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Shareholder class action lawsuits curtailed by Supreme Court

Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of corporate management, both in Michigan and nationwide, like a shareholder class action. On June 23, the Supreme Court has handed down a ruling that imposes new requirements on class-action fraud lawsuits by shareholders. The decision was closely watched and was not quite the sweeping decision that some advocates had been seeking because it only curbs the suits without eliminating them altogether.

Deceptive labeling case involves juice product

Michigan residents who purchase pomegranate juice products may be interested in a Supreme Court decision related to false advertising claims by Pom Wonderful. The Court ruled unanimously in favor of allowing the company to proceed with legal action against the Minute Maid unit of Coke. Pom claims that the labeling on Coke's Pomegranate Blueberry beverage misleads consumers because apple and grape juices account for 99 percent of the product's content. Pomegranate juice content in the product is .3 percent, and blueberry content is .2 percent. Raspberry accounts for .1 percent of the product. Pom's suit highlights the fact that labeling for the product uses larger type to note the pomegranate and blueberry aspects of the juice and that imagery uses a large, prominent picture of a pomegranate.

Verizon and Netflix spat heating up

Many Michigan residents connect to the Internet using the Verizon FiOS network and enjoy movies and television shows from the online streaming service Netflix. However a dispute between the two companies may put such an arrangement in jeopardy, and a June 5 cease and desist letter sent by Verizon to Netflix on June 5 could be a sign of imminent business litigation.

Autoliv settles class action suits

Michigan readers may be interested in the antitrust lawsuit settlements between Autoliv, Inc. and three classes of customers. According to reports, Autoliv is the world's largest supplier of automotive safety equipment, and the company manufactures and develops safety systems for the world's largest car manufacturers. It employs more than 56,000 people in 80 facilities throughout the world, and the company's 21 test tracks at ten tech centers in nine countries are the most of any automobile safety business.

As Lyft comes to Detroit, Uber still faces legal issues with city

Detroit area residents and visitors in need of a lift somewhere and don't want to find or pay for a taxi have had the option of getting an Uber vehicle for over a year now. Uber allows people to request a car, complete with driver, via a smartphone app. Now a similar service, Lyft, is also available in Detroit.

Iconic University of Michigan touchdown photo subject of lawsuit

For University of Michigan football fans, it doesn't get much better than defeating another Big Ten team. One of those defeats came back in 1991 when Michigan beat Ohio State University. After a touchdown, Michigan's Desmond Howard rejoiced by posing in the same position as the player on the Heisman Trophy. A photo taken of that moment is the subject of a lawsuit by the photographer who captured it against some corporate giants that have used the image.

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