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Ninth Circuit Upholds FDA’s Primary Jurisdiction Over “Natural” Labeling On Cosmetics But Orders Stay Rather Than Dismissal

Plaintiffs’ lawyers love to challenge products labeled as “natural,” with hundreds of false advertising class actions filed in just the last few years. Recently, in Astiana v. Hain Celestial (pdf), the Ninth Circuit reversed the…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Conflict of Laws

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari To Address Interplay of Federal Arbitration Act And State-Law Savings Clause In Arbitration Agreement

As readers of this blog know, prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, the California Supreme Court (and a number of other state courts) had declared that waivers of class-wide arbitration were…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure

New Oregon class-action law purports to seize unclaimed damages for legal aid and judge-picked charities

The first bill signed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown—H.B. 2700 (pdf)—changes the rules for handling payment of damages awards in class actions in Oregon state courts. Effective immediately, including for pending actions, the new…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies

Third Circuit Hears Oral Argument Over Whether FTC Has Authority To Regulate Data Security

After much anticipation, the Third Circuit heard oral arguments (audio) last Tuesday in the interlocutory appeal in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. We have written previously about this case, which likely will be a significant…more
| Administrative Law, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Food Court Grants Summary Judgment In Class Action Targeting “No Sugar Added” Label

As readers of this blog are well aware, manufacturers and retailers have faced a tidal wave of consumer class actions alleging false advertising in recent years…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Second Circuit Narrows Class Standing Doctrine

In NECA-IBEW v. Goldman Sachs, the Second Circuit arguably opened up a new door in class action litigation when it held that investors in one securities offering had standing to represent a putative class of investors in other…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Plaintiffs Who Settle Individual Claims Can’t Appeal Class Claims in the Ninth Circuit Unless They Retain a “Financial Interest” in the Case

The Ninth Circuit recently clarified the circumstances in which a plaintiff who settles his or her individual claims can appeal the denial of class certification of related claims. In Campion v. Old Republic Protection…more
| Civil Procedure

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Files Amicus Brief on Ascertainability in Key Ninth Circuit Case

As readers of our blog know, ascertainability is one of the most contentious issues in class action litigation these days. Ascertainability is the main issue presented in Jones v. ConAgra Foods, No. 14-16327, a pending Ninth…more
| Civil Procedure

Supreme Court Holds That Defendants Need Not Submit Evidence with a Notice of Removal Under the Class Action Fairness Act

To remove a civil action from state court to federal court, the defendant must “file … a notice of removal … containing a short and plain statement of the grounds for removal.” 28 U.S.C. § 1446(a). Under the Class Action…more
| Civil Procedure

Standing Without Injury? Washington Legal Foundation Webinar Addresses “No-Injury” Class Actions

The Supreme Court is currently considering a petition for certiorari in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins (pdf), which raises the question whether Congress may confer Article III standing upon a plaintiff who suffers no concrete harm, and…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law

Ninth Circuit Holds That State AGs and Prosecutors Can’t Seek Restitution On Behalf Of A Class That Already Settled Its Private Claims, But Can Seek Injunctive Relief and Penalties

A decade ago, California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and its closely related false advertising law (FAL) were the ideal plaintiff’s tools. Any person—even one with no connection to a particular asserted violation or harm—was…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law

En Banc Ninth Circuit Permits Removal Under CAFA of a Subdivided Mass Action

Over the past few years, a number of plaintiffs’ lawyers have attempted—with some success—to circumvent the “mass action” provisions in the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”), which allow defendants to remove to federal…more
| Civil Procedure, Products Liability

Yes, you really did settle all your claims when you said you did: Ninth Circuit dismisses appeal of class certification denial by plaintiff who accepted Rule 68 offer

A plaintiff hopes to represent a class to pursue two sets of wage-and-hour claims but runs into headwinds in the district court. First, one set of claims disappears because his legal theory doesn’t withstand a motion to…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Eleventh Circuit adopts broad view of businesses’ potential liability under TCPA for faxes sent by third parties

One of the hottest areas in class actions is litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). And one of the most significant issues in TCPA litigation is the existence and scope of vicarious liability. The key…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

NLRB Refuses To Yield On Anti-Arbitration Ruling Despite Near-Unanimous Rejection By Courts

Friday was Halloween, an occasion when our thoughts turn to jack o’lanterns, ghosts, and zombies. We are particularly fascinated by zombies—the dead returned to life. But we’re not the only ones. In a decision early last week,…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Labor & Employment Law
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