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California Court Has a Bone to Pick with Male Enhancement Pill Maker

We try to avoid puns in this blog but sometimes, well, we just can’t help it. The makers of “Rockhard Weekend,” a male sex enhancement pill, have successfully sidestepped a claim that they violated federal drug...more

GAO Releases Report on CPSC Response to New and Emerging Hazards

On October 14, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report entitled “Consumer Product Safety Commission: Challenges and Options for Responding to New and Emerging Risks.” The report analyzes the timeliness...more

Global Food, Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics Newsletter - 3rd Edition

Welcome - We are pleased to provide you with the Fall edition of the Global Food, Drugs, Medical Devices and Cosmetics newsletter. This newsletter provides updates on important issues and developments across these...more

Class Actions and Consumer Product Settlements: The Proof is in (Receipt For) the Pudding

Consumers don’t keep their receipts. This poses a unique challenge in consumer product class actions, especially when parties seek the Court’s approval of a settlement that requires a receipt as proof of purchase. And if the...more

The Incredible Shrinking Red Bull Refund: How Should Courts Verify Class Membership?

A recent class action settlement has brought fresh attention to two age-old questions. The first: does Red Bull actually give you wings? The second: how carefully should courts screen out bogus claimants from proposed classes...more

Important Developments to Canada’s Food Safety System

The Safe Foods for Canadian Act (the Act), which received Royal Assent in November 2012, set the stage for important changes to Canada’s food safety system. The Act is expected to come into force at the beginning of 2015, and...more

Get Ready Now for the Upcoming Proposition 65 Warning Requirements for DINP and Other Chemicals

With the 2014 holiday season fast approaching, businesses should not lose sight of what the Proposition 65 “bounty hunter” plaintiffs’ lawyers are eagerly awaiting. And that’s the opportunity to send out 60-Day Notice letters...more

FDA Announces More Changes to FSMA Implementation Rules

On September 19, 2014, FDA announced potential changes to four rules that the agency proposed in 2013 to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act (“FSMA”). FSMA was signed into law in January 2011 in response to many...more

Product Safety Groups Seek Transparency in Whistleblower Suit

A pair of organizations that advocate for safe consumer products have asked for the unsealing of court documents related to a major whistleblower case. ...more

Operation Full Disclosure! FTC’s Frontal Assault on Ads

In this blog we often discuss products being subjected to a lawsuit based on allegations that a label is false or misleading under California’s consumer protection laws. The Federal Trade Commission is similarly concerned...more

Retailer Pays $2M Fine for Alleged Distribution of Recalled Products by Contractor, Agrees to Maintain Internal Compliance Program

In a press release issued on September 17, 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Michigan-based retailer, Meijer Inc., will pay a $2 million dollar fine to resolve allegations that it...more

Advertising Law - September 2014 #2

Use of Flawed Study Results in $3.5M Settlement with FTC - For relying upon the results of a flawed study to make what the Federal Trade Commission characterized as “baseless” and “hopelessly flawed” weight-loss claims...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Fall 2014

This is the fifth 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

Vermont GMO Food Labeling Law Challengers Seek Preliminary Injunction

In the court battle to have Vermont’s genetically modified organism (GMO) food labeling law (Act 120) overturned, plaintiff trade associations filed a motion for preliminary injunction on September 11, 2014, seeking to enjoin...more

CPSC Gets it Right: Unanimously Regulates High-Powered Magnet Sets Through New Safety Standard

We do not typically take positions on product specific issues pending before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), but the CPSC’s new safety standard for magnet sets demonstrates both why the agency exists and...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - September 2014

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments And Rulings ..Voluntary Dismissal in Frito-Lay Pretzel Case ..Court Denies Motion to Dismiss in Florida "Natural" Action ..Court Embraces Standing...more

Lawsuit Alleges E-Cig Company Misled Smokers About Helping Them Quit

Local governments weighing electronic cigarette regulations should heed the many uncertainties surrounding the safety and risks of these devices. For example, a newly filed lawsuit that seeks class-action status in Los...more

Guilty Convictions in Salmonella Trial May Signify Landmark in Criminal Food-Safety Prosecutions

This space has thoroughly explored the various forms of civil liability food companies face for the mislabeling and/or deceptive marketing of their products. Last week, a set of landmark convictions in a criminal food-safety...more

CPSC Tackles Child Injuries in Proposed Ban

Magnets, Choking Hazards, and Fatal Child Injuries - When should a hazardous product be banned due to safety concerns? A recent article in USA Today stated that the Consumer Product Safety Commission might ban...more

‘Chemical (Over)reaction’?: States Push for Tighter Regulation of Consumer Products

The chemical wars are in full swing. And for consumer products and chemicals manufacturers, victory on the regulatory front is by no means a foregone conclusion. Progressive legislators in states such as California,...more

Do Not Pass Go: Federal Judge Orders Execs Jailed for Contempt of Recall Order

A recent federal decision has made clear that court-ordered recalls can have real teeth, not just for manufacturers but also their officers—especially when the court has reason to suspect a company’s execs are deliberately...more

Certification of Cat Litter Class Action Denied For Lack of Sales Records and Uniform Exposure

Denying class certification in a kitty litter class action, the Northern District of California take a substantive step forward in aligning the District with the current trend of heightening the bar for ascertaining putative...more

Plaintiffs Sent Back to the Drawing Board in Mislabeling Suit Over “All Natural” and “Fat Free” Claims on Frito-Lay Rold Gold...

Judge Samuel Conti of the Northern District of California recently issued another blow to class action plaintiffs—this time at the motion to dismiss stage—in Figy v. Frito-Lay N. Am., Inc., Case No. 13-3988-SC (N.D. Cal. Aug....more

A New Data Point on False Advertising, Causation, and Section 75-1.1

Earlier this year, in another false-advertising case, SMD Software, Inc. v. EMove, Inc., a plaintiff won a 1.7-million-dollar verdict based on section 75-1.1 alone. The jury instructions in that case did not specify what...more

Supreme Court Allows POM Wonderful to Sue Coke for False Advertising, Despite Its Apparent Compliance with FDA Regulations

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court in POM Wonderful LLC v. The Coca Cola Co. (June 12, 2014) held that the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) does not preclude a private party from bringing a Lanham Act claim...more

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