It's been a busy year for the Consumer Law Round-Up. Launched by the firm’s Consumer Law Practice, the blog updates readers on key developments within consumer law and provides insights that are relevant to companies and individuals that may be affected by the ever-increasing patchwork of federal and state consumer protection statutes. In 2016, the Consumer Law Round-Up featured posts by approximately 20 different authors for a total of nearly 100 posts for the year.

Below is a list of the Top 10 most popular posts of 2016.

#1 What’s That Trump University Lawsuit About Anyway?

On Super Tuesday, the news regarding Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump was not limited to the campaign trail. On March 1, 2016, the New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Division reinstated claims in a 2013 suit filed by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman alleging that Trump University (“TU”) “through various fraudulent practices,[] intentionally misled more than 5,000 students nationwide...Read more

#2 Ninth Circuit Hears Oral Argument in Two Significant Consumer Class Action Appeals

On Monday September 12, the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in two consumer class action appeals – Brazil v. Dole and Briseno v. ConAgra – that could significantly impact California consumer protection law...Read more

#3 New Federal Trade Secrets Legislation Passed

On April 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, the much-debated federal legislation that provides a civil right of action under the existing Economic Espionage Act of 1996 to prevent or redress a theft of trade secrets...Read more

#4 German Data Protection Authorities Start to Bring Enforcement Actions on Safe Harbor

In February, the Hamburg Data Protection Commissioner Johannes Caspar announced three enforcement actions against (unnamed) subsidiaries of U.S. companies for non-compliance with valid data transfer mechanisms...Read More

#5 Surprise! An Undisclosed Third Party May be Able to Compel Arbitration if the Issues in Dispute are Intertwined with the Arbitration Agreement

A California federal district court recently granted defendant Turn, Inc.’s motion to compel arbitration of a dispute with a putative class of New York Verizon subscribers...Read more

#6 Class of Illinois Users “Tag” Facebook with Action Under Illinois Biometric Privacy Law

Three named plaintiffs, on behalf of a class of Illinois residents, brought suit against Facebook under the Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 Ill. Comp. Stat. 14/1/ et seq. (“BIPA”), alleging that Facebook violated BIPA by amassing biometric data to fuel its “Tag Suggestions” program without their consent...Read more

#7 Spokeo and Wheel – Rolling Thru Recent Circuit Court Cases

Five months have passed since the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, where the Court held (on the one hand) that a “violation of a procedural right granted by statute can be sufficient...Read more

#8 Is the Chobani Yogurt False Advertising Dispute a Sign of Growing Food Fights?

On January 29, 2016, U.S. District Judge David Hurd in the Northern District of New York ordered Greek Yogurt maker Chobani to end its recent advertisements negatively referencing the products of its biggest competitors, Yoplait (General Mills) and Dannon...Read more

#9 What a Change in IARC’s Classification Means for Products That Have Been Branded (Possibly, Probably) Cancer-Causing

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (“IARC”), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, garnered attention in June 2016 when it deemed coffee “not classifiable” in terms of whether it increases human cancer risk...Read more

#10 How Far Does American Pipe Tolling Reach?

The Supreme Court started another term in October. One granted petition of interest is DeKalb County Pension Fund v. Transocean Ltd., which arises out of the Second Circuit’s ruling that the filing of a putative Rule 23 class action does not suspend the three-year period of repose for claims brought under Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act...Read more