Tag Archives: consumer protection

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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Kellogg’s un-FDAMA-approved health claim was “unlawful” under UCL

Hadley v. Kellogg Sales Co., 2019 WL 3804661, No. 16-CV-04955-LHK (N.D. Cal. Aug. 13, 2019) An important reminder that California’s UCL makes “unlawful” conduct a violation even without separate consumer deception (although consumer belief may be important for damages causation).  … Continue reading

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false advertising trolling, consumer protection, or both

I wrote about a couple of cases filed by a supplement maker, Outlaw, against retailers that sold allegedly unlawful “male enhancement” supplements that the FDA has issued warnings on—sometimes the “supplements” illegally contain pharmaceuticals like sildenafil (active ingredient in Viagra).  … Continue reading

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Keurig unsuccessfully argues that false advertising law unconstitutionally compels speech

Smith v. Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., No. 18-cv-06690-HSG, 2019 WL 2716552 (N.D. Cal. Jun. 28, 2019) Smith brought a putative class action against Keurig, alleging that its “recyclable” single-serve plastic coffee pods were mislabeled as such because they are not … Continue reading

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Court formulates survey question in consumer protection case

Moorer v. Stemgenex Medical Group, Inc., No. 16-cv-2816-AJB-NLS, 2019 WL 2602536 (S.D. Cal. Jun. 25, 2019) This “complex and troubling case” involves allegedly false advertising of stem cell treatments; the court found it “narrowly” certifiable and—unusually—specified the consumer survey questions … Continue reading

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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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