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Class Dismissed . . . But not Quite: Supreme Court to Review Appealability of Class Certification Denials When Plaintiffs Voluntarily Dismiss Case

Does a federal court have jurisdiction to review an order denying class certification after the named plaintiffs voluntarily dismiss their claims with prejudice? That is the question the Supreme Court will consider in Microsoft…more
| Civil Procedure

No Method to the Mootness: Ninth Circuit Rejects Allstate’s Effort to Moot Class Action Claims

On April 12, 2016, in Chen, et al. v. Allstate Insurance Co., No. 13-16816, the Ninth Circuit considered whether an unaccepted offer of judgment and tender of payment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 to fully settle—and…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection

FCC issues NPRM on TCPA Exemption for U.S. Government Debt

In response to a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Pub. L. No. 114-74), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the “Commission”) has promulgated a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the new…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking

FTC Targets “All Natural” and “100% Natural” Claims on Personal Care Products

As we have previously reported, FDA is currently seeking public comments on the use of the term “natural” on food labeling. The announcement came as a surprise since FDA had previously declined requests from consumers, the food…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

Keeping it in Court: Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Doesn’t Moot Class Claims

On April 6, 2016, the Third Circuit, in Weitzner v. Sanofi Pasteur, Inc., considered whether an offer of judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 moots a plaintiff’s entire action, including class claims, thereby…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law

Statute of Limitations Taking the Steam out of CPSC-Backed Enforcement Action

It is no secret that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is ramping up its efforts to enforce various aspects of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), especially the provisions about a company’s failure to…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

Defendants Secure Rare Summary Judgment in Zoloft MDL

In an unusual turn of events, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe recently granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to over 300 cases in the Zoloft MDL. These cases were consolidated in 2012 and involved allegations that…more
| Civil Procedure, Products Liability

California Court of Appeal Affirms Demurrer to Class Allegations Where Mobilehome Park Residents Lack Community of Interest

In Schermer v. Tatum, 245 Cal. App. 4th 912 (2016), the California Court of Appeal affirmed two important principles for class actions in California: (1) to have a community of interest, there must be a wrong that is truly…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Residential

Been There, Done That: Kohl’s Wins Dismissal of Copycat False Advertising Class Action

A California federal court recently denied a motion to certify a class of Kohl’s customers allegedly misled by false advertising, finding that plaintiff Wendy Chowning’s claim was a copycat of an earlier-filed case, Russell, et…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

What’s That Smell?: Eleventh Circuit Vacates Class Certification for Failure to Show Classwide Exposure to Misrepresentations in Electrolux Moldy Washer Case

On March 21, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit vacated a district court’s decision to grant class certification to California and Texas consumers claiming that Electrolux washing machines have a design defect that makes them prone to…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

No Tea Time for Class Action Plaintiffs: Class Certification Denied for Bigelow Green and Black Tea Drinkers

Northern District of California Judge William Orrick recently denied class certification in two food misbranding class actions challenging antioxidant claims for Bigelow green and black teas. Khasin v. R.C Bigelow Inc., Case No…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

Bimbo Bakeries Suit On Hold Pending Ninth Circuit Class Certification Appeals

We’ve recently reported on numerous district court—and even Ninth Circuit—stays in false advertising actions. Many of these stays have been based on FDA’s consideration of food labeling issues, such as those involving evaporated…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Battle of the Batteries: NAD Refers LEI Electronics Inc.’s Green Marketing Claims Regarding Its Eco Alkalines Batteries to FTC

The NAD recently referred certain green marketing claims made by LEI Electronics Inc. (LEI) regarding its Eco Alkalines batteries to the FTC after the company stated it would not comply with the NAD’s decision and…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Environmental Law

Seeing Double . . . or More: FTC Sends over 50 Warning Letters to Contact Lens Prescribers and Sellers

The FTC recently sent over 50 warning letters to contact lens prescribers and sellers warning them that they may be in violation of the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumer Act, 15 U.S.C. § 7601 et seq., and the Contact Lens Rule,…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Health

California Court of Appeal Weighs in on Enforceable “Browsewrap” Arbitration Agreements in ProFlowers Case

The California Court of Appeal (2d App. Dist., Div. 3) recently joined the ever-evolving body of case law addressing the enforceability of so-called “browsewrap” arbitration agreements. In Long v. Provide Commerce, Inc., —…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law
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