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Publishers close the book on one e-books case; Supreme Court decides whether to reopen another

We will soon know whether the Supreme Court will grant Apple’s cert petition asking the Court to review and reverse its antitrust violation for conspiring with publishers to fix the prices of e-books. The Court will consider...more

Chobani Yogurt Ad Campaign Enjoined – A Healthy Result for Yoplait and Dannon

When I opened up a newspaper a few weeks ago and saw an ad by Chobani for its Simply 100 Greek Yogurt, my first thought was, “that’s going to provoke a false advertising dispute.” Here’s what Chobani said about its competitor...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Denial of TCPA Class Due To “Significant Uncommon Questions” And Ascertainability Issues

Gannon v. Network Telephone Services, Inc., No. 13-56813 (9th Cir. Jan. 12, 2016) In a 3 paragraph unpublished opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s denial of plaintiff’s...more

Middle District of Florida Holds Arbitrability of TCPA Claims Question for Arbitrator

Harrington v. Regions Bank, No. 2:15-cv-522-Ftm-29MRM (M.D. Fla. Jan. 29, 2016) - Before the Court was Defendant’s Motion to Compel Arbitration and Stay Proceedings. Plaintiffs opposed the Motion, contending that their...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Attempt to Challenge FCC Order on TCPA

In an unpublished opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment for the defendant in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) case, refusing to entertain the plaintiff’s...more

Hold the Phone! Obtaining Prior Consent under the TCPA Before Calling/Texting/Faxing Consumers

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) impacts any business that contacts consumers by phone, text or fax. Among other things, it limits the ability to place calls and send texts to consumers using an automatic...more

New York District Court Denies Attempt To Defeat TCPA Class Certification By Depositing Funds Into Court, Citing Campbell Ewald

Brady v. Basic Research, L.L.C., 2:13-cv-7169 (SFJ) (ARL) (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 3, 2016) The day after Campbell Ewald Co. v. Gomez was decided by the United States Supreme Court, Defendants moved for permission to deposit funds...more

Glue Company in Sticky Situation with FTC over “Made in the USA” Advertising Claims—Who Will Get Stuck Next?

In a recent post, we discussed the potential perils and pitfalls of advertising consumer products as “Made in the USA.” As we noted there, different federal and state regulatory regimes do not necessarily follow the same...more

New Guidelines on Collecting Biometric Data Help Businesses Stay Ahead of the Game

The amount of data collected worldwide is rapidly proliferating, and one international organization wants to make sure it’s clear how to protect what is arguably the most sensitive category of that data: biometrics....more

Supreme Court Leaves Door Open to Class Action Settlement Offer Pick-Off Defense

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 577 U.S. --- (2016), that a lawsuit is not moot after a plaintiff declines to accept an offer of judgment made by the defendant pursuant to Federal Rule of...more

A Sea Change on the Horizon for California’s Food Court? FDA Calls for Comment on Use of the Term “Natural” for Food Products

At long last, FDA has called for public comment from the food and beverage industry, citizens, and other stakeholders on the use of the term “natural” on food labeling. As many readers of this newsletter know all too well,...more

CFPB Enforcement Update

This update analyzes the trends and patterns in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s publicly available enforcement actions. Leveraging the analysis in our December 2014 White Paper, CFPB Enforcement by the Numbers...more

Do the Restrictions on Advertising with Nutrition and Health Claims also Apply to Communications Addressed Exclusively to Health...

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) will soon decide on the issue of whether the restrictions on promoting foodstuffs with nutrition and health claims also apply to communications addressed exclusively to health...more

Fourth Circuit Holds Arbitration Agreement May Not Waive All Federal Statutory Rights

This week, the Fourth Circuit interpreted SCOTUS’s Italian Colors decision as precluding the waiver of federal statutory rights in an arbitration agreement.  In this sequel of sorts, the Fourth Circuit interpreted a modified...more

Court of Justice of the European Union: Ruling on Package Design of Foodstuffs (Teekanne Felix)

By judgment of June 4, 2014, Case C-195/14, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled that it is unlawful to use a package design for a fruit tea that gives the impression that an ingredient is present, when it...more

Victoria’s Secret hit with TCPA class action for text messages

Last week, Victoria’s Secret was hit with a class action in California alleging that the lingerie company sent Michael Hannegan almost 100 texts in one day in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....more

Supreme Court Holds that Rejected Rule 68 Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot Class Action

On January 20, 2016, the United States Supreme Court rejected a strategy recently used by some defendants to defeat class actions in their infancy. In Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857 (2016), a majority of the Court...more

What Does Campbell-Ewald Mean for Your Business?

A recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court held that a defendant cannot terminate a putative class action by offering the representative plaintiff complete relief, rejecting some courts’ dismissals of class action...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Denial of TCPA Class Cert. On Predominance/Ascertainability Grounds

On January 12, 2016, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the denial of class cert. in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 USC 227 action on  predominance and superiority grounds in the case Paul Gannon v. Network Telephone...more

Consumer & Class Action Litigation Newsletter - January 2016

Plaintiff's Attempts to Turn Alleged "Clicking" and "Dead Air" into a TCPA Violation Rejected - Norman v. AllianceOne Receivables Mgmt., Inc., No. 15-1780, 2015 WL 9286778 (7th Cir. Dec. 22, 2015) - The Seventh...more

It’s all fun and games until someone gets hit with a hefty FTC fine

Two developers of mobile apps for children recently learned an expensive lesson about their legal responsibilities when it comes to protecting children’s privacy. Together, the companies will pay a total of $360,000 in...more

Facebook biometric case dismissed

We previously reported about a proposed class action suit against Facebook for the alleged violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. Facebook moved to dismiss the case for lack of personal jurisdiction....more

CFPB Takes Action Against Colorado-Based “Buy-Here Pay-Here” Auto Dealer

On January 21, the CFPB filed a consent order to resolve allegations that a Colorado-based subprime auto dealer violated the TILA and the CFPA by engaging in abusive financing and marketing schemes. Specifically, the CFPB...more

FTC Touts Record Yield in Payday Lending Case

Why it matters - A pair of online payday lenders will pay the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) $4.4 million to settle charges that they tricked consumers by failing to disclose inflated fees in what the agency said was...more

True Green for True Blue: Blue Buffalo Promises $32 Million Settlement

Pet-food maker Blue Buffalo will pay $32 million to settle 13 consumer class action suits, the company announced last month. The 13 class actions—which pet owners originally filed in California, Connecticut, Florida,...more

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