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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.


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. ...›

April 9, 2019Consumer Products, CPSC

Ready, Set, Report! Seventh Circuit Considers When a Claim First Accrues for Failing to Report a Product Hazard

Consumer products companies are familiar with the reporting requirement under Section 15(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (the Act), but when does that obligation kick in for statute of limitations purposes?  The Seventh Circuit considered this question when it heard arguments on when a claim first accrues for reporting violations under the Act in ...›

April 2, 2019FTC, Privacy

FTC Releases 2018 Privacy and Data Security Update Report

With privacy and data security issues dominating headlines over the past year, the Federal Trade Commission – the Nation’s top privacy watchdog – has had its hands full. The FTC’s recently released 2018 “Privacy and Data Security Update” reflects this flurry of activity. The report provides an overview of the FTC’s significant 2018 privacy and data security ...›

March 20, 2019TCPA

Is a TCPA Overhaul on the Horizon?

On January 16, Senators John Thune and Ed Markey reintroduced a bipartisan bill designed to update the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and ramp up enforcement against unwanted robocalls and text messages.[1] Purpose of TRACED The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (S. 151) (TRACED) states that it aims to address the skyrocketing ...›

CPSC Acting Chair Buerkle’s Priorities Include IoT and Furniture Safety

At a recent product safety conference, Ann Marie Buerkle, Acting Chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced CPSC’s priorities for 2019. These include technology—both for consumers and within the agency—as well as window coverings and furniture tipover. Buerkle surprised the audience with a stern warning that any clothing storage not complying with ...›

March 11, 2019Consumer Products, Privacy

California Seeks to Strengthen Tough Privacy Laws

If you thought California’s privacy laws couldn’t get any tougher, think again. The California Legislature has proposed amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act and additional privacy bills that could expand businesses’ privacy and data security obligations and heighten liability for noncompliance.  These proposals confirm that the dust is far from settled in California with respect ...›

Environmental Action Under Governor Newsom’s CalEPA – What’s in Store for the State?

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) directs some of the most important environmental agencies in the state. Those sub-agencies oversee a broad swath of industries and regulate areas including toxic air pollution, greenhouse gases, brownfield redevelopment, water quality, and food and consumer product labeling laws.  It’s no small effort: The proposed 2019-2020 budget for CalEPA ...›