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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows UCL, CUTSA Claims Related To Audiology Technology To Proceed

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Jan. 29 refused to dismiss claims for violations of the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (CUTSA), California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims asserted by the inventor of a tele-audiology technology, who alleged that a California company...

Mealey's Banking & Finance - Judge Says Borrowers' Claims Can Be Resolved In State Foreclosure Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on Jan. 31 denied a bank's motion to dismiss an action filed by borrowers in relation to a foreclosure, finding that a decision by borrowers to have their claims against the bank decided in an already pending foreclosure case was a valid reason...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL Claim, Finds Lender Did Not Interfere With Sale

SAN FRANCISCO - After finding that a former property owner's claim that a lender interfered with his private sale of a property by recording a notice of trustee's sale failed, a California federal judge on Jan. 30 dismissed his claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Reverses Dismissal Of CCRA Claims Against Bank Of America

SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 1 affirmed a district court's decision in favor of a bank on a borrower's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims, but reversed the ruling on her claim for violation of the Consumer...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Finds Solar Energy Firm Did Not Need Contractor's License

LOS ANGELES - A California court on Feb. 1 affirmed a trial court's dismissal of a purchaser's class action claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and another California law against a solar energy products company, finding that the company was not required to be...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Dismisses UCL, Fraud Cross-Claims Against Online Marketplace

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Feb. 6 granted an online marketplace host's motion to dismiss counterclaims asserted against it for violation of California's unfair competition law, breach of contract, fraud and other claims asserted by a user of the marketplace who allegedly failed...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Customer Alleges Airline Violated UCL By Misrepresenting Pricing

LOS ANGELES - A customer on Feb. 2 sued Spirit Airlines Inc. in a California federal court, alleging that it violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) and engaged in false advertising by misrepresenting that its products are the least expensive available (Nikki Giavasis v. Spirit Airlines...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Dismiss Class Claims Related To Clorox's Natural Labeling

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal judge on Feb. 6 refused to dismiss claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action asserted by consumers against The Clorox Co., finding that the company's "naturally derived" labeling could have deceived...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - High Court Finds UCL Claim Is Not Preempted By Federal Health And Safety Law

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court on Feb. 8 reversed an appeals court finding that a district attorney's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and false advertising law asserted against a plastics maker in relation to an explosion that killed two employees...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Circuit Lacks Jurisdiction Over Walker Process Patent Fraud Claim

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Allegations that a patent owner violated Section 2 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. 2, and Sections 4 and 6 of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. 4, 6, by committing fraud upon the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) should proceed in the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Remands UCL, Other Claims Against Insurer To California Court

LOS ANGELES - After finding that an insurance broker was not improperly joined in an action in which a moving company asserts claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action in relation to an insurer's refusal to defend it in an underlying lawsuit...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Rhode Island City Sues Intel For Meltdown, Spectre Security Vulnerabilities

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The city of Providence, R.I., on Feb. 12 filed a consumer protection class action complaint against Intel Corp. in California federal court, charging the microprocessor chip manufacturer with unfair competition and warranty violations related to the recently discovered "Meltdown"...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Law Firm Accused Of Data Release Denied Arbitration Clause Third-Party Status

MADISON, Wis. - A law firm operating as a debt collector and accused of failing to redact a defendant's credit score when filing its complaint against her may not invoke an arbitration clause between the debtor and the credit card company after the debtor filed a class complaint because the firm...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Partially Grants Dismissal For Nationstar, Rejects UCL, HBOR claims

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Feb. 9 refused to dismiss a borrower's claims for breach of contract and negligence asserted by a borrower against a bank but found that the bank did not commit unlawful acts in violation California's unfair competition law (UCL) and that part of...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Enjoins Hot Sauce Maker From Infringing On Trademarks

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Feb. 12 entered a default judgment on claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and trademark infringement asserted by a maker of hot sauce and granted a permanent injunction in its favor, enjoining another hot sauce maker from making...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Declines To Apply 'Fraudulent Misjoinder' Standard In Bad Faith Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - Remand of an insurance breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit to state court is necessary because the Ninth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals has yet to adopt the "fraudulent misjoinder" standard established by the 11th Circuit, which an insurer argues is the basis for the action's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Dismiss Support Wear Maker's UCL, Infringement Claims

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Feb. 15 denied a maternity wear company's motion for judgment on the pleadings, finding that it would be premature to dismiss another company's claims for trademark infringement and that its claim for violation of California's unfair competition...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Carwash Charges Were Deceptive, Refuses To Dismiss UCL Class Claims

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A California federal judge on Feb. 20 refused to dismiss a carwash customer's class action claims for violations of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other California laws, finding that a carwash owner's failure to disclose that its customers who declined to...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - AT&T, Time Warner Denied Discovery Of DOJ Privilege Logs In Antitrust Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. were denied discovery of certain privilege logs listing governmental communications over their proposed merger from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Feb. 20, when a District of Columbia federal judge found that the companies failed to establish...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Consumer Sufficiently Alleges Direct Fraud Against Tax Prep Franchisor, Subsidiary

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Feb. 20 held that a consumer who claims that a tax preparation company, its franchisee and other entities manipulated tax returns and submitted them to the Internal Revenue Service without tax payers' consent has sufficiently alleged a theory of direct...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Finds No Support For FDCPA Claim, Dismisses Complaint

LOS ANGELES - After finding that a borrower failed to submit any facts to support his claim for violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), a California federal judge on Feb. 16 granted a lender and loan servicer's motion to dismiss the complaint and declined to exercise jurisdiction...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Unfair Competition Claim Over Google AdWords Program Again Dismissed

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A small business owner who sued Google LLC over alleged misrepresentations about click fraud in its AdWords program, saw his claims of false advertising and unfair competition dismissed a second time Feb. 20, with a California federal judge finding that the plaintiff failed to plead...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows Investor To Amend UCL, Fraud Complaint To Add Defendant

SAN DIEGO - After finding that there was no undue delay by an investor who alleges that the manager of a nightclub development company violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) and committed securities fraud by inducing him into investing money for the development of a club, a California...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Grants Dismissal For Banks, Allows Amendment Of HBOR, UCL Claims

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on Feb. 20 granted a motion filed by banks to dismiss causes of action asserted against them in relation to a mortgage for failure to state a claim, but granted a borrower leave to amend certain claims for violation of California housing law and California's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Man Alleges Used-Car Seller, Shell Reinsurer Involved In Fraud Scheme

FRESNO, Calif. - A California man alleges in an April 17 complaint filed in a California trial court that a used-vehicle seller and its affiliates, including an illegal shell reinsurance company, are involved in three fraudulent schemes in the sale of used vehicles and violated California Business and...