Did the Other Shoe Drop? Another Class Action Against New Balance for its Made in USA” Claims

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The FTC regularly investigates Made in USA claims, but private actions have been less frequent. New Balance, however, has faced at least two class action lawsuits alleging it falsely advertises its footwear products as Made in the USA.” The most recent complaint , proposing a nationwide class, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and alleges violations of California’s False Advertising Law, Unfair Competition Law, and Consumers Legal Remedies Act, as well as fraud and breach of warranty. New Balance has filed a motion to dismiss, asserting that plaintiffs are trying to re-litigate the same legal theories and the same conduct involved in a case that New Balance previously settled. In the previous case, without admitting liability, New Balance agreed to take additional steps (operative by the 2019 settlement date) to disclose that its shoes have domestic value of 70% or greater” and to pay $750,000.