Heinz
June 14, 2016False Advertising, Food Misbranding

The Devil’s in the Details: Court Dismisses “Made in the U.S.A.” Fraud Claims against Heinz Because Plaintiff Failed to Allege Specific Facts and Lacked Standing to Sue for Products She Did Not Purchase

On April 22, 2016, in Alaei v. Kraft Heinz Food Co. (“Heinz”), No. 3:15-cv-02961, Southern District of California Judge Michael M. Anello granted defendant Heinz’s motion to dismiss without prejudice plaintiff Suzanne Alaei’s “Made in the U.S.A.” false advertising claims. ...›

Delta Mobile App

California Court of Appeal Finds AG’s Privacy Suit Over Fly Delta Mobile App Is Preempted

In a recent ruling, California’s Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the dismissal of California’s complaint against Delta Air Lines, Inc. (“Delta”), which alleged that the company’s Fly Delta mobile application violated California’s privacy laws. The Court of Appeal held that the lawsuit was expressly preempted by the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 (ADA). ...›

Drink of Water

A Tall Drink of Water: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Costco VitaRain Class Action on Plausibility and Causation Grounds

On May 5, 2016, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision to dismiss, without leave to amend, a class action complaint alleging a violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act against Costco for the deceptive labeling of its “VitaRain Tropical Mango Vitamin Enhanced Water Beverage” product, holding the plaintiff failed to demonstrate plausibility or causation. ...›

Dialing
May 31, 2016TCPA

No Capacity and No Liability: Court Rules Dialing System Is Not Subject to TCPA and Verizon Is Not Vicariously Liable

In its July 2015 declaratory ruling, the FCC significantly broadened the TCPA’s definition of an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) to encompass not only equipment with the “present ability to dial randomly or sequentially,” but also equipment with the “potential ability” to do so.  Since that time, few courts have issued decisions that meaningfully analyze and apply this new ATDS standard. ...›