Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Quaker Oats To Remove Trans Fat Ingredients Under UCL Settlement

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Quaker Oats Co. will remove trans fat ingredients from dozens of oatmeal and snack bar products for at least 10 years under a settlement of class action unfair competition law (UCL) claims approved July 29 by a California federal judge (In Re Quaker Oats Labeling Litigation, No...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Class Action Seeks Damages For Owners Of Recalled Jeep SUVs

LOS ANGELES - A California woman filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on July 28, seeking to represent owners of the more than 792,000 Jeep vehicles that are part of a recall announced by Chrysler Group LLC on July 22 to address ignition-switch...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - GM Removes Orange County Suit To Federal Court, Cites Pending Actions In New York

SAN DIEGO - General Motors LLC (GM) on Aug. 5 removed to federal court a suit filed by Orange County, Calif., alleging that the automaker concealed defects in its vehicles to avoid recalls (The People of the State of California, et al. v. General Motors LLC, No. 8:14-cv-01238-AG [RNBx] S.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Standing Lacking For UCL Claim In Foreclosure Dispute, 9th Circuit Affirms

PASADENA, Calif. - Homeowners' wrongful foreclosure claims against mortgage lenders, including a claim under California's unfair competition law (UCL), alleging that the assignment of their home loan obligation to a securitized investment trust was void because it did not comply with the pooling...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 'Fishing Expedition' For UCL Claim Not Allowed, Magistrate Judge Rules

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A man alleging that an insurance company violated California motor vehicle laws by not changing the title to a salvaged auto so it can be inspected and driven cannot use discovery to determine if a claim under the state unfair competition law (UCL) will allow him to meet the amount...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Deals Final Blow To Homeowners' UCL Claims Against Lender

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California federal judge on Aug. 6 dismissed for the second time two homeowners' claims under the state's unfair competition law (UCL) that their mortgage lender's unfair business practices caused them to default on their loan after finding that the homeowners again...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Rejects Apple's, Google's $324M Settlements In Employees' Conspiracy Suit

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Aug. 8 rejected $324.5 million partial class action settlements between employees and Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. on the employees' claims that the high-tech companies conspired to fix and suppress employee compensation...

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...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Imposes Injunction Against NCAA In Student Compensation Antitrust Case

OAKLAND, Calif. - The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules barring student athletes from receiving a share of the revenue that the NCAA and its member schools earn from the sale of licenses to use the student athletes' names, images and likenesses in video games, live game telecasts...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - MDL Judge Grants Drugmaker Judgment On Claims That It Marketed Celexa Unlawfully

BOSTON - The Massachusetts federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation involving the antidepressant drug brands Celexa and Lexapro on Aug. 8 granted summary judgment to the manufacturer of Celexa on a California man's claims that the company violated that state's unfair competition law...

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 law banning strategic lawsuits against public...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Google Sanctioned For Minimal Discovery Production In AdWords Class Action

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Google Inc. did not fully comply with a discovery order by producing only information it believed was relevant to a particular category of data, a California federal magistrate judge ruled Aug. 8, granting in part a motion for sanctions by the lead plaintiff in a putative class action...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - UCL Class Allegations Against EBay, PayPal Survive Motion To Dismiss

OAKLAND, Calif. - Some class action allegations against eBay Inc. and PayPal Inc. under California's unfair competition law (UCL) fail because they are based on contract terms that users agree to, but allegations based on unfair exercise of discretion by eBay and arbitrary monetary holds by PayPal...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Antitrust Suit Against MLB, NHL, Distributors Over Showing Of Games Continues

NEW YORK - Consolidated putative antitrust class actions related to live-game video offerings against Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Hockey League (NHL) and their member clubs and against multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) Comcast and DirecTV and their affiliated regional...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - UCL Food-Labeling Claims Must Await FDA Ruling, Federal Judge Rules

SAN DIEGO - Another class action lawsuit alleging that a food company violates California's unfair competition law (UCL) by misbranding sugar in its products as "evaporated cane juice" must await a final ruling by the Food and Drug Administration on the common name for sweeteners derived...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Class Action Alleges Hyundai Concealed Stalling Defect In Santa Fe Vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO - Two California residents on Aug. 8 filed class action claims in a federal court alleging that Hyundai Motor Co. violated federal and state laws, including the unfair competition law (UCL), by intentionally concealing a hazardous stalling defect in Santa Fe vehicles and by making false...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses Claims That Google Unlawfully Discloses User Info To App Sellers

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Absent any economic injury, a California woman cannot pursue class claims under the state's unfair competition law (UCL) alleging that Google Inc. unlawfully discloses users' personal information to third-party developers of mobile applications when users purchase apps in the...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Surgeon's Antitrust Claims Following Revocation Of Privileges Are Dismissed

CHICAGO - A federal judge in Illinois on Aug. 12 ruled that a surgeon whose staff and clinical privileges were revoked failed to allege antitrust injury because she maintained such privileges at other hospitals but that the surgeon could continue with her hostile work environment claims (Yelena Levitin...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 11th Circuit Affirms Denial Of Class Certification In Pharmaceutical Tying Case

ATLANTA - A Florida hospital is an indirect purchaser and lacks standing to recover damages on claims that Astellas US LLC is forcing health care providers to buy its adenosine drug at a 450 percent markup compared to competitors' versions of the same drug by unlawfully tying the implied license...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Price-Fixing Class Action Claims Against DIPF Sellers Will Continue

TRENTON, N.J. - Direct purchasers of ductile iron pipe fittings (DIPF) have adequately pleaded facts suggesting that sellers of DIPF engaged in a price-fixing conspiracy, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled Aug. 13 in denying the sellers' motions to dismiss (In re Ductile Iron Pipe Fittings [DIPF...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Third-Party Payers' Depakote Off-Label RICO Case Dismissed With Prejudice

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Aug. 14 reconsidered her earlier decision and agreed with Abbott Laboratories Inc. and AbbVie Inc. that state law claims by three third-party payers (TPPs) related to the off-label marketing of the epilepsy drug Depakote should be dismissed with prejudice (Sidney...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Support Firm Exceeded Scope Of Oracle's License Via Many Downloads, Judge Finds

LAS VEGAS - A software support services firm exceeded the scope of its developer license agreement with Oracle USA Inc. by downloading multiple copies of Oracle's database software when it was only licensed to download a single copy for application purposes, a Nevada federal judge ruled Aug. 13,...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit: Barnes & Noble Site's Terms Of Use Not Binding Without Clear Assent

PASADENA, Calif. - A website hyperlink containing the Terms of Use (TOU) of Barnes & Noble Inc. (BN) did not sufficiently put a customer on notice of those terms, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Aug. 18, affirming a trial court's finding that the customer was not, therefore...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California DA Seeks Relief From Stay In GM Bankruptcy To Oppose Suit's Removal

NEW YORK - Orange County, Calif., District Attorney Tony Rackauckas asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on Aug. 19 for limited relief from the automatic stay in the General Motors Corp. bankruptcy proceedings to allow him to seek remand of his California suit against...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Class Claims Insurer 'Tricked' Subscribers Into Skinny Networks

LOS ANGELES - Blue Cross of California misrepresented which providers its plans covered while transferring subscribers into limited-access Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) "skinny networks" consisting of the cheapest medical services providers in an effort to save money, an...