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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds UCL Claims Against Diamond Importer Are Preempted Under CUTSA

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Nov. 22 dismissed counterclaims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and misappropriation of trade secrets in relation to an Indian diamond importer's use of a confidential customer list, finding that the claims were displaced...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Enters Default Ruling On Claims For Illegal Broadcast

SAN JOSE, Calif. - After the owners of a restaurant where a televised event was allegedly illegally broadcast failed to respond to claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims, a California federal judge on Nov. 28 entered a default ruling in favor of a production...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Plaintiffs In Pinnacle Hip Bellwether Trial Will Seek State Consumer Law Penalties

DALLAS - Six plaintiffs in an ongoing DePuy Pinnacle hip multidistrict litigation bellwether trial on Nov. 28 told a Texas federal court that after the verdict, they intend to ask the court to determine that defendant DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) and...

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

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Dec. 5 dismissed claims for wrongful foreclosure and violations of the California civil code against two mortgage-related entities but granted a borrower leave to file a second amended complaint against one lender in relation to the foreclosure of her property...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL Claim In Dispute Over Technology For Taxi Payments

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Dec. 6 granted a technology company's motion to dismiss a counterclaim asserted by the maker of a mobile application that allows for credit card payments to taxicab drivers, finding no facts to support its claim for violation of California's unfair...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Yahoo Data Breach Lawsuits Consolidated In California Federal Court

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Five putative class actions against Yahoo! Inc. related to a data breach the internet giant announced in September were consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) in a Dec. 7 transfer...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Dismiss UCL Claim Against Condo Owner For Discrimination

SAN DIEGO - After finding that the residents of a condominium complex alleged facts to support violations of California's unfair competition law (UCL), a California federal judge on Dec. 12 refused to dismiss the UCL claim, but granted the motion as to a request for punitive damages (Melody Chapman...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Candy Worker's 2 Individual Wage Claims Reinstated, Class Claims Rejected

SAN DIEGO - A candy company former employee who filed a wage and hour class complaint against her former employer may proceed only with two of her individual claims, the Fourth District California Court of Appeal, Division I, ruled Dec. 9, upholding summary judgment for the employer on the other remaining...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Finds Borrower Lacked Standing To Challenge Foreclosure

LOS ANGELES - After finding that a borrower failed to show that he had standing to challenge the foreclosure of a property, a California court on Dec. 12 affirmed a trial court's decision to grant a demurrer in favor of Citibank N.A. (Marc I. Rosenthal v. Citibank N.A., et al., No. B263465, Calif...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Finds Company Did Not Falsely Advertise Specification

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 13 found that a corporation that makes plastics failed to show that a company falsely advertised that its product met a military specification, affirming dismissal of its claims for violation of California's unfair competition law...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Court Rejects Appeal Of New Trial For Mercedes On Defect Claim

LOS ANGELES - A California appellate court on Dec. 13 found that a trial court did not err when it granted a motion filed by Mercedes-Benz USA Inc. for a new trial in relation to a jury verdict issued in favor of the purchaser of an allegedly defective vehicle, finding that she failed to unequivocally...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California High Court Reverses Remand Of Class Action For Recalculation Of APRs

LOS ANGELES - The California Supreme Court on Dec. 15 partially reversed a judgment by a court of appeal to the extent it directed the trial court to hold further proceedings on a class's claims under the Rees-Levering Motor Vehicle Sales and Finance Act, but affirmed a decision that a dealership's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of UCL And Antitrust Claims Against Bank

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 14 affirmed a court's dismissal of claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and for violation of the Sherman Act against several banks, finding that some of a borrower's claims could not be based on...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Lawsuits Filed In Wake Of Latest Yahoo Data Breach Announcement

SAN JOSE, Calif. - With the lodging of a Dec. 16 complaint against Yahoo! Inc. in California federal court, at least four putative class actions have been filed since the internet firm's Dec. 14 announcement of a recently discovered hacking incident that compromised the personally identifiable information...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds No Facts To Support False Advertising Claims Against Ralph Lauren

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Dec. 20 granted a clothing retailer's motion to dismiss a consumer's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and claims for false advertising in relation to its pricing, finding that she failed to allege facts to support...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Magistrate Recommends Dismissal Of Foreclosure-Related Claims Against Loan Servicer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After finding no evidence to support a borrower's claims for wrongful foreclosure and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), a California federal magistrate judge on Dec. 22 recommended that his claims against a loan servicer be dismissed without leave to...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds No Jurisdiction Over Rental-Related Claims Against Landlord

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After finding that a tenant's single federal claim failed, a California federal judge on Jan. 3 dismissed claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and the Rehabilitation Act against a landlord for lack of jurisdiction (Angelica Francis v. Accessible...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Tesla Owner Claims Model X Vehicles Automatically Accelerate

SANTA ANA, Calif. - An owner of a 2016 Model X filed a class complaint on Dec. 30 against Tesla Motors Inc., accusing the company of making faulty vehicles after he and his son were injured when his vehicle allegedly accelerated on its own while he was pulling into his garage (Ji Chang Son, et al. v...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Dismisses UCL Claim Against MERS For Failure To Amend

SAN FRANCISCO - After finding that a borrower failed to amend her claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and declaratory relief, a California federal judge on Jan. 3 granted a motion to dismiss a second amended complaint against lenders in relation to a mortgage (Modesta...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Transfers Employee's Class Claims Against Food Group

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Jan. 6 granted a request by several companies to transfer an employee's class claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action related to alleged employment violations, finding that transfer to another federal...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows Deutsche Bank To Amend Claims Related To Default Notices

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Jan. 5 granted a bank's request to assert counterclaims against borrowers and to add various counterdefendants to an action in which property owners assert claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), the Truth in Lending Act (TILA...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Domino's Did Not Misappropriate Trade Secrets Or Violate UCL

SAN FRANCISCO - After finding that a wireless communications company failed to show the reasonable efforts necessary to maintain its claim for misappropriation of trade secrets and failed to plead facts to support its cause of action for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), a California...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds California Law Provision In Facebook Terms Is Enforceable

SAN FRANCISCO - After finding that a California choice-of-law clause in Facebook Inc.'s terms of service is enforceable, a California federal judge on Jan. 9 granted the social media's company's motion to dismiss claims for violation of the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Grants Stein Mart's Motion To Compel On 'Compare At' Claims

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A California federal judge on Jan. 10 granted a retailer's motion to compel supplemental responses to certain discovery requests from a purchaser who asserts claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), false advertising and other claims related to its...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds UCL Claims Against Wells Fargo Fail For Lack Of Standing

SAN FRANCISCO - After finding that two borrowers failed to adequately plead their claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and negligence, a California federal judge on Jan. 10 granted a motion to dismiss filed by Wells Fargo Bank N.A. (Michelle A. Graham, et al. v. Wells...