Consumer Law

1753 ABA Journal Consumer Law articles.

Physician calling himself ‘the real Dr. Joshi’ sues indicted doctor with the same name

A Chicago-area pain management physician, dubbed “the real Dr. Joshi,” has filed suit against a physician with the same name who pleaded guilty in July to illegally distributing opioid medications.

The fix is in: How right-to-repair laws can improve tech and the environment

As companies look to confound consumers’ ability to fix their electronics, they are creating an expensive, wasteful and unnecessary hardship on consumers’ pocketbooks and the environment.

Judge cites consumer agency’s structure in tossing suit accusing firm of misleading 9/11 responders

New York’s attorney general will have to use state courts if the office wants to pursue RD Legal Funding, a company that provides advances to people expecting settlement money, a…

FDA has ‘unreasonably delayed’ graphic warnings on cigarette packs, Mass. federal court rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has unreasonably delayed enforcing a 2009 law calling for graphic warnings on cigarette packages, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Wednesday.

“The court must compel…

Candy and snack companies sued for packages with empty space instead of extra product
Federal and state slack-fill lawsuits charge that companies cheat shoppers with deceptively large packages.
Class action filed against Google over location tracking
A California man has brought a suit against Google for collecting location data, even when “Location History” was turned off.
Dog on a lease? Woman surprised to learn pet she paid for was a rental

New York could become the third state to ban animal rentals after the state attorney general filed a fraud suit against a chain called The Pet Zone that includes allegations…

California law gives consumers new rights to prevent collection and sale of online data
A new data privacy law in California will give consumers the right to obtain data collected about them, the right to request deletion of the data, and the right to direct a business not to sell the information to third parties.
Judge rules Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutionally structured and can’t sue

A federal judge in Manhattan ruled Thursday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has no authority to sue a legal funding company because the agency’s structure is unconstitutional.

U.S. District…

Federal judge approves AT&T-Time Warner merger, warns stay request would be unjust
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has approved AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner after concluding that the U.S. Justice Department did not prove that the $85.4 billion deal would harm consumers.
DC ethics board seeks suspension for ex-judge’s ‘manifestly absurd’ claims in $67M lost-pants suit
A stayed suspension is too light a punishment for a former administrative law judge who sued his dry cleaners for $67 million for allegedly losing his pants, according to the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility.
Was law prof part of a lawsuit-plotting ‘cabal’? State ridicules ‘imagined conspiracy’
A cable provider sued by the state of New York for allegedly overpromising internet speeds has notified the judge that it intends to claim the state of New York conspired with a law professor and technology companies to bring the lawsuit.
Law firms hire company to send ads to ER patients’ cellphones; is it a HIPAA violation?
Some personal injury law firms plan to use a technology called “geofencing” to send ads to cellphones of patients in emergency rooms, pain clinics and chiropractor offices.
Federal judge scolds slow-moving BigLaw lawyers, enforces oral agreement to settle class action
A federal judge in New Jersey is requiring Samsung Electronics America to abide by an oral agreement to settle two would-be class actions involving drain pumps in washing machines.
Judge tosses suits claiming Poland Spring misleads consumers about water source

A Connecticut federal judge has tossed four consolidated class action lawsuits that claimed Nestle’s Poland Spring bottled water is misleading consumers because its water doesn’t come from a naturally occurring…

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