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Natural/organic cigarette claims might be deceptive (with bonus First Amendment talk)

In re Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. Mkting & Sales Practices & Prods. Liab. Litig., 2017 WL 6550897, No. MD 16-2695 (D.N.M. Dec. 21, 2017) Lots of claims here against Natural American Cigarettes. Ultimately, the court allows consumer protection claims … Continue reading

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“prevailing price” consumer protection rule isn’t unconstitutionally vague

Haley v. Macy’s, Inc., 2017 WL 6539825, No. 15-cv-06033 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 21, 2017) Haley brought a typical putative class action, with the usual California claims, alleging that Macy’s mislabeled its merchandise with false or inflated “original” or “regular” prices … Continue reading

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Supplement maker can’t enjoin database changes, but avoids anti-SLAPP dismissal

Exeltis USA Inc. v. First Databank, Inc., 2017 WL 6539909, No. 17-cv-04810 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 21, 2017) This is an interesting case about the FDA/Lanham Act interaction. Exeltis sells prenatal vitamins that contain 1 mg of folic acid.  They aren’t … Continue reading

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Another consumer protection case survives despite invocation of In re GNC

Racies v. Quincy Bioscience, LLC, No. 15-cv-00292, 2017 WL 6418910  (N.D. Cal. Dec. 15, 2017) The court granted Racies’ motion for certification of a California class against the makers of Prevagen, a supposed brain health supplement, covering the usual California … Continue reading

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We’re not gonna need a bigger bucket: lawsuit against KFC dismissed

Wurtzburger v. Kentucky Fried Chicken, No. 16-CV-08186, 2017 WL 6416296 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 13, 2017) Wurtzburger sued KFC for alleged violations of General Business Law §§ 349, 350 and 21 C.F.R. § 100.100 by misleading consumers into believing that KFC’s buckets … Continue reading

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Allegedly false certification for competitor brings trade secret, deceptive practices claims

Duro Corp. v. Canadian Standards Assoc., 2017 WL 6326862, No. 17 CV 1127 (N.D. Ohio Dec. 11, 2017) Duro, a distributor of high end gas ranges, sued the CSA, a nonprofit consumer product safety testing organization, for misappropriation of trade … Continue reading

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Everything’s legal in Jersey: NJ SCt makes class certification harder in price disclosure case

Dugan v. TGI Fridays, Inc., 171 A.3d 620 (N.J. 2017) Plaintiffs alleged that the defendants failed to fairly disclose prices charged to customers for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The New Jersey Supreme Court held that one set of plaintiffs failed … Continue reading

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