Morgan v. Wallaby Yogurt Co., No. 13cv0296 (N.D. Cal.): The court granted in part, and denied in part, defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ complaint that alleged that various Wallaby yogurt products were mislabeled by listing ECJ as an ingredient. The court rejected Wallaby’s primary jurisdiction defense, explaining that determining whether a label is misleading is within the court’s abilities. The court also turned back defendant’s preemption defense. The court did, however, dismiss plaintiffs’ claims that the listing of ECJ as an ingredient was an “unfair” practice under California consumer protection law, because plaintiffs had not sufficiently alleged how that listing would deceive a reasonable consumer. Order.

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Charles Sipos is a class action litigator with more than two decades of experience focusing on technology, consumer goods, and privacy issues.

He litigates class actions nationwide and has appeared and argued on behalf of defendants in federal courts, including in California, Colorado…

Charles Sipos is a class action litigator with more than two decades of experience focusing on technology, consumer goods, and privacy issues.

He litigates class actions nationwide and has appeared and argued on behalf of defendants in federal courts, including in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. Charles’ litigation successes have included dismissals and summary judgment based on lack of Article III injury, statutory standing under consumer protection laws, federal preemption, primary jurisdiction, failure to allege damages, First Amendment protection for commercial speech, the “reasonable consumer” standard, and related defenses.