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Caveat Emptor in the Information Age?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Commercial litigator Brooks Gresham and products liability litigator Trent Taylor bring us some timely thoughts about reliance from a recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in a...more

Executing a Contract Can Constitute Protected Conduct Under California’s Anti-SLAPP Scheme

In San Diegans for Open Government v. San Diego State University Research Foundation, et. al. (No. D069189, filed 5/3/17) the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District held the act of contracting to provide...more

Agreeing to Agree: Commercial Division Rules Twice that Term Sheets Were Not Binding Agreements

In two recent decisions, Justices Charles E. Ramos and Saliann Scarpulla of the New York Commercial Division ruled that term sheets were not binding agreements. Keitel v. E*Trade Fin. Corp., No. 652220/2015, 2017 BL 131532...more

Ninth Circuit Dismisses Consumer Claims Challenging Scientific Substantiation

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On April 21, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of two putative class actions against manufacturers of human growth hormone (HGH) supplements. The actions centered on allegations that the defendant falsely...more

False Advertising – Class Action Defense

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Recent class certification decisions involving price comparison ads are prompting a large number of copycat suits, and retailers nationwide are carefully evaluating their sales advertising practices. Whether comparisons are...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - National Advertising Division (NAD) and National Advertising Review Board (NARB)

The Colgate-Palmolive Company (Tom’s of Maine “Naturally Dry” Antiperspirant), NARB Panel Report No. 215 (Jan. 25, 2017) - A National Advertising Review Board (NARB) panel determined that the National Advertising...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - National Advertising Division (NAD) and National Advertising Review Board (NARB)

The Colgate-Palmolive Company (Tom’s of Maine “Naturally Dry” Antiperspirant), NARB Panel Report No. 215 (Jan. 25, 2017) - A National Advertising Review Board (NARB) panel determined that the National Advertising...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Consumer Fraud Class Action

House Passes Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 H.R.985 — 115th Congress - In March 2017, the House passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 by a vote of 220-201....more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19661 - ARS Investors II 2012-1 HVB, LLC v. Crystal, LLC - Owner recorded an unapproved subdivision map of its commercial property into three lots and then granted a...more

Facebook Successfully Dismisses Putative Class Action Alleging Violation of New Jersey’s TCCWNA Based on Choice-of-Law Clause in...

by Bryan Cave on

In Palomino v. Facebook, Inc., No. 16-cv-04329-HSG, 2017 WL 76901 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 9, 2017), two putative class representatives brought a claim on behalf of all “similarly situated New Jersey residents who created a Facebook...more

Client Alert on Latest Legislative Developments

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During the past several weeks the Azerbaijani Parliament has adopted a number of laws, introducing amendments to the Law On Banks, the Civil Code, the Civil Procedure Code, the Administrative Procedure Code, the Law On...more

When Confidential is Not Confidential - Identities of Confidential Sources of Distressed Debt Reporter are Not Subject to NY...

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There is the general expectation that when a source discloses information to a reporter on a confidential basis, the source will be protected and their identity and communications cannot be forced to be disclosed. This is...more

Commercial Division Compels Arbitration of a Contract Claim Based on an Arbitration Clause in a Related Agreement

In Fidilio v. Hoosick Falls Productions, Inc., No. 654066/2016, 2017 BL 107640 (Sup. Ct. Mar. 22, 2017), Justice Eileen Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division granted a motion to compel arbitration of a dispute...more

Florida Courts Rule ADA Covers Websites With Nexus To Physical Store

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Two Florida federal district court judges require websites to have a “nexus” to a physical location for coverage under Title III of the ADA, but a third judge requires more....more

Presentation Matters When Seeking to Compel Arbitration in Consumer Class Actions

by Polsinelli on

A pair of recent opinions proves that when it comes to compelling arbitration in a consumer class action, presentation of the arbitration clause may matter more than favorable Supreme Court precedent. First, in Norcia v....more

Expect a Mess When Food and Class Actions Collide: Part 1

by Benesch on

Remember eating pasta and spaghetti sauce as a kid? Remember what it did to your shirt? Your face? Want to rekindle that memory? Two recent cases will help you revive it. One involves gumbo; the other, gourmet foods and...more

New York District Court Flushes Nationwide Class, Permits New York Classes to Go Forward

by Carlton Fields on

In three related actions before the Eastern District of New York, consumer plaintiffs who purchased moist toilet wipes manufactured and produced by Kimberly-Clark and sold by Costco alleged that defendants mislabeled the...more

Anti-Aging Litigation

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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

Two New Texas Supreme Court Decisions

Two especially interesting decisions were released last Friday by the Texas Supreme Court. In Engelman Irrigation District v. Shields Brothers, Inc., the Court affirmed the ruling of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals...more

Chancery Court Holds That Squeezed Out Stockholders Lack Standing to Compel Inspection under DGCL § 220

On February 27, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed an important matter of first impression under Delaware law: "Must a plaintiff seeking corporate records under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law...more

Made-in-the-U.S.A. Complaint Does Not Make the Cut

In a case decided in December that flew beneath our radar, a judge in the Southern District of California dismissed without prejudice a proposed class action alleging that Citizens for Humanity falsely labeled its jeans as...more

Alleging a Negative: The Challenges of Bringing a Refusal-to-Deal Claim

What does to take to state a claim under Section 2 of the Sherman Act for refusal to deal? Last week’s decision in Viamedia, Inc. v. Comcast Corp. and Comcast Spotlight, LP, a case out of the Northern District of Illinois,...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Orders Denying Arbitration In Two Class Action Lawsuits Against Samsung

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit issued two similar opinions arising out of Samsung’s appeals of orders denying arbitration in two putative class actions filed against it. The claims against Samsung allege that the smartphone maker...more

Food for Thought: A Review of 2016 Litigation

by Carlton Fields on

Food for Thought is a review of significant court decisions affecting the food, beverage, dietary supplements and personal care products industry. Although many cases in this edition focus on class certification, others...more

Arbitrator’s Decision On Availability Of Collective And Class Arbitration Withstands Procedural And Substantive Challenges

by Carlton Fields on

A Colorado federal court recently denied DISH Network (“DISH”)’s petition to vacate an arbitration award that decided an arbitration agreement with former employee Ray permitted collective or class certification. The...more

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