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erroneously collecting sales tax isn’t an unfair act or practice in trade or commerce

Ranalli v. Etsy.com, 2021 WL 5166568, No. 21-88 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 5, 2021) Ranalli brought this putative class action for violations of the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL) and the Pennsylvania Fair Credit Extension Uniformity Act … Continue reading

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I can’t believe it’s not butter—because the label said it was all butter

Boswell v. Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., 2021 WL 5144552, No. 20-CV-8923 (JMF) (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 4, 2021) Boswell sued on the theory that the packaging on Entenmann’s “All Butter Loaf Cake” was misleading because the cake contains not only butter, but … Continue reading

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Another pandemic university fees claim fails

Yodice v. Touro College, 2021 WL 5140058, No. 21cv2026 (DLC) (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 4, 2021) It’s now been long enough that there are a couple of cases finding potentially valid claims based on Covid closures, but this is not one of … Continue reading

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Dastar bars some claims about “patented” statements but related superiority statements are still at issue

BPI Sports, LLC v. ThermoLife Int’l, LLC, 2021 WL 4972975, No. 19-60505-CIV-SMITH (S.D. Fla. Jul. 27, 2021) BPI sued ThermoLife for violations of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1125(a), common law unfair competition, and false patent marking. ThermoLife’s Muscle … Continue reading

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policy of paying only 85% purchase price for claims under service policy isn’t inherently deceptive/abusive

Shuman v. SquareTrade Inc., 2021 WL 5113176, No. 20-cv-02725-JCS (N.D. Cal. Nov. 3, 2021) SquareTrade sells service contracts for the protection of consumer goods. Shuman alleged that it consistently fails to provide consumers with the full terms and conditions of … Continue reading

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Lanham Act willfulness satisfies Bankruptcy Act willful/malicious standard

In re Better Than Logs, Inc., 631 B.R. 670, No. 20-20160-BPH (D. Mont. Jun. 11, 2021) A rare bankruptcy/false advertising interaction. Creditor Everlog sued BTL for patent infringement and false advertising; BTL ultimately defaulted and Everlog was awared nearly $1 … Continue reading

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Timeshare case: proof of causation/damages is difficult especially w/o grasp of Bayesian probability

Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc. v. Sussman, 2021 WL 4948099, No. 6:18-cv-2171-GAP-DCI (M.D. Fla. Sept. 20, 2021) In this timeshare exit false advertising litigation, the court excludes Wyndham’s expert. Timeshare exit entities like defendant TET used “online advertising and oral sales … Continue reading

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Court rejects “buy button” false advertising claim because consumer hasn’t yet lost access to “purchased” content

Caudel v. Amazon.com, 2021 WL 4819602, No. 20-cv-00848-KJM-KJN (E.D. Cal. Oct. 15, 2021) Disagreeing with a case against Apple, the court here concludes that Amazon’s “buy” option that doesn’t give consumers ownership does not harm consumers who haven’t (yet) lost … Continue reading

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“virologist developed” etc. plausibly implies disease prevention

Corbett v. PharmaCare U.S., Inc., 2021 WL 4866124, No. 21cv137-GPC(AGS) (S.D. Cal. Oct. 19, 2021) This is a putative class action for violations of consumer fraud statutes in the sale of Sambucol, a dietary supplement that contains a “proprietary extract” … Continue reading

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if it’s on the label, courts can presume consumers saw it

Bailey v. Rite Aid Corp., 2021 WL 4469638, No. 4:18-cv-06926 YGR (N.D. Cal. May 26, 2021) Rite Aid moved to reconsider a previous ruling denying a motion to dismiss Bailey’s claim against Rite Aid’s marketing of its over-the-counter acetaminophen gelcaps … Continue reading

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