Topic Archives: Class Action

Advertising Checklist for In-House Counsel

Along with making their advertising materials eye-catching and influential, consumer‑facing companies need to ensure that their representations about products and services comply with advertising laws. This article discusses basic advertising law, some things to avoid and some things to do. Although every state has its own consumer protection laws, our focus is on federal and ...›

August 19, 2020Class Action, False Advertising

Fool Me Once, No Injunctive Relief on Behalf of a Class of Purchasers

Does a plaintiff who files a class action alleging false advertising have Article III standing to seek injunctive relief—even when that plaintiff is a past purchaser of the product, and therefore is aware of the defendant’s allegedly false statements regarding the product? The Ninth Circuit said “sometimes” in Davidson v. Kimberly-Clark Corp.[1] There, the plaintiff ...›

Ninth Circuit Holds Plaintiffs Not Entitled To Equitable Restitution Under UCL/CLRA If Adequate Remedy At Law Is Available

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit held that state law cannot expand or confine a federal court’s power to issue equitable restitution because federal courts are bound by traditional equitable principles, which require, among other things, a showing of an inadequate remedy at law. Thus, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s ...›

Cancellations and Refunds Under California’s Consumer Protection Statutes in an Evolving COVID-19 Landscape

Several months into the widespread business closures and event cancellations resulting from the COVID 19 pandemic, we have seen businesses adopt a range of strategies to respond. Those strategies, in addition to the closures and cancellations themselves, have sparked a surge in class action litigation, much of it under California’s consumer protection statutes, the Unfair ...›

March 27, 2020Class Action

Ninth Circuit Provides Guidance on Pre-certification Discovery

Earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit held that plaintiffs cannot avail themselves of liberal discovery rules in order to locate class representatives. The court found that Rule 26(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which governs the discovery process, does not authorize discovery before class certification when such discovery is to help plaintiffs locate ...›

March 10, 2020Class Action

Ninth Circuit Weighs In on Standing Requirements for Privacy Claims and Approval of Injunctive Relief-Only Class Settlements

Courts scrutinize class action settlements to ensure they result from arms-length negotiations and are fair and reasonable to absent class members. Applying that standard to a nationwide settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook, on March 3, 2020, the Ninth Circuit provided a helpful roadmap for parties seeking approval of class action settlements where the ...›

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September 5, 2019Class Action, Consumer Products, Privacy

Will California’s Attempt to Invalidate Arbitration Agreements and Class Action Waivers for CCPA Claims Prove Successful?

The day the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) will become operative (January 1, 2020) is fast approaching. We have written extensively about the CCPA since it passed, and our past client alerts and a variety of CCPA-related materials can be found in our CCPA Resource Center. Here, we focus on the CCPA’s private ...›