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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds MillerCoors Did Not Misrepresent Blue Moon As Craft Beer

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on June 16 granted a beer company's motion to dismiss claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other California law claims, finding that it did not make misrepresentations about Blue Moon being a craft beer (Evan Parent, an individual...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Allows Breach Of Contract Claims To Proceed Against Bank

LOS ANGELES - After finding that a borrower attempted to fulfill the terms of an agreement with a bank, a California federal judge on June 15 refused to dismiss her breach of contract claims but granted dismissal as to her claims for rescission and violation of California's unfair competition law...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Some Claims Tossed, Some Survive Dismissal In Starbucks Underfill Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on June 17 partially dismissed claims in a class action suit accusing Starbucks Corp. of underfilling its coffee beverages but leaving intact claims for breach of express warranty, violation California's Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), violation of...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Finds No Jurisdiction Over California Law Claims

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on June 20 found that claims asserted against numerous mortgage lenders for violation of California law must be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction (Mattie Belinda Evans v. Bank of America, N.A., et al., No. 16-4147, C.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80001).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows Owners Of Storage Units To File Complaint Against Insurer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After finding that various arguments under California's unfair competition law (UCL) made by an insurer failed, a California federal judge on June 27 granted a motion filed by the owners of self-storage units to file a cross-complaint against it for indemnity (John Deleon, individually...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows UCL And FAL Claims Against Design Firm To Proceed

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on June 29 granted a motion filed by a design company and its employees to dismiss claims against them for violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in relation to the construction of a dog daycare facility, but allowed claims for violation...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Class Action Alleges Snapchat Exposes Minors To Adult Content

LOS ANGELES - In a putative class action filed July 7 in California federal court, a minor user of Snapchat Inc.'s photo messaging application alleges that editorial content on Snapchat's app exposes minors to sexually offensive content in violation of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) and...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Remands To Allow For Amendments On Animal Research Claims

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California appeals court on July 5 reversed and remanded a case filed by an animal welfare organization that asserted that a research facility violated California's unfair competition law in relation to its research on goats and rabbits to allow for an amendment to include allegations...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Reverses Dismissal Of Claims Related To Caffeine Content In Drink

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 8 reversed a district court's dismissal of claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims in relation to a company's labeling of its energy drinks, finding that certain statements it made...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Finds UCL Claim Against Loan Servicer Is Time-Barred

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A California federal judge on July 8 denied an application filed by property owners for a temporary restraining order, finding that their claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing were time...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Awards Production Company $1.8 Million For Improper Use Of Movie Name

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on July 11 awarded a movie production company that asserted causes of action for copyright infringement and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) $1,885,969.96 in damages and entered a permanent injunction ordering another entity and its owner...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Dismiss UCL And Labor Code Claims Against GrubHub

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on July 13 refused to dismiss claims asserted by delivery drivers for a food service company for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and Labor Code, finding that their claims were sufficiently pleaded at the present stage of the case ...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows Borrower To Amend RESPA Claim Against Loan Servicer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California federal magistrate judge on July 14 dismissed claims asserted by a borrower against a loan servicer but granted him leave to amend his claim for violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and to pursue a claim under California's unfair competition...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Again Finds Wage Claims Against Craft Stores Are Time-Barred

PASADENA, Calif. - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 15 granted a petition for panel rehearing and/or clarification filed by the lead plaintiff in lawsuit accusing a retailer of wage violations but issued an accompanying order nearly identical to the one issued on May 19 in which it reversed...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Dismisses Class Suit Alleging Inflated Outlet Prices

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on July 22 dismissed, with leave to amend, a class complaint accusing Dooney & Bourke Inc. (D&B) of falsely inflating "original" prices on its merchandise sold in outlet stores (Monica Rael, et al. v. Dooney & Bourke, Inc., et al., No. 16-371...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Converts Lenders' Pleadings To Summary Judgment Motions

SAN FRANCISCO - After finding that motions to dismiss claims asserted against various lenders in relation to a foreclosure relied on evidence outside of the pleadings, a California federal judge on July 22 converted it to a motion for summary judgment (Ernest L. Bonner v. Fay Servicing LLC, et al., No...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal, Finds Equitable Tolling Does Not Apply

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 22 affirmed a district court's decision to dismiss a claim for violation of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) as barred by a statute of limitations because equitable tolling did not apply (Mark McQuinn, et al. v. Bank of America, N...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Class Claims Can Proceed Against Kate Spade For False Advertising

SAN FRANCISCO - After finding that a group of consumers who allege that a designer makes inferior quality products for its outlets stores and advertises them as being boutique quality pleaded their class action claims with the required particularity, a California federal judge on July 26 refused to dismiss...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Wage-Related Claims Against Food Company Are Cognizable

FRESNO, Calif. - After previously finding that a food company employee's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and Labor Code were cognizable, a California federal judge on Aug. 1 refused to dismiss the claims or, in the alternative, to grant interlocutory appellate...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Google Seeks Summary Judgment, Expert Exclusion In Google Wallet Class Action

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a pair of reply briefs filed Aug. 10 in California federal court, Google Inc. seeks to support its pending motions for summary judgment in a putative privacy class action over its Google Wallet feature and to exclude the lead plaintiff's expert's testimony on damages (Alice...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Finds It Lacks Jurisdiction Over Claims Against University

LOS ANGELES - After finding that it lacked jurisdiction over a former university employee's claims for violation of the California labor code and unfair competition law (UCL) in relation to termination of his employment, a California appeals court on Aug. 12 affirmed a trial court's decision...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows Economics Opinion In Price-Fixing Conspiracy Suit Against Egg Industry

PHILADELPHIA - In a price-fixing conspiracy lawsuit against egg producers, an economics expert may opine regarding the existence of a unitary egg industry, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Aug. 15, denying the motion to exclude the testimony (In re: Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, No....

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Purchasers Failed To Show Teething Tablets Do Not Work

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Aug. 16 found that claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and for false advertising asserted by purchasers of homeopathic teething tablets and other products failed because the purchasers did not show by a preponderance of the...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Amount-In- Controversy Requirement Not Met, Remands UCL Claims

FRESNO, Calif. - After finding that an employer's calculation of the amount in controversy in a class action filed in relation to wage claims was speculative, a California federal judge on Aug. 16 granted a former employee's motion to remand his claims for violation of California labor laws and...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Dismiss Class Claims Related To Labels On Dairy Beverages

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Aug. 16 refused to dismiss a consumer's class action claims for violation of California's unfair completion law (UCL) and other causes of action in relation to allegedly misleading labels on probiotic dairy beverages, denying the manufacturer's...