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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Appeals Panel: Long-Term Renters Suing Airbnb Lack Standing Under UCL

SAN FRANCISCO - A class of long-term renters suing Airbnb Inc. in part for injury in fact due to the company's short-term renters causing damage to common resources failed to demonstrate standing under California's unfair competition law (UCL), a California appellate panel ruled Aug. 10 in an...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Class Suit By 'On Call' Workers Seeking Breaks Is Sent Back To State Court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California federal judge on Aug. 9 ruled that a class lawsuit by retail "key carrier" employees who claim that they were denied rest and meal breaks because they were always on call belongs in state court because the defendant failed to meet its heightened burden of proving...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Michigan Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Alleging Defective Dodge Rotary Shifters

DETROIT - A consumer accusing FCA US LLC of selling certain Dodge Ram and Dodge Durango models with allegedly defective gearshift systems that cause rollaway incidents when the cars indicated they were in park failed to state a claim under California's unfair competition law (UCL) for any affirmative...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Subbing Plaintiff Denied 3 Years After Deadline In Frito-Lay Labeling Class Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Aug. 14 denied a motion to substitute the lead plaintiff in a class lawsuit over the labeling on certain Frito-Lay North America Inc. products, finding that the plaintiffs failed to show that there was good cause for allowing the substitution more than three...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - LinkedIn Enjoined From Blocking Analytics Firm's Access To Data

SAN FRANCISCO - In an Aug. 14 ruling, a California federal judge enjoined LinkedIn Corp. from denying a data analytics company access to publicly available information on its professional social networking site, finding no support for LinkedIn's argument that the access violated the Computer Fraud...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL, False Advertising Claims Related To Juice Sugar Levels

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Aug. 18 partially dismissed claims for false advertising and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) asserted by a consumer, who alleged that certain apple juice products mispresented the level of sugar in the drinks, finding that she did...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Remands UCL Claim To California Court For Lack Of Jurisdiction

OAKLAND, Calif. - After finding that no federal question jurisdiction existed, a California federal judge on Aug. 22 granted a motion filed by borrowers to remand their claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) against a mortgage company to a state court (Francisco Nanclares...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Admitted Expert Opinions Doom Woman's Class Action Over Gingko Biloba Supplements

SAN DIEGO - A consumer cannot pursue a class action alleging that product claims on the label for nutritional supplements are false because admitted expert testimony that scientific evidence supports the claims on the label precludes the consumer's claims, a California federal judge ruled Aug. 23...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Panel Affirms Denial Of Injunction In RightFax Trademark Dispute

LOS ANGELES - A California appeals panel on Aug. 24 affirmed a trial court's decision to grant an injunction enjoining a software services company from using the RightFax trademark, finding that the owner of the mark failed to show that it would likely succeed on the merits of its claims for violation...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Remands UCL Claims Against Makers Of Feather Products To California Court

LOS ANGELES - After finding that the makers of down feather products failed to show that claims asserted by a former employer for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action did not meet the amount in controversy requirements to maintain federal jurisdiction...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Dismiss Pricing Scheme Claims Against Ralph Lauren

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Aug. 29 found that a consumer who asserted proposed class action claims related to a retailer's pricing lacked standing under California's unfair competition law (UCL) to obtain injunctive relief but allowed other claims asserted under the UCL and for...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses RICO Claims, Finds Lenders Did Not Defraud Company

SAN DIEGO - After finding that lenders did not intentionally defraud a company in relation to payments for insurance and taxes that were not made into an escrow account, California federal judge on Aug. 30 dismissed the company's claims for violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Dealer Did Not Breach UCL In Charging Fees, Federal Judge Rules

OAKLAND, Calif. - After finding that the lessor of a vehicle failed to show that a dealership breached a lease agreement with him, a California federal judge on Sept. 1 dismissed his claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and dismissed cross-claims asserted by another dealer...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Federal Court Has Jurisdiction Over UCL, Breach Of Contract Claims

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After finding that complete diversity jurisdiction exists and that the amount in controversy requirement was met, a California federal judge on Sept. 5 refused to remand claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and breach of contract asserted by borrowers...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Most Claims Against Apple In IPhone App Privacy Suit Voluntarily Dismissed

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Sept. 5 signed an order and stipulation dismissing with prejudice the remaining unfair competition and false advertising claims against Apple Inc. in a class action alleging privacy violations associated with applications on iPhones and other Apple devices...

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 ...