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N.Y. Federal Judge Will Not Consider Veil Piercing In Vitamin C Price-Fixing Case

NEW YORK - The holding company of a vitamin C manufacturer must defend claims against it in litigation alleging that Chinese corporations participated in an illegal cartel to fix prices and limit supply for exports of vitamin C to the United States, a ...read more

Student-Athletes' Antitrust Lawsuit Related To Scholarships Is Dismissed

INDIANAPOLIS - Student-athletes who brought a putative class action against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, alleging that three NCAA bylaws violated federal antitrust law, failed to define a legally cognizable market, a federal judge in ...read more

Federal Judge Dismisses Antitrust Claim For Failure ToAllege Market Power

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Home purchasers who sued a subdivision's developer, builder and seller, alleging that the defendants manipulated the market value of the homes in the subdivision in violation of the Sherman Act, failed to allege market power in ...read more

Jury Finds Chinese Vitamin C Makers Fixed Prices; $153.3M Judgment Entered

NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on March 14 entered judgment for $153.3 million after trebling a jury's $54.1 million verdict in favor of a direct purchaser class on its allegations that Chinese corporations participated in an illegal cartel ...read more

Court Allows Lawyer's Competition Law Action Against Online Legal Provider

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A lawyer claiming increased costs and reduced income from an online legal provider's conduct alleges injury under the California unfair competition law (UCL) and may pursue the action even though he lacks direct business dealings ...read more

Tying Arrangement Does Not Violate Antitrust Law, Illinois Federal Judge Rules

CHICAGO - A federal judge in Illinois on March 13 dismissed a class action filed by a purchaser against a concert promoter who claimed that the promoter illegally tied ticket sales to parking fees in violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive ...read more

Several Claims By Direct Purchasers In Pool Products Antitrust MDL Continue

NEW ORLEANS - Direct purchasers of pool products failed to state claims asserting per se illegal boycott and monopolization but sufficiently stated rule-of-reason and attempted monopolization claims to defeat motions to dismiss under the Sherman Act, ...read more

Direct Purchasers Oppose Chinese Vitamin C Makers' Motion To Vacate Judgment

NEW YORK - A direct purchaser class on May 10 opposed Chinese vitamin C manufacturers' renewed motions for judgment and motion to reduce by $22.5 million a $253.3 million damages award in favor of the class on its allegations that Chinese corporations ...read more

Advocacy Group Challenging Conduct Suffers Injury, Has Standing, Judge Says

SAN FRANCISCO - A public advocacy firm spending its funds battling a foie gras company's conduct suffers injury and has standing under the California unfair competition law (UCL), a federal judge held June 25 (Animal Legal Defense Fund and Regal Vegan ...read more

Attorney Claims Asbestos Firm Failed In Duty As Self-Insured Malpractice Carrier

SAN FRANCISCO - In a complaint filed July 1, an attorney claims that asbestos plaintiffs' law firm's conduct and errors resulted in legal malpractice claims against him and that the firm violated the California's unfair competition law (UCL ...read more

Judge: Legal Basis For Insurer's Competition Law Claims Lacking

SAN FRANCISCO - Rules governing bar members' conduct cannot form the basis of California unfair competition law (UCL) claims for unlawful conduct, and an insurer fails to tether the challenged conduct to any constitutional, statutory or regulatory ...read more

Health Care Provider Lacks Standing As Assignee Under ERISA, 10th Circuit Rules

DENVER - A domestic partner who is not legally married to a health plan participant lacks standing to assert a claim for benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and, therefore, the health care provider who was assigned the domestic ...read more

Federal Judge Dismisses Claims From Overdraft Fees Class Action

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on Oct. 25 granted in part and denied in part Umpqua Bank's motion for judgment on the pleadings in a putative class action alleging that the bank illegally reordered customers' debit card transactions ...read more

Federal Judge Certifies Class Of Health Care Purchasers In Hospital Merger Case

CHICAGO - End payers who purchased inpatient and outpatient health care services directly from NorthShore University HealthSystem and alleged that NorthShore illegally monopolized the market for such services following the merger of hospitals demonstrated ...read more

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - FDIC: Banks Colluded To Manipulate Libor

NEW YORK - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., suing on behalf of 38 failed banks, filed a complaint in a New York federal court on March 14 against 19 banks, including Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Chase), alleging that they manipulated ...read more

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge: iMac Warranty Trumps Duty-To-Disclose Claim

SAN FRANCISCO - Although a consumer sufficiently alleges that he relied on statements made by Apple Inc. when buying an iMac computer that had a faulty display screen, his claims under California's unfair competition law (UCL) and Consumers Legal ...read more

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Wal-Mart Files Suit Against Visa Seeking $5 Billion Over 'Swipe Fees'

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers filed a complaint on March 25 in an Arkansas federal court against Visa U.S.A. Inc., alleging that Visa worked with banks to illegally inflate the "swipe fees" retailers pay for Visa ...read more

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - UCL, CLRA Claims Over Car Sale Fail Due To Lack Of Specifics, Federal Judge Says

SAN DIEGO - Two car buyers' claims that a dealership violated the California unfair competition law (UCL) and Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) fail because the purchasers did not allege how they were harmed or state how each instance of alleged ...read more

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Conversion Of Rental Units To Tourist Lodging Illegal, City Attorney Says

SAN FRANCISCO - The owners of three homes in San Francisco illegally converted the properties from residential apartments into commercial tourist lodging after evicting longtime residents, including two who are disabled, from their apartments, the city ...read more

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Against EBay Lending Program

SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge in Utah on May 23 granted eBay Inc. and PayPal Inc. affiliate Bill Me Later's (BML) motion to dismiss a putative class action in which a consumer alleges that the interest rates charged to him on a computer purchase ...read more

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Appeals Court: Noncompete Agreement Suit Not Aimed At Protected Activity

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Two companies' cross-claims under California's unfair competition law (UCL) that a rival company used illegal noncompete agreements with its employees to unlawfully compete with its competitors are not barred by the state's ...read more

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Consumer Should Have Discovered Alleged UCL Misconduct Earlier, Judge Says

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A woman's class action claims that Pfizer Inc. violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) by misrepresenting the effectiveness of antidepressant drug Zoloft are barred by the statute of limitations because she did not ...read more

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge: Restitution Claim By Homeowners Under UCL Can Proceed Against Allstate

SAN DIEGO - California homeowners cannot pursue a claim for injunctive relief under the state's unfair competition law in a breach of policy action against their insurer but can proceed with their restitution claim under the UCL, even though other ...read more

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - UCL Claim Remains In Suit Over Alleged Blocking Of Text Messages To Smartphones

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Nov. 10 partially dismissed a putative class action case accusing Apple Inc. of unlawfully marketing its text-messaging service by not telling consumers that the service prevents former iPhone users ...read more

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Declines To Dismiss Class Action Suit Over Late Fees

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Jan. 29 declined to dismiss a putative class action case accusing a short-term car rental company of violating state law, including the unfair competition law (UCL) by setting late fees in an illegal manner ...read more