Monthly Archives: October 2021

Bad reviews as evidence of actual knowledge of defects

Partida v. Tristar Prods., Inc., 2021 WL 4352374, No. EDCV 20-436 JGB (KKx) (C.D. Cal. Aug. 5, 2021) This is a putative consumer class action about pans advertised as non-stick that allegedly weren’t (and also weren’t copper as advertised). It … Continue reading

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Ice Cube’s case against Robinhood melts again

Jackson v. Robinhood Markets, Inc., No. 21-cv-02304-LB (N.D. Cal. Sept. 20, 2021) Previously, the court dismissed Ice Cube’s ROP and false endorsement claims for lack of standing because pleading an appearance in a financial newsletter does not suffice to plead … Continue reading

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grudge litigation over warranties with no harm leads to fee award

Grundman v. Tranik Enters., Inc., 2021 WL 565813, 2d Civil No. B297024 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 16, 2021) “This appeal concerns the sale of four luxury watches and a buyer who suffered no cognizable injury. The watches work and there … Continue reading

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competitor succeeds in enjoining sale of competing but non-FDA-cleared medical devices

Telebrands Corp. v. Vindex Solutions LLC, 2021 WL 534361, No. 21-cv-00898-BLF (N.D. Cal. Feb. 12, 2021) Telebrands sells stuff, including the Hempvana Rocket, a handheld transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit, “a pain-relieving pen that uses TENS therapy in the … Continue reading

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survey evidence disregarded in another vanilla case

Twohig v. Shop-Rite Supermarkets, Inc., 2021 WL 518021, No. 20-CV-763 (CS) (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 11, 2021) ShopRite sells organic vanilla soymilk. Plaintiffs brought the now-standard vanilla versus vanillin claims. They argued that the ingredient list, which includes “Organic Natural Flavors” and … Continue reading

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False endorsement remains broader than many state ROP laws

Walkowicz v. American Girl Brands, LLC, 2021 WL 510729, No. 20-cv-374-jdp (W.D. Wis. Feb. 11, 2021) Lucianne Walkowicz “has achieved a measure of celebrity as an astronomer,” and contended that  defendants misappropriated distinctive aspects of their personal identity into a … Continue reading

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accusing a home inspectors’ group of link with NAMBLA isn’t believable enough for defamation

Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors v. International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, 2021 WL 492482, No 18-cv-01559-RBJ (D. Colo. Feb. 10, 2021) Although an individual’s comments linking his rival to NAMBLA and Jeffrey Dahmer were non-actionable non-facts, statements arguably … Continue reading

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no cognizable harm where statutorily required info was provided though not by the required party

Baker v. Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, 2021 WL 388451, E072089 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 4, 2021) Baker sued Yamaha, alleging that its failure to furnish hang tags to its independent dealer TMI, as required by California’s Vehicle Code, made it … Continue reading

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false advertising claim fails, in part because of stringent antitrust rules

In re EpiPen (Epinephrine Injection, USP) Marketing, Sales Practices & Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 2785, No. 17-md-2785-DDC-TJJ (D. Kan. Dec. 17, 2020) A lot of stuff here; I will ignore the non-false advertising related aspects of this mostly antitrust case. … Continue reading

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“advertising injury” insurance exclusion doesn’t exclude false advertising claims

Luxottica, Inc. v. Allianz Global Risks US Ins. Co., 2021 WL 4226197, No. 1:20-cv-698 (S.D. Ohio Jul. 28, 2021) Mostly this case is about other things, but the court finds a duty to defend in the underlying false advertising case. … Continue reading

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