Tag Archives: consumer protection

Placebo effect is ok by CLRA: Homeopathic remedy wins jury trial on false advertising, still needs to defend against “unfairness”

Allen v. Hylands, Inc., — Fed.Appx. —-, 2019 WL 2142843, No. 17-56184 (9th Cir. May 15, 2019) Allen, on behalf of a class, appealled following a jury’s verdict in favor of Hyland’s. “The gravamen of [Allen’s] claims is that Hyland’s … Continue reading

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hijacking another’s webpage for competing service is bad

Spy Dialer, Inc. v. Reya LLC, 2019 WL 1873296, No. ED CV 18-1178 FMO (SHKx) (C.D. Cal Mar. 18, 2019) The parties compete in the market for reverse phone lookups.  When a user accessed plaintiff’s Spydialer.com, malicious computer code allegedly … Continue reading

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antitrust/false advertising claims against Keurig’s K-Cup conduct survive

In re Keurig Green Mountain Single-Serve Coffee Antitrust Litig., 2019 WL 1789789, No. 14-MD-2542 (VSB) (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 22, 2019) Big antitrust litigation in which many claims survive; I’m only discussing the false advertising-relevant bits, but the basic antitrust claims under … Continue reading

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“prevailing price” regs not unduly vague, but commercial speech doctrine may still defeat them

People v. Superior Court, — Cal.Rptr.3d —-, 2019 WL 1615288, No. B292416 (Ct. App. Apr. 16, 2019) The Los Angeles City Attorney asserted claims under California consumer protection law against the real parties in interest, including J.C. Penney, alleging that … Continue reading

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class action settlement can’t surrender state agency/CFPB’s rights to recover

Consumer Protection Division v. Linton, 2019 WL 1770524, No. 2609 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Apr. 22, 2019) The court explains: The class action settlement at issue here involves vulnerable people who were poisoned by lead in their homes. Before they … Continue reading

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CLRA redress offer requiring waiver of claims can’t defeat consumer’s right to sue

Valdez v. Seidner-Miller, Inc., 33 Cal.App.5th 600 (2019) Valdez alleged that Seidner violated the CLRA, the UCL, and Civil Code section 16321 (requiring translation of certain contracts), and committed fraud in connection with Seidner’s lease of a vehicle to Valdez … Continue reading

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advertisers’ claim against Google for insufficient credits for bad clicks continues

Adtrader, Inc. v. Google LLC, 2019 WL 1767206, No. 17-cv-07082-BLF (N.D. Cal. Apr. 22, 2019) Advertisers buy ad space on Google’s AdX, while website publishers (or network partner managers (NPMs) who act for them) use AdX to sell ad space … Continue reading

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