Putative Class Actions

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Accurate Net Weight Disclosures May Defeat Slack-Fill Claims in California

Last April, we reported on Ebner v. Fresh, Inc., in which a Ninth Circuit panel held that the plaintiff failed to state a claim that Sugar lip balm packaging was misleading because it contained non-functional “slack-fill.”...more

Another judge rules Starbucks doesn't deceive with its ice

In a recent post about the rise in so-called “slack-fill” litigation, we discussed a California district court’s dismissal of a highly publicized lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed that Starbucks’ iced beverages contained...more

TCPA Connect - October 2016

New Record Deal Reached in TCPA Settlement - In what could be the largest Telephone Consumer Protection Act settlement yet, a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois signed off on a deal requiring three cruise...more

Defending Class Actions in 2016

I thought readers might find helpful some broader observations on strategies for defending class actions in 2016... Dig in Deep Early: Some defense counsel are accustomed to the practice of filing a motion to dismiss...more

Advertising Law - October 2016 #2

No Shades of Gray in Order Banning Supplement Claims - In a case based on a referral from the National Advertising Division, the Federal Trade Commission obtained summary judgment and a final order against an advertiser...more

Florida Court Deals Big Blow to Plaintiffs Challenging Rural Electric Cooperatives - Ruling Involved Patronage Capital Case Filed...

Since April 2014, seven cases have been filed in Florida against rural electric cooperatives regarding the distribution of patronage capital. In each of these putative class action cases, the plaintiff – a customer and member...more

Barnes & Noble Data Breach Class Action Dismissed

On Monday, October 3, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a putative class action lawsuit concerning a 2012 data breach at Barnes & Noble, Inc. (“B&N”) during which hackers obtained...more

The Tenth Circuit Affirmed Decision That Two Putative Class Actions Must Be Arbitrated

This dispute involves two cable subscribers (Andrew Alwert and Stanley Freedman) who filed putative class actions against Cox Communications Inc. for allegedly tying monthly set-top box payments to its premium cable services....more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - October 2016

Supreme Court to Review Credit Card Surcharge Statutes - Why it matters: In an effort to resolve a conflict between Circuits, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a challenge to New York’s credit card...more

Guidance on Deceptive Advertising Claims from 9th Circuit

Key Points - - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found that Dole’s “All Natural” food labels on products containing synthetic ingredients could be misleading to a reasonable consumer. - The 9th...more

Avoiding Close Calls: Sixth Circuit’s Galaria v. Nationwide Decision Offers Valuable Pleading Tips

The Sixth Circuit’s split decision last month finding Article 3 standing in a data breach case is the first of its kind post-Spokeo. See Galaria v. Nationwide Nos. 15-3386/3387 (6th Cir. Sept. 12, 2016) (unpublished). It is...more

Skin in the Game: Video Game Publisher Dodges Teenage Gambling Suit, But Must Address State Regulator Concerns

On October 4, 2016, a federal court dismissed a putative class action against Valve Corporation (“Valve”) regarding its popular eSports game, Counter Strike Global Offensive (“CS:GO”). Specifically, the class claimed Valve...more

Going Au Naturel: New York Federal Judge’s Recent Decision Represents the Increasing Class Action Litigation Risks of “Natural”...

In today’s competitive food and beverage industry, product labeling plays a significant role in marketing. Labels touting a product’s “natural” ingredients or health benefits allow manufacturers to charge a premium for their...more

Judge Trims Homeopathic Claims in “All Natural” Nutramarks Case

On September 12, 2016, Southern District of California Judge Barry Moskowitz granted defendants’ motion to dismiss several of plaintiffs’ claims in the putative class action Hammock v. Nutramarks, Case No. 15cv2056 BTM (NLS)....more

Agree to Arbitrate Representative Issues Much?

Seyfarth Synopsis: When the California Supreme Court said no to PAGA waivers in its 2014 Iskanian ruling, we asked whether employers would boldly go where few have gone before and implement arbitration agreements requiring...more

Product Liability Update: October 2016

Massachusetts Federal Court Dismisses Putative Class Action Because Defendant’s Unconditional Checks for Named Plaintiff’s Maximum Damages, Even Though Uncashed, Mooted Suit - In Demmler v. ACH Food Companies, Civil No....more

IT Workers Lose Class Certification Battle

Perhaps no field of class action litigation in California is more fraught with complex certification issues than determining whether the administrative exemption applies to network, internet, and database administrators or...more

Third Circuit Applies Presumption of Timeliness to Pre-Certification Motion to Intervene as Class Representative

This case concerned a federal antitrust class action involving a proposed class of Class 8 truck purchasers who alleged a conspiracy by several truck transmission suppliers and manufacturers to raise prices by eliminating...more

Divided Third Circuit Panel Holds That Waiver Of Arbitration Clause Does Not Apply To Futile Arguments

On July 13, 2016, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit panel held that an arbitration clause is not waived simply because a party failed to raise a futile argument. The case arose out of a putative class action...more

District Courts Find Impermissible “Fail-Safe” Class Definitions But Deny Motions to Strike Class Allegations

Two recent decisions from the Eastern District of Illinois involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), decided a day apart, provided valuable insight as how this court will respond to motions to strike class...more

Second Circuit Affirms Exclusion of Certain Foreign Purchasers and Purchases from Securities Class Action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a lengthy opinion today in the long-running In re Vivendi, S.A. Securities Litigation, affirming the jury’s verdict on liability and addressing issues about loss...more

Nothing Shady Where State Statutory Language Restricting Class Actions is Clear

Six years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court stated in a plurality opinion that “Rule 23 unambiguously authorizes any plaintiff, in any federal proceeding, to maintain a class action if the Rule’s requirements are met” — even if the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.26.16

The Deal Professor weighs in on Yahoo’s announcement last week of the hack of roughly 500 million of its customers’ data and the specter of the MAC (material adverse change) that Verizon may choose to invoke to dance away...more

6th Circuit “Stands” Up for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Suit

A recent decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lowers the threshold for standing in data breach cases, giving data breach victims an easier path to sue the companies from which their data was stolen. Adam Frey...more

Advertising Law - September 2016 #3

Consumer Groups Urge FTC Action on Influencers - Consumer groups are urging the Federal Trade Commission to review comments by social media influencers for possible violations of the agency's guidance regarding...more

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