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Jelly Beans Contain Sugar - The Continuing Saga of Evaporated Cane Juice Litigation

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In February, plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit in California against candy maker Jelly Belly on behalf of consumers who purchased jelly beans marketed as “Sport Beans.” They claimed that Jelly Belly used the phrase...more

An Important New Decision On Substantial Aggravating Circumstances

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

North Carolina courts regularly dismiss claims for violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 where the allegations amount to nothing more than a breach of contract. A recent decision by Judge Adam M. Conrad of the North...more

Sweet as Candy? Sugarfina takes Competitor to Court

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

On June 15th, Sugarfina Inc. (“Sugarfina”), a gourmet candy boutique, sued one of its competitors, Sweet Pete’s LLC (“Sweet Pete’s”), accusing Sweet Pete’s of trade dress, copyright, trademark, and patent infringement, as...more

New York Bank Must Face Class Action Over Transaction Ordering

A New York bank was unable to dodge a lawsuit accusing it of violations of state consumer protection law in the way it ordered customer transactions....more

11th Circuit Hears Oral Argument in LabMD Case

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, sitting in Miami, heard oral argument in the case of LabMD, Inc. v. Federal Trade Commission, No. 16-16270. ...more

Can Extensive Regulations Bar A Claim For Unfair Trade Practices?

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

An alleged violation of N.C.G.S. Section 75-1.1 is a staple of business litigation in North Carolina. A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit addresses an important question about the law on...more

Prepaid Card Company to Pay $53M to Settle FTC Charges

A prepaid card company agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $53 million to settle charges that the company tricked consumers about access to their funds....more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #3

FDA Delays Compliance Date for Nutrition Facts Labeling - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will postpone the deadline for food companies to use a revised Nutrition Facts label on packaged...more

Court Tosses CFPB Suit Against Payment Processor

A payment processor scored a victory against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) when a North Dakota federal court dismissed the Bureau's lawsuit for failing to plead facts sufficient to support the conclusion...more

How To Win Attorney Fees When Defending An Unfair-Trade-Practices Claim

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

A prevailing defendant on a claim for violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 can obtain attorney fees, but the bar is high. The defendant must show that the plaintiff knew or should have known that the action was both...more

Supreme Court Decides Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., No. 16–349, holding that a company may collect debts that it purchased for its own account without triggering the statutory definition of...more

Henson v. Santander: Resolving Circuit Split, Supreme Court Holds Debt Buyer Not a Debt Collector under FDCPA

by Locke Lord LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc., 2017 WL 2507342, ruled that purchasing and then collecting a defaulted debt does not, standing alone, make an entity a “debt collector” as defined by the Fair...more

SCOTUS’s FDCPA Opinion in Henson v. Santander: It’s Not Debt Collection When You Own It

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc.—Justice Gorsuch’s first as a Supreme Court Justice. The question presented was whether “individuals and entities...more

3 Reasons Every Company Should Have a Business Transfer Clause in its Privacy Policy

Customer data is an extremely valuable business asset. It influences how companies communicate with customers, understand purchasing preferences, track time spent interacting with the brand, and identify habits and trends...more

Athletic Tape Manufacturer Settles False Advertising Litigation for $1.75 Million

by Reed Smith on

A class action lawsuit recently settled with KT Health LLC and KT Health Holdings LLC (“KT Health”). The plaintiffs alleged that certain advertising claims regarding KT Health’s KT Tape or “kinesio tape” was false and...more

Mobile Apps: Key Privacy, Security and Data Collection Considerations

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past three years, mobile application usage in the U.S. has increased by 111%, and over 50% of digital media consumption in the U.S. is now through mobile apps. As consumer use of mobile apps continues to rise, the...more

Court Upholds Over $6 Million in Civil Penalties for Unfair Business Practices and False Advertising

In The People v. Overstock.com, Inc. (No. A141613 filed June 2, 2017), Division Four of the First Appellate District affirmed a trial court judgment against Overstock for injunctive relief and over $6 million in civil...more

Healthcare Law Update: June 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Medicaid - Florida's Medicaid Third-Party Liability Act Pre-empted by Federal Law - By Eddie Williams - In Gallardo v. Dudek, Sec. of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, No. 4:16cv116-MW/CAS, 2017 WL...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - May 26th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending May 26, 2017 is below. A short, but significant update this week. Bi-Partisan Legislation Introduced to Stop Online Booking Scams [OTA]. In an effort to curb...more

The Right to Seclusion of Personal Facts vs. Public Opinion

Unhappy with the valuation determination by Zillow’s Zestimates, a builder and related parties have initiated a class action suit against Zillow Inc. and Zillow Group, for class action complaint for (a) violation of the...more

Proposed Consumer Contracts Restatement Critiqued at ALI Annual Meeting

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

At the American Law Institute (ALI) annual meeting in Washington, DC on May 22-24th, members had the opportunity to review a discussion draft of the Restatement of the Law Third, Consumer Contracts. The draft is the result...more

Federal district court refuses to dismiss CFPB lawsuit against law firms and attorneys for unlawful debt relief practices

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A California federal district court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the CFPB in January 2017 against several law firms and attorneys alleging that the defendants violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and...more

What NC Community Associations Need to Know about Fair Debt Collection

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Nearly all Community Associations ("Associations") must cope with owners who fail or refuse to pay their periodic assessments (also known as "Dues"). When this happens, the Association, typically acting through its property...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | May 2017

Senators Call For Removal of Dioxane from Cosmetic Products - U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer (DN. Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (DN. Y.) have petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit detectable levels of 1,4dioxane...more

Navient Attacks CFPB UDAAP Enforcement Without Implementing Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

One of the hallmarks of the CFPB’s enforcement actions has been its use of those actions to announce new legal standards. Navient attacks this enforcement strategy in its motion to dismiss a recent case brought against it by...more

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