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Ninth Circuit Eases Consumer Class Action Restrictions

January 27th, 2017

The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals began 2017 by helping all consumers in California and its other states and territories (Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Montana, Idaho and Guam).  In Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., ___ F.3d ___ (9th Cir. Jan. 3, 2017),  the Ninth Circuit affirmed class certification for consumers in 11 states challenging ConAgra’s 100%...

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States Increase Minimum Wages

January 9th, 2017

New York workers, along with workers in 18 other states, are ringing in 2017 with higher minimum wage laws.  These increases are crucial to low wage workers as the federal minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 per hour since 2009.  With Andy Puzder, Chief Executive of CKE Restaurants and a vocal critic of efforts to increase the federal minimum wage, likely to be appointed as...

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Generic Drug Companies Face Price-Fixing Charges

January 7th, 2017

After a two year investigation, twenty state attorneys general recently filed a lawsuit against six generic drug companies, alleging that they colluded to fix prices and allocate markets for two generic drugs: doxycycline hyclate delayed release, an antibiotic, and glyburide, an oral diabetes medication. The generic companies named are Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc., Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc.,...

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GMO False Advertising Claims On The Rise

January 5th, 2017

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) appear today in many manufactured food products.  It is estimated that over 90% of the corn crops in the United States consist of GMO corn.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has entertained public commentary on the term “natural,” but to date has not provided a definition.  As regarding products containing GMO, the FDA has not expressed...

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Information Privacy Concerns Will Continue To Plague Companies And Consumers in 2017

January 3rd, 2017

According to recent reports, consumers, in 2017, will continue to be threatened by data privacy attacks.  Data privacy is comprised of external cyber attacks; or violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by the companies directly.  The victim is the consumer. In the past couple years, several widespread data breaches have plagued consumers of companies and organizations at...

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