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By Reena R. Bajowala Class plaintiffs often accuse food manufacturers of misrepresenting some aspect of their product offerings. There are countless examples where the discrepancies latched onto by the plaintiffs’ bar between what the manufacturer advertised and what the consumer received are small. But how small is too small to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Consumer Law Round-Up
By Reena R. Bajowala Recently, a federal court in Chicago rejected an attempt to certify multi-state classes of consumers who purchased allegedly defective ovens manufactured by the Whirlpool Corporation. The plaintiffs claimed that the ovens had a design defect rendering them inoperable after one or more self-cleaning cycles. Plaintiff moved... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Consumer Law Round-Up
By Reena R. Bajowala A federal court in Chicago recently dismissed a lawsuit brought by Dale Sabo, an Illinois resident seeking to represent a multi-state class of consumers who bought defendant Wellpet LLC’s pet food products. Sabo alleged that the products were falsely labeled “Made in the USA,” but instead... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Consumer Law Round-Up
By Reena R. Bajowala On February 21, 2017, the comment period closes for draft guidance issued by the Food and Drug Administration setting a maximum lead content of 10 parts per million (ppm) in cosmetic lip products and externally applied cosmetics. The guidance also applies to shampoos and body lotions,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Consumer Law Round-Up
By Reena R. Bajowala Spokeo, Inc. v. Robbins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), which many read as elevating the standing requirements for statutory claims, remains an effective tool for class action defense lawyers – at least in some circuits. In other circuits, as we reported here and here, Spokeo has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Consumer Law Round-Up
By Reena R. Bajowala The Supreme Court started another term this week. One granted petition of interest is DeKalb County Pension Fund v. Transocean Ltd., which arises out of the Second Circuit’s ruling that the filing of a putative Rule 23 class action does not suspend the three-year period of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at Consumer Law Round-Up
Three named plaintiffs, on behalf of a class of Illinois residents, brought suit against Facebook under the Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 Ill. Comp. Stat. 14/1/ et seq. (“BIPA”), alleging that Facebook violated BIPA by amassing biometric data to fuel its “Tag Suggestions” program without their consent. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Consumer Law Round-Up
By Reena R. Bajowala In Allen v. Boeing Co., the court ended a two-year cycle of removal, remand and appeal under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”). Jocelyn Allen and a group of over 100 Washington property owners sued The Boeing Company (a Delaware Co.) in Washington State Court for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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