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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...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Appeals Court Affirms Class Settlement In Product Labeling Suit

SAN DIEGO - In a July 2 unpublished opinion, a California appeals court affirmed a class action settlement over the objections of a class member in a case accusing QuickTrim LLC of improperly labeling its product in violation of the state's unfair competition law (UCL) (Teresa Anaya, et al. v. QuickTrim...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Dismisses Class Action Suit Over Weight Loss Product

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on July 9 dismissed all claims, including a state unfair competition law (UCL) claim, from a class action lawsuit accusing a manufacturer of falsely representing that its product JavaSLIM would lead to rapid weight loss (Alhareth Aloudi v. Intramedic Research...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Issues Dismissal Ruling In Beverage Labeling Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on July 13 dismissed without prejudice most claims in a class action complaint accusing a beverage manufacturer of placing misleading antioxidant-related statements on their products' labels in violation of the state's unfair competition law (UCL...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Preliminarily Approves $12 Million Settlement In Tuna Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on July 23 granted preliminary approval of a $12 million settlement in a class action lawsuit accusing a tuna manufacturer and distributor of under-filling its products in violation of the state's unfair competition law (UCL) and approved the plaintiff's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Allows Claims Based On Safe Harbor To Continue In Labeling Dispute

SAN DIEGO - In ruling on a motion to dismiss in a class action lawsuit accusing the manufacturer of Maker's Mark whiskey of deceptive advertising and business practices, a federal judge in California on July 27 dismissed state unfair competition law (UCL) and False Advertising Law (FAL) claims based...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Judge Dismisses UCL, False Advertising Claims Over Phone App

FRESNO, Calif. - A federal judge in California on July 24 dismissed with leave to amend claims under the state's False Advertising Law (FAL) and unfair competition law (UCL) as they related to an omission by the defendant that additional fees may be imposed after the purchase of an application used...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Denies Class Certification In Food Labeling Suit

OAKLAND, Calif. - A federal judge in California on July 30 denied the plaintiffs' third motion for class certification in a case accusing Del Monte Foods Inc. of violating consumer protection statutes, including the state's unfair competition law (UCL) in its packaging of several tomato and fruit...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Portions Of UCL Claims Remain In Class Suit Over 'Unsafe' Dog Bone

SAN DIEGO - A federal judge in California on July 30 left portions of claims for violations of the state's Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) and unfair competition law (UCL), as well as fraud and negligent misrepresentation, but dismissed all other claims in a class action suit accusing the manufacturer...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Declines To Dismiss Class Action Suit Over Homeopathic Products

LOS ANGELES - A federal judge in California on Aug. 3 declined to dismiss a purported class action complaint alleging that homeopathic products falsely advertised that they were effective treatments for gas, colic and reflux problems in infants in violation of the state's unfair competition law ...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL Claim, Says Restaurant Did Not Discriminate In Pricing

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In dismissing a class action lawsuit with leave to amend, a California federal judge on Aug. 6 held that a Chinese restaurant did not discriminate or violate the state's unfair competition law (UCL) by charging a higher price for gluten-free menu items than for its regular menu...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Allows UCL Claim To Continue In Telemarketing Dispute

LOS ANGELES - A federal judge in California on Aug. 5 declined to dismiss a class action lawsuit accusing a credit-building and credibility solutions business of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the state's unfair competition law (UCL) by making repeated unwanted calls to...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Dismisses Class Action Suit Over Defective Oven

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal judge on Aug. 5 dismissed with leave to amend a class action complaint accusing an appliance manufacturer of knowingly selling defective ovens in violation of state laws, including the unfair competition law (UCL) (William Burdt v. Whirlpool Corp., No. 15-1563,...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Appeals Court Affirms Denial Of Injunction In Dispute Between Medical Groups

FRESNO, Calif. - In an unpublished opinion, a California appeals court on Aug. 10 affirmed the denial of a preliminary injunction in a suit accusing an independent practice association (IPA) of violating the unfair competition law (UCL) by allegedly sending threatening notices and ultimatums to primary...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Leaves UCL Claim In Reverse Mortgage Dispute

LOS ANGELES - A California state unfair competition law (UCL) claim is the only claim remaining after a federal judge in California on Aug. 14 ruled on a motion to dismiss in a case accusing mortgage companies of foreclosing on the plaintiff's home despite promising to postpone the action after receiving...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Allows UCL, Fraud Claims To Continue In Bitcoin Suit

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A state unfair competition law (UCL) claim and portions of a fraud claim will continue against defendants accused of breach of contract for failing to deliver computers or refund the bitcoin used to pay for the merchandise, a federal judge in California ruled Aug. 14 (Pete Morici v...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Denies Class Status In UCL Suit Over Text Messaging

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Aug. 18 declined to grant class action status in a suit accusing Apple Inc. of violating the Wiretap Act and the state's unfair competition law (UCL) by wrongfully intercepting, storing and preventing former Apple device users from receiving text...