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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

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

Jury Tests the Limits in AndroGel False Ad Verdict

In late July, an Illinois jury came to a bizarre verdict in a case over an alleged link between heart attacks and AndroGel, a gel product used for treating low testosterone (or “low T”). The jury found that AbbVie, Inc., the...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | August 2017

"Miracle Gel" Not a Salon Gel Manicure, Ad Board Says - In an appeal from a ruling by the National Advertising Division (NAD), the National Advertising Review Board (NARB) upheld a recommendation that Coty discontinue...more

Court Rules Ford Trucks’ Claim Is Puffery

A false advertising suit against Ford Motor Co. was limited after a federal court judge found the company’s “Built Ford Tough” claim is non-actionable puffery....more

Food Identity Disputes Continue to Impose High-Profile Pressure on FDA

As we reported on previously, FDA recently tussled with the manufacturer of an innovative vegan condiment called “Just Mayo” based on the existence of a Federal standard of identity for mayonnaise that requires the food...more

0.44% of NFL Brains

by Wilson Elser on

When The New York Times reports that 110 out of 111 NFL brains (99.09%) have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), everyone pays attention. Mothers worry about their kids. Some worry about their jobs. Senate subcommittees...more

Reading the Tea Leaves: Sales of Macadamia Nut Could Be Going Up!

On July 24, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it had responded to a November 2015 petition from Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut, Inc. for a new qualified health claim characterizing the relationship between...more

Advertising Law - August 2017

U.K. to Ban Gender Stereotypes in Ads - Gender stereotypes in advertising will be banned as a result of new guidelines that will be promulgated by the main advertising regulators in the United Kingdom and go into effect in...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

SDNY Brushes Away Presumption Against Preemption and Stays Class Action Via Primary Jurisdiction

by Reed Smith on

We depend on young associates to perform most of the legal research that supports the arguments we make on behalf of our clients. By and large, those associates do an excellent job. On those rare occasions when we find...more

Keeping up with Diverters and Counterfeiters

How do manufacturers hear that they have compromised product in the marketplace? Up to now, there have only been a few ways. A consumer might lodge a complaint. An anomaly in sales to a particular distributor might arouse...more

UPDATE: The Revival of ECJ Lawsuits*

On June 8, 2017, Judge Carney dismissed Plaintiff’s class action Complaint because she failed to provide specifics about her own Sports Beans purchase. The court held that the Complaint was implausible because it only...more

Jelly Beans Contain Sugar - The Continuing Saga of Evaporated Cane Juice Litigation

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In February, plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit in California against candy maker Jelly Belly on behalf of consumers who purchased jelly beans marketed as “Sport Beans.” They claimed that Jelly Belly used the phrase...more

Electronic Drug Product Listing Errors Can Result in FDA Warning Letter

by Morgan Lewis on

FDA Warning Letters focus on inaccurate drug product listings. Over the last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) has increased its enforcement efforts concerning drug product listing requirements,...more

Getting Specific about Specific Jurisdiction: Bristol-Myers Squibb

On June 19, the United States Supreme reaffirmed some basic principles of personal jurisdiction in Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, 528 U.S. __ (2017). In a bloody-good 8-1 decision (with only...more

Supreme Court Tightens Personal Jurisdiction Requirements

by Benesch on

Determining whether a nonresident defendant is subject to a forum state’s jurisdiction became clearer on June 19, 2017, when the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court...more

Court Declines to Certify Class in False Advertising Case Without Survey Evidence of a Common Consumer Definition

On June 7, 2017, a Central District Court of California declined to certify a class of consumers who alleged that 5-Hour Energy’s marketing of an energy drink was misleading, finding that individual factual questions...more

The Revival of ECJ Lawsuits: Sweet Tooth For Plaintiffs, or Toothless Claims?

Introduction. On May 22, 2017, plaintiff Jessica Gomez filed an opposition on behalf of a putative class of consumers urging a federal district court judge not to dismiss her lawsuit against Jelly Belly Co. (“Jelly Belly”)...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | June 2017

LEGISLATION, REGULATIONS & STANDARDS - FTC Warns Companies and Social Media Influencers on Sponsorship Disclosure - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent 90 letters to companies and social media influencers...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | May 2017

Senators Call For Removal of Dioxane from Cosmetic Products - U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer (DN. Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (DN. Y.) have petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit detectable levels of 1,4dioxane...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms No Private Right of Action to Enforce Lack of Substantiation Claims in SeroVital False Advertising Class...

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s unfair competition law and consumer legal remedies claims, finding that neither claim provided plaintiff with a private cause of action to...more

A Damages Class Is Certified, but No Standing for Declaratory and Injunctive Class

by Carlton Fields on

A representative plaintiff who purchased Aveeno sunscreen products and baby bath products brought putative class actions against the products’ manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, in the United State District Court for the...more

Hold That Order! FDA Freezes Menu Labeling Rules Until 2018

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has extended the compliance date for its menu labeling rules just days before the final rules were set to take effect....more

Trump Privacy Rollback Continues, States Step Up

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On April 3, 2017, President Trump signed a repeal of new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules that would have subjected broadband internet service providers (ISPs) to more stringent consumer privacy regulations....more

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