Consumer Protection

  • June 21, 2011

    Suit Says Ramona's Mislabels Burrito Sodium Info

    A former customer beaned Ramona's Mexican Food Products Inc. with a class action in California state court Friday, alleging its burritos contain at least twice the calories and sodium levels claimed on their packaging.

  • June 17, 2011

    Ford Hit With Class Action Over Cracked Tailgates

    A proposed nationwide class of customers sued Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday in California, alleging the automaker refused to fix cracks in their sport utility vehicles' tailgates under a warranty even though it knew a defect had caused the cracks.

  • June 17, 2011

    Kiss My Face, 25 Others Sued Over 'Organic' Labels

    An environmental health group sued 26 cosmetics companies including Kiss My Face Corp. in California state court on Thursday, alleging their products touted as organic do not come close to meeting the Golden State's requirements for the label.

  • June 17, 2011

    J&J Faces Suit Over Benecol Cholesterol Claims

    Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary were hit with a putative class action in California on Tuesday accusing the companies of making false health claims about their margarinelike spread Benecol.

  • June 15, 2011

    Dreyer's Falsely Marks 'All Natural' Ice Cream, Suit Says

    Nestle SA subsidiary Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Inc. was hit with a putative class action in California federal court on Tuesday contending that it falsely labels many of its ice cream products as all natural.

  • June 15, 2011

    Q&A With Jones Day's Matt Kairis

    Don’t leave any openings for someone to reinvent history, says Matthew Kairis, a litigation partner in Jones Day's Columbus, Ohio, office.

  • June 15, 2011

    Chase To Pay $27M For Allegedly Shady Sales Tactics

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday agreed to pay $27 million to settle allegations from the U.S. government that it pressured auto loan customers to purchase credit protection.

  • June 14, 2011

    FDA Warns Matrixx Over Zicam Marketing

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed Tuesday that it had warned Matrixx Initiatives Inc. over the company's marketing of two Zicam products as cold remedies without the agency's approval.

  • June 14, 2011

    RX-8 Owners Sue Mazda Over Stalling Defect

    Mazda Motor of America Inc. was hit Friday with a putative class action in California alleging the automaker knew of a defect that could cause stalling problems with its RX-8 sports car but hid it from consumers and failed to correct the defect.

  • June 13, 2011

    ABC, Others Settle Action Over Web Privacy Breaches

    A California federal judge on Monday approved a $2.4 million settlement in two consolidated class actions alleging that Internet service providers working with numerous major online portals — including the websites of ABC, NBC, Fox, Disney and MTV — tracked users without their knowledge or consent.

  • June 10, 2011

    Novo Settles Drug Marketing Claims For $26.7M

    Novo Nordisk Inc. announced Friday that it would pay $26.7 million to resolve federal investigations and False Claims Act lawsuits in New York and Maryland brought by former employees and a physician over the marketing of its drugs for bleeding disorders and diabetes.

  • June 9, 2011

    Senate Panel Approves Bill To Fight Seafood Fraud

    A Senate panel Wednesday voted to approve the Commercial Seafood Consumer Protection Act, a bill designed to strengthen federal seafood safety programs and combat seafood fraud.

  • June 9, 2011

    FDA Takes First Step Toward Regulating Nanotechnology

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced draft guidance about the use of nanotechnology by industries the agency regulates, calling it the “first step” in determining whether products contain the emerging technology.

  • June 9, 2011

    Hartford Wants Off Hook For Credit Card Info Actions

    Hartford Fire Insurance Co. sued Children's Place Retail Stores Inc. in New Jersey last week, arguing that it shouldn't have to cover the clothing retailer for putative class litigation alleging improper collection of customers' personal information during credit card transactions.

  • June 8, 2011

    Medical Food Makers Settle False Advertising Suit

    Brookstone Pharmaceuticals LLC on Tuesday settled a false advertising and unfair competition suit that alleged the drugmaker had falsely claimed to be selling a generic medical food with the same benefits as one developed by Pamlab LLC.

  • June 8, 2011

    American National To Pay $9M To End Class Action

    A California federal judge on Wednesday preliminarily approved a settlement of more than $9 million between American National Insurance Co. and a class of seniors who alleged the insurer charged them hidden costs on annuities.

  • June 8, 2011

    Consumer Wins Class Cert. In Walnut Label Suit

    A California federal judge granted class certification Tuesday in a suit alleging Diamond Foods Inc. misleadingly promotes its walnuts as capable of promoting heart health, rejecting the packaged food company's contention that the named plaintiff lacked standing.

  • June 7, 2011

    Class Action Over Sprint 4G Network Tossed

    Sprint Nextel Corp. on Tuesday escaped a putative class action accusing the company of falsely claiming its smartphones offer 4G wireless service after a California federal judge ruled he lacks personal jurisdiction over the company.

  • June 6, 2011

    Consumer Claims Polaroid TVs Pose Fire Threat

    A consumer launched a putative class action Monday against Polaroid Corp. in Minnesota federal court, claiming the company’s liquid crystal display TVs contain design flaws that cause them to break and in some cases smoke or catch fire.

  • June 6, 2011

    Beacon Hit With Class Suit Over Ignored Insurance Claims

    A Louisiana woman filed a putative class action in Florida federal court on Monday accusing automotive insurer Beacon Industries Worldwide Inc. of systematically decreasing and failing to pay policyholders’ claims made under deficiency waiver contracts.