Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Chat Site Operator Denied Subpoena Request For UCL Claims Against Spammers

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Chat Site Operator Denied Subpoena Request For UCL Claims Against Spammers

SAN FRANCISCO - A company that operates a Web platform for chatting online cannot conduct early discovery to identify domain name owners accused of spamming the website in violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) because the company did not first make a sufficient effort to identify the spammers "through reasonably available mechanisms," a federal magistrate judge ruled Aug. 7 (Skout, Inc. v. Jen Processing, Ltd., et al., No. 14-2341, N.D. Calif.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109332).

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