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Price Comparison Class Actions Against Retailers Heat up in New York

The common retail practice of comparing an item’s current price with a higher “original,” “regular,” or “MSRP” price has recently come under increasing fire from consumers, who say the higher comparison price is often fictitious and misleads shoppers into believing they are getting a better bargain than they really are. Over the past two and … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Spokeo Case

The Supreme Court yesterday morning granted Spokeo, Inc.’s petition for a writ of certiorari in the closely watched case of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339. The case presents the question as to whether defendants can be held liable for automatic statutory penalties under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other federal statutes where the … Continue Reading

Breaking Down the Target Payment Card Breach Settlement – It’s Not as Groundbreaking as You’ve Been Led to Believe

Editor’s Note: The following blog post was originally published by ClassActionBlawg.com. It is republished with permission. HarrisMartin’s Data Breach Litigation Conference: The Coming of Age is scheduled for next Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the Westin San Diego.  I’ll be speaking on a panel titled Creative Approaches to Settling Data Breach Cases with Ben Barnow of Barnow and Associates, … Continue Reading

Unprofessional Marketing: Illinois Appellate Court Denies Professional Liability Coverage for TCPA Violation

On November 26, 2014, an Illinois appellate court held that a professional liability insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify its insured for a class action brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) because the insured’s robocalls did not constitute conduct of the insured’s business “in rendering services for others,” as required by … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Affirms Certification and Summary Judgment for TCPA Class, Despite State Law Class Action Prohibition

On July 9, 2014, the Sixth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that a consumer TCPA class action could proceed against Lake City Industrial Products, rejecting Lake City’s argument that Michigan law prohibited TCPA class actions.  American Copper & Brass, Inc. v. Lake City Industrial Products, Inc., Case No. 13-2605, (6th Cir. 2014).  In addition, … Continue Reading

Genzyme First Circuit Decision

First Circuit Sides with Pharmaceutical Manufacturer in Dismissing Shareholder Class Action In a huge victory for Massachusetts-based biologics manufacturer Genzyme Corporation, the First Circuit Court of Appeals on June 5, 2014 affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of a multi-million dollar shareholder class action stemming from allegedly misleading statements regarding the approval prospects for one of … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Says Cellphone Calls Do Not Have To Be Confidential To Violate the California Invasion of Privacy Act

The Ninth Circuit recently issued a divided and unpublished opinion in Young v. Hilton Worldwide Inc. et al, which plaintiffs may attempt to use in class action lawsuits against call centers for violations of the California Invasion of Privacy Act (“CIPA”).  We previously reported that in Faulkner v. ADT Security Services Inc., the Ninth Circuit … Continue Reading

No Need To Try the Individual Claim After Class Cert Denial – Ninth Circuit Asserts Jurisdiction over Voluntary Stipulated Dismissal and Upholds Denial of Class Certification

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the United States District Court for the Central District of California’s denial of class certification of a Plaintiff’s California consumer law claims based primarily based on the predominance of individualized issues. Case No. 11-55592 (9th Cir. Feb. 3, 2014). Notably, the Ninth Circuit also determined that it had jurisdiction to … Continue Reading

New Class Action Accuses UPS of Overcharging for Shipping Insurance

A new consumer class action has been filed against shipping giant UPS, alleging that the company overcharges its customers for “declared value coverage” (i.e., shipping insurance) on the packages it delivers.  The case was filed on December 27, 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The complaint alleges that UPS offers declared value … Continue Reading

Loreto v. The Procter & Gamble Company: Southern District of Ohio Grants Motion to Strike Class Allegations in Consumer False Advertising Case

In a significant decision, the Southern District of Ohio granted, in full, the defendant’s motion to strike class allegations in a consumer false advertising class action before any significant discovery had taken place or the plaintiffs filed a motion for class certification.  Loreto v. The Procter & Gamble Company, No. 1:09-cv-815, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue Reading

Australian Thalidomide class action settled

More than 50 years after the morning sickness drug Thalidomide was first released to the market, the drug’s British distributor announced on Monday, December 2nd that it has agreed to settle an Australian class action in the Victorian Supreme Court over birth defects linked to the drug.  The legal team representing the class claimed that Australia … Continue Reading

Judge Slashes Attorneys’ Fees and Incentive Awards in Defective Laptop Class Action

In a consumer class action settlement involving allegedly sluggish Acer notebook computers, a Northern California federal judge sua sponte slashed the attorneys’ fees award sought by plaintiffs’ lawyers from the requested $2,542,246 to $943,217.  Wolph v. Acer Am. Corp., Case No. 3:09-cv-0-1314-JSW (N.D. Cal. Oct. 21, 2013). The named plaintiffs accused Acer of selling notebook … Continue Reading

Wal-Mart Prevails in Credit Card Class Battle Over Practice of Collecting Addresses and Phone Numbers

Editor’s Note: This post is a joint submission with BakerHostetler’s Data Privacy Monitor blog. In a victory for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a federal district court judge has refused to certify a Rule 23(b)(3) class in a lawsuit for violation of California’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act (Cal. Civ. Code § 1747 et seq., available here. Plaintiff … Continue Reading

New Jersey Judge Certifies TCPA Junk Fax Class

In a significant decision for companies that engage in electronic marketing, a New Jersey federal judge certified a 23(b)(3) class claiming violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”; 47 U.S.C. § 227(b)(1)(C)). In A&L Industries Inc. v. P. Cipollini Inc., case no. 2:12-cv-07598 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, … Continue Reading

Will Moldy Washing Machines Save the Consumer Class Action from Extinction?

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on ClassActionBlawg.com and is reprinted with permission. One of the key questions in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend is the extent to which damages must be susceptible to classwide calculation in order to justify class certification.  In particular, the question is … Continue Reading
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