Andrew J. Scholz

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Slack Fill Claim Dismissed from Southern District of New York

A recent decision from the Southern District of New York demonstrates the increasing scrutiny of “slack fill” claims. In Morrison v. Barcel USA, LLC, the plaintiff filed a putative class action predicated on the theory that the plaintiff purchased certain bags of tortilla chips and that they contained “too much air and too few chips.” Specifically, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant increased the size of the bags and filled them with “empty space to make it appear to consumers that they are buying more…  

California Bill Aims to Ban Cosmetics That Includes Certain Ingredients

After banning sales of animal-tested cosmetics, California is now considering a law that bans cosmetic products with ingredients that the State of California determines are “poisonous” or are “deleterious substance[s] that may render it injurious to users when used as directed.” According to proposed Section 111673 of the Health and Safety Code, a cosmetic would be deemed “adulterated” if any of the listed ingredients were “intentionally added” to the cosmetic. The ingredients in the proposed bill include asbestos, lead, dibutyl phthalate, diethylhexyl phthalate, formaldehyde,…