Category Archives: class actions

Prior class settlement precludes state from seeking restitution for false advertising

California v. IntelliGender, LLC, — F.3d —, No. 13–56806, 2014 WL 5786718 (9th Cir. Nov. 7, 2014) The 9th Circuit held that a CAFA-compliant settlement precluded the People of the State of California, acting through their representatives (here San Diego’s … Continue reading

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Ascertain this: All Natural liability class certified

Lilly v. Jamba Juice Company, No. 13-cv-02998, 2014 WL 4652283 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 18, 2014) Earlier Jamba Juice proceeding.  Plaintiffs moved to certify a California class of purchasers of certain frozen Jamba Juice Smoothie Kit products using “All Natural” prominently … Continue reading

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Breaking (season) bad: Apple’s season pass promise could violate UCL

Lazebnik v. Apple, Inc., 2014 WL 4275008, No. 5:13–CV–04145 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 29, 2014) The plaintiff sued Apple for misrepresenting its Breaking Bad “season pass.”  As the court explained, “[f]rom the time Season 5 of Breaking Bad was first announced, … Continue reading

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Coffee’s for classes: 7th Cir. reinstates class action over instant coffee

Suchanek v. Sturm Foods, Inc., No. 13-3843, 2014 WL 4116493 (7th Cir. Aug. 22, 2014) Sturm entered the market for Keurig-compatible individual coffee pods (K-Cups) once patent protection expired, but according to plaintiffs they jumped the gun. The Seventh Circuit … Continue reading

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Using up most of settlement fund shows settlement is reasonable

Larsen v. Trader Joe’s Co., No. 11-cv-05188, 2014 WL 3404531 (N.D. Cal. July 11, 2014) This is a final settlement approval of claims based on products labeled “All Natural” or “100% Natural,” when they allegedly contained synthetic ingredients.  The settlement … Continue reading

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multiplicity of products and labels makes class unascertainable

Bruton v. Gerber Products Co., No. 12-CV-02412, 2014 WL 2860995 (N.D. Cal. June 23, 2014) Bruton brought the usual California claims against Gerber for mislabeling certain food products intended for children under 2. She challenged Gerber’s nutrient content claims and … Continue reading

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Class can be certified when product is allegedly worthless

Ortega v. Natural Balance, Inc., 2014 WL 2782329, No. CV 13–5942  (C.D. Cal. June 19, 2014) The court granted class certification for a California class of consumers of Cobra Sexual Energy, a dietary supplement containing various herbs, extracts, and other … Continue reading

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Regression analysis is a plaintiff’s best friend

Werdebaugh v. Blue Diamond Growers, 2014 WL 2191901,  No. 12–CV–2724 (N.D. Cal. May 23, 2014) I’m going to try, with probably limited success, to summarize results rather than reasoning for most of this consumer class action case in which certification … Continue reading

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With a face like that: Maybelline defeats class certification

Algarin v. Maybelline, LLC, 2014 WL 1883772, No. 12cv3000 (S.D. Cal. May 12, 2014) This case shows the many hurdles now present for consumer class actions.  Once again, perhaps ironically, consumers have no remedy when the harm is probabalistic; only … Continue reading

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record-free consumer class action certified as ascertainable

McCrary v. Elations Co., LLC, 2014 WL 1779243, No. EDCV 13–00242 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 13, 2014) The court certified a class alleging the usual California statutory claims against a supplement called Elations, whose label claimed a “clinically-proven combination” and/or “clinically-proven … Continue reading

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