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Supreme Court of Illinois Says Courts Can Decide ARES Rate Disputes

Courts – not the ICC – have jurisdiction over rate cases involving an ARES, said the Supreme Court of Illinois.[1] In a unanimous opinion written by Chief Justice Karmeier, the Court in December answered the Seventh Circuit’s...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2016"

This is the 14th 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 issued...more

Fraudster Beware: Your Scheme to Defraud Could be a Federal Crime if it Involves a Bank

Normally, a scheme to defraud another individual would be a state crime, prosecuted and sentenced at the state level (leaving aside use of U.S. mail or wires). To be convicted of the state crime of fraud usually requires...more

New actions based on ‘nothing artificial’ labels may be halted as FDA redefines ‘natural’

I previously wrote about Thornton v. Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, No. 4:16-CV-00158-JAR, in which the Eastern District of Missouri refused to dismiss a consumer fraud claim based on “nothing artificial” labels on boxes of Duncan...more

FTC and Florida AG Announce Settlements in Alleged Fraudulent Debt Relief Scheme

On November 30, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Attorney General (AG) announced several settlements totaling approximately $27 million in an alleged fraudulent credit card debt reduction scheme. In a...more

Expansion of Liability in Product Labeling Cases

An unprecedented surge in consumer fraud lawsuits over the last several years has consumers and lawyers closely scrutinizing product labels and advertisements. While many of these claims challenge the veracity of “Organic,”...more

Missouri appellate court rejects ‘ingredient list’ defense in food labeling case

As Missouri’s reputation as a plaintiff-friendly venue increases, a state appellate court has dealt a blow to food manufacturers facing suits under the state’s consumer fraud statute regarding claims made on their products’...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Fall 2016"

This is the 13th 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 issued...more

The New Jersey Appellate Division Confirms that TCCWNA Applies Only to “Consumers”

In the wake of a flood of consumer class-action lawsuits under the New Jersey Truth-In-Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”), the New Jersey Appellate Division recently put the brakes on plaintiffs’ lawyers in...more

Consumer Fraud Allegations For A Prescription Medical Device Do Not Pass The Test

When we think of prescription medical devices, we usually think of the sorts of devices that are implanted during surgery and tend to end up in litigation—artificial joints, pacemakers, surgical meshes, and bone cements, to...more

Privacy Tip #50 – FTC Issues Brochure on 10 Ways to Avoid Fraud

With more and more information online, it is easy to accumulate a lot of information about individuals just by using a search engine. Scammers use online information to build profiles of victims and then use different scams...more

Eighth Circuit Privacy Class Action Fails to Clear Second Hurdle

In Carlsen v. GameStop Inc., plaintiff ­– a paid subscriber to defendant’s online gaming magazine – brought a putative class action lawsuit against defendant for alleged breach of its privacy policy by disclosing plaintiff’s...more

Third Circuit Rejects Inflated-Value Theory of Damages, Declines to Certify Law School Tuition Class

The Third Circuit recently affirmed the denial of class certification in a suit alleging that a law school made misrepresentations about the employment status of its graduates, thereby inducing students to pay inflated...more

Third Circuit Rejects Class Certification for Widener Law Grads

A panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals refused to allow class certification for a group of Widener University School of Law Graduates who allege that the law school inflated postgraduate employment rate statistics in...more

The Problem with Prospective Injunctive Relief

There are several practices in class action litigation that really only work if you squint real hard and accept that, as a practical if not a doctrinal matter, class actions are just “different” than other litigation. These...more

Well-Drafted Privacy Policy Saves the Day for GameStop

This Tuesday, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Minnesota federal district court’s dismissal of a website user’s lawsuit and prospective class action involving the privacy policy and information sharing practices...more

Controversial New Jersey Consumer Protection Law Creates a Potential “Gotcha” for E-Commerce Companies

If your company is involved in selling products or services to consumers in New Jersey over the web or through mobile apps, you’ll want to read this blog post....more

Why the TCCWNA Matters to Retailers in New Jersey - New Wave of Consumer Class Actions Likely to Continue Despite Recent Progress...

The New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA), N.J.S.A. 56:12-14 et seq., was enacted in 1981 by the New Jersey Legislature to address a growing trend of calculated deception in the consumer...more

California Plaintiffs Say that Size Matters: Consumer Fraud Class Action Challenges Slack-Fill in Protein Products

According to named plaintiffs in a consumer fraud action filed in December in the Southern District of California, size matters when making it comes to making a purchase. In fact, Plaintiffs claim that the average consumer’s...more

Privacy Tip #32 – Online banking privacy

I am no doubt one of the few individuals in the world that does not have an online banking account. I just know too much. Although banks have some of the highest security measures of any industry, they are also prime targets...more

Sharp Increase in NJ Consumer Class Actions as Company Websites Targeted

A formerly obscure, 35-year-old New Jersey statute is increasingly taking its place as the claim of choice for class action lawyers suing consumer-facing companies. Most recently, plaintiffs' lawyers are using the ambiguous...more

TPPs Fail to Put Their Money Where Their (Litigation) Mouth Is and Lose

In third party payor litigation over prescription medical products, we have often marveled at the causation arguments that plaintiffs have offered and the willingness of some courts to accept collective proof over what really...more

New Jersey Appellate Division Reverses Class Certification in TGI Friday’s Consumer Fraud Class Action

Action Item: The Superior Court of New Jersey - Appellate Division reversed a trial court’s class certification decision in a consumer class action arising from whether TGI Friday’s decision to not post drink prices on its...more

Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Finding of Consumer Fraud Act Violation in Sales Tax Overcollection Case

The Illinois Appellate Court recently affirmed a finding for a plaintiff individual, upholding the circuit court’s conclusion that defendant Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Sears) violated the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business...more

Third Circuit Blows Whistle on Suit Challenging Super Bowl Ticket Lottery

A panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a class-action lawsuit that sought to challenge the method by which the National Football League distributed tickets to last year’s Super Bowl...more

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