Topic Archives: False Advertising

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 ...›

February 6, 2019Consumer Products, False Advertising

California Legislature Cuts Consumer Product Companies Some Slack with New Packaging Law

On January 1 of this year, California’s food and consumer product companies got some welcome relief from the onerous provisions of California’s ‘slack-fill’ law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 12606.  This law, which has been the basis of an increasing number of consumer class action and civil enforcement actions, has posed numerous compliance challenges ...›

The Last Straw: Northern District of New York Chucks “Garden Veggie Straws” Case

On April 17, 2018, the Northern District of New York dismissed a false advertising case against the Hain Celestial Group, Inc. based on the allegedly misleading packaging of Hain’s “Garden Veggie Straws.” Solak v. Hain Celestial Group, Inc., Case No. 3:17-cv-00704 (N.D.N.Y).  In particular, plaintiff took umbrage with depictions on the product’s packaging, including images ...›

February 23, 2018False Advertising, Food Misbranding

Second Time Is Not  The Charm: Judge Koh Slams Plaintiff’s Second Bid for Class Certification in Baby Food Case

On remand from the Ninth Circuit, Judge Koh nixed a plaintiff’s second attempt to certify a nationwide class of Gerber’s baby food purchasers. Her decision is notable for two reasons.  First, in denying plaintiff’s Rule 23(b)(2) injunctive relief class based on changes to Gerber’s product labels, Judge Koh adds to the factual predicates necessary for ...›