Tag Archives: consumer protection

Another outlet price deception case, with pictures

Stathakos v. Columbia Sportswear Co., 2017 WL 1957063, No. 15-cv-04543 (N.D. Cal. May 11, 2017) The parties sued Columbia, bringing the usual California claims, for alleged use of deceptive and misleading reference prices on merchandise in its company-owned Columbia outlet … Continue reading

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False advertising and the privatized state

Hansen v. Scram of California, Inc., No. 17-cv-01474, 2017 WL 1628401 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 28, 2017) When the carceral state becomes a business, can it commit business torts?  Plaintiffs sued Scram and Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS) for the usual statutory … Continue reading

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Reading list: empirical evidence about FTC’s substantiation standard

Sungho Cho &Yongjae Kim, Empirical Rationalization of Prior Substantiation Doctrine: Federal Trade Commission v. Reebok & Sketchers, 29 Loy. Consumer L. Rev. 55 (2016) (not apparently available online—update that website, Loyola Consumer Law Review!) ABSTRACT Companies frequently make efficacy claims … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit bars consumer claims challenging assertions of clinical proof

Kwan v. SanMedica Int’l, — F.3d –, No. 15-15496, 2017 WL 1416483 (9th Cir. Apr. 21, 2017) Kwan alleged that SanMedica’s product SeroVital was falsely advertised as effective, and the district court dismissed her complaint as a lack of substantiation … Continue reading

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9th Circuit revives class action against allegedly mislabeled baby food

Bruton v. Gerber Prods. Co., 2017 WL 1396221, — Fed.Appx. —-, No. 15-15174 (9th Cir. Apr. 19, 2017) Bruton sued Gerber, alleging that labels on certain Gerber baby food products included claims about nutrient and sugar content that were impermissible … Continue reading

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lack of substantiation isn’t actionable, but claims of 100% satisfaction are

Moorer v. Stemgenex Medical Group, Inc., 2017 WL 1281882, No. 16-cv-02816 (S.D. Cal. Apr. 6, 2017) Plaintiffs brought the usual California claims (plus RICO and California’s Health and Safety Code section 24170, et seq., (Human Experimentation) (!), and Financial Elder … Continue reading

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California Supreme Court finds waiver of statutory remedies unenforceable even as part of arbitration

McGill v. Citibank, N.A., No. S224086, 2017 WL 1279700 (Cal. Apr. 6, 2017) Statutory remedies available for a violation of the CLRA, UCL, and FAL include public injunctive relief: injunctive relief that has “the primary purpose and effect of prohibiting … Continue reading

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