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Court Limits the Enforceability of "Browsewrap" Terms of Use—Best Practices in Online Contracting

In an important decision regarding the viability of so-called "browsewrap" agreements, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit—which covers California, among other states—recently affirmed a district court's...more

Automotive Bearings Price-Fixing Allegations Survive FTAIA Defense

On August 26, 2014, the Eastern District of Michigan denied a motion by a Japanese manufacturer and its U.S.-based subsidiary (NTN Corporation and NTN USA Corporation) to dismiss the direct and indirect purchaser complaints...more

Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act Applies to Anyone Collecting a Debt

The Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (“FCCPA”) prohibits anyone attempting to collect a debt from using certain types of abusive, deceptive, and misleading tactics. In a recent decision, Florida’s Second District...more

Hawaii G-M-O: Kauai County GMO Regs Struck Down in Federal Court

Throughout the year, this space has periodically re-visited the topic of regulating the manufacture and labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) at the state and federal level. This week, a lawsuit out...more

New AAA Consumer Arbitration Rules Go Into Effect September 1

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) has released a set of stand-alone rules that apply to arbitrations involving consumer disputes. The rules go into effect September 1, 2014. To date, the AAA has been administering...more

W.D. Wash. Adopts Preponderance of the Evidence Standard for Elements of Class Cert., Rejects Numerosity Experts

The Western District of Washington recently adopted a “preponderance of the evidence” standard for establishing the prerequisites of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 and denied class certification in a TCPA case because the...more

House Passes Bill to Fix Privilege Waiver Problem for Nonbanks

A bill (H.R. 5062) recently passed by the House of Representatives would amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act (the CFPA), which is Title X of the Dodd-Frank legislation, to provide protection against waiver of state...more

Out of the Box: Legal guidance for the consumer product + retail industry - Volume 2, Issue 2, Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Are Offers Of Free Credit Monitoring About To Become Mandatory In Data Breach Incidents? - Mandatory “Made-In” Labeling in the EU - A New Dawn for California Class Actions - Recent...more

The Origins of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1

Summer is the time for movies about superheroes. Often, after a couple of episodes in a movie franchise come out, the producers make a film about the origins of the protagonist, so the audience can better understand the...more

What KIND of Juice Did They Say It Was?

On July 14, 2014, Northern District of Illinois Judge Sara L. Ellis dealt a blow to putative class action members protesting the use of “evaporated cane juice” to describe sugar in product ingredients lists. Plaintiff alleged...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Decision Not To Enforce Browsewrap Arbitration Agreement

On August 18, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision not to enforce a retailer’s online “browsewrap” arbitration agreement because the retailer failed to provide adequate...more

For Whom the Ring Tones: TCPA Litigation and the Insurance Industry

Insurance companies are increasingly the subject of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. Any insurance company that communicates with its customers, job applicants, and others by phone or text using an automated...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - August 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Rulings ..Court Dismisses Some of Plaintiff’s Claims In Pretzel Class Action ..Courts Increasingly Rely on FDA Notice to Stay or Dismiss ECJ Claims ..Court Dismisses...more

Website Hyperlink Alone Does Not Establish User’s Assent to Arbitration Agreement, Ninth Circuit Holds

In a case intersecting the 89-year-old Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and the digital era, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a consumer who did not read the company’s terms of use when ordering a product on its website was not...more

The Mazda 3 Lock – alleged “shoddy goods” are not always defective

Following a common issues trial solely on questions of liability, Justice Viens of the Quebec Superior Court found that there was no liability with respect to the allegedly defective locking mechanism in Mazda 3 vehicles’...more

Lanham Act Claims Are Not Precluded by Compliance with the FDCA

In POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co., decided last month, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that companies can bring unfair competition actions under the Lanham Act even when their competitors have complied with the Federal...more

CFPB files amicus brief in Ninth Circuit FDCPA case

The CFPB, together with the FTC, has filed an amicus brief in Hernandez v. Williams, Zinman & Parham, P.C., a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. ...more

Two Steps to Avoiding a Default Judgment in Your Arizona Debt Collection Lawsuit

Too often I meet with people that have either ignored the fact that have been sued by one of their creditors or even more troubling- aren’t even aware that there is lawsuit is pending against them....more

Second Circuit Clarifies the Use of Legal Presumptions of Consumer Confusion and Injury in Certain Lanham Act Cases

On Tuesday, July 29, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit “clarified certain aspects of [its] false advertising jurisprudence” and held that, where literal falsity and deliberate deception have been...more

Make Debt Collectors Validate the Debt

I do a lot of trials in debt collection cases against debt buyers such as Midland Funding, Encore Capital, Portfolio Recovery, and Calvary SPV. A common tactic of these debt buying companies at trial is to bring up the issue...more

Class Action Suit Against Sunflower Seed Manufacturer Dismissed as Implausible

In a recent food mislabeling case, Judge Manuel Real of the Central District of California dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit finding the plaintiffs’ claims to be implausible as a matter of law. Last year, Judge Real...more

California Federal Court Dismisses User Information Claims Against Digital Wallet Company

On August 12, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed for failure to state a claim a putative class action alleging that a digital wallet provider made unauthorized disclosures of user...more

Massachusetts Regulator Issues Advisory Opinion On Debt Validation

Last month, the Massachusetts Division of Banks (DOB) issued an advisory opinion addressing whether an oral request by a debtor for certain records to validate a debt (pursuant to 209 CMR 18.18(3)) triggers a debt collector’s...more

Have You Been Sued by Unifund CCR in Arizona?

Unifund CCR is one of the larger debt buying companies out there and they file a lot of lawsuits against consumers in Arizona. Debt buyers like Unifund claim that they have purchased old charged off debts and then file debt...more

Alabama Supreme Court Reaffirms That Plaintiffs Who Use Generic Drugs Can Recover From Brand-Name Manufacturers

On August 15, 2014, the Alabama Supreme Court held for the second time in Wyeth v. Weeks, No. 1101397 (Ala. 2014) that a plaintiff who took only the generic version of the heartburn medication Reglan could nevertheless...more

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