Consumer Law

1788 ABA Journal Consumer Law articles.

Cure or Con? Health products touted on social media are slipping by regulators

Social media offers cheap and targeted advertising that regulators don’t have the time or resources to fully monitor. Deceptive health claims that would land a company in court if made on television or radio are slipping by online.

Malpractice suit claims BigLaw firm revealed too much information in discovery
A malpractice lawsuit filed against Littler Mendelson claims that the law firm gave too much information to a client’s opponent during discovery in a dispute over overtime pay.
Afternoon Briefs: Giuliani considered representing Ukraine prosecutor; US opinion shifts on death penalty

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Suit says Ben & Jerry’s claims of ‘happy cows’ from ‘caring dairy’ program are deceiving consumers
A would-be class action lawsuit says the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company is misleading consumers when it touts its milk and cream come from “happy cows” on "caring dairy" farms.
Former mortgage-relief law firms ordered to pay $59M for misrepresenting their services
A federal judge in Wisconsin has ordered two defunct mortgage-relief law firms and their attorney principals to pay $59 million in restitution and civil penalties for misrepresenting their services to consumers.
Afternoon Briefs: DOJ opens criminal review of Russia probe; DeVos held in contempt

Department of Justice reportedly opens criminal inquiry into origins of Russia probe

The U.S. Department of Justice’s review of the origins of the Russia probe has shifted from an administrative…

Afternoon Briefs: Trump couldn’t be prosecuted even if he shot someone, lawyer argues; Kellogg’s to pay $20M

Sitting president can’t be prosecuted even if he shot someone, Trump lawyer argues

A sitting president couldn’t be investigated and prosecuted by New York authorities even if he shot someone…

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer accused of shaking down clients; Taco Bell sued over advertised price

Lawyer accused of shaking down Colombian clients through false promises

A Texas lawyer who markets himself as the “DWI Dude” is on trial for allegedly shaking down three Colombian clients…

SCOTUS to review constitutionality of financial watchdog agency
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether the single-director structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau violates the separation of powers.
Lawyer sues gin-maker based on obscure 150-year-old law
A class action lawsuit against the maker of Bombay Sapphire gin is based on an obscure Florida law that makes it a felony to sell alcohol containing the spice grains of paradise, which is one of the liquor’s ingredients.
Afternoon Briefs: New win for flag burner in SCOTUS case; Johnson & Johnson seeks mistrial for stricken closing

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Overruling its own precedent, 7th Circuit curbs FTC’s ability to obtain restitution

The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled that the Federal Trade Commission did not have the authority to seek restitution from fraudsters by invoking a section…

Afternoon Briefs: Once-high-profile lawyer disbarred; prescription diet cat food lawsuit reinstated

Lawyer who represented Oklahoma City bomber is disbarred

A Colorado lawyer who once represented Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh has been disbarred at age 77. Dennis Hartley’s misconduct included converting…

Afternoon Briefs: Woman fined $100K for dirty pool and tall grass; county bar sued for pregnancy bias

A Florida woman who was fined $100,000 for a dirty pool and overgrown grass is facing a lawsuit by the city of Dunedin. The woman, Kristi Allen, had moved…

Afternoon Briefs: Judge’s sex-bias accuser accused of seeking attention; lawyer disbarred for office assault

A California appellate judge accused of longtime sexual harassment is a friendly man now being judged through the lens of the #MeToo era, his lawyer told an ethics…

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