Consumer Protection

  • April 26, 2011

    Plaintiff Wants Docs In Walnut False Ad Action

    The plaintiff in a putative class action in California accusing Diamond Foods Inc. of falsely promoting its walnuts as heart-healthy said Tuesday that the company is hiding behind attorney-client privilege in refusing to turn over certain documents and witnesses.

  • April 26, 2011

    High Court Mulls Vt. Limits On Use Of Drug Data

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a fight over a Vermont law curbing commercial use of pharmaceutical prescription data, with justices asking if the law was meant to thwart the sale of brand-name drugs.

  • April 25, 2011

    Baxter, CSL Look To Nix County's Blood Plasma Suit

    Baxter International Inc. and CSL Ltd. asked an Illinois federal court Friday to nix a California county's putative class action accusing the blood plasma product makers of colluding to drive up prices.

  • April 25, 2011

    No Proof For Bayer's Probiotics Claims, Suit Says

    A customer slapped Bayer HealthCare LLC with a class action Friday in California federal court accusing the company of falsely and deceptively advertising the benefits of its Phillips Colon Health probiotic supplements.

  • April 22, 2011

    Kellogg Food Donation Deal Unfair To Class: Customer

    A Kellogg Co. customer said Friday that she has appealed to the Ninth Circuit to block the company's plan to settle a false advertising class action by giving charities $5.5 million worth of food.

  • April 22, 2011

    Calif. Nets $17M For Seniors In National Western Case

    The California Department of Insurance said Friday it would distribute a total of $17 million to senior citizens who purchased National Western Life Insurance Co. annuities, after settling a class action over the insurer's alleged deceptive and unfair business practices.

  • April 22, 2011

    Chase Pays $56M To End Military Foreclosure Suit

    A JPMorgan Chase & Co. mortgage unit on Thursday lined up a $56 million settlement that ends a class action in South Carolina over its aggressive mortgage and foreclosure practices against active members of the military.

  • April 22, 2011

    Toys R Us Can't Hush-Hush Infant Monitor Privacy Suit

    An Illinois federal judge let consumers proceed Monday with a class action against Toys R Us Inc. and an infant products manufacturer over claims that a baby monitor's signal can be picked up by other receivers, compromising privacy.

  • April 22, 2011

    Judge Scraps Twitter IP Hearing In WikiLeaks Case

    A Virginia federal judge said Wednesday he would rule on the parties' filings in an appeal brought by WikiLeaks supporters challenging a ruling that the U.S. can access Internet Protocol information from their Twitter accounts as the government seeks to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

  • April 22, 2011

    New Balance Shoe Suit Sent To Ark. State Court

    A federal judge in Arkansas on Thursday remanded to state court a putative class action accusing New Balance Inc. of falsely marketing athletic shoes that purported to tone leg muscles through normal wear.

  • April 22, 2011

    Kaye Scholer Nabs Winston & Strawn Litigator

    A Winston & Strawn LLP partner who has represented Philip Morris USA Inc. in consumer fraud and product liability trials is moving to the Chicago office of Kaye Scholer LLP, the firm announced Thursday.

  • April 21, 2011

    FDA Warns Hand Sanitizer Makers Over Product Claims

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioned a quartet of hand sanitizer makers Monday that their products were not living up to the companies' claims that the gels effectively prevented bacterial infection.

  • April 21, 2011

    Whole Foods Polluted Veggies Suit Survives Dismissal

    A Florida state judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by Whole Foods Market Group Inc. to toss a putative class action claiming the grocery chain certified and sold as organic frozen vegetables harvested by prisoners in a polluted area of China.

  • April 21, 2011

    FDA Cautions Lifetech Over Eyelash Growth Products

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday warned Lifetech Resources LLC that its eyelash enhancement beauty products violate federal law because they can be considered new drugs that were not approved by the agency.

  • April 21, 2011

    Holder Launches Probe Into Energy Market Fraud

    With average gas prices soaring to nearly $4 per gallon, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday announced the formation of a working group that will examine potential fraud and collusion in the energy markets.

  • April 21, 2011

    Maxtor Nets Win In Defective Disk Drive Action

    Maxtor Corp. won summary judgment Wednesday in a putative class action in California accusing the company of designing and selling defective hard disk drives.

  • April 20, 2011

    Food Industry Urges Flexibility In Safety Regs

    In a public hearing Wednesday on the implementation of a sweeping food safety law, industry representatives urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow facilities to have power over the measures they use to prevent food contamination.

  • April 20, 2011

    4th Circ. Affirms $13.5M PBM Verdict In Enfamil Case

    The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a $13.5 million jury verdict PBM Products LLC won against Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. after accusing the infant-nutrition giant of falsely claiming that its Enfamil Lipil baby formula was superior to store-brand versions.

  • April 20, 2011

    Aetna Loses Bid To Re-Enter Pfizer Off-Label MDL

    A Massachusetts judge on Wednesday refused to reconsider Aetna Inc.'s suit accusing Pfizer Inc. of improperly marketing the epilepsy drug Neurontin in violation of racketeering and competition laws.

  • April 20, 2011

    DOT Cracks Down On Airport Tarmac Waits, Fees

    The U.S. Department of Transportation finalized a rule Wednesday expanding limits on lengthy tarmac waits and requiring airlines to disclose all fees, refund baggage fees if they lose luggage and increase compensation for bumped passengers.