News from October 2016

Proposed Nature's Way coconut oil class action moves forward

By Andrew Burger | Oct 3, 2016

A California federal judge denied most, but not all, of motions to dismiss and strike a proposed class action lawsuit on Aug. 12 that claimed Nature's Way falsely labeled and advertised its coconut oil as healthy.

Side agreements with environmental regulators an uphill battle in court

By Robert Lawson | Oct 3, 2016

A recent case in Illinois federal court has brought attention to the fact that organizations need to pay close attention to specific and strict requirements of the environmental regulators, even when they have come to so-called side agreements with them. Why? Citizen lawsuits.

Appeals court upholds dissolve of consent degree in 'unusual' Florida case

By Robert Lawson | Oct 3, 2016

It doesn't pay to wait 15 years if you're trying to proceed with a motion on a consent decree, as Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Gerald Maatman points out.

TV One News, owner allegedly libeled businessman

By Wadi Reformado | Oct 3, 2016

An individual has filed a lawsuit against a Pakistan-based television station and its broadcaster for alleged libel and slander that occurred in a segment that aired.

Playtex allegedly falsified SPF coverage in Banana Boat Kids sunscreen

By Wadi Reformado | Oct 3, 2016

A consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer of Banana Boat Kids sunscreen SPF 50 for alleged fraud and negligent misrepresentation.

University of Phoenix allegedly violated federal telephone harassment statutes

By Wadi Reformado | Oct 3, 2016

An individual has filed a class action lawsuit against the educational institution for allegedly violating federal telephone harassment statutes.

California consumer accuses health insurance marketers of phone harassment

By Michael Abella | Oct 3, 2016

A California consumer is suing health insurance marketers, alleging telephone harassment.

California customers accuse General Mills of false advertising

By Wadi Reformado | Oct 3, 2016

Two California consumers are suing General Mills, alleging negligent misrepresentation and unfair competition.

Employees allege Northlake company failed to pay bonuses

By Michael Abella | Oct 3, 2016

Four employees are suing a Northlake company, alleging breach of contract in loss of bonus payments. 

Indiana wine retailer, consumers accuse Illinois officials of discrimination

By Wadi Reformado | Oct 3, 2016

An Indiana wine dealer and two consumers are suing Illinois government officials, alleging discrimination on what wines can be sold to Illinois consumers.

Plaintiffs attorney: U.S. SC decision won’t stop companies from finding ways to head off class actions

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 3, 2016

Attorney David Stein, who often represents consumers in complex consumer protection and financial fraud cases against Fortune 100 companies, said in a lot of cases, voluntary reimbursement or relief is not enough for plaintiffs.

Woman alleges Galaxy S7's water-resistant claims are false after toilet drop causes phone to malfunction

By Tara Mapes | Oct 4, 2016

A California woman is suing Samsung, alleging fraud, false advertising and unjust enrichment for selling a water-resistant phone she claims didn’t resist water at all.

Attorney: L.A. plaintiff may have easier time in California court proving his lawsuit against Zara

By Karen Kidd | Oct 4, 2016

A Los Angeles man may have a tough time proving deception in his class action lawsuit against the Spanish clothing manufacturer, but may have a better shot in California than in other jurisdictions, a Palo Alto attorney said in a recent interview.

Spokeo impact remains to be seen as lawsuits over N.J. law advance

By Carrie Salls | Oct 4, 2016

A recent class action lawsuit filed against Facebook Inc. in connection with the social media site’s requirement that users agree to the company’s conditions is one of many suits being filed under New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer, Contract Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA).

CFPB's victory over CashCall a win for consumers, expert says

By Chad Birt | Oct 4, 2016

A Los Angeles federal judge’s ruling against CashCall Inc. over alleged predatory lending practices is a win for consumers, an expert in responsible lending says.

Zipcar alleges former employee breached contract

By Wadi Reformado | Oct 4, 2016

The car-sharing company is suing a former employee, alleging he disclosed confidential information to his new employer. 

Email subscriber files class action against Yahoo!

By Wadi Reformado | Oct 4, 2016

The North Carolina woman is suing Yahoo!, alleging breach of contract after having her personal information stolen from her email account.

Unnamed company wins ruling against Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

By Dawn Geske | Oct 4, 2016

A judge has ruled against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's efforts to release the identity of a John Doe company under investigation by the organization.

EEOC targets U. of Denver for allegedly paying female professors less than male counterparts

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 5, 2016

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced a lawsuit against the University of Denver for allegations of paying female employees lower wages than men.

EEOC targets 7-Eleven chain in Oklahoma for alleged disability discrimination

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 5, 2016

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced a lawsuit against Brown-Thompson General Partnership, doing business as 7-Eleven, for allegations of disability discrimination.

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