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Seventh Circuit Holds Retailer’s Credit Card Upgrade Program Did Not Violate TILA

On March 19, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a retailer’s credit card upgrade program that replaced existing customers’ limited use store charge cards with unsolicited general use credit cards did...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #37

We are pleased to present the 37th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent developments concerning securities fraud liability against law firms and other...more

Court Certifies TILA Class Action Lead by Familiar Plaintiff/Counsel Team

A New York Federal court has certified a class action against Ann Taylor LOFT for violations of the Truth in Lending Act (see Opinion & Order in Kelen v. World Financial Network National Bank, Case No. 12-CIV-5024). ...more

Indiana Supreme Court Determines “Sporty Car at a Great Value Price” Does Not Mean “It is Safe to Operate”

This week's discussion focuses on the puffery defense and the Indiana Supreme Court's partial reversal in the case of Kesling v. Hubler Nissan, Inc. thereby finding that "Sporty Car at a Great Value Price" was mere puffery...more

Conflict Reigns in Food Court: Court Allows “Unlawful Prong” UCL Claims to Survive Without Allegations of Reliance in Cases...

Judges in the Northern District of California can’t agree on what is required to state a claim under the “unlawful prong” of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL). Judge Orrick’s recent decisions in a pair of food...more

Watchdog Attacks Coupon Settlement in False Advertising Action

The recent filing of an amicus brief by advertising watchdog Truth in Advertising Inc. (TINA) is a good reminder that, even where there are no objectors, class action settlements are subject to attack by third parties. The...more

Best Practices for Choosing and Using Experts

A presentation examining Best Practices for Choosing and Using Experts....more

7th Circuit Examines Boundaries of Class Action Fairness Act

This week's post takes a look at the Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Addison Automatics, Inc. v. Hartford Casualty. Ins. Co. that sheds some light on the boundaries of the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), but does so by...more

7th Circuit: Posner Explains Notice Requirements & Utility of Cy Pres Decrees in Small Class Actions

This week we examine the recent Judge Posner authored decision in Hughes v. Kore of Indiana Enterprise, Inc. that discusses class action notice requirements and the utility of cy pres decrees. We also examine the bombshell...more

New York District Court Trims GMO Class Action Against Frito-Lay Over “All Natural” Labels

Last week, a New York federal court dismissed numerous claims against Frito-Lay North America, Inc. in a multidistrict class action over “all natural” labels on Frito-Lay products such as Tostitos, SunChips and Fritos Bean...more

No Right to Jury Trial for Consumer Fraud Claim in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently refused to grant plaintiffs' request to review a Superior Court decision in December 2012 that held there is no right to a jury trial for claims brought under Pennsylvania's Unfair...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - August 2013

In This Issue: - Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Insurer’s “Paid When Incurred” Practice is Not Bad Faith or a Violation of Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law - California Court...more

7th Circuit Again Certifies Butler v. Sears, Roebuck, & Co. Class

This week we discuss the Seventh Circuit's decision to once more certify the class action cases in Butler v. Sears, Roebuck, & Co. after the case was remanded by the Supreme Court in light of Comcast Corp. v. Behrend....more

7th Circuit Explains Rationale of Class Action Attorneys’ Fees

This week's discussion focuses on the 7th Circuits examination of that rationales underlying the class action attorneys' fee awards in Silverman v. Motorola Solutions, Inc....more

Supreme Court Update: A Claim of Unlawful Business Practice Brought Under California’s Unfair Competition Law May Be Based on...

In Rose v. Bank of America (--- P.3d ----, Cal., August 1, 2013), the California Supreme Court considered whether a consumer could bring an action for unlawful business practices under state law, for violations of federal...more

Magistrate Judge Recommends Certification of Two Proposed Classes in “vitaminwater” Litigation

A federal magistrate judge in New York has recommended that New York and California classes be certified to pursue injunctive and declaratory relief against Coca-Cola and Energy Brands for allegedly deceptive labeling of its...more

Third Circuit Vacates Class Certification, Reaffirms Plaintiff's Burden To Prove Readily Ascertainable Class

In Hayes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., plaintiff alleged that Wal-Mart, through its retail warehouse Sam’s Club, violated the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, breached its contracts with consumers, and was unjustly enriched by...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - July 22, 2013

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Court Grants Preliminary Approval of Settlement in ConAgra’s “All Natural” Potato Class Action ..“All Natural” Case Involving GMOs Stayed to...more

How long do I have to bring my legal claim to court?

If you believe that you might have a legal claim and want to know how long you have to bring it to court, you will want to read this post! Contact: George E. Bourguignon, Jr., Esq. Phone: (508) 769-1359 or...more

Updated Version "The Texas Anti-SLAPP Statute: Issues for Business Tort Litigation," by Mark C. Walker, 7th Annual Bill of Rights...

In this issue: - Table Of Contents - Table Of Authorities - I. Introduction. - II. Texas Citizens Participation Act: What is it? - A. Background and Enactment of the TCPA. - 1....more

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA vs. JPMORGAN CHASE & CO.; CHASE BANK USA, N.A; CHASE BANKCARD SERVICES, INC.

Complaint for Fraudulent and Unlawful Debt-Collection Practices against tens of thousands of Californians.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today filed an enforcement action against JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Chase) alleging that the bank engaged in fraudulent and unlawful debt-collection practices against tens of thousands of...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Class Action Settlement Providing Conditional Incentive Awards

Earlier this week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed approval of a $45 million class action settlement that had been reached with three credit reporting agencies in Radcliffe v. Experian...more

Appeal Victory -- Court of Appeal Agrees that Penal Code Section 496(c) Allows Recovery of Triple Damages and Attorney Fees for...

The case involved a loan made by our client to the defendant, Igal Feibush. Feibush and his entities failed to repay the loan, and we were retained by the plaintiff to sue. Penal Code section 496(c) makes it illegal to...more

Sharon Bell v. Igal Feibush

Opinion -- California Court of Appeal Permits Treble Damages for Failure to Repay Loan

Court of Appeal affirmed trial court's determination that making a loan based on a false promise to repay amounted to theft by false pretense, and Penal Code 496 therefore applied, entitling the victim to recover treble...more

Questionable Actions of Class Counsel Did Not Merit Decertification in Class Action

This week we discuss the recent 7th Circuit junk fax class action case which determined that the misconduct of class counsel only merits decertification or denial of certification where the misconduct creates a "serious...more

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