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“Buying Your Peace” in a Class Action Settlement

For defense attorneys negotiating class action settlements, a major consideration is ensuring that their client has indeed “bought its peace”—and won’t be facing follow-on litigation from plaintiffs who may not be bound by...more

NAD Finds Fault with Taste Test’s Survey Universe and Test Locations

In a recent decision involving taste tests and preference claims for sweetened breakfast cereals, the National Advertising Division (NAD) once again reminds advertisers that advertising claims must be substantiated by...more

The New European Antitrust Damages Directive: Opening the Floodgates for Civil Litigation?

After more than ten years in gestation, on November 10, 2014, the European Council of Ministers formally adopted the Antitrust Damages Directive....more

What to Expect from Your Mediation with Midland Funding, LLC

When it comes to fighting back against debt collectors like Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery, or CACH, LLC (to name just a few) there are a lot of ” – tions ” . You have “litigation”, “arbitration” , and “mediation” . ...more

Court Finds Article III Standing for Food Labeling Class Action Plaintiffs

In a consumer-protection class action filed against Gerber in the District of New Jersey, In re Gerber Probiotic Sales Practices Litigation, plaintiffs alleged that the marketing and labeling of Gerber’s infant formula and...more

Thanks Obama (For America)! Single Defendant’s Offer Of Judgment Does Not Moot Claim Seeking Relief from Multiple Defendants

Lori Shamblin filed a putative class action against Obama For America, alleging that she had received two unsolicited telephone calls to her cellular phone that were made with an auto-dialer and used pre-recorded messages, in...more

Class Action Defense Counsel adding ‘The Pick Off’ to Their Playbooks

In recent years, we’ve noticed a new maneuver that class-action defense counsel have increasingly added to their playbooks: The Pick Off. This is how the play is run: Offer the named plaintiff(s) full relief through a Rule...more

TCPA Connect - November 2014

Ruling on ATDS Capability, California Court Dismisses TCPA Suit - Siding with courts that evaluate a system’s present – not potential – capacity to store or produce telephone numbers when considering whether a system...more

Judge Illston Finds Proof of Injunctive Standing and Consumer Deception Lacking in Consumer Challenge to Mott’s 100% Apple Juice...

Judge Illston’s recent summary judgment ruling in Rahman v. Mott’s LLP, Case No. CV 13-3482 SI (N.D. Cal. Oct. 14, 2014), highlights courts’ varied approaches to the level of proof required to demonstrate Article III...more

Federal Trade Commission Announces Settlement with TRUSTe Over Privacy Seal Program

On November 17, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with True Ultimate Standards Everywhere (TRUSTe) resolving allegations that TRUSTe failed to conduct annual recertifications for its privacy seal...more

The Bittersweet in Whirlpool’s Moldy Washing Machine Class Action Victory: The War Wages On as We Still Question Whether the Class...

After many years of battle, Whirlpool Corporation finds itself celebrating a favorable jury verdict in a class action lawsuit. A few weeks ago, a jury had the rare occasion to find for Whirlpool in Glazer v. Whirlpool Corp....more

Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Decision That Could Expand State Law Liability in Data Breach Class Actions for Businesses...

Health care providers have not escaped the recent proliferation of data breach class actions, but plaintiffs generally have been unsuccessful in bringing claims based on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...more

‘Going Postal’ Over Data Breach Response: Union Files Failure-to-Bargain Charge With NLRB Against USPS

As recent high-profile cyberattacks have demonstrated, employers have a duty to protect their employees’ electronically stored personal information from being accessed by hackers, and to promptly remedy any breach in security...more

Faulty Damages Model Leads to Partial Decertification

On November 6, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted in part defendant Dole’s motion for decertification in Brazil v. Dole Packaged Foods, LLC. In...more

The Ninth Circuit Holds That Res Judicata Bars State Recovery of Restitution for Members of a CAFA-Compliant Class Action

In California v. Intelligender, LLC, the Ninth Circuit ruled that final judgment in a CAFA-compliant class settlement barred the State of California from seeking restitution on behalf of members of the settlement class for...more

Advertising Law - November 2014 #3

NAD Sniffs at Odor Protection Claims - Concerned that a 48 hour antiperspirant/deodorant constitutes an overstated claim of “100% odor protection,” the National Advertising Division recommended...more

“Shell” Motion For Class Certification Does Not Prevent Offer Of Judgment

The First District of Illinois recently issued a significant decision holding that a “shell” motion for class certification, filed concurrently with a complaint, does not preclude a defendant from making an offer of judgment...more

The FCC’s Clarification of its Blast Fax Rules to “Solicited” Fax Ads under Siege

In an attempt to clear out the backlog of numerous pending petitions addressing how the FCC’s “Blast Fax” rules apply to consensual fax advertisement transmissions, the agency on October 30, 2014 issued an Order addressing...more

Good Faith Defense in TCPA Class Actions Makes Good Business Sense

It is possible that a business may contact a changed or recycled phone number. According to the Wall Street Journal, as many as 37 million phone numbers are recycled each year by telephone companies. It is equally likely that...more

ABA Takes Restrictive Approach to Use of Law Firm Letterhead in Debt Collection - ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and...

Brief Summary: The American Bar Association (ABA) has concluded that a prosecutor who allows a debt collection company to use the prosecutor's letterhead to demand payment from borrowers violates Model Rules 8.4(c) and...more

Consumer Products Companies Should Take Care to Comply with California “Made in USA” Labeling Law

New cases are being brought by plaintiff attorneys under the California “Made in USA” labeling law, which prohibits use of that claim or similar language if the "merchandise or any article, unit, or part thereof" was made...more

EU Issues Cartel Damages Directive

The directive eases the way for the private enforcement of competition laws in Europe. On November 10, the European Council adopted a directive designed to make it easier for injured parties to pursue damages claims in...more

But I didn’t send that fax: Eleventh Circuit expands the scope of liability to businesses under the TCPA for unsolicited faxes.

Marketing and advertising is a major component of most businesses. In fact, many businesses hire marketing companies or advertisers to help promote their businesses. Recently, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals addressed...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Review Tobacco Verdict Again

Not infrequently, the law calls upon a court to decide what another court would do with a particular issue or case. In the closing days of its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to take up Price v. Philip...more

Finding Insurance Coverage for Consumer Products Class Action Complaints

Consumer class action claims are a familiar tool for addressing dissatisfaction with a defective product. Given that one of the goals of a consumer class action claim is to recover damages for the claimants, triggering...more

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