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CA prohibition of insurance coverage for certain consumer protection cases is constitutional

Adir Int’l, LLC v. Starr Indemnity & Liability Co., 994 F.3d 1032 (9th Cir. Apr. 15, 2021) California’s AG sued Adir for violating state consumer protection laws based on conduct at its retail stores that allegedly exploited its mainly low-income, … Continue reading

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falsely advertising “proprietary” and “exclusive” material isn’t actionable under Dastar

Crocs, Inc. v. Effervescent, Inc., 2021 WL 4170997, No. 06-cv-00605-PAB-KMT, No. 16-cv-02004-PAB-KMT (D. Colo. Sept. 14, 2021) Dawgs alleged that Crocs falsely marketed its shoes in violation of the Lanham Act by advertising Croslite, the foam material that Crocs shoes … Continue reading

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scientific studies don’t have to be of D’s product exactly for plausibility

Rosenfeld v. AC2T, Inc., 2021 WL 4197176, No. 1:20-cv-04662-FB-PK (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 15, 2021) Rosenfeld alleged that defendants fraudulently marketed a mosquito control product called “Spartan Mosquito Eradicator.” Spartan’s advertising allegedly touted that the product will “significantly decrease[ ] [mosquito] population … Continue reading

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Another reason for statehood: DC law can’t confer organizational standing beyond Article III

Clean Label Project Found. v. Garden Of Life, LLC, 2021 WL 4318099, No. 20-3229 (RC) (D.D.C. Sept. 23, 2021) CLP, a non-profit, sued Garden of Life, a seller of prenatal supplements, for unlawful trade practices in violation of the District … Continue reading

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Regulatory safe harbor bars claim over meaning of “gigabyte”

Dinan v. SanDisk LLC, 844 Fed.Appx. 978, No. 20-15287 (9th Cir. 2021) SanDisk allegedly violated the usual California consumer protection statutes by using gigabyte (“GB”) to mean 1,000,000,000 bytes (“the decimal definition”), when plaintiffs assumed gigabyte as used by SanDisk … Continue reading

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Mars and Quaker dodge chocolate/child slavery claims, but Starbucks doesn’t

Myers v. Starbucks Corp., 2021 WL 1921120, No. 5:20-cv-00335-JWH-SHKx (C.D. Cal. May 5, 2021) Myers sued Mars, Quaker Oats, and Starbucks under the CLRA and UCL, alleging claims related to use of child slaves to produce cocoa. Child slavery, which … Continue reading

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Made-in-USA claims over tea survive; “America’s Classic” could be falsifiable in context

Banks v. R.C. Bigelow, Inc., — F.Supp.3d —-, 2021 WL 1734779, No. 20-cv-6208 DDP (RAOx) (C.D. Cal. May 3, 2021) Plaintiffs sued over tea labeled “MANUFACTURED IN THE USA 100% AMERICAN FAMILY OWNED” and “AMERICA’S CLASSIC.” However, the tea leaves … Continue reading

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retail/outlet claims for Vineyard Vines scrape past motion to dismiss

Casio v. Vineyard Vines, LLC, 2021 WL 466039, 19-CV-5135 (JMA) (AYS) (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 9, 2021) Plaintiff alleged falsity in pricing/tags in defendant’s outlet stores. The products allegedly “purport to be identical” to those sold in the “retail” stores, “shar[ing] similar … Continue reading

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Netflix prevails over claims by lawyers that they were misportrayed in money laundering film

Mossack Fonseca & Co., S.A. v. Netflix Inc., 2020 WL 8509658, No. CV 19-9330-CBM-AS(x) (C.D. Cal. Dec. 23, 2020) MFSA brought trademark dilution and false advertising claims against Netflix for its portrayal in the film “The Laundromat.” (It’s about money … Continue reading

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4th Circuit continues its Lanham Act frolic, notes overbreadth of expansive injunctive relief

De Simone v. Alfasigma USA, Inc., No. 19-1731, 847 Fed.Appx. 174 (4th Cir. Feb. 17, 2021) Depressingly doubling down on its bizarre interpretation of the Lanham Act first created by misinterpreting California’s UCL, the Fourth Circuit nonetheless mitigates some of … Continue reading

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