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Study Finds Los Angeles Sushi Restaurants Often Serve Mislabeled Fish

A new study from researchers at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University has found that approximately 47 percent of sushi that is served in restaurants across Los Angeles is mislabeled. The study was conducted by testing the DNA of fish at 26 local sushi restaurants. According to the study, the incidence and frequency of mislabeling greatly depend on the type of fish ordered. On one hand, salmon was labeled correctly about 90% of the time. On the other hand, fish labeled […]

Consumer Complaints Filed with the FTC Surged 20% in 2015, FTC Reports

Last year, about 500,000 more consumer complaints were filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) than in 2014, bringing the 2015 total to approximately 3 million filings. Over the past five years, the increase has been dramatic, as FTC consumer complaints have reportedly increased nearly 130 percent since 2010.1 While this snowballing trend may indicate an actual increase in bad business practices and fraud schemes in the U.S., the trend may also be in part the result of more consumers […]

What Justice Antonin Scalia’s Death Could Mean for Future of Consumer Class Actions

In the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, the fate of class action cases brought before the U.S. Supreme Court has come under serious question. While some are concerned that, most immediately, Scalia’s absence will cause more ties – allowing lower court decisions to stand, many others are hopeful that this could have positive impacts for the consumers and plaintiffs in class actions. Justice Scalia’s Legacy of Pro-Business Rulings that Limited Class Actions Known as a fervent opponent of class […]

Consumers Can Sue Companies for Falsely Labeling Products as ‘Organic,’ California State Court Rules

California consumers can sue companies they believe have falsely labeled items as ‘organic,’ the California Supreme Court ruled earlier this month in a 7-0 decision (in Quesada vs. Herb Thyme Farms, S216305). This ruling overturns a lower court’s ruling, which interpreted federal organic labeling laws as only allowing the federal government to sue for organic labeling violations. In this prior ruling, the lower court held that consumers can only complain to Department of Agriculture and that only federal authorities can […]

FDA Takes Action against Two Companies for Illegally Marketing Supplements as Drugs

NaturalDoctor and Biomedical Labs Rx have recently been sent warning letters from regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), claiming that at least some of their advertised claims violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (Act). Specifically, federal authorities have taken issue with the fact that NaturalDoctor and Biomedical Labs Rx have marketed their supplements as treatments, cure-alls or preventative medications despite the fact that none of these supplements has been FDA-approved for the advertised uses. NaturalDoctor’s […]

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