Consumer Fraud

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Asia-Pacific Litigation Update: July 2015

New Japanese Consumer Class-Action System. The Japan legislature enacted laws in late 2013 that will implement a new consumer class-action system in 2016, with the stated purpose of protecting consumers. Critics contend,...more

Standing after Neale: Third Circuit Clarifies Jurisdictional Standing and Predominance Analysis in Consumer Class Actions

On July 22, 2015, in Joanne Neale, et al. v. Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, et al., the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated and remanded the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey’s decision...more

Cyberclaim Coverage Denied: The TCPA Protects Privacy, Not Personally Identifiable Information

In Doctors Direct Ins., Inc. v. Beaute’ E’mergente, LLC, No. 1-14-2919 (Ill. App. Ct. June 22, 2015), an Illinois state appellate court recently affirmed that a medical malpractice liability insurer did not owe a duty to...more

Advertising Law - July 2015 #3

Harlem Globetrotters Get an Assist From CARU - In a rare loss, the Harlem Globetrotters agreed, at the direction of the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU), that their age-screening practices for the company's...more

11th Circuit: Rule 23 Trumps State Law Limitation on Class Actions

Dealing a blow to defendants facing consumer fraud litigation in the 11th Circuit, the court of appeals for that circuit has reinstated a class action under the Alabama Deceptive Trade Practice Act (ADTPA), despite that the...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Conviction in Virginia Bank Fraud Case

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed convictions for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and other related charges against three former executives of the Bank of the Commonwealth. In 2008, the...more

A Tale of Two Annuities: Exchange of Variable for Fixed Annuity Integral in SLUSA Dismissal

After attending an annuity seminar, Robert and Diane Ruud exchanged their variable annuity for a fixed annuity sold by PHL Variable. According to the Ruuds, seminar provider John Friendshuh represented the fixed annuity as...more

NJ Appellate Division Refuses Ascertainability Analysis in “Low-Value” Consumer Class Actions

Action Item: The New Jersey Appellate Division for the first time reviews the rapidly developing ascertainability doctrine and holds that the doctrine does not apply to low value consumer fraud class actions, setting the...more

Consumer Class Actions Against Liquor Producers Follow Familiar Path

Plaintiffs’ class action attorneys tend to follow trends. They are a savvy breed of attorney, at once creative and lazy (or efficient, depending on one’s perspective). One attorney discovers a statute, claim, or industry, and...more

Wait A Minute, Mr. Postman: Tenth Circuit Applies Statutory-Violation Exclusion To Junk Fax Claims That Try To Skirt The TCPA

Enacted in 1991, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (TCPA), inaugurated the era of “junk fax” class actions, in which recipients of mass fax advertisements may pursue statutory damages of $500 per class...more

FTC Settles with Retail Tracking Company that Made Privacy Policy Promises It Couldn’t Keep

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission announced its first settlement with a retail tracking company, resolving allegations that Nomi Technologies, Inc., a micro-location platform that provides analytics services to...more

Watts v. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation - Court of Appeals Rejects “Learned Intermediary” Product Liability Doctrine in...

Plaintiff’s doctor prescribed Solodyn, manufactured and distributed by Medicis, for her chronic acne. Plaintiff used the medicine for twenty weeks, and then was prescribed and took another twenty weeks’ worth. Plaintiff...more

Plaintiff Gets Burned By Article III in Sunblock Class Action

Can a plaintiff sue in federal court for consumer fraud when he never purchased and never used the product? This is not a trick question, and the obvious answer is also the correct answer. No, he can’t. But the point...more

Mandatory Arbitration Undercutting Consumer Rights?

New Jersey businesses may face increased litigation if proposed legislation to bar mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts is made law. The proposed bill – recommended for passage by the Assembly Consumer Affairs...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Federal judge declines to dismiss olive oil consumer class actions. A US...more

Second Circuit Affirms Certification of Consumer Debt Collection Class, Distinguishing Comcast v. Behrend

These cases, on a consolidated appeal, involved three defendants: a company that purchased consumer debts, a debt collection law firm, and a process server. Plaintiffs had each been sued in various debt collection actions by...more

Industry Trade Groups Urge Congress to Pass Legislation to Protect Consumers from Data Breaches

On February 12, seven industry trade associations co-authored a letter to Congress regarding anticipated data breach legislation. The letter urges Congress to protect its constituents from the impact of identity theft and...more

Consumer Protection Laws Prohibit Anti-Gay Discrimination?

A recent ruling in a New Jersey consumer fraud case may signal a new strategy for combating some forms anti-gay discrimination. In Ferguson v. JONAH, Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. prohibited the defendant, a gay-to-straight...more

Arizona Applies Consumer Fraud Act to Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Arizona has joined two other states in applying its consumer fraud law to pharmaceutical manufacturers. The Arizona Court of Appeals decision came in a products liability action against Medicis Corporation, related to a...more

No Representation Without Substantiation? What POM Wonderful v. FTC Means for Consumer Class Actions

POM Wonderful vs. FTC in DC Court of AppealsIn this first post of a two-part series, we take a closer look at last Friday’s decision in POM Wonderful v. FTC by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which has...more

New Jersey Requires Encryption for Health Insurance Carriers; May Open Door to Class Action Suits over Violations Under State...

Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law S. 562, which, as its title states, “Requires health insurance carriers to encrypt certain information.” Violation of this new law constitutes a facial violation of the New...more

District Court Dismisses Class Action Against Payday Lender

On December 29, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware dismissed a class action accusing a payday lender of consumer fraud. Zieger v. Advance America, No. 13-cv-1614 (D. Del. Dec. 29, 2014). Filed in 2013, the...more

PCI-DSS 3.0's Focus on the Data Security Practices of Service Providers

Preventing the unauthorized access to and fraudulent use of credit and debit cards has been a high priority of the payment card industry for years. As the threat environment evolves, so too do the applicable data security...more

ABA Petitions FCC To Allow Security And Fraud Alerts To Customers Without Consent

On October 14, the ABA submitted a petition to the FCC requesting that it exercise its statutory authority to allow financial institutions to send consumers certain security and fraud alerts without the consumers’ prior...more

Third Circuit Rejects Class Certification in Yet Another Consumer Case

Consistent with its recent emphasis on the stringency of class certification requirements in consumer cases, the Third Circuit recently affirmed the denial of class certification in a consumer case involving alleged...more

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