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defendant moots claim by ending activity in a way that would require gov’t consent to restart

Snarr v. HRB Tax Gp., Inc., 2021 WL 4499416, No. 19-cv-03610-SK (N.D. Cal. Aug. 24, 2021) Snarr alleged that HRB violated the usual California statutes by creating a “bait and switch” program to lure customers into paying for defendants’ services … Continue reading

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challenging defendant’s clinical proof claim is falsity, not lack of substantiation

Woodard v. Labrada, 2021 WL 4499184, No. EDCV 16-189 JGB (SPx) (C.D. Cal. Aug. 31, 2021) Woodard brought the usual California claims and some others, including NY claims, against Labrada for its weight loss products. Some tidbits: Labrada argues that … Continue reading

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Juxtaposition doesn’t necessarily mean one claim bleeds into another

Engram v. GSK Consumer Healthcare Holdings (US) Inc., 2021 WL 4502439, No. 19-CV-2886(EK)(PK) (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2021) GSK sells “2 in 1 Lipcare” Chapstick: it provides moisturization and sun protection … but the former lasts longer than the latter. Engram … Continue reading

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disparagement campaign in niche jewelry market could violate Lanham Act

Roberto Coin, Inc. v. Goldstein, No. 18-CV-4045(EK)(ST), 2021 WL 4502470 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2021) Defendants Goldstein and his company Kings Stone supplied plaintiff RCI with a gemstone they called “black jade.” “After RCI stopped sourcing black jade from Kings Stone … Continue reading

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Mexican origin claims revitalized by survey

Govea v. Gruma Corp., 2021 WL 4518457, No. CV 20-8585-MWF (JCx) (C.D. Cal. Aug. 18, 2021) Previous discussion. The amended complaint fares better: the tortilla packages at issue plausibly misrepresented Mexican origin. Plaintiffs added allegations that “[u]n pedacito de México” … Continue reading

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non-toxic plausibly means nonharmful, but harmfulness still needs adequate pleading

Rivera v. S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., 2021 WL 4392300, No. 20-CV-3588 (RA) (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 24, 2021) Plaintiffs alleged that S.C. Johnson’s labeling of its Windex cleaning products as “Non-Toxic” was misleading in violation of NY’s GBL because those products … Continue reading

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Bad reviews as evidence of actual knowledge of defects

Partida v. Tristar Prods., Inc., 2021 WL 4352374, No. EDCV 20-436 JGB (KKx) (C.D. Cal. Aug. 5, 2021) This is a putative consumer class action about pans advertised as non-stick that allegedly weren’t (and also weren’t copper as advertised). It … Continue reading

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grudge litigation over warranties with no harm leads to fee award

Grundman v. Tranik Enters., Inc., 2021 WL 565813, 2d Civil No. B297024 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 16, 2021) “This appeal concerns the sale of four luxury watches and a buyer who suffered no cognizable injury. The watches work and there … Continue reading

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survey evidence disregarded in another vanilla case

Twohig v. Shop-Rite Supermarkets, Inc., 2021 WL 518021, No. 20-CV-763 (CS) (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 11, 2021) ShopRite sells organic vanilla soymilk. Plaintiffs brought the now-standard vanilla versus vanillin claims. They argued that the ingredient list, which includes “Organic Natural Flavors” and … Continue reading

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accusing a home inspectors’ group of link with NAMBLA isn’t believable enough for defamation

Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors v. International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, 2021 WL 492482, No 18-cv-01559-RBJ (D. Colo. Feb. 10, 2021) Although an individual’s comments linking his rival to NAMBLA and Jeffrey Dahmer were non-actionable non-facts, statements arguably … Continue reading

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