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Reasonable restaurant consumers wouldn’t think “krab mix” had real crab in it

Kang v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc., No. CV 19-02252 PA (SPx), 2020 WL 2027596 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 9, 2020) Kang alleged that P.F. Chang’s “employed a classic bait and switch tactic whereby it falsely labeled and advertised food products … Continue reading

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“no soy protein” claim for dog food plausibly indicates no soy

Rice-Sherman v. Big Heart Pet Brands, Inc., No. 19-cv-03613-WHO, 2020 WL 1245130 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 16, 2020) Plaintiffs alleged that Big Heart falsely markets its Grain Free Easy to Digest Salmon Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe Dog Food as “Grain … Continue reading

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Statements in book promoting addiction treatment protected by Cal anti-SLAPP law

Selkirk v. Grasshopper House, LLC, 2020 WL 1241565, No. B294568 (Cal. Ct. App. Mar. 16, 2020) Defendants Grasshopper House and Passages Silver Strand “are luxury facilities that purport to treat drug and alcohol addiction.” Former patients sued them for allegedly … Continue reading

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negative inference about other juices from “no sugar added” on D’s juice is implausible

Shaeffer v. Califia Farms, LLC, 44 Cal.App.5th 1125, No. B291085 (Feb. 6, 2020) Califia sells a “100% Tangerine Juice.” The front label includes “100% Tangerine Juice,” “No Sugar Added,” and “Never From Concentrate.” Shaeffer brought the usual California claims, alleging … Continue reading

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Cal. court says “controversial” claim is therefore not factual

Serova v. Sony Music Entertainment, 44 Cal.App.5th 103 (2020) Hard to believe the reasoning in this case could get worse, but they may have achieved it. The California Supreme Court told the court of appeals to reconsider its earlier decision … Continue reading

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Judge Alsup seems to think cosmetic mask claims are false

Miller v. Peter Thomas Roth, LLC, 2020 WL 363045, No. C 19-00698 WHA (N.D. Cal. Jan. 22, 2020) OK, he doesn’t say so outright, but wait for the bit about the in-court demonstration he expects. Defendants PTR Labs sell “specialty … Continue reading

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don’t bring a chef to a food class action

Marotto v. Kellogg Co., No. 18 Civ. 3545 (AKH), 2019 WL 6798290, — F.Supp.3d —- (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 5, 2019) Here, the plaintiff’s status as a highly trained chef makes his class claims against Pringles dubious, but the class certification ultimately … Continue reading

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claims for ab exercise device going beyond FDA clearance are actionable

Loomis v. Slendertone Distrib., Inc., 2019 WL 5790136, No. 3:19-cv-854 – MMA (KSC) (S.D. Cal. Nov. 6, 2019) Loomis brought the usual California claims based on ads for the Flex Belt, a purported ab-exercise device. While denying standing for injunctive … Continue reading

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Not worth a hill of beans: can label showing mound of beans plausibly misleads

Beckman v. Arizona Canning Co., 2019 WL 4277393, No. 16-cv-02792-JAH-BLM (S.D. Cal. Sept. 9, 2019) If the can shows lots of whole, plump beans, but the ingredients list puts water first, is there a plausible deception claim? The court here … Continue reading

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benefit of the bargain damages can be measured by cost of repair in car class action

Nguyen v. Nissan North America, Inc., 932 F.3d 811 (9th Cir. 2019) Nguyen bought a new 2012 Nissan 370Z with an allegedly potentially catastrophic design defect hidden in the vehicle’s hydraulic clutch system. “After the clutch purportedly malfunctioned—and Plaintiff spent … Continue reading

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