Topic Archives: Retail

Magnets

CPSC to Consider New Magnet Set Safety Standards Following 10th Circuit Decision in Zen Magnets

We have entered the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (“CPSC”) regulation of high-powered, small, rare earth magnet sets (“SREMS”).[1]  On March 1, 2017, CPSC met and unanimously approved removing the Magnet Sets Safety Standard from the Code of Federal Regulations.[2]  On separate motion, the Commissioners split 3-2 along ...›

A Changing of the Guard: Same Enforcement Trend under New CPSC Leadership?

Republican Ann Marie Buerkle was named Acting Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on February 9, 2017, replacing former Chairman and Democrat Elliott Kaye. This transition has many wondering whether the trend of increased CPSC enforcement, and its pledge to issue increased civil penalties, will continue under Buerkle’s leadership. ...›

Ginkgo

District Court Sacks Ginkgo Biloba False Advertising Case

On February 2, 2017, the Central District of California terminated a false advertising lawsuit against Schwabe North America, Inc. and Nature’s Way Products, LLC (Defendants), based on allegations that the companies misrepresented the cognitive benefits of two Ginkgo biloba products. The court granted Defendants’ motion for summary judgment, finding that Plaintiff Kathleen Sonner (Plaintiff) had failed to establish that the claimed memory benefits were provably false. ...›

The Latest Word (or Text) on TCPA Standing Post-Spokeo and Consent

On January 30, 2017, in Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness Group, No. 14-55980, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) plaintiff had sufficiently alleged an Article III injury-in-fact, under the United States Supreme Court’s Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins decision.  The Ninth Circuit ultimately affirmed summary judgment in favor of the defendants, holding that the plaintiff had consented to receiving text messages from a gym by providing his phone number with his membership application and had not revoked that consent simply by cancelling the gym membership. ...›

Magnets

Small Magnets, Big Trouble – Zen Successfully Challenges CPSC Rulemaking in the 10th Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently vacated the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) 2014 rulemaking that prohibits the importation and distribution of high-powered, small, rare earth magnet sets (SREMS).  See Zen Magnets, LLC v. Consumer Product Safety Comm’n., No. 14-9610 (10th Cir, Nov. 22, 2016).  As we have previously reported, ...›

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. ...›