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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Finds Trademark Claims Are Excluded Under Policy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California federal judge on Dec. 7 granted judgment for an insurer named as a defendant in a third-party action seeking damages for trademark infringement and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), finding that a policy specifically excluded coverage for trademark...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Pennsylvania Federal Judge Denies Reconsideration In Pay-For-Delay Case

PHILADELPHIA - Efforts by a putative end-payer antitrust and consumer protection class to revive their claims against two drug manufacturers were rejected Dec. 8 by a Pennsylvania federal judge (In re: Niaspan Antitrust Litigation [All Actions], MDL No. 2460, No. 13-md-2460; E.D. Pa.; 2015 U.S. Dist...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Allows UCL Claim Against Bank Of America To Proceed

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A California federal judge on Dec. 9 dismissed certain claims against a bank and loan servicer in relation to loan modification applications, but allowed a property owner's claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) to proceed (Triphina Lesley v. Bank...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Compels Arbitration Of Wage And Hour Claims Against Employer

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Dec. 10 refused an employer's request to transfer a case filed against it by a former employee who asserts causes of action for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and California's Private Attorneys' General Act of 2004 (PAGA...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Dismisses Claims After Property Owner Fails To Respond

LOS ANGELES - After a property owner failed to respond to a lender's motion to dismiss claims for violation of California's unfair competition law, negligence and other claims, a California federal judge on Dec. 8 dismissed the claims without leave to amend (Raquel E. Velasquez v. Caliber Home...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Production Of Documents Partly Ordered In Pennsylvania Patent Sham Litigation Case

PHILADELPHIA - Patent holders were ordered Dec. 14 by a Pennsylvania federal judge to produce several unredacted or previously withheld documents in a dispute over alleged "sham litigation" (Federal Trade Commission v. AbbVie Inc., et al., No. 14-5151, E.D. Pa.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 166723...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL And Dating Contract Law Claims Against Grindr

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Dec. 15 granted a motion filed by the owner of a dating social media network application to dismiss claims asserted by a user for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and Dating Service Contracts Act (DSCA) but permitted him leave to amend...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Approve Class Settlement Of Wage Claims Against Land O'Lakes

FRESNO, Calif. - After agreeing with a magistrate judge's recommendation that a proposed class settlement of numerous labor claims and causes of action for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) was unfair, a California federal judge on Dec. 29 denied a motion to approve the settlement...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Tosses Partially Hydrogenated Oils Class Complaint

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Dec. 29 dismissed a class complaint against General Mills Inc. and General Mills Sales Inc. over the companies' use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) with leave to amend but stayed the action pending the Food and Drug Administration's determination...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - States, U.S. Government Oppose Certiorari In Apple E-Book Price-Fixing Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of states that teamed up with the U.S. Department of Justice to sue Apple Inc. for an e-book price-fixing conspiracy told the U.S. Supreme Court in a Jan. 4 opposition brief that no review is merited of a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that found Apple guilty of...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Recommends Default Ruling For Owner Of Unlawfully Broadcast Program

FRESNO, Calif. - After the owners of a restaurant failed to respond to allegations that they unlawfully broadcast a television program in their establishment in violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), a California federal magistrate judge on Jan. 8 recommended that a default ruling...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Partially Grants Motion To Amend In Employment Class Action

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Jan. 11 granted a motion to amend filed by employees of a care business for mentally challenged adults as plaintiffs to a class action lawsuit that asserts violations of the California Labor Code and unfair competition law (UCL) but found that the employers...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Costco Class Suit Alleging Slavery, Trafficking Is Tossed For Lack Of Standing

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal judge on Jan. 15 dismissed a class suit for lacking of standing that accuses Costco Wholesale Corp. and its suppliers of selling prawns that come from a supply chain that includes slavery and human trafficking (Monica Sud v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, et al....

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge: Economist's Damages Model Is Adequate In Antitrust Suit Against News Companies

NEW YORK - An economist expert's damages "benchmark" model is adequate in a class action antitrust lawsuit against News Corp., News America Inc., News America Marketing FSI L.L.C. and News America Marketing In-Store Services L.L.C. (collectively, News Corp.), a New York federal judge ruled...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows Claims For Misleading Mulch Packaging Against Lowe's

FRESNO, Calif. - After finding that a purchaser's allegations were sufficient to support his claims that Lowe's Home Centers LLC and another entity violated California's Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and committed fraud when they participated in a scheme to short-package bags of mulch, a California...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Denies Leave To Appeal Decision Allowing UCL And FCRA Claims To Proceed

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Jan. 20 refused to grant two companies leave to appeal a ruling that denied their motion for summary judgment on claims for violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and California's Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and other claims, finding that...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Remands UCL And Fraud Claims For Lack Of Jurisdiction

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Jan. 21 granted a motion to remand a case in which property owners assert causes of action for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and fraud, finding a lack of complete diversity jurisdiction (Lugo, et al. v. CitiMortgage Inc., et al...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Partially Strikes Pay-Related Claims Against Technology Firms

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Jan. 25 partially granted a motion to strike class claims for violation of the California Labor Code and the unfair competition law (UCL) asserted by a former employee of technology entities, allowing his representative claim for violation of the Private Attorney...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - New Jersey Federal Judge Tosses State Claims In Suit Over BMW's TwinPower Engines

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Jan. 27 dismissed New Jersey state claims brought as part of a nationwide class complaint accusing BMW of North America LLC of falsely advertising its single turbocharger engines as having twin turbochargers (Deepkarn Singh Bedi, et al. v. BMW of North America...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Massachusetts Federal Judge Dismisses Class Suit Over Lenovo Battery Life

BOSTON - A Massachusetts federal judge on Jan. 27 granted a motion to dismiss a class complaint accusing a computer maker of falsely advertising an extended battery life, finding that the plaintiff failed to allege actual or reasonable reliance on the alleged misrepresentation and also failed to state...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds No Evidence That Shoe Retailer's Prices Were Deceptive

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A California federal judge on Jan. 28 granted a shoe retailer's motion to dismiss claims asserted against it by a purchaser for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other state laws, finding that she failed to show that the retailer's comparative...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Indianapolis Firm Sues Over Use Of 'Verge' Trademark, Domain

INDIANAPOLIS - A provider of online content and services filed a trademark infringement suit against a competitor in Indiana federal court on Jan. 29, asserting that the defendant's use of the trademark "Verge" violated its common-law and federal rights in the mark (Indy Founders LLC v...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - South Dakota Man Sues Seagate Over 'Spectacularly' Defective Hard Drives

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Data storage firm Seagate Technology LLC was hit with a putative class complaint Feb. 1 in California federal court, as a South Dakota man alleged unfair competition, false advertising and breach of warranty related to purportedly defective hard disk drives (Christopher A. Nelson v...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Dismiss Claims Related To Reverse Mortgages

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Feb. 2 denied a motion filed by a bank to dismiss claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), elder abuse and rescission, finding that a controversy exists as to whether property owners were the victims of predatory lending practices...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Nike Denied Summary Judgment In California Unfair Competition Case

SAN DIEGO - Allegations that Nike Inc. violated the Lanham Act and California Business and Professions Code Section 17200 by selling apparel bearing registered trademarks for "Don't Tread on Me" and "DTOM" will proceed, thanks to a California federal judge's Feb. 3 denial...