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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Class Action Suit Accuses Chiquita Of Harming Water, Children In Banana Growing

SAN DIEGO - A California man on Feb. 9 filed a class action lawsuit in federal court accusing a grower of bananas of violating multiple laws, including the state's unfair competition law (UCL), by falsely representing itself to be an exemplar of environmental stewardship when in reality its production...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - High Court Declines Review In Preemption Ruling Involving UCL Claim

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 23 denied a petition for writ of certiorari, leaving in place a California Supreme Court decision holding that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (FAAAA) does not preempt a California unfair competition law (UCL) lawsuit filed by the...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Dismisses Fraud, UCL Claim In Breach Of Contract Case

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Feb. 27 dismissed a fraud and state unfair competition law (UCL) claim against defendants accused of breach of contract for failing to deliver computers or refund the bitcoin used to pay for the merchandise (Pete Morici v. Hashfast Technologies, et...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - UCL Claim Remains In Dispute Over Lender Placed Insurance

FRESNO, Calif. - A claim brought under the state's unfair competition law (UCL) remains in a dispute accusing a mortgage lender of improperly placing purchased lender placed insurance (LPI) on a home following a California judge's March 4 ruling on a motion to dismiss (Geno and Maria Gomez v...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Partially Dismisses UCL Claim From Dispute Over Online Advertising Charges

SAN DIEGO - A federal judge in California on March 9 granted defendants' motion to dismiss a state unfair competition law (UCL) claim from a dispute over payment related to charges invoiced for the advertising of an online travel arrangement company to the extent the plaintiffs alleged that the defendants'...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Appeals Court: Penalties Sought Are Part Of Remedies, Not Elements Of Claims

LOS ANGELES - A California appellate court on March 9 reversed a lower court's decision and ordered the trial court on remand to fully consider a motion for summary judgment or summary adjudication brought by the people of the state against multiple operators and owners of facilities allegedly selling...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Reverses Dismissal Of Class Action Over Mislabeling Of Spread

PASADENA, Calif. - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on March 13 reversed a decision dismissing a false advertising class action lawsuit that alleged that the manufacturer of a vegetable oil-based spread violated the unfair competition law (UCL) by declaring that the product contained "no...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition Judge Denies Retailer's Summary Judgment Motion In Deceptive Pricing Suit

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A federal judge in California on March 23 denied J.C. Penney Corp.'s (JCPenney) summary judgment motion in a class action lawsuit accusing the retailer of deceptive advertising in violation of state laws, including the unfair competition law (UCL) (Cynthia E. Spann v. J.C. Penney...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows Class Claims Over Misleading Labeling On Drink Package To Continue

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge in California on April 8 declined to dismiss a class action accusing a beverage maker of misleading consumers by placing "All Natural" on its packaging for a sunflower drink when the product actually contains artificial or synthetic ingredients in violation...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL Claim From Suit Over Defective GPS Systems

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A federal judge in California on April 9 dismissed a state unfair competition law claim (UCL) from a dispute over a defect in a portable navigation device but allowed claims for breach of express warranty and breach of implied warranty to continue (TomTom International v. Broadcom...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Preliminary Approval Of Settlement In Insurance Kickback Suit Granted

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on April 23 granted preliminary approval to a proposed class action settlement alleging that a mortgage lender and an insurer were involved in an unjust kickback scheme involving force-placed flood insurance, in violation of, among other things, the state's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - UCL Claim For Restitution To Continue In Substance Abuse Program Suit

SAN DIEGO - A federal judge in California on April 22 partially granted defendants' motion to dismiss a state unfair competition law (UCL) claim in a dispute over an allegedly fraudulent substance abuse program, finding that the parents had standing to bring the claim and seek restitution but could...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Dismisses Bread Labeling Claims, Allows Amendment

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge in California on May 6 dismissed with leave to amend a plaintiff's class action claims, including one for violation of the state's unfair competition law (UCL), against a bread manufacturer for allegedly misleading labels, saying the claims were not pleaded...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - UCL Claim Among Those Continuing In Organic Misbranding Suit

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Class action claims, which include a California state unfair competition law (UCL) claim, will continue against the producer and seller of food, body care and home care products after a New York federal judge on May 7 held that federal laws did not preempt the plaintiffs' claims...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL Claims Over Male Enhancement Supplement, Allows Amendment

SAN DIEGO - A federal judge in California on May 13 dismissed with leave to amend a plaintiff's class action complaint, which includes state unfair competition law claims (UCL), accusing a supplement maker of falsely labeling a male enhancement supplement because it does not produce the promised...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL Claims Over Anti-Aging Benefits Of Skin Care Products

LOS ANGELES - A federal judge in California on May 27 dismissed claims, including one brought under the state's unfair competition law (UCL), accusing the manufacturer of skin care products of falsely advertising its products anti-aging benefits (Geri Marshall v. PH Beauty Labs Inc., No. 15-2101...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Finds Labeling Violations Are Predicate Unlawful Acts Under UCL

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on May 27 granted plaintiffs' two motions for partial summary judgment in their class action suit accusing a manufacturer of cosmetic products of improperly labeling its products as organic in violation of the state's unfair competition law (UCL)...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL Claim From Dispute Over Mobile Technologies

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge in California on June 5 dismissed a state unfair competition law (UCL) claim from a dispute over whether an enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions provider disseminated marketing materials disparaging the quality of the plaintiff's mobile data and device...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Class Suit Against Pepsi For Toxic Levels Of Chemicals In Beverages To Continue

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on June 5 declined to dismiss a class action lawsuit accusing Pepsico Inc. of violating state laws, including the unfair competition law (UCL), by misleading the public about the levels of the harmful and carcinogenic chemical called 4-Methylimidazole (4...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Allows Class Action Claims In Wage Dispute To Continue

FRESNO, Calif. - A federal judge in California on June 5 declined to dismiss a class action lawsuit accusing an employer of violating wage and labor laws and the state's unfair competition law (UCL) by allegedly failing to pay employees for non-piecework completed (Jaime Perez, et al. v. Sun Pacific...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - UCL Claims To Continue In Suit Over Dissolving Of 7-Eleven Franchise

LOS ANGELES - A federal judge in California on June 10 allowed three claims brought under the state's unfair competition law (UCL) to continue in a dispute over the dissolving of a 7-Eleven franchise but dismissed claims for conversion, negligent interference and racial discrimination (Dallas and...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Declines To Dismiss UCL Claim From Loan Fraud Case

FRESNO, Calif. - A federal judge in California on June 10 declined to dismiss a state unfair competition claim (UCL) and an unjust enrichment claim brought under Utah law from a class action lawsuit accusing a homebuilder of instituting an illegal loan program that induced the placement of borrowers...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Appeals Court Affirms Denial Of Arbitration In Breach Of Contract Suit

LOS ANGELES - A California appeals court in a June 12 unpublished opinion affirmed an order denying a petition to compel arbitration in a suit accusing a grocery store chain of breaching its contract and violating, among other things, the state's unfair competition law (UCL) by ending its relationship...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Reverses Class Action Status In Supplement Labeling Case

PASADENA, Calif. - In a June 23 unpublished per curiam opinion, a panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's decision granting class action status in a case accusing a dietary supplement manufacturer of misleading consumers in violation of California's unfair competition...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - High Court Declines To Weigh In On Federal Preemption Of California's UCL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 29 declined to grant certiorari in a challenge to an appellate court's ruling that an eyelash growth product is actually a drug that was sold without approval in violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) (Athena Cosmetics, Inc. v...