FDA RAISES WARNING FLAGS FOR MARKETING OF CBD PRODUCTS

Happy New Year! 2019 was quite the year in many regards. One such area was the significant growth of the CBD marketplace. In response, in the last quarter of the year, the Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) got busy issuing warning letters and posting consumer notices regarding the safety and use of cannabidiol ("CBD"). For [...]

Unapproved Drug Claims – The Continuing Saga for Cosmetic Brands

Unapproved "drug" claims - a continuing saga. In prior posts we have discussed the importance of cosmetic brands to avoid "drug" claims, and have discussed court rulings on the topic. Unfortunately, such marketing claims continue to be boasted by big and small brands alike, so it is no surprise we have seen an increase in [...]

Unintentional Drug Claims on Cosmetics Not Actionable

Unintentional Drug Claims on Cosmetics Not Actionable

Last month, a long running case against Beiersdorf, Inc., makers of Nivea, was dismissed.  I would normally prepare a summary myself, but in this case, the first 3 paragraphs of the court's opinion provides a great summary: Five years ago, Ashley Franz purchased a $10 bottle of Nivea's Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion from a [...]

Starbucks False Advertising Case Dismissed: Yes, Cold Drinks Contain Ice

Starbucks False Advertising Case Dismissed: Yes, Cold Drinks Contain Ice

(Okay-- so this one isn't specifically a "cosmetics" case-- but its provides some good "Take Away" points) Last Friday (Aug. 19, 2016), a California federal judge dismissed a proposed class action against Starbucks based on its purported trickery of under filling its cups with actual liquid, explaining that a reasonable consumer would expect a cold drink [...]

Even More July Warning Letters…

Even More July Warning Letters…

Today the FDA posted an additional 5 warning letters issued at the end of July to cosmetics companies addressing drug claims. The letters were issued to:  MiN New York;  Lavian Ltd.; Peter Thomas Roth Labs, LLC; TPR Holdings LLC; and Finally Pure, LLC. The challenged claims were very similar to those claims addressed in the [...]

Court Dismissals of “Made in USA” Class Actions

Two cases involving allegations that companies falsely labeled their products as "Made in USA" and thereby violated California's "Made in USA" statute have recently been dismissed.  In April, the Southern District Court of California dismissed all claims against Heinz.  Then, earlier this month on June 6, the Central District Court of California dismissed all claims against Stearn's Products.  [...]

FTC Challenges “All Natural” & “100% Natural” Claims

FTC Challenges “All Natural” & “100% Natural” Claims

On April 12, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced agreements with four cosmetics companies to settle charges by the FTC that the companies falsely advertised their products as "all natural" or "100% natural" even though their products contained synthetic ingredients.  The FTC also issued a complaint against a fifth company. If you have attended one of [...]