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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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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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Survey flaws prevent it from saving vanilla false advertising claim

Clark v. Westbrae Natural, Inc., 2021 WL 1580827, No. 20-cv-03221-JSC (N.D. Cal. Apr. 22, 2021) I find the vanilla class actions fascinating because they are starting to reject surveys, pushing this area of the law towards a normative vision of … Continue reading

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expert admissibility, literal falsity receive close review in drug disposal case

In re C2R Global Manufacturing, Inc., No. 18-30182-beh, 2021 WL 1347193 (E.D. Wis. Bkrcy. Mar. 30, 2021) Previous denial of injunctive relief. There are a number of opinions in this case—the judge spent time on this rather unusual false advertising … Continue reading

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Defendant’s survey too flawed to avoid class certification in “rapid release” case

Bailey v. Rite Aid Corp., 338 F.R.D. 390, 2021 WL 1668003, No.. 4:18-cv-06926 YGR (N.D. Cal. Apr. 28, 2021) Bailey brought claims over Rite Aid’s marketing of its over-the-counter acetaminophen gelcaps as “rapid release.” Studies allegedly show that “traditional, non-rapid release acetaminophen … Continue reading

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Duelling results in Mexican origin cases

Rodriguez v. Olé Mexican Foods Inc., 2021 WL 1731604, No. EDCV 20-2324 JGB (SPx) (C.D. Cal. Apr. 22, 2021) Rodriguez alleged that Olé’s La Banderita tortillas falsely advertised Mexican origin based on  a Mexican flag front and center on the … Continue reading

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Models’ false endorsement claims fail for want of recognition, bad survey

Souza v. Exotic Island Enterprises, Inc., No. 18-CV-9448 (KMK), 2021 WL 3501162 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 9, 2021) Another in the burgeoning genre of models suing “adult” clubs for using unauthorized images in online ads for the clubs. As this case shows, … Continue reading

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survey sustains false advertising claim alleging misleading use of military imagery

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. v. FCA US LLC, 2021 WL 323253, No. 18-cv-12645 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 1, 2021) Plaintiffs sued FCA for a judgment of noninfringement of the Jeep grille design in its Roxor vehicle (which dispute mainly took place … Continue reading

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mistaken exclusion of materiality survey leads to remand in false advertising case

Wing Enters., Inc. v. Tricam Indus., Inc., — Fed.Appx. —-, 2020 WL 5739718, 2019-2279 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 25, 2020) A remand because the district court wrongly excluded one survey in this false advertising case (though didn’t abuse its discretion in … Continue reading

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expert testimony isn’t always required for literal falsity or even misleadingness

Ecore Int’l, Inc. v. Downey, No. 11-6843, 2020 WL 5501206 (E.D. Pa. Sept. 11, 2020) The court denies Ecore’s motion in limine seeking to exclude any evidence related to the falsity or misleading nature of its advertising for purposes of … Continue reading

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