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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

California Supreme Court Considers Component Parts Doctrine

Last week, the California Supreme Court granted review of Ramos v. Brenntag Specialties, Inc. to resolve a split in the Second Appellate District regarding the application of California’s component parts doctrine. The...more

Community Colleges Not Subject to UTPCPL

It only stands to reason, yet it took almost 12 years and repeated appeals for the final determination by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Meyer v. Community College of Beaver County, No. 22 WAP 2012, 2014 Pa. LEXIS 1524...more

Belgian Class Actions - The Final Stretch

The Belgian collective redress act (hereafter the Collective Redress Act) was signed into law just before the Easter break on 27 March 2014 and is expected to enter into force in the next couple of months (a royal decree...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2014

This is the third edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings...more

Lance v. Wyeth: A New Cause of Action in Pennsylvania?

Issuing an opinion over two years after oral argument, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last week in Lance v. Wyeth that pharmaceutical companies can be held liable for negligence in the design and marketing of drugs....more

UK Court Confirms Privacy Tort And Addresses Meaning Of Personal Information

On January 16, 2014, the English High Court of Justice issued reasons in Vidal-Hall v. Google Inc. relating to an appeal of a Master’s decision to allow Google to be served outside of the jurisdiction in relation to claims...more

Privacy Class Action – Theories of Liability – 2013 Year in Review

One hot area of data privacy litigation over the past several years has been data breach class actions brought under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (“CMIA”), which provides that a person may recover...more

Lead Paint Companies Hit With Billion Dollar Judgment in California Public Nuisance Case

In a decision with potentially far-reaching impacts, a California state court has ordered three major paint companies to pay $1.15 billion to clean up lead paint in homes throughout California. People v. Atlantic Richfield...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - October 14, 2013

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..California Court of Appeal Clarifies Reach of “Reasonable Consumer” Standard in Food Labeling Cases ..Court Denies Motion to Dismiss in Part Food...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - September 30, 2013

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Court Partially Pops Plaintiffs’ Claims in Wrigley ..Lack of Standing Dooms Plaintiff’s Yogurt Claims ..Court Stands By its Partial Class...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - September 16, 2013

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Court Trims Frito-Lay “All Natural” MDL But Rejects Preemption and Primary Jurisdiction Defenses ..Court Trims Claims in Gerber Baby Food Labeling...more

No Discount on Plaintiff’s Burden Under Rule 23(b)(3); Third Circuit Vacates Certification Decision Against Wal-Mart Due to...

In Hayes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., No. 12-2522 (3d Cir. Aug. 2, 2013), the Third Circuit took the opportunity to elaborate and articulate on the ascertainability standard under Fed.R.Civ.P. 23(b)(3). In Hayes, the plaintiff...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - September 3, 2013

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Class Certification Denied in Case About Coffee ..Court Dismisses Case Attacking Gerber’s Overall Marketing Message ..Court Denies Smucker’s...more

Advertising Law - Aug 29, 2013

Facebook Changes Its Promotion Guidelines - Sponsors can rejoice. Effective August 27, 2013, Facebook no longer requires that sweepstakes and contests be conducted on third party apps. By dispensing the apps...more

Western District Joins Courts Strictly Enforcing Telephone Consumer Protection Act

In American Copper & Brass Inc. v. Lake City Industrial Products Inc., the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan joined numerous other federal courts, holding that the Telephone Consumer Protection...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

The Stories Behind Outstanding Verdicts

Recently I attended the Trial Lawyer of the Year Gala hosted by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA). I always enjoy this event not only because it showcases outstanding legal advocacy, but also because I...more

Social Media and California Jurors

In April 2012, The Judicial Council of California Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions (“CACI”) amended its Jury Instructions to address the prevalence of electronic communication and social media amongst our jurors....more

Class Certification Denied In Recent Consumer Products False Advertising Cases

In a number of recent district court decisions from across the country, courts have denied requests to certify nationwide or statewide classes in cases involving consumer products. These decisions could prove helpful in...more

General Mills Points to Ingredient List in Defense of “100% Natural” Claims

General Mills recently filed a motion to dismiss a putative class action accusing the company of falsely advertising its popular Nature Valley granola products as “100% natural.” Chin et al. v. General Mills, Inc., Case No....more

Ontario Court Makes Rare Decision in Common Issues Class Action Trial

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently released its decision in the common issues class action trial of Ramdath v. George Brown College, 2012 ONSC 6173. This is one of the very few rulings on the merits of a class...more

Generic Drug Law Update -- November 2012: An Agency "Warning Letter" Does Not a Lawsuit Make: Sometimes a "Warning Letter" Is...

The number of consumer class action complaints brought against product manufacturers under state consumer protection and/or false advertising law statutes continues to rise. This increase can be traced in part to some...more

DRI Product Liability Conference Underway

This week I am attending the DRI Product Liability seminar. Yesterday's highlights included a keynote address by Hon. Anne Northup, Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Her remarks covered "The Past,...more

PUTTING THE BRAKES ON NATIONAL CLASS ACTIONS: The Ninth Circuit Substantially Limits The California Supreme Court's Tobacco II...

Mazza v. American Honda Motor Company, Inc., No. 09-55376 (9th Cir. Jan. 12, 2012). The Ninth Circuit has vacated a lower court's decision certifying a nationwide class of drivers who allegedly purchased a special...more

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