Consumer Protection

  • May 27, 2011

    Daiso Shakes Consumer Action Over Unsafe Toys

    A California federal judge tossed a putative class action Thursday accusing the local unit of Japanese retailer Daiso Co. Ltd. of negligently selling unsafe toys, saying the operative complaint falls “far, far short” of meeting applicable pleading standards.

  • May 27, 2011

    Ben & Jerry's, Breyers False Ad Actions Stay Alive

    A California federal judge refused Thursday to throw out separate proposed class actions claiming Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. and another Unilever PLC unit falsely advertised Ben & Jerry's and Breyers chocolate ice cream as all-natural.

  • May 26, 2011

    Jackson Hewitt's False Ad Claims V. H&R Block Trimmed

    A New York federal judge on Thursday trimmed a New Jersey consumer fraud law claim from Jackson Hewitt Inc.'s lawsuit accusing H&R Block Inc. of running a misleading advertising campaign to lure customers from the rival tax preparer.

  • May 26, 2011

    Belkin, Target Face Class Suit Over MP3 Transmitter

    Belkin International Inc. and Target Corp. were hit with a putative class action in Illinois state court Wednesday for alleged misrepresentations in making and selling a defective device for using MP3 players with car stereos.

  • May 25, 2011

    PBM Exits National Union's Mead Johnson Coverage Suit

    National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., dropped PBM Products LLC from a coverage suit in Indiana on Wednesday after PBM said the insurer owed it nothing for an underlying false advertising case against insuree Mead Johnson & Co LLC.

  • May 25, 2011

    Insurers Sue SC Car Dealer Over Consumer Suit Coverage

    Graphic Arts Mutual Insurance Co. and Utica Mutual Insurance Co. sued a South Carolina auto dealership Tuesday, contending they don't owe it coverage in an underlying consumer fraud suit against more than 200 dealers over allegedly illegal administrative fees.

  • May 25, 2011

    FDA Warns Retailers Over Illegal Tobacco Marketing

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it had sent 11 warning letters to online retailers of tobacco products accusing them of illegal marketing practices.

  • May 25, 2011

    Baby Product Co. Yanks Cribs Due To Strangulation Fears

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that baby product manufacturer Dream on Me Inc. would recall 22,000 drop-side cribs imported from China due to risks that hardware malfunctions could suffocate, strangle or cut infants and toddlers.

  • May 24, 2011

    Ohio High Court Allows AEP Rate Hikes To Cover Losses

    Ohio's high court on Tuesday approved a permit allowing an American Electric Power Corp. subsidiary to make up for revenue shortfalls due to reduced power usage by billing its customers more for distribution.

  • May 24, 2011

    Oscar Mayer Misleads Consumers On Fat Content: Suit

    Kraft Foods Global Inc. and subsidiary Oscar Mayer Foods Corp. were slapped with a class action in Florida on Tuesday accusing them of deceiving consumers about the amount of fat per serving in certain Oscar Mayer meat products.

  • May 24, 2011

    Insurer Needn't Cover Ford Dealer In Rebate Suit: Judge

    A Louisiana federal judge ruled Tuesday that Federal Insurance Co. has no duty to defend a Ford Motor Co. dealer from an underlying class action alleging it failed to provide customers with manufacturer rebates on their vehicle purchases.

  • May 24, 2011

    FTC Can't Shake Relacore Maker's Settlement Pact Suit

    A Utah federal judge on Monday denied the Federal Trade Commission's motion to dismiss a declaratory suit by the makers of the dietary supplement Relacore, saying the court had jurisdiction to enforce a settlement agreement between the companies and the FTC. 

  • May 24, 2011

    JPML Sends Uponor Faulty Plumbing Suits To Minn.

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation centralized in Minnesota on Monday five putative consumer fraud class actions accusing Uponor Inc. and a subsidiary of breaching warranty agreements and selling plumbing systems with faulty brass insert fittings prone to premature failures.

  • May 23, 2011

    Settlement Plan Axed In Palm Data Loss Class Action

    A California federal judge refused Friday to approve a $640,000 settlement in a proposed class action accusing Palm Inc. and Sprint Spectrum LP of violating a contract and causing their customers to suffer "catastrophic data loss."

  • May 23, 2011

    Nuveen Agrees To $3M FINRA Fine Over Illiquid Bonds

    The broker-dealer unit of Nuveen Investments Inc. said Monday that it would pay a $3 million fine for creating misleading marketing materials used in sales of auction rate preferred securities, the market for which collapsed more than three years ago.

  • May 23, 2011

    Farmers To Pay $60M To Settle Credit Score Action

    Farmers Insurance Co. Inc. and its affiliates have agreed to pay up to $60 million to settle an Oklahoma class action claiming they used consumers' credit scores to increase premiums without providing adequate notice, the plaintiffs said Friday.

  • May 20, 2011

    4th Circ. Returns W.Va. Pharmacy Suit To State Court

    The Fourth Circuit sent West Virginia’s lawsuit against CVS Pharmacy Inc. and five other national pharmacy chains back to state court Friday, affirming a lower court’s ruling that the complaint cannot be removed under the federal Class Action Fairness Act.

  • May 20, 2011

    Cisco Aided China In Falun Gong Persecution, Suit Says

    Falun Gong practitioners filed a class action against Cisco Systems Inc. in California on Thursday, claiming the networking giant designed surveillance technology that the Chinese Communist Party used to track and persecute the movement's members.

  • May 19, 2011

    Mass. Brewer Bill Would Curb Competition, FTC Says

    Federal Trade Commission staff on Tuesday advised against the passage of a Massachusetts law imposing new restrictions on tie-ups between beer suppliers, arguing it would limit competition and raise costs in the industry.

  • May 19, 2011

    Gillette Shakes Consumer's False Ad Action

    Procter & Gamble Co. division Gillette won the dismissal Tuesday of a proposed class action in California accusing the company of deceptively advertising its Fusion Power razor system as superior in performance to a lower-cost version.