A California federal court has dismissed a lawsuit against Yakult USA at the request of the plaintiff following two denials of class certification and standing for an injunction. Torrent v. Yakult USA Inc., No. 15-0124 (C.D. Cal., S. Div., order entered August 23, 2016). Yakult argued that the court should refuse to grant the dismissal because the plaintiff was seeking to ensure appellate jurisdiction, but the court rejected that logic. “It would be inappropriate for this Court to refuse Plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal with prejudice to attempt to force Plaintiff’s continued litigation of these claims and preclude [appellate] review,” the court found.
The plaintiff previously attempted to obtain standing for an injunction by purchasing Yakult again after the court told him he would be unlikely to purchase the product in the future because he believed the healthful claims of the product to be untrue. Details about the denials of certification and standing for injunctive relief appear in Issues 589 and 597 of this Update.