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Class Certification Granted In Canada Dry Ginger Ale False Advertising Suit

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael M. Cousins of the Northern District of California granted class certification to consumers in a case against Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (“Dr Pepper”) on June 26, 2018. Consumers successfully proved a sufficient number of people relied on the claim that Dr Pepper’s Canada Dry ginger ale (“Canada Dry”) is “made […]

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How a business can smartly respond to an employment law concern

Some areas of American law are comparatively accessible and easy to understand. Their subject matter does not spill forth from thousands of legal tomes and entail dense judicial opinions spanning virtually every aspect of human behavior and interaction. Employment law is not one of those realms. We quickly note that on our website at the […]

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Instagram Model Files Class Action against PopSugar

Instagram influencer Nita Mann (“Mann”) filed a proposed class action suit in the Northen District of California on June 25, 2018, against lifestyle and media company PopSugar, Inc. (“PopSugar”). Mann, who graduated with a law degree from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University and boasts over 200,000 Instagram followers, accused PopSugar of […]

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Cruise Control Malfunction Causes a Recall of Over 4.8 Million Vehicles

On May 25, 2018, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (“FCA”) recalled 4.8 million vehicles due to a possible cruise control malfunction, including various models of Chryslers, Dodges, Jeeps, and Ram pickups. The recall is to resolve the “unlikely” possibility that the cruise control system fails to turn off upon driver command. The malfunction will only occur if […]

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Merrill Lynch to Pay $42 Million Penalty for Obscuring Trade Locations

The brokerage firm, Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith Inc. (“Merrill Lynch”), agreed on June 19, 2018 to pay a $42 million fine to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for misleading its customers as to where their trades actually occurred. This agreement follows a previous $42 million fine in March settling identical allegations […]

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Three key things to understand about workplace sexual harassment

In the last year, the #metoo movement has had a powerful impact on the employment landscape. Thousands of courageous sexual harassment victims around the country have come forward and spoken out against this pervasive problem. More than ever, society is sending a strong message that sexual harassment will have consequences. If you’re contending with uninvited […]

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Walgreens Held Liable for Pharmacist’s Vehicle Accident

On June 13, 2018, a Louisiana Court of Appeal panel for the Third Circuit affirmed a previous judge’s ruling finding Walgreen Co. (“Walgreens”) vicariously liable for the damages resulting from a car accident caused by one of its pharmacists. Walgreens pharmacist, Vivian Boutte (“Boutte”), was driving home from a training seminar in 2014 when her […]

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Former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Files Class Action Seeking Equal Pay and Overtime Pay

On June 12, 2018, Erica Wilkins (“Wilkins”), a former cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys (“Cowboys”), filed a lawsuit against the team in Texas federal court on behalf of herself and other Cowboys’ cheerleaders. Wilkins, who worked for the Cowboys from May 2014 until August 2017, accused the team of paying its cheerleaders less than “Rowdy,” […]

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Binding arbitration turns out to be, well, not binding

Here’s a story with a California nexus that easily relates to residents in Connecticut and all other states. It involves a smartphone, namely the Samsung S7 Edge, which owner Daniel Ramirez had high expectation for following his purchase of the once highly touted product (the S7 is no longer on the market). Ramirez obviously expected […]

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Ferrara Candy Co. Agrees to $2.5M Settlement

Ferrara Candy Co. (“Ferrara”), maker of Jujyfruits, Now and Later, Lemonheads, and other candies, has agreed to a $2.5 million settlement to end a proposed class action suit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. In the complaint, plaintiff, Thomas Iglesias (“Plaintiff”), alleged that 41% of Ferrara’s candy boxes […]