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Issue Of Gmail Users’ Consent To Google’s Email-Interception Practices Defeats Class Certification

Google recently scored a big victory in its battle against claims that it is illegally intercepting and scanning the content of emails in order to provide personalized advertisements to Gmail users. Plaintiffs in the various...more

Advertising News & Analysis - April 10, 2014

In this issue: - FTC Updates Energy Labeling Rule - FTC Gives Cole Haan Pinterest Promotion the Boot - Major Class Action Victory for POM Decertifies Previous Class - Upcoming Events -...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Lodestar Method to Determine Attorneys’ Fees in TCPA Class Action Settlement

In Americana Art China Company, Inc. v. Foxfire Printing & Packaging, Inc., 743 F.3d 243 (7th Cir. Feb. 18, 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s attorneys’ fees award in a...more

Supreme Court Inks Uniform Standing Test for Lanham Act False Advertising Claims

Key Takeaways - - The US Supreme Court created a uniform test for standing for false advertising claims under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, resolving a three-way circuit split. - The new standing test...more

Eleventh Circuit Issues Significant Ruling on TCPA Consent for Collection Calls to Cell Phones

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that a debtor may not provide the “prior express consent” required by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for autodialed collection calls to be made...more

Advertising News & Analysis - April 3, 2014

In this issue: - FTC Releases Fourth Major Study on Alcohol Advertising and Industry Compliance - Plaintiffs' Class Action Bar May Choke on POM Wonderful Decertification Decision - In CFPB Endorsement...more

Proposition 65 Hot Button Issue: Caramel Coloring in Soft Drinks

Beverage companies PepsiCo and Goya face a spate of class action lawsuits relating to the caramel coloring in their soda drinks. In January, Consumer Reports, an independent product testing organization, released a report...more

N.D. Ohio Finds Putative Fax Blast Class Action Fails to Meet Commonality Requirement

A district court in the Northern District of Ohio recently denied a plaintiff’s motion for class certification in a TCPA blast fax case, finding that the proposed class failed to meet the commonality requirement under Federal...more

Court Finds That System Is Not An ATDS Unless It Can Generate (As Opposed To Merely Dial) Numbers On A Random or Sequential Basis

Judge Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently granted Yahoo! summary judgment in a case challenging Yahoo’s automatic email to text alert system because it did not use an automatic telephone dialing system...more

With Nowhere to Hide, Couch Potatoes Offer Opportunity and Peril for Content Providers

The emerging home entertainment market is rife with both opportunity and peril for media and entertainment content providers. Home entertainment is increasingly provided through “Smart” devices such as Microsoft Xbox and...more

Eleventh Circuit Adopts Seventh Circuit Jurisprudence Imposing Strict TCPA Liability on Autodialed and Prerecorded Calls and Texts

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a decision in Osorio v. State Farm Bank aligning that court with the Seventh Circuit on how Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) restrictions on automated...more

POM Wonderful's Decertification Decision Will Be Hard to Swallow for the Plaintiffs' Class Action Bar

On March 25, 2014, Judge Dean Pregerson, of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, decertified a nationwide class of consumers in a class action brought against POM Wonderful LLC over allegedly false and...more

Pom Wonderful Brings Food Labeling Dispute To The U.S. Supreme Court: When Are Claims Based On Allegedly Improper Product Labeling...

A long-standing false advertising dispute between beverage companies Pom Wonderful and Coca-Cola has reached the United States Supreme Court and carries far-reaching implications for other food labeling litigation. On January...more

A (POM) Wonderful Result For Consumer Class Action Defendants

On March 25, 2014, the court in In re: POM Wonderful LLC Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, Case No. ML 10-02199 DDP (C.D. Cal.), granted a motion by defendant POM Wonderful LLC (“POM”) to decertify a previously...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - March 2014 (2)

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Court Rejects ‘Grossly Excessive’ Attorneys’ Fee Claim in Dismissed Case ..Voluntary Dismissal in Bumble Bee Class Action - New...more

District Court Strikes Overly Broad TCPA Class Definition: the Claim of a “Wrong Party” Called is Atypical of the Claims of...

In Buonomo v. Optimum Outcomes, Inc., No. 13-cv-5274 (N.D. Ill. March 17, 2014), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted a partial motion to strike class action allegations alleging...more

Advertising Law

FTC Settles With ADT Over Deceptive Endorsements - Don’t believe everything you see on TV or read on the Internet – at least not from ADT Security Systems. According to an administrative complaint filed by the...more

California's Shine the Light Law: A Heightened Pleading Requirement

In three nearly-identical unpublished opinions, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of three separate class actions brought under California's Shine the Light Law.1 The Ninth...more

Advertising Law - Mar 07, 2014

Site Allows Consumers to Stop Mobile Tracking - Don’t want to be tracked by retail stores while physically shopping? There’s a site for that. Retailers use tracking information to collect data about how shoppers...more

Settlement on the Horizon in Massachusetts ZIP Code Litigation

A recent proposed settlement in Massachusetts may signal readiness on the part of retailers to end so-called “ZIP code” litigation. In 2011, customers of the arts and crafts retailer Michaels Stores Inc. filed a proposed...more

District Court Denies Class Certification and Grants Partial Summary Judgment in Favor of DISH Network L.L.C. in Telemarketing...

CLEVELAND, OH – February 25, 2014 –Benesch achieved a significant victory for DISH Network L.L.C. when the Federal District Court in Denver, Colorado issued an order and an opinion denying the Plaintiff’s Motion for Class...more

German Court Rules Against Facebook’s “Friend Finder”

On January 24, 2014, in a case filed against Facebook by German consumer protection association VZBV, the Berlin Court of Appeal (“Court”) upheld a lower court ruling that Facebook’s “Friend Finder” function is unlawful. The...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - February 2014

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Smart Balance Milk Labeling Suit Not Preempted ..Mott’s “No Sugar Added” Labeling Lawsuit Narrowed ..Court Preliminarily Approves Trader...more

Overstock Under Scrutiny: Does This Recent Decision Represent a New Wave of California Litigation for Sellers of Consumer Products...

It is not often that a decision from a California trial court receives or deserves as much attention as the recent tentative decision issued by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Wynne Carvill in the State’s case against...more

TCPA Not Violated When Consumer Voluntarily Provided Number to Business

A federal court in California recently ruled that a plaintiff who was required to enter her phone number to purchase a plane ticket online had consented to receive a text message, and dismissed her claim under the Telephone...more

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