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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds No Support For UCL Claim Against Chase, Grants Dismissal

SAN JOSE, Calif. - After finding that a borrower failed to allege facts to support his claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and civil code, a California federal judge on Sept. 6 granted a bank's motion to dismiss the claims with leave to amend (Chris Monet v. JPMorgan...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses Claims Related To Infringement Of Jewelry Trademarks

SAN FRANCISCO - After finding a lack of federal and subject matter jurisdiction, a California federal judge on Sept. 8 granted a jewelry maker's motion to dismiss claims related to alleged intellectual property infringement but granted a jeweler leave to file a third amended complaint to assert claims...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Says It's Too Early To Dismiss Energy Firm's Claims Related To Billing

SAN FRANCISCO - Applying the reasoning in a nearly identical lawsuit, a California federal judge on Sept. 8 refused to dismiss an energy provider's claims for violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and California's unfair competition law (UCL) in relation to a gas...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge: UCL Claims Against Wells Fargo For Collection Of Interest Can Stand

OAKLAND, Calif. - After finding that the majority of a borrower's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) in relation to a bank's collection of mortgage post-payment interest were properly pleaded, a California federal judge on Sept. 11 denied the majority of the...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Yoga Studios Owner To Settle Instructors' Wage Claims For $1.4M

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal judge on Sept. 11 granted preliminary approval of a $1.4 million settlement to be paid by the owner of California yoga studios that is accused of failing to fully compensate its instructors for all work and failing to provide overtime, meal and rest breaks (Shauna...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds No Support For Drugmaker's UCL, Antitrust Claims

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After finding that a biotechnology company failed to show that it is a current or potential competitor of a company that uses the same pharmaceutical ingredient in its product, a California federal judge on Sept. 12 dismissed its claims for violation of California's unfair competition...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Strike Class Allegations, Finds UCL Claims Are Representative

SAN FRANCISCO - Since a construction company seeks to assert claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) as representative claims under state law, rather than as class claims under federal law, a California federal judge on Sept. 12 denied an insurer's motion to strike parts...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Settlement Agreements With Ford Over Trucks Were Valid, Judge Rules

OAKLAND, Calif. - After finding that two purchasers of vehicles entered valid settlements with a vehicle maker in relation to the return of their trucks, a California federal judge on Sept. 13 granted summary judgment in favor of the dealer on all of the buyers' claims, including violation of California's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Rejects Request To Disqualify Counsel In Town Center Development Dispute

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California federal judge on Sept. 14 denied a developer's request to disqualify counsel hired by a tenant who asserts claims for breach of contract and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) in relation to two leases, finding that the counsel did not complete...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Attorney Fees, Incentive Awards Slashed By Judge In Settled Wal-Mart Drivers' Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Sept. 14 awarded attorney fees and incentive awards following the $60.8 million settlement reached between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and a class of drivers who brought wage claims against their employer, but in amounts below those requested by the plaintiffs ...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Dismiss UCL, Warranty Claims Regarding Coconut Oil Labeling

SAN DIEGO - After finding that a consumer sufficiently pleaded that she relied on various representations regarding the health benefits of coconut oil, a California federal judge on Sept. 18 denied a motion filed by the maker of the product to dismiss the purchaser's claims for violation of California's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Reverses Class Decertification In Aphrodisiac Supplement Suit

PASADENA, Calif. - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 15 reversed a trial court's decertification of a class of consumers suing a supplement maker for allegedly including false claims on the labels of its aphrodisiac supplements, ruling that the trial court abused its discretion...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Gab App Maker Sues Google For Antitrust After Removal From Play Store

PHILADELPHIA - The operator of the conservative-leaning Gab social network claims that Google LLC removed its app from the Google Play Store under false "hate speech" pretenses, asserting that it was purely a move to squelch a potential rival, bringing antitrust claims against the tech giant...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Google AdWords User Opposes Dismissal Of Unfair Competition Claims

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a Sept. 15 brief in California federal court, a customer of Google Inc.'s AdWords program argues that he sufficiently alleged unfair competition and false advertising claims based on click fraud charges he incurred due to Google's misrepresentations about the frequency of...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Panel Affirms Dismissal Of Anti-SLAPP Motion, Finds Tenant Waived Argument

LOS ANGELES - A California panel on Sept. 18 affirmed a trial court's decision to grant a hotel management company's strategic lawsuit against public participation motion in relation to a tenant's causes of action for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), invasion of...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL Claim Related To Curricula, Allows Infringement Claim

SAN FRANCISCO - After finding that parts of curricula were duplicated, a California federal judge on Sept. 22 refused to dismiss the owner of the copyright's claim for infringement but dismissed her claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and interference for failure...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - New York Copyright Dispute Over Bar Exam Prep Programs Dismissed

NEW YORK - Citing evidence that a plaintiff "does not hold (and indeed, has not even applied for) a copyright," a New York federal judge on Sept. 25 dismissed without prejudice allegations of infringement by a bar exam prep company against a competitor (LLM Bar Exam LLC v. Barbri Inc., et al...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - UCL Suit Filed Over Equifax Data Breach On Behalf Of California

SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco city attorney on Sept. 26 sued Equifax Inc. in California state court on behalf of the people of the state of California, alleging violation of the state's unfair competition law (UCL) based on the company's purported failure to maintain proper security procedures...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL, Implied Covenant Claims In Software Platform Dispute

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Sept. 25 partially granted a gift company's motion to dismiss a software solutions and support company's claim for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing but also dismissed a counterclaim for violation of California's unfair...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Reputation Management Firm Did Not Agree To Settle Fraud Action

SAN JOSE, Calif. - After finding that a company never agreed to settle claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and conspiracy in relation to allegations that it participated in a scheme to create fake news, a California federal judge on Sept. 27 refused to grant approval...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL, Contract Claims Against Insurer, Finds Lack Of Facts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After finding that an emergency services provider failed to plead sufficient facts to show that an insurer violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) or whether its claims were preempted under the Medicare Act, a California federal judge on Sept. 29 dismissed the provider's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - LinkedIn Tells 9th Circuit Analytics Firm's Bot Scraping Violates The CFAA

SAN FRANCISCO - In an Oct. 3 brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, LinkedIn Corp. seeks reversal of a preliminary injunction preventing it from blocking a data analytics company from collecting and reusing its information, contending that it did not violate California's unfair competition...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - High Court Seeks Solicitor General's Input In Apple App Store Antitrust Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After being fully briefed in a putative class action over alleged anti-competitive behavior by Apple Inc. related to its App Store, the U.S. Supreme Court in its Oct. 10 order list invited the U.S. solicitor general to file a brief expressing the government's views on antitrust...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Grant Relief From Order Dismissing Fraud Claims

SAN DIEGO - Despite an admission by a policy holder's counsel that he was unable to assist his client in drafting her complaint, a California federal judge on Oct. 11 refused to grant her relief from an order dismissing her complaint, in which she asserted claims for fraud and violation of California's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Keeps Rest Break Class Suit In Federal Court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A class complaint accusing an ambulance service company of rest break violations belongs in federal court because the employer has shown that the claims are preempted and that federal question jurisdiction exists, a California federal judge ruled Oct. 12 (Meghan Silva, et al. v....