Tag Archives: consumer protection

9th Circuit burps up a correction to recent Gerber case

Bruton v. Gerber Prods. Co., No. 15-15174, 2017 WL 3016740, — Fed. Appx. — (9th Cir. Jul. 17, 2017) On a petition for rehearing, the previous panel opinion and partial dissent were withdrawn and replaced with the following, still partially … Continue reading

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9th Circuit upholds SF ordinance targeting false advertising by pregnancy centers

First Resort, Inc. v. Herrera, 2017 WL 2766094, — F.3d –, No. 15-15434 (9th Cir. Jun. 27, 2017) First Resort, a nonprofit providing free pregnancy-related services, challenged San Francisco’s Pregnancy Information Disclosure and Protection Ordinance, which targeted false or misleading … Continue reading

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Court approves conjoint analysis to determine damages in consumer class action

Morales v. Kraft Foods Group, Inc., 2017 WL 2598556, No. CV14-04387 (C.D. Cal. Jun. 9, 2017) Plaintiffs alleged that they were misled by Kraft’s use of the term “natural cheese” on its “Natural Cheese Fat Free Shredded Fat Free Cheddar … Continue reading

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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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