On June 2, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that he had submitted final CCPA regulations to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for review. The final regulations are substantively identical to the second set of modified proposed regulations, which the AG released in March. In addition, the AG issued a Final Statement of Reasons that (1) explains the changes between the first draft and final regulations, and (2) is accompanied by Appendices that respond to each public comment received throughout the rulemaking process – including written comments submitted in response to each draft of proposed regulations and those provided at the four public hearings held in December 2019.
On May 22, Central California District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips granted CBD retailer CV Sciences, Inc.’s (CV Sciences) request to stay the case of Colette et al. v. CV Sciences Inc., Case No. 2:19-cv-10227 (C.D. Cal), until the U.S. Food and drug Administration (FDA) completes its rule making regarding the marketing and labeling of CBD ingestible products. This marks the second time this year that a federal court has paused class action litigation over alleged mis-branding of products containing CBD.
EPA issued another in a series of recent advisories aiming to clarify for consumers and companies what they need to know about disinfectant products claiming to kill the coronavirus. EPA is actively investigating the numerous tips and complaints it continues to receive concerning products marketed with possibly false and misleading coronavirus/COVID-19 related claims.
In previous posts, we’ve written about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Like it or hate it, Section 230 has become integral to the internet, and it’s no exaggeration to say that social media probably couldn’t work without it. As a refresher, Section 230 generally states that an online platform can’t be held liable as a publisher or speaker for content provided by someone else. The law does not provide a blanket immunity, however. Platforms can be held liable when they are “responsible, in whole or in part, for the creation or development” of unlawful content. The question in many CDA cases is at what point a platform crosses the line between simply allowing others to post content and playing a role in the creation of that content.
In a victory for cosmetics companies everywhere, the Second Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of slack fill allegations claiming that L’Oréal’s pump dispense mechanism for serums, lotions, and liquid makeup prevents consumers from utilizing every drop of product.
A recent Marketplace Tech podcast episode on the spike in demand for mental health apps caught our attention. As shocking headlines and stay-at-home orders rolled across the country, demand for mental health apps increased almost 30% since the pandemic began, according to CNBC. And there is a wide variety of options to choose from, with roughly 20,000 mental health apps available across app stores. This got the editors of Marketplace Tech asking two questions: Do mental health apps work? And what are the regulatory and privacy implications? It’s worth a listen when you have time and we figured that we could weigh in as well.
Do they work?
Federal regulators continued their efforts to combat the spread of products featuring allegedly false and misleading claims that products can diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent COVID-19. In warning letters issued to CBD Gaze, Alternavita, Musthavemom.com, and Careful Cents LLC, the agencies identify the respective recipients as participants in the Amazon Affiliate program. Amazon Affiliates are marketers who earn commissions by promoting products sold on Amazon. The letters state that the products at issue, which include essential oils, grapefruit seed extracts, cod liver oil, and others, feature false treatment and prevention claims.
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