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California Appellate Court Upholds Denial of Class Certification on Ascertainability Grounds

On December 4, 2017, a panel of the California Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed a trial court’s denial of class certification for alleged violations of California’s unfair competition, consumer protection, and false...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | November 2017

NOSB Votes to Continue Allowing Hydroponics - The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has reportedly voted to continue allowing food grown in water-based nutrient solutions to be labeled “organic,” rejecting a...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | October 2017

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The use of beauty products is “an understudied source of environmental chemical exposures” with a disparate effect on women of color, George Washington University and Occidental College researchers argue. Ami R. Zota, et al.,...more

Ninth Circuit Says Plaintiff Might Get Fooled Again

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Last week the Ninth Circuit reopened a key avenue in consumer false advertising class actions – injunctive relief. A growing number of trial courts had dismissed those claims, reasoning that plaintiffs who know of the alleged...more

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

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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

Dismissal of Individual Claims Cap Insurer’s Winning Streak in Action Challenging FIA Product Features

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In May, the Southern District of California handed ING a win in a case involving allegations that the company targeted seniors with annuities that hid an embedded derivative structure that made them worth less than promised....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

New Filings – October 2, 2017

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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

The Ninth Circuit’s Food Court Menu: A Status Update

A few years back, the Northern District of California was dubbed the “food court” based on the influx of food misbranding class actions claiming that alleged FDA regulatory infractions constituted violations of California...more

Rulings, Orders, Settlements – August 4, 2017

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Court Denies Motion to Dismiss for Non-Functional Slack-Fill Class Action - White v. Just Born, Inc., No. 2:17-cv-4025 (W.D. Mo.): The Court issued an order denying Defendant’s motion to dismiss this putative...more

Objectively Non-Flushable? The Northern District of California Certifies Consumer Class Regarding Charmin Freshmates

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Using the familiar “reasonable consumer standard” that applies in many jurisdictions regarding allegedly deceptive sales practices, a judge of the Northern District of California recently certified a class action of...more

Caffeine Crash: Court Denies Class Certification for Consumers Contesting Caffeine Content

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A United States district court recently tossed a certification bid by a putative class of consumers who alleged that popular energy-shot, 5-Hour Energy, deceptively marketed its effectiveness. The action arises out of what...more

Court Declines to Certify Class in False Advertising Case Without Survey Evidence of a Common Consumer Definition

On June 7, 2017, a Central District Court of California declined to certify a class of consumers who alleged that 5-Hour Energy’s marketing of an energy drink was misleading, finding that individual factual questions...more

Nationwide Class Claims Under A Single State’s Consumer Protection Laws?

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A flurry of recent consumer protection cases in California federal courts led to mixed results for defendants attempting to dismiss nationwide class claims based on the state’s choice of law rules. The U.S. District Court for...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Consumer Fraud Class Action

House Passes Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 H.R.985 — 115th Congress - In March 2017, the House passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 by a vote of 220-201....more

High Time for the Supreme Court to Review Ascertainability in Class Actions

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld certification of a class of retail purchasers of Wesson-brand cooking oil in a false advertising case, despite the fact that almost all class members will never...more

Food for Thought: A Review of 2016 Litigation

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Food for Thought is a review of significant court decisions affecting the food, beverage, dietary supplements and personal care products industry. Although many cases in this edition focus on class certification, others...more

[Webinar] Litigation is Inevitable: Update on Recent Advertising Class Actions - Feb. 22nd, 12:00pm ET

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Consumer class action suits continue to be a growing source of concern to marketers and income for plaintiffs’ law firms. This webinar will provide an update on recent consumer class action cases across a range of industries...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Implied "Ascertainability" Requirement for Class Certification

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Deepening an already-existing circuit split, the Ninth Circuit has held that class certification is appropriate even if plaintiff has not shown that identifying class members is "administratively feasible." Expressly...more

Ascertainability Not Required In Ninth Circuit, But Manageability Remains

One of the first significant class action appellate decisions of 2017 was issued this week. In Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., No. 15-55727 (9th Cir. Jan. 3, 2017), the Ninth Circuit held that Rule 23 does not require that it...more

Ninth Circuit Joins Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits in Declining to Impose an “Administrative Feasibility” Requirement for...

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit affirmed certification of putative class actions brought against ConAgra Foods, Inc. (“ConAgra”) by consumers who claimed that ConAgra’s “100% Natural” labels on Wesson cooking oils were false or misleading....more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2016"

This is the 14th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings issued...more

Ninth Circuit Lowers Hurdle for Class Certification

On January 3, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to adopt “administrative feasibility” as an independent requirement for class certification. It held that Rule 23 does not require class counsel to show at the...more

Standing to Assert Injunctive Relief is Not in the Tea Leaves, Court Says

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In Lanovaz v. Twinings North America, Inc., Judge Whyte of the Northern District of California recently decided that the plaintiff lacked standing to pursue injunctive relief, and granted summary judgment for defendant...more

De-certifiably Natural – Ninth Circuit Finds “All Natural” Label May be Misleading While Upholding Class Decertification

by Proskauer - Advertising Law on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed in part and affirmed in part a Northern District of California ruling concerning the “All Natural Fruit” labeling on Dole’s packaged fruit products. Brazil v. Dole Packaged...more

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