Risks of Comparative Price Advertising

“Was that retail ‘bargain’ you received really a bargain?” That is the question being asked by a recent spate of lawsuits filed against prominent retailers. Most of these actions have been brought as private party class...more

Judge Andrews Substantially Denies Plaintiff’s Motion To Exclude Defendant Expert’s Opinions On Definition Of Relevant Market In...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

By Memorandum Opinion entered by The Honorable Richard G. Andrews in Insight Equity d/b/a Vision-Ease Lens Worldwide v. Transitions Optical, Inc., Civil Action No. 10-635-RGA (D.Del. May 9, 2017), the Court granted in part...more

Advertising Law - May 2017 #2

New in False Ad Suits - The range of products targeted in recent false advertising class actions ran the gamut from baseball bats to a messaging app to soup....more

ITC Commissioners Remain Split on Cease and Desist Orders

by Jones Day on

We previously wrote about the ITC Commissioners’ split on the standard for the issuance of cease and desist orders. In recent opinions, Commissioners Schmidtlein and Kieff have written separately to express their view that...more

The North Carolina Business Court Hands Down An Important Healthcare Antitrust Decision, Part 1

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

It is rare that a North Carolina state court hands down a Chapter 75 decision on “pure” antitrust claims. The North Carolina Business Court, however, recently did just that. This new decision, moreover, may have far-reaching...more

Clorox Seeks Dismissal of Remaining Claims in Woodman’s Food Market Suit

In the latest development in Woodman’s Food Market v. Clorox—the saga between Clorox and Woodman’s that last year generated a landmark Robinson-Patman Act (RP Act) decision by the Seventh Circuit—Clorox is asking the district...more

Anthem Loses Merger Appeal in a 2-1 Decision by the D.C. Circuit

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On March 24, the D.C. Circuit held oral argument on Anthem's appeal in United States v. Anthem, in which Anthem sought to have the appellate court overturn District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson's ruling that barred the...more

Latest Reform of German Competition Law Brings Clarity

by Jones Day on

The German Parliament has adopted the 9th Amendment to the German "Act against Restraints of Competition" ("ARC") or "Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen" ("GWB"). The new law will enter into force after publication in the...more

“Individualized Proof of Harm” Required in Robinson-Patman Secondary-Line Claim Prevents Class Certification

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On April 7, 2017, the Northern District of California denied class certification to two proposed classes of wholesalers in ABC Distributing, Inc. v. Living Essentials LLC, Case No. 15-cv-02064 NC (N.D. Cal.), a secondary-line...more

ALJ Finds ITC Remedial Orders Unenforceable

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We previously wrote about the uphill battle Respondent Eko Brands faced in an enforcement proceeding after it defaulted in the underlying investigation. The ALJ found during the proceedings that res judicata barred its...more

Blues Defeat Antitrust Claim by Heart Monitoring Device Maker

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On April 3, Judge Eduardo Robreno, District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, granted judgment to a collection of insurer defendants in an antitrust conspiracy case brought against them by heart monitoring...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Regulatory

Negative Option Marketing Enforcement Actions in Federal Court - A negative option is a provision in an offer or agreement to sell or provide any goods or services “under which the customer’s silence or failure to take...more

Federal Court Enters FTC Settlement in Fake Prize Mail Scheme

by Reed Smith on

Recently, a California federal court has entered into a stipulated order reflecting a settlement between the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and a defendant charged with operating a mail fraud scheme. In September 2016, the...more

Court orders former president of debt collection company to pay $2 million penalty to FTC for alleged FDCPA/FTC Act violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Texas federal district court has entered a $2 million civil penalty judgment against the former president of a debt collection company for alleged violations of the FDCPA and FTC Act. ...more

Section 75-1.1 Claims and Conduct by Government Employees

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

A recent decision of the North Carolina Court of Appeals highlights an unusual issue: Does N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 apply to conduct by a government employee in a claim brought by his employer, a government entity? In...more

"Southern District Decision Highlights Challenges for Private Litigants Pursuing Manipulation Claims Under the CEA"

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that Total, S.A., Total Gas & Power North America, Inc., and Total Gas & Power Limited (collectively, “Total”)...more

California Last State to Join Multistate Settlement of Western Union Fraud Schemes

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, California became the 50th state to join the multistate settlement with Western Union over its alleged complicity in fraud-induced wire transfers. This followed Western Union’s $5 million agreement with 49 state...more

ITC Judge Takes Notice of PTAB Institution Denials

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PTAB trials are nearly always (~ 4 out of 5) driven by some concurrent litigation need, either a district court complaint of infringement filed against the petitioner or an International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation...more

Court Dismisses “Phantom Markdown” Suit against Saks

On March 22, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California dismissed a putative class action against Saks Inc. alleging that Saks advertised “phantom markdowns” of Saks-branded products. The Plaintiff...more

The Battle over Damages for Delayed Proceedings at EU General Court Continues

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The controversy continues over damages for excessively lengthy proceedings at the European Union ("EU") General Court. In March 2017, both the EU and Gascogne initiated appeals before the EU's highest court in challenge of...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2017"

This is the 15th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of class action trends, along with a summary of recent class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings. Our...more

Supreme Court won’t weigh in on Sherman Act liability for false advertising

The incentive is high to identify a Sherman Act violation in your competitor’s conduct—three times higher, to be precise, than to bring a claim for an ordinary business tort or even a false advertising claim under the Lanham...more

Further Closing the Narrow Opening for Section 75-1.1 in the Employer-Employee Context

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

A recent opinion from the North Carolina Business Court illustrates courts’ continued reluctance to allow section 75-1.1 claims in the context of an employer-employee relationship. Judge James L. Gale recently dismissed a...more

Beware of Making Unsubstantiated Anti-Aging Claims

by Bryan Cave on

Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers often tout the anti-aging effects of certain cosmetics and nutritional supplements. Of course, the term “anti-aging” is not intended to literally mean that a product prevents aging. ...more

Colorado Court Sends Shepherds’ Wage-Fixing Antitrust Suit Out to Pasture

Defendants in a putative class action lawsuit alleging wage fixing antitrust claims no longer need to count sheep to rest easily. A district court judge in Colorado recently denied plaintiffs’ request for leave to amend,...more

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