In this issue:

- "Patent Troll" Reform Bills Moving Through Congress

- California Court Continues Ascertainability Trend, Denies Class Certification in Chipotle "Naturally Raised" Litigation

- Announcements And Reminders

- Excerpt from California Court Continues Ascertainability Trend, Denies Class Certification in Chipotle "Naturally Raised" Litigation:

Purveyors of mass-retail food products may have a new reason to rejoice this holiday season. On December 2, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, in Hernandez v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., quietly issued a three-page In Chambers Order denying class certification in a false advertising action challenging Chipotle's claim that its products contain "Naturally Raised" meat. The class certification denial alone is notable given California's famously broad consumer protection laws. Even more significant is the court's reasoning, which seems to stem from the growing trend among federal courts of barring class certification on ascertainability grounds.

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Topics:  Chipotle Grill, False Advertising, Food Labeling, Misrepresentation, Patent Reform, Patent Trolls

Published In: Civil Procedure Updates, Communications & Media Updates, Consumer Protection Updates, Intellectual Property Updates

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