Consumer Protection

  • May 18, 2011

    Neurontin Judge Won't Certify 3rd-Party Bipolar Class

    A Massachusetts judge in charge of the multidistrict litigation over Pfizer Inc.'s Neurontin refused again Tuesday to certify a subclass of third-party payors accusing the drug giant of fraudulently promoting the epilepsy drug to treat bipolar disorder.

  • May 17, 2011

    Citi Dodges Derivative Suit Over MBS Investments

    A federal judge in New York tossed a derivative suit brought by Citigroup Inc. shareholders on Tuesday, saying the plaintiffs should have demanded action from the bank's board of directors before suing Citigroup executives over the company's investments in mortgage-backed securities.

  • May 17, 2011

    Wilson Sonsini Atty To Head AT&T, T-Mobile FCC Review

    The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday that a Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC partner will head the working team reviewing AT&T Inc.’s planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc. from Deutsche Telekom AG.

  • May 17, 2011

    NJ Class Suit Targets Bayer Probiotics Products

    A class action filed Monday in New Jersey federal court alleges Bayer HealthCare LLC is deceiving consumers by making false and unsupported claims about the purported health benefits of its digestive health supplements.

  • May 17, 2011

    Schiff Nutrition Sued Over Dietary Supplement Claims

    A California consumer hit Schiff Nutrition International Inc. with a class action Friday, accusing the company of falsely marketing its flagship dietary supplement as an arthritis treatment despite lacking any scientific evidence supporting its claims.

  • May 16, 2011

    NY AG Targets BofA, Goldman, Others In MBS Probe

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has asked major banks including, Bank of America Corp., Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., to turn over information about the securitization process as part of a probe into mortgage-backed securities.

  • May 16, 2011

    Cuomo Taps Aide As NY Financial Services Regulator

    Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday nominated a top aide and former federal prosecutor to run a new state financial services agency with consumer protection and fraud units.

  • May 16, 2011

    General Mills Earns Total Victory In Labeling Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday threw out a putative class complaint against General Mills Inc. that alleged the company tricked customers into believing Total Blueberry Pomegranate contained the titular fruits, but gave the plaintiff leave to amend his filing.

  • May 16, 2011

    High Court Seeks US Input In Mortgage Fee Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the Office of the Solicitor General to weigh in on the scope of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and gauge class claims that Quicken Loans Inc. illegally charges mortgage borrowers closing fees.

  • May 16, 2011

    Policyholder Says John Alden Skimped On Health Coverage

    A John Alden Life Insurance Co. policyholder filed a putative class action in Montana on Friday claiming the company underpaid its insureds on health care costs despite promising customers higher reimbursements.

  • May 13, 2011

    BSH Gets Suit Over Moldy Washing Machines Tossed

    A California federal judge on Thursday dismissed a proposed consumer class action accusing BSH Home Appliances Corp. of fraud over defective washing machines, but offered the plaintiffs a chance to amend several claims such as breach of express and implied warranties.

  • May 12, 2011

    Judge Sends Back Munchkin Claims Of Sippy Cup Lies

    A California federal judge Thursday, ruling on a motion to dismiss in a lawsuit brought by baby products maker Munchkin Inc. that alleged a competitor slapped trumped-up sippy cup patent markings on its products, ordered the company to amend its complaint.

  • May 12, 2011

    1st Circ. Says Insurer Isn't Liable In Cynosure Suit

    The First Circuit ruled Thursday that Cynosure Inc.'s insurer does not have to cover the manufacturer in a putative class action over its practice of sending so-called blast faxes to advertise its hair removal and skin rejuvenation products.

  • May 12, 2011

    Kinetic Unit Warned Over Breast Implant Marketing

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioned a Kinetic Concepts Inc. subsidiary last week over its failure to properly respond to an inspection of the company's promotion of breast implant products and sponsorship of clinical studies, according to a regulatory filing Thursday.

  • May 12, 2011

    Judge Keeps HP Hard Drive Suit In Federal Court

    A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to send back to state court a putative class action against Hewlett Packard Co., Costco Wholesale Corp. and others over a portable hard drive that allegedly doesn't operate as advertised.

  • May 12, 2011

    No Proof Oreck Vacuum Kills 99% Of Germs, Suit Says

    A consumer slapped Oreck Corp. with a class action in Illinois federal court Tuesday, claiming the company falsely advertised that its Halo vacuum could substantially reduce the risk of flu and eliminate virtually all common germs and allergens.

  • May 11, 2011

    Nutella False Marketing Action To Remain In Calif.

    A California federal judge on Wednesday denied Nutella maker Ferrero USA Inc.’s bid to transfer to New Jersey federal court a putative consumer class action claiming the company falsely marketed its popular spread as healthy for children.

  • May 11, 2011

    Google Sets Aside $500M For DOJ Ad Services Probe

    Google Inc. said Tuesday that it has set aside $500 million to take care of a government investigation into its online advertising practices, slashing its net income for the first quarter of 2011 from $2.3 billion to $1.8 billion.

  • May 11, 2011

    Q&A With Sidley Austin's Thomas Hanrahan

    Listen, and ask the stupid question, says Thomas P. Hanrahan, head of the Sidley Austin LLP's Los Angeles litigation group and global co-chairman of the firm's complex commercial litigation practice.

  • May 10, 2011

    Lawmakers Demand Recall Of Formaldehyde Hair Products

    Ten members of the U.S. House of Representatives asked the Food and Drug Administration on Friday to immediately issue a recall of hair-straightening products with high levels of formaldehyde that they say pose health risks for stylists and consumers.