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Welcome to Class Dismissed

Morrison & Foerster’s Class Dismissed blog provides insights and reports on the latest news, developments, and trends that affect consumer-facing companies. Subscribe below to receive the latest updates by attorneys from our nationally recognized Consumer Class Action and Product Liability practices. ...›

June 14, 2019TCPA

Fourth Circuit’s Decision Revitalizes First Amendment Challenge to the TCPA

In 1943, the United States Supreme Court considered the constitutionality of an ordinance that prohibited door knocking in Martin v. Struthers, 319 U.S. 141 (1943).  The Supreme Court, in its landmark free speech decision, concluded that the ordinance was invalid because it was in conflict with the freedom of speech and press.  The Supreme Court’s ...›

Ninth Circuit’s En Banc Hyundai Decision: Less Strict Standard For Settlement Classes

On June 7, 2019, an en banc Ninth Circuit panel affirmed certification of a nationwide settlement class and held, 8-3, that class certification criteria are applied less strictly in a settlement context.[1]  Hyundai II preserves the ability to certify nationwide settlement classes while maintaining more demanding requirements for litigation classes.  As noted in our earlier ...›

Supreme Court Decides Prescription Drug Preemption Case in Favor of Drug Manufacturer

The United States Supreme Court finally clarified its 11-year-old “clear evidence” standard for pharmaceutical preemption.  In its much-anticipated opinion delivered by Justice Breyer, the Court unanimously reversed the Third Circuit’s holding that questions of pharmaceutical preemption should be decided by juries.  Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Albrecht et al., No. 17-290, slip op. (U.S. ...›

May 23, 2019Internet of Things, Privacy

Youth Protection in Germany: Online Age Checks and Daytime Blackouts Ahead?

Last week, German regulators decided to no longer accept the widely used “JusProg” software as a sufficient means for online service providers to comply with statutory youth protection requirements. The decision is effective immediately, although it will most likely be challenged in court. If it prevails, it puts video-sharing platforms, distributors of gaming content, and ...›

Lead Plaintiff Spreads Her Misleading Butter Case a Little Too Thin

In April, a New York federal court denied certification for a purported class alleging that Johnson & Johnson misled customers by placing the words “no trans fat” on labels for its Benecol buttery spreads. See Bowling v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., 1:17-cv-03892, S.D.N.Y. 2017. The court’s order focused on issues highly specific to the ...›