Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge: Valve Defect Claim Against Mazda Passes Muster Under Balancing Test

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A California woman adequately states a claim under the unfair prong of the state's unfair competition law (UCL) that Mazda Motor of America Inc. sold vehicles with a defective valve assembly that Mazda knew was defective and likely to fail and result in engine failure, a federal...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Appeals Court Reinstates UCL State Action Against Apple's Sale Of IPhone 3G

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California appeals court on Sept. 12 revived a state court consumer class action alleging that Apple Inc. marketed and sold defective iPhones in violation of the unfair competition law (UCL), finding that the lower court erred in ruling that a cell phone network carrier was a necessary...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Appeals Court Affirms 1 UCL Finding, Reverses Another In Claims Against Dealership

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - While a California state court correctly granted judgment in favor of an automobile dealership on consumer class claims that the dealership's former practice of "backdating" second sales contracts to the original date of sale violated the unfair competition law (UCL...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Consumer: Male Enhancement Product Violates UCL, FAL, CLRA

LOS ANGELES - A dietary supplement company violates California consumer protection laws, including the unfair competition law (UCL), by marketing and selling its product as having beneficial health and aphrodisiac properties to improve male strength and performance when in fact none of the ingredients...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - $3.1 Million Deal Proposed In Class Action Challenging Joint Health Product

SAN DIEGO - The makers of a glucosamine dietary supplement will pay $3.1 million and stop making claims that the product provides joint health benefits under a settlement reached with consumers alleging that the companies' false representations about the product violated California's unfair competition...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge: Discovery Needed To Determine If Antitrust Claim Discharged In Bankruptcy

NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on Sept. 16 denied United Air Lines' motion to dismiss claims that it participated in a conspiracy to fix the price of air cargo shipments in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act, finding that discovery was necessary to determine whether the antitrust claim...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California State Judge: Accrediting Agency Violated Unlawful Prong Of UCL

SAN FRANCISCO - A college rating agency violated the unlawful prong of California's unfair competition law (UCL) through its failure to have more than one academic on a show cause team evaluating the City College of San Francisco's accreditation, a state court judge held Sept. 19 (People of the...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Appeals Court: Federal Laws Preempt Workplace Safety UCL Claims

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A California appeals court on Sept. 22 held for the second time that a district attorney's unfair competition law (UCL) claims seeking civil penalties for violations of state workplace safety regulations are preempted by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 ...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Post-Trial Briefs Filed In Antitrust Action Against Amex On Anti-Steering Rules

NEW YORK - Plaintiffs United States and 17 states and defendants American Express Co. and American Express Travel Related Services Co. Inc. (collectively, Amex) filed their redacted post-trial briefs following the conclusion of the bench trial in federal court in New York on the plaintiffs' claims...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Calif. Federal Judge Dismisses UCL Claim, Others In Mortgage Foreclosure Case

OAKLAND, Calif. - Homeowners' claims against mortgage lenders, including a claim under California's unfair competition law (UCL), were dismissed with leave to amend on Sept. 24 by a California federal judge (Celedonia Amacker, et al. v. Bank of America, et al., No. 13-3550, N.D. Calif.; 2014...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Calif. Federal Judge Allows UCL Claim To Continue In Mortgage Foreclosure Case

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Sept. 25 declined to dismiss a state unfair competition law (UCL) claim in a mortgage foreclosure dispute, saying that if the defendant did have a policy of temporarily wiping loans off the books only to later threaten foreclosure on the same loan absent...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Dismisses Mortgage Foreclosure Case; UCL Claim Not Supported

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In an unpublished opinion, a federal judge in California on Sept. 25 dismissed claims against two financial institutions in a mortgage foreclosure suit, saying that because the plaintiffs' other claims failed, they could not support a claim for violation of the state's unfair...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Appeals Court Affirms Demurrer For Unlawful Business Claim Over Gas Rates

SAN FRANCISCO - A California appellate panel on Oct. 10 affirmed that a class action suit alleging that a gas and electric company deceptively misrepresented how much revenue it required to provide safe and reliable natural gas service in violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) was...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Grants Preliminary Approval To Deal Settling Newspaper Carriers' Claims

SAN DIEGO - A newspaper company will pay $3.2 million to resolve claims that it violated California labor laws and the unfair competition law (UCL) by misclassifying newspaper carriers as independent contractors under a class action settlement that received preliminary approval Oct. 17 from a federal...

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 legal remedies may be available should they prevail...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Dismisses UCL Claim Over Supplements, Allows Amendment

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on Oct. 30 dismissed a putative class action complaint alleging violation of the state's unfair competition law (UCL) over the labeling of a human growth hormone supplement, saying the plaintiff alleged a substantiation claim, for which there is no private...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Damages Class In Food Mislabeling Case Decertified; Injunction Class Remains

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Nov. 6 held that an injunction class will continue in an unfair competition law (UCL) case over the alleged mislabeling of "all natural" packaged fruit products but decertified a damages class (Chad Brazil v. Dole Packaged Foods LLC, No. 12...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses Case Alleging Misrepresentation In Labeling Of Supplement

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal magistrate judge in California on Nov. 6 dismissed with leave to amend a class action complaint alleging that the distributers of a supplement to boost human growth hormone violated the state's unfair competition law (UCL) claim, saying no private right of action existed...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows UCL Claim To Remain In Unlawful Taking Of Property Case

LOS ANGELES - A federal judge in California left standing several claims, including a state unfair competition law (UCL) claim in class action for wrongful seizure of property and personal belongings (Victoria Urenia, et al. v. Public Storage, et al., No. 13-1934, C.D. Calif.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158110...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses All Claims In Mortgage Foreclosure Case As Time-Barred

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Nov. 6 dismissed without leave to amend a mortgage foreclosure case that included a state unfair competition law (UCL) claim, saying that all the claims were time-barred and that had the plaintiffs undertaken a reasonable investigation, they would...

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 from receiving certain text messages after they replaced...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Denies Class Certification In UCL False Labeling Case

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on Dec. 3 denied class certification in a case alleging that a juice maker violated the state's unfair competition law (UCL) by placing a false and misleading "No Sugar Added" statement on its 100 percent apple juice product and also denied...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Grants Defense Summary Judgment In Food-Labeling Case

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Dec. 8 granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant in a class action lawsuit asserting an unfair competition law (UCL) claim over the alleged mislabeling of "all natural" packaged fruit products, saying insufficient evidence existed...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 2 Car Ride-Sharing Companies Sued For UCL Violations; 1 Enters Settlement

SAN FRANCISCO - In separate suits, the district attorneys for the City and County of San Francisco and the County of Los Angeles on Dec. 9 sued two prearranged car transportation services, also known as ride-sharing services, in state court for violating the state's unfair competition law (UCL) by...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Wells Fargo Seeks Stay Of $203M Restitution Award In Debit-Transaction Case

SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 11 denied a petition for a panel rehearing and a petition for rehearing en banc in a case in which the court affirmed a district court's award of restitution and denial of prejudgment interest in a case alleging that Wells Fargo Bank...