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Thank You Commissioner O'Rielly - FCC Acknowledgment of TCPA Confusion is Long Overdue

But One Vote is Not Enough for Action, Nor Does Action Assure a Favorable Outcome - FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly recently blogged that “It is Time to Provide Clarity” on issues swirling around application of the...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

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

Calling 7th Circuit: Robocalls And Federal Preemption

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act did not preempt an Indiana state law with more restrictive prohibitions on autodialed calls —...more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in POM’s Attack on FDCA/Lanham Act Preemption

On Friday, the Supreme Court granted the certiorari petition of Pom Wonderful in its Lanham Act false advertising case against Coca-Cola. Pom Wonderful LLC v. Coca Cola Co., 679 F.3d 1170 (9th Cir. 2012), cert granted, ___...more

TCPA Connect -- Jan 13, 2014

Good Faith Belief in a Consumer’s Consent Found to be Valid Defense to TCPA Claim - Despite a material question about whether the defendant had express consent to contact the plaintiff, a California federal court judge...more

California Appellate Court Holds That Federal Law Preempts Unfair Competition Law Claims Tied to Organic Label

In a case of first impression in the state courts, a California appellate court delivered an early Christmas present Dec. 23 to beleaguered food and beverage companies facing an avalanche of lawsuits under California’s Unfair...more

Floodgates To New York Telemarketing Class Actions Under The TCPA Are Open, Says Second Circuit

Just in time for the holidays, the Second Circuit’s recent decision in Bank v. Independence Energy Group LLC has dropped a lump of coal in the business community’s stocking. In this case, the “lump of coal” is an open door to...more

Fifth Circuit Holds State AG Credit Card Add-On Suit Not Subject To Federal Jurisdiction

On December 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a set of parens patriae suits filed by the Mississippi Attorney General (AG) against credit card issuers is not subject to federal jurisdiction under...more

Seventh Circuit Holds TCPA Does Not Preempt State Law Banning Robocalls

On November 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not preempt an Indiana statute that bans most robocalls without exempting calls that are...more

A House Divided: Federal Judges Take Conflicting Positions on Wiretap Act Claims Against Google in California's Northern District

Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a class action claim that Google’s modifications to its customer privacy policies and subsequent sharing of customer data across Google...more

7th Circuit Issues Troubling TCPA Non-Preemption Ruling

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held in Patriotic Veterans v. Indiana that the state’s automatic dialing-announcing device (ADAD) statute is not preempted by provisions that govern prerecorded calls and...more

Can A State Impose Civil Penalties On A Drug Or Device Company For Using A Federally-Approved Label?

Overview - States have increasingly brought actions under Medicaid fraud or consumer protection statutes seeking civil penalties and restitution from the makers of prescription drugs. Many top-selling drugs have been...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - August 5, 2013

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..VitaRain “Natural” Caffeine Claims Against Costco Rules Preempted ..Court Refuses To Certify Most “All Natural” Claims Against Kashi and Bear...more

False Advertising Claims Against Tropicana Survive Motion to Dismiss

We have frequently reported on how courts have addressed preemption arguments in the growing number of mislabeling suits that have been filed against food companies. Last week, a federal court in New Jersey denied Tropicana’s...more

Court To Decide Whether FDA Regulation Of Lead In Baby Food Pre-empts California Proposition 65

One of the rare California Proposition 65 trials began on April 8, 2013 – the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) suit in Alameda County, CA Superior Court (ELF Lead In Food Case, available at...more

Liquidated Damages For Junk Faxes Are Insurable in Illinois

The Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act provides that it's unlawful to send unsolicited advertisements to a fax machine. 47 USC 227(b)(1)(C). The statute creates a private right of action, with damages equal to actual...more

Eastern District Of New York Holds State Statute Prohibits TCPA Class Actions

Pending before the Court was Plaintiff’s Motion to Reconsider its dismissal of a class action Complaint based on a conclusion that New York Civil Practice Law 901(b) bars TCPA class actions in federal court. Plaintiff relied...more

Michigan District Court Holds State Prohibition On Class Actions Does Not Preclude TCPA Class In Federal Court

Pending before the court was Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s TCPA claim contending Defendant sent unsolicited faxes in violation of the law. Also pending before the court was Defendant’s Motion to Strike class...more

Illinois Appellate Court Holds Four-Year Federal Catch-All Statute Of Limitations Governs Private Party TCPA Claims Brought In...

Plaintiff filed suit, placing at issue allegedly unsolicited faxes sent in violation of the TCPA. At issue was the applicable statute of limitations. Defendant’s argued that the Illinois two-year statute governing claims...more

Chew on This: Consumer Fraud Claim on Snack Bars Preempted

The Seventh Circuit ruled earlier this month that federal food labeling law expressly preempts state law claims seeking certain additional health-related disclosures on chewy bars. Turek v. General Mills Inc., No. 10-3267...more

A Question Worth Answering Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act: U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Whether the TCPA Contemplates...

There is no question that Congress contemplated a private right of action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227(b)(3), and the plaintiffs' bar has taken full advantage of that right. It has been...more

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