Topic Archives: Retail

Cheese
January 6, 2017Class Action, Consumer Products, FDA, Retail

California Court Denies Stay of Consumer Class Action Challenging “Natural Cheese”

On December 6, 2016, United States District Judge John A. Kronstadt for the Central District of California denied a motion to stay a class action alleging violations of the UCL, FAL, and CLRA against Kraft Foods Group, Inc. based on the term “natural cheese” on the packaging of its shredded cheddar cheese product, which allegedly contain artificial coloring. ...›

Rare Court Decision in CPSC-Backed Enforcement Action

A federal district court in Wisconsin recently ruled against a product manufacturer, finding it liable for failing to report timely in a rare U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) backed lawsuit. United States v. Spectrum Brands, Inc., No. 15-CV-371-WMC, 2016 WL 6835371, at *24 (W.D. Wis. Nov. 17, 2016). While CPSC actively oversees voluntary recalls, it seldom brings suit in court. ...›

California’s New Spray Adhesive and Aerosol Coatings Requirements – Will You Be Ready on January 1?

A trap for unwary manufacturers and retailers is the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations for consumer and other products sold in the state. These rules limit the concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other greenhouse gas–producing chemicals. CARB enforces these regulations with civil penalties and demands for stipulated injunctions. ...›

FTC Workshop on New Drone Technologies Raises Familiar Privacy Issues

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent workshop on drones raised familiar issues related to the privacy implications of a new and evolving technology. While the many potential innovations and consumer benefits of drone technology were highlighted, the workshop’s focus was on whether drones raise unique privacy considerations and, if so, how such considerations should be addressed. ...›

Denim
August 31, 2016Class Action, False Advertising, Retail

Third Time’s the Charm? Court Rejects Parties’ Second Settlement Agreement for Failure to Provide Sufficient Value to Class Members

District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel recently considered and rejected—for the second time—a proposed class action settlement involving false advertising claims against a defendant jeans manufacturer. The court initially rejected the proposed settlement because of its coupon offer, charitable award unrelated to the issues of the case, and attorneys’ fee provision, which the Court found excessive. ...›

Testing 101: Court Dismisses Whole Foods’ Yogurt MDL over Failure to Comply With FDA Testing Requirements
March 18, 2016FDA, Food Misbranding, MDL, Retail

Testing 101: Court Dismisses Whole Foods’ Yogurt MDL over Failure to Comply With FDA Testing Requirements

On February 16, 2016, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of the Western District of Texas dismissed a multidistrict litigation involving 11 putative class action lawsuits against various Whole Foods corporate entities and Skotidakis, Inc., a third-party manufacturer, based on an alleged misrepresentation regarding the sugar content in Whole Foods’ store-brand yogurt. ...›

February 15, 2016FDA, Food Misbranding, Retail

Reviving a Forgotten Fad: Three Judges Lift Stays of Evaporated Cane Juice Claims

We’ve all heard about food fads:  Paleo, artisanal, farm-to-table.  But what about food litigation fads?  Plaintiffs’ lawyers must scour the same grocery aisles, judging from their past “sweet tooth” obsession with “evaporated cane juice” (ECJ).  But—with most courts in this District staying ECJ cases pending the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) review of its ...›