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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

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

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

Eleventh Circuit adopts broad view of businesses’ potential liability under TCPA for faxes sent by third parties

One of the hottest areas in class actions is litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). And one of the most significant issues in TCPA litigation is the existence and scope of vicarious liability. The...more

California District Court Certifies TCPA Class Against Defaulted Defendant

The District Court for the Southern District of California certified a consumer class asserting violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by defendant Bennett Law, PLLC. Plaintiff alleged that she received...more

Two Privacy Class Actions: Facebook and Apple (Part 2)

This was a claim by a representative plaintiff, Ms. Ladas, alleging that Apple breached the customer’s right to privacy under the Privacy Act (B.C.), since iOS 4 records the location of the “iDevice” (that’s the term used by...more

Call me, maybe? New technology, mobile marketing and the TCPA

Mobile marketing is the new frontier, and many companies across many industries are increasingly using technology to communicate with consumers through text messaging. As mobile campaigns proliferate, so do class actions...more

Legal Alert: Just the Fax: Recent TCPA Developments on Liability for Unsolicited Faxes and Fax Opt-Out Notices

The end of October 2014 saw two significant developments for Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rules governing facsimile transmissions, fax opt-out notices and liability for faxes sent by third parties....more

Avoid a Class Action Lawsuit Landing in Your Holiday Stocking

The holidays are quickly approaching, and shoppers are expected to spend in excess of $600 billion this season. The holiday season is shaping up to become a winter wonderland for retailers. However, brands that market or...more

Web-Based Platform Not Autodialer under TCPA, California Federal Court Rules

A California federal court recently ruled in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, LLC, that a third-party Web-based platform used by a health club to send text messages to its members was not an “automated telephone dialing system”...more

Lawful Waffle: California Courts Dismiss “Natural” Food False Ad Claims

Two California courts have recently dismissed false advertising claims concerning the marketing of food products as “natural,” marking a departure from the trend in consumer class actions in that state. In Richards et...more

TCPA Risks Increase for the Financial Services Industry

Companies in the financial services industry are being targeted in lawsuits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Record-setting class action settlements like the recent $75 million settlement involving...more

Sender Of Faxes May Be Directly Liable For TCPA Violations

In Palm Beach Golf-Center Boca, Inc. v. John G. Sarris, D.D.S., P.A., No. 13-14013 (11th Cir. Oct. 30, 2014), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the Southern District of Florida’s entry of summary judgment in the...more

Ninth Circuit Knocks Down Unfair Competition Case against Yelp!

For those few of you who don’t know already, Yelp! (“Yelp”) is a wildly popular website where people can share their reviews, opinions, experiences, and ratings of businesses across the country. This service is invaluable...more

Advertising Law - October 2014 #4

Red Bull’s $13M False Ad Deal Crashes Site - Red Bull may claim to give you wings, but a false advertising settlement with the company apparently couldn’t stop its servers from crashing....more

District Court Rejects FCC’s Expansive Definition Of ATDS In Putative TCPA Class Action

In Marks v. Crunch San Diego, LLC, No. 14-cv-00348 (S.D. Cal. Oct. 23, 2014), the Southern District California granted summary judgment in favor of Crunch San Diego, LLC (“Crunch”) in a putative class action alleging that...more

Third-Party Provider Of Customer Service Falls Within Exception To Video Privacy Protection Act

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in favor of Redbox Automated Retailer (“Redbox”), in a suit alleging that Redbox violated the Video Privacy Protection Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2710 (“VPPA”). Sterk v....more

“Th-th-th-that’s All, Folks!” Federal Judge Dismisses Class Action against Cartoon Network, Finds Anonymous User IDs Don’t Qualify...

On October 8, Georgia Federal District Judge Thomas Thrash, Jr., dismissed a putative class action against The Cartoon Network, Inc., where the plaintiff alleged that the animation company violated the Video Privacy...more

Sterk v. Redbox: 7th Circuit’s Affirmation of Exceptions to the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA)

In a recent 7th Circuit decision, the court rejected an appeal that sought relief against Redbox Automated Retail, LLC under 18 U.S. Code §2710. Redbox Automated Retail, LLC utilizes a third-party, Stream Global Services,...more

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