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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Issues Tentative Ruling Addressing UCL Violations By Accrediting Agency

SAN FRANCISCO - A California state court judge on Jan. 16 issued a tentative ruling finding that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) engaged in practices that violated the unlawful prong of the state's unfair competition law (UCL) when, in 2013, it terminated City...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - UCL Claim Remains In Breach Of Contract Case Involving Software

SAN FRANCISCO - A claim for violation of the state's unfair competition law (UCL) is among the claims continuing in a breach of contract case involving the sale of computer software equipment that failed to perform as promised following a California federal judge's Jan. 14 order on a motion to...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - State High Court Grants Review In Workplace Safety UCL Claims

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court on Jan. 14 granted a petition seeking review of an appeals court decision finding 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...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Appeals Court: Technician Not In Protected Class, No UCL Violation

LOS ANGELES - In reversing a lower court's decision, a California appeals court on Jan. 21 held that a technician was not a hotel worker who traditionally would have been paid a gratuity for providing services and, therefore, was not among the class of hotel workers entitled to be paid service charges...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Grants Car Retailer Judgment In UCL Case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California federal judge on Jan. 28 granted summary judgment in favor of a retailer of used cars in a suit alleging that the defendant violated several laws, including the state's unfair competition law (UCL), in the selling of a used vehicle without allegedly certifying that...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Declines To Dismiss Class Action Suit Over Late Fees

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Jan. 29 declined to dismiss a putative class action case accusing a short-term car rental company of violating state law, including the unfair competition law (UCL) by setting late fees in an illegal manner (Gabriela Bayol v. Zipcar Inc., No. 14-2483, N.D...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses Case Alleging Used Car Company Didn't Supply Proper Certification

FRESNO, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Jan. 30 for the second time dismissed a case, including a claim for violation of the state's unfair competition law (UCL), alleging that a used car company failed to supply a form showing that all of the components of the vehicle were inspected during...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Grants Defense Judgment In False Advertising UCL Suit

LOS ANGELES - Following a bench trial, a California judge on Feb. 4 entered judgment in favor of the defendant in a suit accusing a distributor of polyethylene products of falsely advertising that its products meets the Department of Defense's (DOD) specifications and violating, among other things...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Class Action Suit Accusing Bread Maker Of False Labeling Continues

SAN FRANCISCO - A California state unfair competition law (UCL) claim will be among those continuing after a California federal judge on Feb. 5 declined to dismiss a class action lawsuit accusing the seller of a variety of bread and muffin mixes as misleading consumers by wrongly labeling the products...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Class Action Lawsuit Accuses Anthem Of Failing To Secure Private Data

LOS ANGELES - A California resident on Feb. 9 filed a class action lawsuit in federal court accusing Anthem Inc. of violating, among other things, the state's unfair competition law (UCL) in failing to safeguard personal information contained on the defendant's information technology (IT) systems...

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...