Tag: unfair competition

California Court Declines to Dismiss Food Label Class Action Despite Lack of Alleged Purchase Date

Food manufacturers received a setback earlier this week, when Judge Thelton Henderson of the Northern District of California ruled that where a consumer identifies a specific class period in which a defendant food manufacturer labeled its products in a deceptive manner, the consumer does not have to allege the specific date he or she purchased … Continue Reading

A Tale of Two Orders

Two recent court orders in motions to dismiss consumer fraud class actions illustrate the fine lines that exist in the analytical process courts engage in when determining whether or not a claim may continue forward. In Zeisel v. Diamond Foods, Inc., the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied Diamond Foods‘ motion … Continue Reading

“I Can’t Believe It’s Not Implausible” – Iqbal/Twombly Doctrine Does Not Result in Dismissal of Yumul Claims

As our own Ken Odza recently blogged, the plausibility pleading standard articulated by the Supreme Court in the Iqbal and Twombly cases resulted recently in the FRCP 12(b)(6) dismissal of misrepresentation claims against Unilever. That ruling seemed to indicate that consumer fraud claims would be vulnerable to motions for dismissal. However, in an order granting … Continue Reading

Court Cuts Back Claims In Great Pomegranate Dispute

By Guest Blogger Jay Eckhardt In a dispute over product labeling and marketing, the Coca-Cola Company avoids liability as a result of its careful compliance with FDA rules.  (Also, see Rick’s post from last week, regarding Coca-Cola’s victory in a dispute over its original formula label found on Coke® Classic.)  But pomegranate champion POM Wonderful can still pursue a Lanham Act  deceptive advertising claim against the company. On May 5 the U.S. District … Continue Reading

Froot Loops Litigation: An Endless Loop for Kellogg’s?

Just over forty years ago, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young came out with their Déja Vu album. Attorneys at Kellogg USA are undoubtedly thinking, “We have all been here before.”  Froot Loops pre-dated Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  I remember taking the Kellogg’s factory tour in Battle Creek and being handed an individual-sized packet at the end … Continue Reading

Opening the Door to More Litigation Between Food Companies? See POM v. Ocean Spray Decision

False advertising claims under the Lanham Act and corresponding state law claims for food companies can be tough going. Many intersect issues regulated by the FDA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). No private right of enforcement of the FDA regulations exists. Only the FDA is allowed to bring a legal action … Continue Reading

Bottled Water Association Sues Over Water Bottle Ads

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is taking aim at an advertising campaign for Eco Canteen stainless steel water bottles, claiming the ads wrongly suggest that plastic water bottles are unhealthy and unsafe. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, IBWA claims that Eco Canteen’s television … Continue Reading
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