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Third Circuit Splits with the Seventh Over Standing To Sue For Alleged Inefficient Design of Eye Drop Dispenser

In a surprising decision and split with the Seventh Circuit, the Third Circuit recently held that plaintiffs have standing to sue for unfair trade practices under the theory that a manufacturer is obligated to optimize the...more

LA City Attorney Jumps Into Uber Fray

A complaint filed Monday by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer accuses Uber Technologies Inc. of violating California law by concealing “for an entire year” a data breach that exposed the names and license numbers of...more

Payment or Pillory: More Fallout from Uber’s Data Breach

With new developments regarding Uber Technologies Inc.’s 2016 data breach coming out almost daily, lawsuits against the company continue to pile-up. We previously reported that within days of Uber disclosing the data theft...more

EZ-Pass Paid and Certified: Nationwide Class Certification Granted under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act

by Blank Rome LLP on

A nationwide class of 17.9 million members was certified by a judge in the District of New Jersey last week in Mendez v. Avis Budget Group, Inc. and Highway Toll Administration LLC. The Court also granted Florida and New...more

Florida Federal Court Affirms FTC’s Available Remedies

Disgorgement and refunds are remedies available to the Federal Trade Commission, a Florida federal court ruled in a case involving a purported time-share scam....more

Which Comes First Standing Or Class Certification? Northern District Of Illinois Weighs In

by Carlton Fields on

The Northern District of Illinois recently waded into the conflict between standing and class certification when it held that a putative class representative must demonstrate standing to assert each claim before the motion...more

Misled Consumers Can Obtain Injunctions Against Businesses

by Selman Breitman LLP on

A consumer misled by fraudulent representations may still obtain an injunction against a business so long as the consumer claims that he or she wishes to purchase the product or service in the future but cannot confidently...more

Three Point Shot - September 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On August 25th, 2017, in a convincing knockout, a federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed dozens of lawsuits against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather alleging Pacquiao's concealed shoulder injury impacted the quality of...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects And Lambastes “Worthless” Settlement For Class Of Subway Sandwich Purchasers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In In Re Subway Footlong Sandwich Mktg. & Sales Practices Litig., No. 16-1652 (7th Cir. Aug. 25, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned a district court’s approval of a class...more

Senate Cybersecurity Caucus Introduces Bill To Secure Federal Agencies’ Connected Devices

by King & Spalding on

On August 1, 2017, the Senate introduced the proposed “Internet of Things (‘IoT’) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017” (the “Act”) to establish, among other things, minimum cybersecurity standards for contractors who...more

FCC Proposes Rules to Fight Fraudulent Robocalling

by Perkins Coie on

Unsolicited robocalls are the top consumer complaint made to the Federal Communications Commission, which receives over 200,000 complaints a year. An estimated 2.5 billion robocalls are being made to consumers each month,...more

FCC Slams Serial Robocaller With $120 Million Proposed Fine for “Spoofing” Numbers

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

We all get them. Repeated marketing calls to our mobile and home phones with the incoming phone number altered to make it appear that it’s a local call, when in fact, the call is from a robo-scammer using IP technology to...more

Home Financing Company Settles with State of New Jersey

by Goodwin on

On June 22, 2017, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General (“New Jersey AG”) ??and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs (“New Jersey DCA”) announced a settlement with a Georgia financing company that facilitates...more

A Tie Too Far: Antitrust Class Action Alleging Physician Association Tied Board Certification to Association Membership Survives...

by Mintz Levin on

A New Jersey district court recently denied a motion to dismiss in an antitrust class action alleging that a physician association illegally tied board certification to association membership in violation of Section 1 of the...more

Closing the Door on Hybrid Product Defect-Fraud Claims

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On April 13, 2017, in Azoulai v. BMW of N. Am. LLC (Case No. 16-cv-00589), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a proposed consumer fraud class action against BMW of North America LLC...more

Closing the Door on Hybrid Product Defect/Fraud Claims

On April 13, 2017, in Azoulai v. BMW of N. Am. LLC (Case No. 16-cv-00589), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a proposed consumer fraud class action against BMW of North America LLC...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

Vast – Or at Least Half-Vast – Conspiracy Claim Dismissed

by Reed Smith on

Imagine a conspiracy so vast that it includes not only your usual plaintiff-side fantasy of the FDA conspiring with a drug company, but also high FDA officials, President Obama, Robert Mercer (noted Trump supporter and...more

Ninth Circuit Limits Personal Jurisdiction over Foreign Parent Corporation and Requires Product Defect to Result in Safety Hazard

Last week in Williams v. Yamaha (No. 15-55924), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s two separate rulings in favor of defendants: dismissal of Japanese corporation, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (“YMC”),...more

Third Circuit Rules that Samsung Cannot Compel Arbitration Based on Clause “Buried” in Safety and Warranty Guide

by Genova Burns LLC on

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that Samsung cannot force arbitration in a consumer fraud class action about the battery life of its Galaxy Gear S Smartwatch. ...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 1

Lanham Act False Advertising - Lanham Act Liability for Native Advertising Violations - Casper Sleep, Inc. v. Mitcham, --- F. Supp. 3d ---, No. 16 Civ. 3224 (JSR), 2016 WL 4574388 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 1, 2016)...more

Supreme Court of Illinois Says Courts Can Decide ARES Rate Disputes

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Courts – not the ICC – have jurisdiction over rate cases involving an ARES, said the Supreme Court of Illinois.[1] In a unanimous opinion written by Chief Justice Karmeier, the Court in December answered the Seventh Circuit’s...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

Fraudster Beware: Your Scheme to Defraud Could be a Federal Crime if it Involves a Bank

by Bryan Cave on

Normally, a scheme to defraud another individual would be a state crime, prosecuted and sentenced at the state level (leaving aside use of U.S. mail or wires). To be convicted of the state crime of fraud usually requires...more

New actions based on ‘nothing artificial’ labels may be halted as FDA redefines ‘natural’

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

I previously wrote about Thornton v. Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, No. 4:16-CV-00158-JAR, in which the Eastern District of Missouri refused to dismiss a consumer fraud claim based on “nothing artificial” labels on boxes of Duncan...more

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