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Ocwen Predictably Reaches High-Dollar TCPA Settlement Following Class-wide Preliminary Injunction

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

By the time the gavel struck back on June 26, 2017, another high-dollar TCPA settlement was inevitable. On that date, Judge Matthew F. Kennelly of the Northern District of Illinois entered an order preliminarily certifying a...more

Ninth Circuit Stuffs Policyholders on Defense of TCPA Class Actions

by Polsinelli on

In a sweeping opinion in Los Angeles Lakers v. Federal Insurance Co., the Ninth Circuit on Aug. 23, held the Lakers are not entitled to insurance coverage for a class action lawsuit alleging claims under the Telephone...more

Third Circuit Revisits Ascertainability Yet Again: Affidavits Plus Objective Records May Suffice

How do you know who’s in a class? Under the Third Circuit’s ascertainability standard – which the court has found to be inherent in Rule 23 – that determination requires a clear class definition and a reliable and...more

Lack of Substantiation Theories in False Advertising Cases—The Burden Lies on the Plaintiff

by Cozen O'Connor on

Often when we think of product liability we think of a product that doesn’t function as intended and causes some sort of damage resulting in warning, design and/or manufacturing defect claims. However, another important...more

Circuit Court Finds Putative Class Affidavits, Combined With Other Records, May Satisfy Ascertainability Requirement

by Carlton Fields on

Defendants BMW and Creditsmarts were parties to a marketing agreement through which BMW offered its direct automotive “up2drive” loans to borrowers at participating independent car dealers through Creditsmarts’ internet-based...more

Tough Puffery: Court Closes Door on Ford False Advertising Suit

The Northern District of New York recently found that Ford Motor Company’s “Built Ford Tough” slogan was non-actionable puffery, and dismissed putative false advertising class action claims brought under New York law that...more

Online Vacation Rental Marketplace Sends Claims Packing with Carefully Drafted Terms

In a resounding victory for well-drafted terms and conditions and robust immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230 (“CDA Section 230”), a Massachusetts district court granted summary...more

Still Standing: Ninth Circuit Again Finds Standing in Spokeo Remand

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit recently issued its latest opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the closely-watched putative class action dating back to 2010. The plaintiff initiated the lawsuit against Spokeo, which aggregates publicly...more

Spokeo—Round 3: The Ninth Circuit Finds Alleged Statutory Violation Sufficiently “Concrete” To Satisfy Article III Standing

The Ninth Circuit recently issued its long-awaited opinion in Robins v. Spokeo, Inc., — F.3d —-, 2017 WL 3480695 (9th Cir. Aug. 15, 2017), on remand from the United States Supreme Court. Once again, the Ninth Circuit reversed...more

TCPA Connect - August 2017

Lacking List of Recipients, Sixth Circuit Denies Class Certification - Finding that the question of consent in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action requires an individualized inquiry and without a list...more

Third Circuit Introduces New Uncertainty While Attempting to Clarify Ascertainability Jurisprudence

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On August 16, the Third Circuit gave the plaintiff a pass for failing to pursue evidence necessary to determine whether its proposed class was ascertainable and took the opportunity to clarify that affidavits may be used, at...more

Call Me Maybe: 11th Circuit Broadly Interprets TCPA to Allow Partial Oral Revocation of Consent

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In light of the flux of recent litigation arising under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. §227 et seq., resulting in multimillion-dollar settlements and adverse judgments against companies across all...more

Finding No Injury, First Circuit Tosses Deceptive Pricing Suits

In affirming the dismissal of a pair of deceptive-pricing class actions, the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, said the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that they suffered any injury. In separate cases—one against...more

Third Circuit Steps Back from the Brink of a Circuit Split over “Ascertainability”

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Yesterday, a panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals took another step back from a circuit split over the extent to which aspiring class plaintiffs must show a “reliable and administratively feasible means of determining...more

Putative Class Complains that Annie’s “Strawberry Fruit Snacks” Lack Strawberries

On August 1, 2017, plaintiff Raymond Alvandi filed a putative class action in California federal court against Annie’s, Inc., seeking damages and injunctive and declaratory relief. Alvandi alleges that Annie’s misrepresented...more

Companies Potentially Liable for Independent Contractors & Third-Party Vendors

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On August 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit published an opinion analyzing the factors used to determine when a company may be liable for the actions of third parties acting as its agents in Jones v. Royal Administration Services,...more

Apple Takes Bite From Data Security False Ad Suit

Apple scored a victory in a data security suit when a California federal court judge denied a plaintiff’s motion to certify a class of consumers asserting false advertising claims....more

TCPA Tracker - August 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Recent News - FCC Imposes Potential Liability on Technology Platforms for Involvement in Unlawful Robocalls - On July 26, 2017, the FCC released the text of the Forfeiture Order adopted at the Commission’s July 2017...more

Truffle Kerfuffle: Truffle Lawsuit Not on the Menu for Plaintiffs

Truffles are renowned as one of the rarest delicacies in the world. Perhaps not quite as rare, but still fairly uncommon, is the dismissal with prejudice of a false advertising class action without the plaintiffs being...more

Highlights From DRI Class Action Seminar 2017 – Day Two

Here are my highlights from the second day of DRI’s 2017 Class Action Seminar: Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements (Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells) - Neal Katyal is a leading Supreme Court advocate and is litigating...more

What the Third Circuit’s Decision in Susinno Means for Spokeo-Based Standing Arguments in TCPA Cases

Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) plaintiffs often file putative class actions seeking potentially crippling statutory damages. Not surprisingly, TCPA defendants often seek an early dismissal based on Spokeo, Inc. v....more

Bebe Stores Settles TCPA Class Action

by Reed Smith on

Last month, women’s fashion retailer Bebe Stores, Inc. agreed to settle a proposed class action over purported violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), which alleged that the retailer sent unwanted spam...more

9th Circuit rejects argument that ‘No Added Sugar’ means ‘healthy’

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The relationship between “added sugar” and adverse health outcomes has been a subject of debate. When the FDA proposed adding a line for “added sugar” to the nutrition labels on packaged food (a requirement that has gone into...more

Unsolicited Call Without Charge Held A Violation of TCPA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals was called upon to determine whether an unsolicited call that did not result in a charge to the consumer violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) and, if it did, was...more

TCPA Connect - July 2017

Yet Another Blow to Spokeo Strategy in TCPA Cases - Consistent with the growing trend among lower federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit recently reversed a district court order in Susinno v. Work Out...more

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