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And the Beat Goes On: NY State Assembly to Vote on GMO Labeling Law

Coming on the heels of the reintroduction of the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, on March 3, 2015, the New York State Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection voted 9 to 6, with one abstention, to...more

Ascertainability Saps Plaintiffs’ Energy in Dietary Supplement Class Action

In the recent decision Mirabella v. Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Case No. 12-62086-CIV-ZLOCH (S.D. Fl. Feb. 27, 2015) the plaintiffs attempted, but failed, to certify a nationwide class of all purchasers of an energy drink...more

No Longer at Lager-Heads: Anheuser-Busch Settles Claim over Kirin Beer’s Origin

Early this year, Anheuser-Busch settled a class suit filed against it by two Miami residents who alleged that the company was deceptively advertising Kirin beer as imported from Japan, when in fact it is brewed in the United...more

Subprime Credit Card Company Ordered to Pay $3M by CFPB

Why it matters - Pursuant to a consent order entered into with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Continental Finance Company must refund $2.7 million to approximately 98,000 customers and pay a $250,000...more

Pom Wonderful Likely to Succeed in Infringement Claim Against “pom”-Branded Beverage - Pom Wonderful LLC v. Hubbard

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded a district court decision denying a preliminary injunction motion in a trademark infringement action, holding that the district court committed clear error...more

UPDATE: German Government Proposes New Law Entitling Consumer Protection Organizations to Enforce Data Protection Law

As a general rule, court actions on data protection breaches are an exemption. As reported in our Newsflashes in March 2014 and August 2014 the German government is planning to encourage court actions against breaches of data...more

Standing in Data Breach Cases – Still a Moving Target

Where do we stand on standing in data breach cases? It depends on which court you ask. In December 2014, two courts considered whether plaintiffs alleged sufficient injury in their complaints involving well-known data...more

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act: Overview of Damages for Violations

As previously discussed on this blog, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (the “ECOA”) prohibits creditors from discriminating against credit applicants based on race, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, and age...more

Comcast, Superiority, Predominance and Injunctive Relief Addressed in Recent Second Circuit Class Certification Opinions

The Second Circuit recently addressed a panoply of class certification issues in two opinions. Both decisions ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, but will help defendants tailor their arguments in future cases....more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide When Tender Will Moot Putative Class Claim

The plaintiff files a skeletal class certification motion the same day as his putative class complaint. Subsequently, the defendant tenders a check to the plaintiff representing everything the plaintiff could recover for his...more

FTC touts partnership with CFPB in annual debt collection report

In the FTC’s 2014 annual letter to the CFPB summarizing the FTC’s debt collection activities, the FTC describes the CFPB as a “valuable partner” with whom the FTC anticipates an “even stronger [partnership] in the...more

How to Stop Robo-Debt Collection Calls to Your Cell Phone

The phone rings…long pause…click…then automated voice comes on to give you a message. Whether it is a telemarketer, a debt collector, or who knows what, we have likely experienced being robo-called by a computerized system....more

"Glazer: A Big Defense Victory, but Everyone Lost"

The most watched class action of the past year was the Glazer case — a rare occurrence of a consumer class action trial — which resulted in a defense victory. See In re Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Prods. Liab. Litig....more

CFPB Orders Subprime Credit Card Company to Pay Estimated $2.7 Million in Refunds for Alleged Illegal Credit Card Fees

Today, the CFPB entered a consent order that requires subprime credit card company, Continental Finance Company, LLC (“Continental”), to refund an estimated $2.7 million to consumers who were charged alleged illegal credit...more

German Federal Court Of Justice Decides On Limitation Period For Consumers Reclaiming Administrative Fees In Loan Agreements

In May 2014, the German Federal Court of Justice (the BGH) held that clauses in consumer loan agreements charging a non-recurring “administrative fee” are invalid (see June 2014 Risk Note)....more

FTC Settles With Payday Lenders for $21M Plus $285M in Waived Charges

Why it matters - Continuing the regulatory crackdown on payday lenders, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a proposed settlement with two lenders – AMG Services, Inc. and MNE Services, Inc. – for a $21 million...more

Actavis Amici Briefs Don’t Support Injunction

The expedited appeal to the Second Circuit pits New York State’s arguments for facilitating competition in a “molecule market” (a product market defined by the active ingredient of a prescription drug) against the brand name...more

Stop Debt Collectors from Calling Your In-Laws

A favorite tactic of debt collectors is to call the family and friends of the person they are trying to collect money from. And it makes sense…do you want your in-laws…your brother….your best friend…all knowing that you are...more

Eighth Circuit Reverses Class Certification of FDCPA Suit Against Debt Collector And Its In-House Attorneys

In Powers v. Credit Mgmt. Servs., Inc., No. 13-2831 (8th Cir. Jan. 13, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed the District of Nebraska’s order granting class certification of an action...more

Online Retailer Zappos.com Reaches Settlement with Nine Attorneys General Over Data Security Breach

Last week, the online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos.com, Inc., reached a settlement with nine state Attorneys General over a 2012 data security breach that allegedly exposed the personal information of more than 24...more

Connecticut Banking Regulator Fines Tribal Payday Lenders

On January 6, the Connecticut Department of Banking issued a cease and desist order against the head of an American Indian tribe and two payday loan companies owned by the tribe for allegedly violating a state cap on interest...more

Can the State Seek Restitution After a Class Action Settlement?

In The People of the State of California v. IntelliGender, LLC, 771 F.3d 1169 (9th Cir. Nov. 7, 2014) (Wardlaw, J.), the Ninth Circuit said the answer is “no.” A federal court had approved a class action settlement involving...more

Data Breach Plaintiffs Survive Dismissal Against Target

Target’s 2013 data breach has generated over 100 consumer lawsuits, which were consolidated last year before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. On December 18, 2014, Judge Paul A. Magnuson issued a...more

CFPB & State Attorneys General Fine Retailer and Debt Collectors for Alleged Illegal Debt Collection Practices Against Military...

On December 18, the CFPB and the Attorneys General of North Carolina and Virginia announced an enforcement action against three affiliated companies offering credit and financing services to military servicemembers. ...more

CFPB Announces Enforcement Action Against Telecommunications Company for Alleged Unauthorized Third-Party Charges

On December 17, the CFPB filed a complaint in the Southern District of New York against a telephone company for allegedly charging its customers tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party charges. ...more

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