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On National Bourbon Day, Maker’s Mark Toasts to Consumer Protection Reform

On National Bourbon Day, Maker’s Mark Toasts to Consumer Protection Reform

June 14th is National Bourbon Day, so it’s a nice time to highlight the resolve of the recent class action lawsuit filed against Maker’s Mark, one of America’s favorite whiskeys, by two consumers who said the company falsely advertised its product as “handmade.” The suit seized on the word “handmade” used in Maker’s Mark advertising, …

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Scrutiny of Nail Salon Chemicals Raises Mass Tort Risk

Recent reports purport to link certain chemicals used in nail salon products to serious health problems such as cancer, asthma, respiratory disease, and miscarriages.  Though past efforts to impose stricter regulations on these chemicals have been largely unsuccessful, a recent slew of New York Times articles have drawn significant attention to the issue.  In response, …

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Court Dismisses Text-Message TCPA Suit Against AOL, Finding Instant Messaging Service Does Not Constitute an ATDS

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On June 1, the Northern District of California dismissed a putative TCPA class action against AOL, finding that the plaintiff had failed to allege that AOL utilized an automated telephone dialing system (ATDS), as required to state a cause of action under the TCPA.  In dismissing the plaintiff’s complaint in Derby v. AOL, the court …

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Catch of the Day: Tuna Fish Brand StarKist Swims into a Sea of Trouble After Agreeing to Settle Claims Against It


StarKist Co. recently agreed in principle to a $12 million settlement with a putative class of plaintiffs concerning alleged under-filling of tuna fish cans. But agreeing on the dollar figure seems to have been the easy part; the parties in this bitterly-fought case have become embroiled in motion practice about the allocation of that $12 …

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Home Depot Moves to Dismiss Consumer Data Breach Claims for Lack of Standing

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Home Depot has staked its defense of consumer claims arising from the 2014 theft of payment card data from the home improvement retailer on the asserted absence of injuries sufficient to confer standing to sue.  Because consumers rarely sustain out-of-pocket losses when their payment card numbers are stolen, lack of standing is typically the primary …

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