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The Epic Buckyballs® Saga Settles

May 2014 brought an ordinary end to a series of extraordinary events, with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) settling an unprecedented proceeding against Craig Zucker, the former CEO of Buckyballs® manufacturer...more

Ninth Circuit rejects Morgan Drexen’s attempt to enjoin CFPB’s enforcement action

As previously reported, in January 2014, the California federal district court hearing the CFPB’s enforcement action against Morgan Drexen rejected Morgan Drexen’s motion to dismiss based on a challenge to the CFPB’s...more

Looking to Litigate in Secret? Fourth Circuit Creates Hurdles for Product Manufacturers

In April, the Fourth Circuit ruled in Company Doe v. Public Citizen that a manufacturer could not hide behind a veil of secrecy even after successfully enjoining the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from publishing...more

Proposed California Legislation Would Limit and Possibly Punish Non-Disparagement Clauses in Online Consumer Contracts

On Tuesday, April, 22, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee voted 10-0 to approve a so-called “Yelp bill” that would prohibit companies from suppressing negative consumer reviews through the use of “non-disparagement...more

"Company Doe" wins challenge but loses anonymity - ruling makes it tougher for companies to confront erroneous online claims

A new decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal will require the lower court to unseal court documents, revealing the identity of a manufacturer that claims it was falsely implicated in a consumer report....more

4th Circuit Unmasks Company Doe & Unseals Entire Record in CPSC Database Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit rather forcefully reversed one of the key rulings of Maryland District Court Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. in the recent litigation involving the CPSC’s...more

Cert Petition Asks Supreme Court To Decide Whether Congress Can Allow Uninjured Plaintiffs To Sue In Federal Court

For years, defendants have argued that federal courts may not entertain class-action lawsuits when the plaintiff does not allege that he or she suffered any concrete personal harm and instead relies solely on an “injury in...more

Judge Koh Tosses Restitution and Disgorgement Claims in Bumble Bee Class Action

In one of the first summary judgment rulings in the onslaught of food mislabeling and misbranding class actions, Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California tossed the plaintiff’s restitution and disgorgement...more

Florida District Court Dismisses Class Action Complaint Against Tampa Bay Buccaneers Due Rule 68 Offer Of Judgment

Jeffrey M. Stein, D.D.S., M.S.D., P.A., et al. v. Buccaneers Limited Partnership, No. 8:13-cv-02136-SDM-AEP (Oct. 24, 2013). Three dentists, a pest control service and two other alleged recipients of unsolicited faxes...more

Buckyballs® Strike Back: Former CEO Sues CPSC

In May 2013, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) took the unprecedented step of naming Craig Zucker in an administrative complaint against Maxfield and Oberton Holdings, LLC, the manufacturer of Buckyballs®, in...more

The Enhanced Scrutiny of Class Definitions Under the Ascertainability Requirement: An Additional Hurdle for Plaintiffs or an...

When a plaintiff seeks certification of a class, the issue of whether the class is “ascertainable” has become an increasingly significant battleground issue in class certification proceedings. While not explicitly set out in...more

Eighth Circuit Deems 'Informational Injury' Sufficient To Confer Standing

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently addressed an important issue that the U.S. Supreme Court avoided last year concerning whether a consumer must suffer actual economic harm to have standing to sue for...more

US High Court Takes on State Antitrust Action Removability Case

Companies accused of antitrust wrongdoing must prepare for a multi-front battle in different courts in different places on different timelines. To survive, they must hire defense counsel with sufficient scale and agility to...more

Update on cases challenging Cordray appointment

We have been following two federal court cases that involve challenges to Director Cordray’s appointment. The California case, CFPB v. Chance Edward Gordon, was filed in summer 2012 by the CFPB against an attorney and his law...more

As the CFPB Turns … And Other Consumer Financial Services News

In this week’s episode of As the CFPB Turns questions remain regarding Director(?) Richard Cordray’s constitutional authority to act as the Director of the CFPB. House Financial Services Committee Chairman, Jeb Hensarling,...more

Update on CA case challenging Mr. Cordray’s appointment

We have been following the case filed this past summer by the CFPB in a California federal court against an attorney and his law firm that offered mortgage assistance relief services to consumers. In CFPB v. Chance Edward...more

Important standing case before Eighth Circuit

Among the more interesting developments discussed in our webinar last week on the CFPB’s amicus program was the appeal currently pending before the Eighth Circuit in Charvat v. First National Bank of Wahoo, a case that raises...more

You Should Know - October 2012

2012 Voter’ s Guide to State Judicial Elections - Flood of Money, Negative Ads Threaten Right to Fair Trial Three darkly silhouetted “murderers” describe their gruesome crimes, and then tell viewers that “Judge Thomas...more

Can I keep all my assets in bankruptcy? (Part 3)

Do you want to know more about how or if you will keep all your assets in bankruptcy? Do you want to know ways to try and keep your assets, or maybe increase your chances? Then you may want to read this post that discusses...more

Antitrust Class Actions: The Supreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Consider the Application of Illinois Brick in Canada

In a decision released earlier this morning, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal from the B.C. Court of Appeal’s certification decisions in the parallel antitrust class actions in Sun-Rype1 and Microsoft. The...more

Advertising Law - November 11, 2011

In This Issue: Netflix Goes on the Offensive, Challenges VPPA; Companies Can Be Liable for Consumer Costs of Security Breach; NAD Reviews Allegra Ad Claims; Fiber = Processed Fiber for Ad Purposes; and Second Circuit:...more

Electronic Funds Transfer Act: Class Actions Surge Highlighted by Recent Cases

The Electronic Funds Transfer Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1693 et seq. (EFTA), and its regulations promulgated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Reg E, 12 C.F.R. sect; 205.16, require, in relevant part, that banks...more

Hemant Goswami versus Union of India and Ors.

Civil Writ Petition - Public Interest (PIL)

The PIL highlighted that despite being allotted land at highly subsidised prices, the private educational institutions were not providing the mandatory 15 percent free seats to economically poor students. The petition...more

Notes on Oral Argument Before the California Supreme Court on Applicability of the CLRA to "Insurance"

This past Monday, the California Supreme Court heard oral argument on the issue of whether California's Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) applies to "insurance." As discussed in previous posts, the Fairbanks decision, when...more

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