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Advertising in MA: Can Consumers Bring Class Actions for ‘Deceptive’ Advertising that has Neither Deceived Nor Harmed Them?

If your company advertises and sells products in Massachusetts, it could be subjected to a class action lawsuit by Massachusetts consumers who purchased one of its products if the consumers can show that a reasonable person...more

D.C. Circuit Tosses Consumer Complaint Following Spokeo

On July 26, 2016, the D.C. Circuit rejected a consumer class action complaint based on alleged violations of two D.C. consumer protection statutes. Citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No....more

2 for 1—Private and Government Actions Regarding Price Comparisons

Amazon made recent news for pricing items without stating a list price or whether an article was on sale or was offered at a discounted cost. The policy was based on the idea that Amazon's numerous Prime members would buy...more

Switching Consumer Device to Ad-Supported Environment Is Not Deceptive under New York Law

If your company sells a smart device to a consumer, can it later turn the device into a paid advertising platform? Can it do so without advanced disclosure?  A recent court ruling suggests the answer is “yes,” at least in New...more

Second Circuit: Aluminum End Users Lack Antitrust Standing; Price Manipulation Claims Against Traders and Warehouses Foiled

Last week, in In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (“Second Circuit”) rejected a claim by certain downstream end-users of aluminum that their price manipulation...more

The SEC Retains its House Advantage During Administrative Proceedings

Amendments to the Rules of Practice Do Little to Address Criticism that the Deck is Stacked - Facing pressure from industry practitioners and in the wake of constitutional challenges in multiple jurisdictions, the...more

One of the Largest Member Clubs in Singapore Is Liquidated

California Fitness’s closure has left many consumers who have purchased prepaid packages without any remedies. On 20 July, California Fitness, which was once fronted by action movie star Jackie Chan, announced that it...more

SEC Adopts Additional Rules Related to Security-Based Swap Transaction Reporting

On July 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules focused on greater transparency in security-based swap transactions, relying on mandates in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act....more

Payment Processor Hit With CFPB Action

A payment processor and two executives were the subject of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) action, with the Bureau charging that the defendants enabled their clients to make unauthorized withdrawals from...more

A Tall Drink of Water: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Costco VitaRain Class Action on Plausibility and Causation Grounds

On May 5, 2016, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision to dismiss, without leave to amend, a class action complaint alleging a violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act against Costco for the...more

PayPal Reaches Settlement With Texas Over Venmo Privacy and Security Disclosures

Venmo is a peer-to-peer mobile payments service that PayPal acquired in 2013. Users can transfer money to another person using a mobile or web application (e.g., send money to a friend to split the cost of dinner). On May 20,...more

Man Claims Marijuana Made Him A Killer: The Increasing Scope of Product Liability in the Cannabis Industry: Kirk v. Nutritional...

Like the rest of the manufacturing world, cannabis Industry participants are beginning to face product liability risk following the legalization of marijuana. Last week, three sons of a woman killed by their father during an...more

Michigan Consumer Protection Act Claims Do Not Require Proof of Intent to Deceive

Because the Michigan Consumer Protection Act (MCPA) was derivative of common law fraud, many have argued that all claims brought under the MCPA require a plaintiff to prove fraud-like elements in order to create liability...more

CFPB Announces $2.5 Million Fine, Compliance Monitoring for Deceptive Debt Collection Practices

On April 25, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) entered into consent orders with a debt collection law firm, two of the firm’s principal partners, and New Century Financial Services, Inc., a company that...more

Unfair contract terms and the consequences thereof under the CPA

One of the chief objectives of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (CPA) is to promote a fair, accessible and sustainable marketplace for consumer products and services. The CPA establishes national norms and standards...more

ACL Review to Consider the Adequacy of Consumer Laws for Comparator Websites

The ACL is a national set of consumer protection laws that has operated in Australia since 1 January 2011. The ACL is a schedule to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). CAANZ will conduct a comprehensive review...more

Please Hang Up: Court Dismisses Certified Prepaid Wireless Services Class Action Contract, Gift Card Regulation Claims

In Sankar v. Bell Mobility Inc., the Ontario Court of Appeal (Court) granted summary judgment dismissing a certified class action against Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell) related to prepaid wireless services credits. The Court found...more

Fraudulent Dietary Supplements Highlighted in the 2016 National Consumer Protection Week

In case you hadn’t heard about it or didn’t get involved in any of the events hosted by various campaign members, the week of March 6-12 was National Consumer Protection Week. Besides the usual efforts to educate the public...more

Opt-out class actions in the UK – off the blocks, on a mobility scooter

A new opt-out class action regime was introduced into the UK on 1 October 2015 under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the "CRA"). Since then, practitioners have been waiting patiently; intrigued to see when the first claim would...more

UK Regulator Calls for Input on Retained Provisions of the Consumer Credit Act

The Financial Conduct Authority issued a Call for Input on the retained provisions of the Consumer Credit Act. Responsibility for regulating consumer credit markets was transferred to the FCA in April 2014. The aim of the...more

De Minimis Principle Returns to Class Actions in Quebec

In our November 2015 Blakes Bulletin: De Minimis Rule is Back in the Context of Class Actions, we analyzed the Sofio c. Organisme canadien de réglementation du commerce des valeurs mobilières (Sofio) decision of the Court of...more

Financial Services Legislation: 2015 in Review and What to Expect in 2016

To the surprise of many, Congress passed a number of financial services bills in 2015, including six that amended the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010....more

Regulating “Alternative Financial Services” in Ontario

Earlier this month, the Minister of Government and Consumer Services introduced Bill 156, the Alternative Financial Services Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015 (Bill 156). Bill 156, if enacted, would amend the Consumer...more

Administrative Monetary Penalties and New Exemptions for Debt Collectors

Earlier this month, the Minister of Government and Consumer Services introduced Bill 156, the Alternative Financial Services Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015 (Bill 156). Bill 156, if enacted, would amend, among other...more

Washington Consumer Protection Act Held Available to Out-of-State Consumers

Non-Washington consumers may bring a CPA claim against Washington businesses and against non-Washington businesses operating through Washington agents. A Washington nexus is still required, and agency remains a question of...more

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