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1st Circuit weighs in on Rule 68 Mootness Issue; Laments that “Uncertainty will Reign” until Supreme Court provides Guidance on...

We’ve been watching closely as the various Circuit Courts of Appeals grapple with whether a Rule 68 offer of judgment to the named plaintiff in a putative class action can render the case moot even if the plaintiff rejects...more

PACE and Sirius XM File Statements of Issues in the Appeal of the FCC’s July 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order

On August 17, 2015, the Professional Association for Customer Engagement, Inc. (“PACE”) and Sirius XM Radio Inc. (“Sirius”) (collectively, the “Petitioners”) filed identical statements of issues (read the PACE statement and...more

ACA International Files Statement of Issues in its Appeal of the FCC’s July 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order

On August 12, 2015, ACA International (“ACA”), one of three petitioners in the consolidated appeal of the FCC’s July 1, 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order, filed a statement of issues (D.C. Cir. filed Aug. 12, 2015) in its...more

One Small Step for Amarin & One Giant Leap for Pharmaceutical Companies? - Only Time Will Tell

Friday’s ruling in Amarin Pharma, Inc. v. United States Food & Drug Administration is a monumental event. It signals the dawn of a new era for prescription drug promotion....more

7th Circuit Reverses Course on Article III Standing Where Plaintiff Declines a Rule 68 Offer of Complete Relief

In an August 6, 2015 opinion, the Seventh Circuit ruled that a defendant’s offer of complete relief in a TCPA lawsuit did not render an individual plaintiff’s claims moot. Chapman v. First Index, Inc., Nos. 14-2773, 14-2775,...more

Anti-robocalling statute banning automated political calls found unconstitutional

On August 6, 2015, the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision that the South Carolina anti-robocall statute was unconstitutional. The South Carolina robocall statute targeted automated telephone calls that were...more

Whither Mootness? The Seventh Circuit Reverses Itself

Defendants fighting class actions in the Seventh Circuit may have one less tool in their arsenal following the recent ruling in Chapman v. First Index, Inc., No. 14-2773, 2015 WL 4652878 (7th Cir. Aug. 6, 2015), a putative...more

What Do You Get for the Plaintiff Who Has Everything? Maybe a Class Action, Ruled The Seventh Circuit

Perturbed by two allegedly unwanted faxes, Arnold Chapman brought a putative class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). For himself, he sought the most the statute could provide – $3,000, an...more

Advertising Law - August 2015 #2

FDA Wants to Pour Some Sugar on the Nutrition Label - Adding to the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label—the first tweaks in 20 years—the Food and Drug Administration has suggested yet another: adding the...more

Eighth Circuit: Purpose, Not Content, Determines TCPA Coverage of Calls as “Telemarketing”

Phone calls made to promote a movie constituted “telemarketing” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) even though the two prerecorded messages left on the plaintiffs’ home phone line made no reference to the...more

Turkey Officially Permits the International Transfer of Personal Data in Telecommunications Sector

In 2012 Turkey’s telecommunications sector regulator, the Information Technologies and Communication Authority (“ICTA”), issued a new regulation on the Processing of Personal Data and Protection of Privacy in the Electronic...more

Viewing Unsolicited Fax Not Required for TCPA Standing

The Sixth Circuit recently held that standing to sue under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not require the plaintiff to have printed, or even viewed, a fax advertisement that violates the TCPA. The Court...more

First Challenge to July 2015 Declaratory Ruling Already Filed

While the July 10, 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order was released after the close of business on Friday, one petitioner has already filed a petition for review of the Declaratory Ruling: ACA International (the Association of...more

Evening The Score On Off-Label Use Information

Two stories in 360 yesterday – the timing was pure coincidence – have us thinking again about the FDA’s muddled and increasingly untenable position on truthful off-label “promotion” – broadly defined as any accurate...more

8th Circuit Revives Dismissed TCPA Action

On June 8, 2015, the 8th Circuit reversed the Eastern District of Missouri and revived class claims in Golan et al. v. Veritas Entertainment, LLC et al. In Golan, the plaintiff alleged that the defendants—producers of the...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert In U.S. Navy Texting Suit

On May 18, 2015, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to consider the issue of whether a proposed class action is mooted when the named plaintiff receives an offer of complete relief on his claim. See...more

Call Answered: Supreme Court to Decide if Offer of Judgment Moots TCPA Class Action and Scope of Gov’t Contractor Liability

On May 18, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action. The case raises two related questions that are the source of frequent litigation...more

Supreme Court to decide if a TCPA class action can be mooted by a pre-certification offer of judgment

Monday, the United States Supreme Court accepted certiorari to review the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Campbell-Eward Co. v. Gomez, 768 F.3d 871 (9th Cir. 2014), which involved a TCPA class action brought by the recipient of a...more

Federal Court Denies Certification, Declines To Infer A Lack of Consent From A Lack Of Documentary Evidence Of Consent

The Middle District of Florida recently denied class certification because the plaintiff failed to prove that consent (or more to the point, an alleged lack of consent) could be established on a classwide basis. In doing so,...more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Offer of Judgment Can Moot TCPA Class

Deciding to step in to resolve a splint in the Circuits, the United States Supreme Court announced today that it granted a petition for a writ of certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857. That means that the...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Use TCPA to Determine Power of Rule 68 Offers of Judgment

Three weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court raised eyebrows when it granted certiorari in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, — S.Ct. —, 2015 WL 1879778 (Apr. 27, 2015), where it appears the Court will decide whether a consumer has...more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari To Resolve Circuit Split As Second Circuit Holds That Offer Of Judgment Can Moot Named Plaintiffs’...

As we noted a few months ago, several pending Circuit appeals and a pending petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court foreshadowed that clarity might be coming to the question whether an offer of complete...more

Tough Weeks for Morgan Drexen in CFPB Debt Relief Litigation

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for debt-relief services firm Morgan Drexen. You may recall our previous post about the CFPB’s action against Morgan Drexen in the Central District of California and the alleged antics that...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

KIND LLC faces challenges from FDA on its labeling claims. KIND LLC, a New York-based natural foods company, says it is working closely with the FDA to address issues raised by the agency in a warning letter over label...more

A Court in the Sunshine State Blocks Injunctive Relief against Neutrogena Sunscreen Claims; Meanwhile P&G Cannot Flush Claims for...

Assume the following: plaintiff brings a putative class action under state consumer protection laws alleging that he bought a product based on false claims on its packaging. He seeks monetary and injunctive relief. However,...more

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