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Alice Phillips

Alice Phillips is a litigation associate in the firm's Los Angeles office. She represents clients in all stages of complex civil litigation, including at trial.

Previously, Alice clerked for Judge John M. Walker, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Carol Bagley Amon on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

A Northern District of California court recently dismissed a putative California class action against The J.M. Smucker Company (“J.M. Smucker”) for lack of personal jurisdiction because it did not purposefully target California in operating its marketing website for the Folgers coffee brand.  See Carroll v. J.M. Smucker Co., No. 3:22-cv-08952 (N.D. Cal. June 15, 2023).

Continue Reading J.M. Smucker Defeats Putative VPPA Class Action on Jurisdictional Grounds

In a decision that boosts defendants’ chances of defeating mislabeling claims at the pleading stage, a Ninth Circuit panel held that that the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) expressly preempted plaintiffs’ claims.  See Pardini et al. v. Unilever United States, Inc., No. 21-16806 (9th Cir. Apr. 18, 2023). 

Continue Reading Challenge to “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spray” Labeling Is Preempted, Ninth Circuit Says

Dior recently defeated an Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) putative class action on the pleadings by arguing that BIPA’s exemption for patient data captured in a health care setting covered the plaintiff’s use of Dior’s virtual try-on tool while shopping for non-prescription sunglasses.  See Warmack-Stillwell v. Christian Dior, Inc., No. 1:22-CV-04633 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 10, 2023). 

Continue Reading Dior’s Virtual Try-On Tool Fits in BIPA Healthcare Exemption, Illinois Court Says