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New Jersey Supreme Court Rejects Class Certification of TCCWNA Claims in Drink Price Actions

by K&L Gates LLP on

Amidst the significant increase in consumer class action litigation under New Jersey’s Truth in Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA” or the “Act”), the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that TCCWNA claims could...more

Arbitration Provision TKOs Class Action Lawsuit by Online Viewer of Mayweather/McGregor Fight

Boxing fan Victor Mallh, attempting to take a class action swing at Showtime Networks for failures in its livestream broadcast of the Mayweather/McGregor fight in August of this year, will have to pursue his claim in...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | November 2017 #2

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Senators Urge USDA to Implement GMO Labeling - Several Democratic senators, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), have sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging Secretary Sonny Perdue to...more

Houston Court of Appeals Finds Pre-PSA Emails Created Binding Contract

by Winstead PC on

The use of email in modern transactions is pervasive. Few negotiating parties consider, however, the possibility that those emails may create a binding obligation when the transaction requires finalization through a formal...more

Employment Law - October 2017

Employer Bound by Oral Contract, California Appellate Court Affirms - Why it matters - Upholding an oral contract, the California Court of Appeal agreed with an employee that she should be paid a commission for certain...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #3

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

FDA Warns Snyder’s-Lance About Iron Content Labels - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. about the iron content of its Lance Toast Chee Crackers. The letter...more

Finding Foreign Service Difficult? Look for the Defendant on Facebook

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Your company has entered into a contract with a smaller, foreign company to do business. While your relationship starts off strong, it quickly sours when you discover that the smaller company’s quality standards do not meet...more

Cracking Open a Cold One: Plaintiffs’ False Advertising Suit Against Brewer Survives Dismissal

by Reed Smith on

Earlier this year, two plaintiffs launched a putative class action against Portland-based Craft Brew Alliance, the fifth largest brewing company in the U.S. and parent company of Kona Brewing Co. Craft Brew acquired Kona in...more

Food For Thought: Liability-Only Class Certification Denied For Claims That “No Sugar Added” Juice Labels Misled Consumers Into...

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff’s putative class action alleged that defendant Mott’s violated FDA regulations and California’s Sherman Law and Unfair Competition Law when it labeled and sold its 100 percent apple juice with the label “No Sugar...more

TCCWNA Is Not On The Menu: The New Jersey Supreme Court Weakens TCCWNA’s Use in Class Actions in Restaurant Cases

by Locke Lord LLP on

The New Jersey Supreme Court, by its decision in Dugan v. TGI Fridays, Inc., No. A-92-15, 2017 WL 4399352 (N.J. 2017),1 has provided businesses the latest tool in defending putative class actions under New Jersey’s...more

Claim Dismissed Against Brand For Deceptive Label, But Retailer May Still Pay - Eidelman v. Sun Prod. Corp., No. 16-cv-3914 (NSR)...

by Carlton Fields on

A negligent misrepresentation claim against laundry detergent brand The Sun Products Corp., for an allegedly deceptive label was dismissed by a New York federal district judge, while an unjust enrichment claim against...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Claim That Amazon’s Terms and Conditions Are an Unconscionable Contract

In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that had sent a putative class action against Amazon over its pricing practices to arbitration, as per Amazon’s terms of service. (Wiseley v....more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017

OIG Report Suggests Improvements to FSMA Enforcement - A report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...more

Rulings, Orders, Settlements – October 9, 2017

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Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Class Action Involving Healthfulness of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - Traction v. Viva Labs, Inc., No. 3:16-cv-02772 (S.D. Cal.): The Court issued an order denying Defendant’s motion to dismiss...more

LinkedIn Files Opening Brief with Ninth Circuit in Closely-Watched Data Scraping Dispute with hiQ

In a new development in an important scraping dispute, LinkedIn appealed the lower court’s decision to grant a preliminary injunction compelling LinkedIn to disable any technical measures it had employed to block the...more

New Filings – October 2, 2017

by Perkins Coie on

Kramarz v. JR Carlson Laboratories Inc., 2017-CH-12609 (Ill. Super. Ct. – Cook Cnty.): Putative class action raising claims for breach of express warranty and unjust enrichment, and alleging violations of various states’...more

Ninth Circuit Stuffs Policyholders on Defense of TCPA Class Actions

by Polsinelli on

In a sweeping opinion in Los Angeles Lakers v. Federal Insurance Co., the Ninth Circuit on Aug. 23, held the Lakers are not entitled to insurance coverage for a class action lawsuit alleging claims under the Telephone...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | September 2017 #2

FDA Seeks Comment on Regulation Changes for "Meaningful Burden Reduction" - Implementing an executive order titled "Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has...more

No Privilege Extended To Communications With PR Consultant, But Court Provides Roadmap To Possible Application

by Weintraub Tobin on

It is not uncommon in this day of social media influence for an attorney to seek out the assistance of a public relations consultant to play a role in connection with a high profile lawsuit. Such media experts can help assess...more

Uber Customer Arbitration Agreement Enforceable Under California Law, Says Second Circuit

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit has found that Spencer Meyer, a customer of Uber, was provided “reasonably conspicuous” notice of Uber’s Terms of Service to which he “unambiguously manifested assent” when he created an Uber account, such...more

Circuit Court Finds Putative Class Affidavits, Combined With Other Records, May Satisfy Ascertainability Requirement

by Carlton Fields on

Defendants BMW and Creditsmarts were parties to a marketing agreement through which BMW offered its direct automotive “up2drive” loans to borrowers at participating independent car dealers through Creditsmarts’ internet-based...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | September 2017

Shook Partners Lindsey Heinz and Katie Gates Calderon, with Associate Hillary Nicholas, have authored an article for Law360 discussing regulations related to the use of photography during a U.S. Food and Drug Administration...more

Online Vacation Rental Marketplace Sends Claims Packing with Carefully Drafted Terms

In a resounding victory for well-drafted terms and conditions and robust immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230 (“CDA Section 230”), a Massachusetts district court granted summary...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017 #3

As plant-based beverages appear on more store shelves, the definition of “milk” has become the center of a dispute involving legislatures, regulators, litigators and industry groups. Shook Partners Katie Gates Calderon and...more

Use It or Lose It; What Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Can Do To Protect Their Trademarks from Becoming Abandoned

by Mulcahy LLP on

Trademark abandonment can be an issue for breweries, wineries and distilleries who may offer certain products for limited periods of time or in discrete markets and then attempt to bring them back years later. Abandonment is...more

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