Topic Archives: Consumer Products

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 ...›

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Schein On: Supreme Court to Decide Key Arbitration Delegation Question

The Henry Schein arbitration battle is making its way to the Supreme Court again. The Court recently granted Henry Schein, Inc.’s certiorari petition to answer the question of “Whether a provision in an arbitration agreement that exempts certain claims from arbitration negates an otherwise clear and unmistakable delegation of questions of arbitrability to an arbitrator.” ...›

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 ...›

FDA, FTC Actions Against COVID-19 Products Continue with Florida TRO

A federal court in Florida has entered a temporary restraining order against the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing (Genesis) and four principals associated with the entity. The order requires defendants to immediately stop distributing “Miracle Mineral Solution” (MMS), an unapproved and unproven product that can have a chlorine dioxide content equivalent to industrial ...›

FDA Warns Against At-Home COVID-19 Testing Kits

A number of startups announced they would begin selling at-home COVID-19 testing kits this week. These startups included:  Carbon Health, a tech-enabled healthcare network that combines virtual and in-person care, Everlywell, a company that offers food sensitivity and various other home health tests, and Nurx, an app that delivers prescriptions and STI testing kits. But ...›

FDA and FTC Send Warning Letters to Companies Marketing Products to Treat Coronavirus; State Attorneys General Follow Suit

The rapid spread of coronavirus has spawned prolific marketing claims that any number of products can treat or prevent coronavirus. It comes as no surprise then that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued their first round of joint warning letters to several companies claiming their products—teas, essential oils, ...›

Is the Coke Half Full or Half Empty?

Earlier this month, a California federal judge certified six classes asserting state consumer protection statute claims in a multidistrict litigation alleging that The Coca-Cola Co. misled consumers about artificial flavors and added preservatives in its Coke products. See In re: Coca‑Cola Products Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (No. II), 4:14-md-02555, N.D. Cal. Plaintiffs did not ...›

November 25, 2019Consumer Products, Environmental Law

CARB Issues New Draft VOC Limits for Consumer Products

On November 7, 2019, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) held a second public workshop to review its draft proposed amendments (Draft Proposal) to its Consumer Products regulations. Since its first public workshop in April, where it identified 49 priority categories, CARB has convened two public work groups related to these regulatory amendments: a Regulatory ...›

Data Breach
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 ...›