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Wyeth v. Levine’s ‘Clear Evidence' Language: Clearly Misunderstood

In 2009, the United States Supreme Court in Wyeth v. Levine affirmed a judgment rejecting a prescription drug manufacturer’s contention that plaintiff’s claim that the manufacturer should have strengthened its U.S. Food and...more

M.D. Fla. Holds Bankruptcy Code Preempts FDCPA For Filing Time Barred Proofs of Claim

In Castellanos v. Midland Funding, LLC, 15-CV-559 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 4, 2016) the United States District Judge John Steele joined with several of his Middle District of Florida colleagues and held that the Bankruptcy Code...more

California Supreme Court Holds Organic Labeling Suit a Natural Fit in State Court

In December, the California Supreme Court held that a challenge to a farm’s labeling of its herbs as “organic” under state false advertising laws is not preempted by the federal Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (“Organic...more

Update: Albany County Legislature Amends Controversial Toxic Toys Law

Last year, we wrote about a growing trend of local jurisdictions regulating children’s products, primarily toys and apparel. One such jurisdiction, Albany County, NY, enacted a far-reaching ordinance, “Local Law J of 2014,”...more

California Supreme Court – Presumption Against Preemption Still Around

Last month, in Quesada v. Herb Thyme Farms, Inc., 361 P.3d 868 (Cal. 2015), the California Supreme Court did to “organic” foods what it had done to most other foods in Farm Raised Salmon Cases, 175 P.3d 1170 (Cal. 2008) –...more

House Panel Approves Data Breach Bill

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, the House Financial Services Committee approved a bill that would require companies to notify consumers and the government when a data breach compromises certain unencrypted consumer information. The...more

Florida Court Holds Offer of Judgment Statute is Preempted in Actions under the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA)

A Hillsborough County Court recently held that Florida’s offer of judgment statute, Fla. Stat. § 768.79, is preempted by the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (the “FCCPA”), Fla. Stat. § 559.72.  ...more

European Court of Justice Rules that a Scottish Law Establishing Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcoholic Drinks May Violate EU Law

On 23 December 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) – Europe’s highest court – ruled that a Scottish law establishing minimum unit pricing for alcoholic drinks may violate European Union law. The case...more

Microbeads Banned in Cosmetics and Toothpaste

Cosmetics and toothpaste manufacturers must reformulate to eliminate use of plastic microbeads by July 2018 under new federal legislation. On December 18, 2015, Congress passed H.R. 1321 — the “Microbead-Free Waters Act...more

California Recognizes State Claim for Foods Mislabeled as “Organic”

On December 3, 2015, the California Supreme Court held that a claim for intentionally mislabeling produce as “organic” is not preempted by the federal regulatory regime for certifying organic growers. Quesada v. Herb Thyme...more

New York City’s RBA Falls to Preemption Challenge

New York City banks are breathing a sigh of relief after a federal judge ruled that they would not have to provide detailed servicing disclosures under a preempted city law. The law, a gloss on top of the federal Community...more

Shipping Act Antitrust Exemption Held for the First Time to Preempt State Antitrust Laws

For the first time, a federal court has held that the Shipping Act of 1984, 46 U.S.C. §§ 40101–41309 (Shipping Act), preempts state-law antitrust claims. The federal district court in New Jersey applied conflict preemption...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - August 2015

This Newsletter Aims to keep those in the food industry up to speed on developments in food labeling and nutritional content litigation. RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS - Class Certification Denied In Popcorners “All...more

Putting A Lotion Claim In The Primary Jurisdiction Basket

When Jame Gumb urged his captive to put lotion on her skin, he was not concerned with improving its firmness. While Buffalo Bill from "Silence of the Lambs" may not be who most would think about when reading Franz v....more

It Is Now Easier To Draft Class Action Waivers and Arbitration Agreements

Last week, the California Supreme Court provided additional guidance as to how to draft an enforceable arbitration agreement and how Courts should analyze whether mandatory arbitration provisions can be held unconscionable...more

Advertising Law - August 2015

Internet Cafes Lose a Bet With the California Supreme Court - In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court upheld an injunction against the operators of Internet cafes that offered “sweepstakes” games the Court...more

Cannabis Conflicts Part II: The problem with state and federal food labelling requirements

Illinois’ “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act” (the “CUMCPPA”) creates an entire regime of laws, regulations and procedures by which individuals and companies are building medical cannabis growing...more

Recent Eleventh Circuit Decision Subjects Debt Collectors to FDCPA Liability for Filing Proofs of Claim as to Time-Barred Debts

Debt collectors filing bankruptcy proofs of claims in the Eleventh Circuit should take caution, as they will now be subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1692-1692p (FDCPA). In Crawford v. LVNV...more

California Judge Allows "Antioxidant Packed" Suit to Proceed

A federal judge in California has allowed plaintiffs to move forward with part of a proposed class action accusing Bai Brands of making misleading statements about beverages that touted high levels of health-boosting...more

Treasury Request for Public Input on Expanding Access to Credit through Online Marketplace Lending

On July 20, the Department of the Treasury published a Notice and Request for Information (“RFI”) seeking comment on various aspects of online marketplace lending, including – - the business models and products offered...more

State Attorneys General Ask Congress Not To Preempt Breach Notification Laws

In the wake of recent, large-scale data breaches, several pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress to establish a national data breach notification law, including a House bill that would preempt the current...more

Eleventh Circuit Throws Open The Door To State-Law Class Actions In Federal Court

In a first-of-its-kind opinion that could open the class action flood gates, the Eleventh Circuit has held that state consumer fraud class actions may proceed in federal court even if the state consumer fraud statute...more

Feel The Burn: Court of Appeal Strikes Down State Law Claims Regarding Mislabeled Sunscreen Products Under Finding of Federal...

In Eckler v. Neutrogena (certified for publication 7/1/15, Case No. B2536910), the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, upheld the trial court’s determination that plaintiffs’ claims of mislabeling sunscreen...more

Consumer Food Fraud Claim Sinks in Arkansas Safe Harbor

On this date in 1896 the Dutch completed the harbor at IJmuiden. (That capital J is not a mistake. The I and J go together as a digraph, and they form a ligature that effectively makes up a single letter in the Dutch...more

The Label on Your "Handmade" Whiskey Is Causing More Problems Than You Think

The recent market for artisanal and handcrafted goods has spawned a spate of consumer class actions against makers of popular liquors, including Tito’s Vodka, Maker’s Mark, and Jim Beam, for using terms like “handmade,”...more

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