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Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine

Texas Supreme Court Discusses Primary Jurisdiction For Environmental Contamination Claims

On April 28, the Texas Supreme Court, affirming the Court of Appeals of Texas, First District, sitting in Houston, issued a unanimous ruling in the case of Forest Oil Corporation v. El Rucio Land and Cattle Company, Inc., et...more

Two Federal Courts Dismiss ADA Website Accessibility Claim

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In the last two months, at least two federal district courts have dismissed website accessibility lawsuits filed against private companies under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), proving that this issue continues...more

The Viability of the “Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine” Defense and Other Ways to Stem the Tide of Food & Beverage Class Actions

by King & Spalding on

As our readers are well aware, in the past decade, food and beverage manufacturers have faced an unrelenting onslaught of putative class actions challenging allegedly false or misleading labels. In the January 2016 issue, we...more

FDA Guidance on Evaporated Cane Juice Not So Sweet for Class-Action Defendants

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In recent years, a boomlet of litigation – primarily in California – has arisen regarding the product known as “evaporated cane juice” or “ECJ.” The product – made by extracting fluid from crushed sugar cane, clarifying the...more

Legal Update: Evaporated Cane Juice

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In recent years, a boomlet of litigation – primarily in California – has arisen regarding the product known as “evaporated cane juice” or “ECJ.” The product – made by extracting fluid from crushed sugar cane, clarifying the...more

State-vs.-State Unclaimed Property Dispute May be Heading to the Supreme Court

by Alston & Bird on

In March, we issued an advisory highlighting a lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department against the State of Delaware in federal district court seeking to recover uncashed official checks escheated to Delaware by...more

Important Court Decision For No-Fault Insurers -- Federal Court Rejects Argument To Limit Insurers’ Right To Seek Judicial Relief...

We are pleased to inform you of a very favorable recent caselaw development in the no-fault insurance area, in which our firm played a significant role. Specifically, on March 24, 2016, in the case of Liberty Mutual Fire...more

Price Optimization Class Actions Produce First Rulings

by Carlton Fields on

In recent weeks, two courts ruled on motions to dismiss the first wave of class action lawsuits based on alleged price optimization of auto insurance rates. In both Stevenson v. Allstate Ins. Co., No. 15-cv-04788 (N.D. Cal....more

Ninth Circuit Revives Chobani Yogurt Action, But Puts Claims on Ice and Leaves Questions Unanswered

There has been much recent discussion of the primary jurisdiction doctrine, as well as stay motions based on the doctrine, related to FDA’s review of its evaporated cane juice (ECJ) draft guidance. Now, in its recent...more

Court Stays Away from Trans Fat in General Mills Case

A recent decision from the Central District of California demonstrates the challenges serial plaintiffs may have with pursuing similar class actions and showcases the primary jurisdiction doctrine. On December 29, 2015, in...more

Harvard and MIT: A Decision Is Here! (Sort Of)

Long after the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Statements of Interest (SOI) were filed in June of 2015 in the cases involving Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), touching off a flood of...more

Injunctive Relief Claims Lead to Defense Opportunities

by Reed Smith on

It’s not all that common, but every now and then our opponents feel their oats and seek injunctive relief – usually against the continued marketing of an FDA-approved product. A state-law plaintiff seeking such injunctive...more

A Sea Change on the Horizon for California’s Food Court? FDA Calls for Comment on Use of the Term “Natural” for Food Products

by King & Spalding on

At long last, FDA has called for public comment from the food and beverage industry, citizens, and other stakeholders on the use of the term “natural” on food labeling. As many readers of this newsletter know all too well,...more

Wisconsin District Court Extends Stay in TCPA Case Pending Judicial Review of FCC Order

by Burr & Forman on

In Gensel v. Performant Technologies, Inc., No. 13-C-1196, 2015 WL 6158072, (E.D. Wisc. Oct. 20, 2015), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted Performant Technologies, Inc.’s (“Performant”)...more

Putting A Lotion Claim In The Primary Jurisdiction Basket

by Reed Smith on

When Jame Gumb urged his captive to put lotion on her skin, he was not concerned with improving its firmness. While Buffalo Bill from "Silence of the Lambs" may not be who most would think about when reading Franz v....more

How To Handle Homeopathy?

by Reed Smith on

Search for “homeopathy” on the Internet, and one quickly discovers that this particular form of “alternative medicine,” does not have the greatest reputation. Wikipedia, not always an unimpeachable source, but usually OK for...more

Business Litigation Reporter - May 2015

by Goodwin on

Lawsuit Dismissed Where Defendant Hulu Did Not “Knowingly” Disclose Personal Identifying Information. In In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation, 2015 WL 1503506 (N.D. Cal. March 31, 2015), the plaintiffs alleged that Hulu had...more

Weird "Science" = Preemption

by Reed Smith on

Here at the DDL Blog, we write from time to time on food litigation. You might think it’s out of left field, and sometimes we even justify our food posts by pointing out that the “F” in FDCA stands for “Food.” But we need...more

Recent Ninth Circuit Decisions in False Advertising Consumer Class Action Cases May Prevent Preemption and Relegate the Primary...

In two recent decisions, Reid v. Johnson & Johnson, __ F.3d __, Case No. 12-56726 (9th Cir. March 13, 2015) and Astiana v. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., __ F.3d __, Case No. 12-17596 (9th Cir. April 10, 2015), the Ninth...more

Harsh Justice

by Carlton Fields on

Concerned that its own decision might have "the potential to conflict" with that of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, a Pennsylvania federal court relied on the primary jurisdiction doctrine to dismiss a putative class...more

Courts Still Searching for Sweet Spot in “Evaporated Cane Juice” Cases: Confusion Over Applicability of Primary Jurisdiction to...

May 2014 was an active month for evaporated cane juice (“ECJ”) litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Six courts issued opinions that involved the application of the primary...more

Sweet(ener) Confusion: Court Divide Over Role of Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine in “Evaporated Cane Juice” Cases Grows

In Swearingen v. Santa Cruz Natural, Inc., No. C 13-04291 (N.D. Cal. April 2, 2014), Judge Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted defendant’s motion to dismiss based on the primary...more

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