Tag Archives: disclosures

malt “cocktails” with no wine or spirits were plausibly misleading

Cooper v. Anheuser-Busch, LLC, 2021 WL 3501203, No. 20-CV-7451 (KMK) (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 9, 2021) Plaintiffs alleged that the labels on the “Ritas” line of beverages (Lime-A-Rita Sparkling Margaritas, Sangria Spritz Sparkling Sangria Cocktail and Rosé Spritz Sparkling Rosé Cocktail, and … Continue reading

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Bank had no duty to disclose limits to PPP loan applicants

Elizabeth M. Byrnes, Inc. v. Fountainhead Commercial Capital, LLC, 2021 WL 3501518, No. CV 20-04149 DDP (RAOx) (C.D. Cal. Aug. 6, 2021) The CARES Act, among other things, established the Paycheck Protection Program, a $349 billion loan program through which … Continue reading

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Illinois unfairness claims against opioid marketers continue

City of Chicago v. Purdue Pharma L.P., No. 14 CV 4361, 2021 WL 1208971 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 31, 2021) Chicago alleged unfair and deceptive misconduct in multiple defendants’ marketing, commercializing, and promoting their opioid products. (Perdue is first in the … Continue reading

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CA’s Prop 65 warning unconstitutional for acrylamide warnings for being scientifically overcertain

California Chamber of Commerce v. Becerra, 2021 WL 1193829, No. 2:19-cv-02019-KJM-EFB (E.D. Cal. Mar. 30, 2021) California allegedly compelled businesses to display misleading warnings about the dangers of acrylamide, a carcinogen. The Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) … Continue reading

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Reading list: native ad disclosures that work?

Eyal Peer & Dalia Shilian, Improving Consumers’ Ability To Detect Native AdvertisingUsing Identified Disclosure: Native advertising of online content, such as articles embedded within news websites, is a covert attempt by marketers to affect consumer attitudes and behavior. Because such marketing can … Continue reading

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a rare freestanding UCL unfairness claim re: service termination that rendered cameras nonfunctional

Soo v. Lorex Corp., 2020 WL 5408117, No. 20-cv-01437-JSC (N.D Cal. Sept. 9, 2020) Plaintiffs brought California and New York consumer protection claims based on what happened to their home security Flir cameras; defendants moved to compel arbitration, which was … Continue reading

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escalated materiality requirement precludes class certification

Oddo v. Arocaire Air Conditioning & Heating, 2020 WL 5267917, Nos. 15-cv-01985-CAS Ex, 18-cv-07030-CAS(Ex) (C.D. Cal. May 18, 2020) These are consolidated putative class actions alleging that defendants’ HVAC systems have faulty thermal expansion valves (TXVs). A TXV is “a … Continue reading

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court rejects HomeAdvisor’s First Amendment defense of its misleading ads

People ex rel. Gascon v. HomeAdvisor, Inc., A154960, 2020 WL 2486970 (Cal. Ct. App. May 14, 2020) HomeAdvisor appealed an injunction barring it from broadcasting certain ads (except with a disclaimer, for a limited time). HomeAdvisor argued that the order … Continue reading

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Reading list: disclosures as compelled commercial speech

Reading list: Aaron Stenz, Note: The Controversial Demise of Zauderer: Revitalizing Zauderer Post-NIFLA, 104 Minn. L. Rev. 553 (2019). The First Amendment broadly stands for the idea that government attempts to curtail the right of the American people to both … 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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