Proposition 65: Big Changes for Direct Marketers

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Starting next summer, you’ll be required put Proposition 65 product safety warnings in your catalogs and on your websites near every affected product.

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Class Actions: What Might Be On Your Horizon as a Direct Marketer?

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Companies who have faced class action lawsuits, even (and maybe especially) frivolous ones, won’t soon forget the experience.  Just getting a case dismissed, or fending off class certification in the first place, can be extraordinarily costly and stressful.   The amounts at stake are often huge–with potential downsides of “per violation” penalties in the four...

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Spokeo Speaks — Again

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In Robins v. Spokeo, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit has again allowed a case to go forward on a gossamer thread of alleged “harm,” despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s admonition that concrete harm must alleged.

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Reference Prices: Are You at Risk?

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Reference prices advise consumers that they are getting a bargain. The California Court of Appeal, however, just upheld a $6.8 million penalty on the grounds that a company’s use of list prices and comparison prices constituted a deceptive trade practice.  Amazon is also apparently under investigation for its use of list prices.  If past is prologue, we...

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Challenged Settlement Highlights Risk of Consumer Class Actions

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The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard oral argument on a challenge to a proposed class settlement in the case of Michael Rosman v. Radio Shack Corporation.  The lawsuit alleged that Radio Shack had violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (“FACT”), 15 U.S.C. §1681c(g), by printing the expiration date of the customer’s...

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