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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Strike Punitive Damages Claim Related To Ladder Collapse

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Feb. 21 refused to strike a claim for punitive damages asserted by the purchaser of an extension ladder who alleges that he fell and suffered serious injuries after it collapsed (William Evans v. Home Depot U.S.A. Inc., et al., No. 16-cv-07191, N.D. Calif...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Orders BMW To Show Cause As To Why UCL Case Should Not Be Transferred

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Feb. 21 ordered a car manufacturer to show cause as to why its claims for violation of California's unfair competition law and trademark infringement should not be transferred to another venue (BMW of North America, LLC, et al. v. Michael Chambers, et al...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Calif. Federal Judge: No Pseudonym For Former NFL Cheerleader In Wage Class Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - The rights of the public, the press and the class she is seeking to represent outweigh the privacy interests of the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit accusing NFL Enterprises LLC and individual teams of conspiring to suppress the wages of cheerleaders, a California federal judge ruled Feb....

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Approval Sought For $22.5 Million Settlement Of Google AdWords Class Action

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a Feb. 23 motion in California federal court, the plaintiffs in a putative class action over Google Inc.'s AdWords program seek preliminary approval of a $22.5 million settlement of their claims against the internet giant under California's unfair competition law (UCL) and...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Partially Dismisses Claims On Retailer's Advertisements On Thread Count

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Feb. 28 refused to grant a retailer's motion to dismiss claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and for false advertising, but granted dismissal with leave to amend in relation to claims for products that he did not purchase...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Claims Related To Patents Must Be Reviewed Under Korean Law

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on Feb. 24 partially granted a motion filed by a former employee of a company that makes high-voltage power conversion systems to dismiss certain claims related to his alleged theft of proprietary information to obtain patents, finding that some of the claims...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Court Dismisses Employment Claims Related To Shared Tip-Pooling Policy

SAN DIEGO - After finding that a restaurant chain's shared tip-pooling policy is not unlawful, a California federal judge on Feb. 28 dismissed a former server's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and for penalties under the California's Private Attorneys...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Claims Against Former Employee Are Preempted By CUTSA

SAN FRANCISCO - After finding that a company's claims related to a former employee's alleged theft of proprietary information for violation of California Penal Code Section 502 and for conversion were based on the same facts as its claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, a California federal...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Denies Class Certification For Class Of Truck Drivers

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on March 3 denied a former truck driver's request to certify a class of truck drivers in relation to an alleged failure to pay a minimum wage for the hours worked, finding that he failed to meet the federal pleading requirements (Robert Gatdula, et al. v....

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 1st Circuit Reverses Dismissal Of Amphastar, Momenta Antitrust Case

BOSTON - A Massachusetts federal judge's decision to dismiss allegations that Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. made knowing misrepresentations to the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) - the standard-setting organization (SSO) charged with ensuring the quality control of drugs - was reversed March 6...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Finds Borrower Lacks Standing To Assert UCL Violation

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 6 affirmed dismissal of a homeowner's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law and other California law, finding that there was no private right of action available to him under the law or that loan servicers...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Employees Failed To Prove Theory Of Joint Liability

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on March 8 found that former employees, who sold skincare products for various entities, failed to show that a company was the alter ego of other defendants named in the case, granting the owner of the product's motion to dismiss claims for violation of California...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Preliminarily OKs $22.5 Million Settlement Of Google AdWords Class Action

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Preliminary approval of a $22.5 million settlement of a class action over Google Inc.'s AdWords program under California's unfair competition law (UCL) and false advertising law (FAL) was granted March 9, with a California federal judge approving a proposed settlement class...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Remands Class Action Filed Against Ford To California Court

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on March 10 remanded a class action lawsuit filed by product specialists who assert wage-related claims against a car maker and staffing companies, finding that the amount in controversy did not meet federal jurisdictional requirements (Henry Chen, et al. v. United...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Finds Chase Falsely Promised Loan Modification To Borrower

LOS ANGELES - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 13 affirmed a district court's finding that a property owner asserted a viable claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) but reversed its rulings in favor of a bank on the property owner's claims for breach...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Amendment Permitted, Class Certification Considered In Honda Window Defect Suit

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on March 10 denied a motion for summary judgment filed by American Honda Motor Co. Inc. in a proposed class complaint accusing the car maker of selling certain models with defective windows and granted the plaintiffs' motion to amend their complaint to substitute...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - No Court Remedy For Diabetes Products Tax Dispute

LOS ANGELES - A class of customers who purchase skin puncture lancets and test strips used by diabetics and filed a class complaint seeking an order to compel pharmacies to file a claim seeking a refund of the sales tax paid for those items failed to establish that the necessary "unique circumstances"...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Substitute Plaintiff In Insurance Coverage Dispute

FRESNO, Calif. - A California federal judge on March 16 denied an insured's petition to substitute her as the plaintiff in an action in which her husband sought coverage for theft under an insurance policy, finding that she failed to submit sufficient medical evidence to support a finding that he...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 4th Circuit Finds Gambling In Virtual Casino Was Not A Monetary Loss

RICHMOND, Va. - The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 17 affirmed dismissal of a complaint filed by a player of a video game, finding that her claims for recovery of money spent in a virtual casino did not constitute money lost under Maryland's loss-recovery statute (Mia Mason v. Machine...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Drug Makers, Benefit Managers Hit With Class Suit Alleging Insulin Pricing Scheme

NEWARK, N.J. - Three drug makers and the three largest pharmacy benefit managers have engaged in a pricing scheme to drive up the cost of diabetes insulin - by more than 150 percent in the last five years - in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, the Employee Retirement...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Denies Decertification, Finds Vendors Are Employees

SAN FRANCISCO - A network of "vendors" who perform maintenance and repair services at properties owned by Field Asset Services Inc. (FAS) are employees, not independent contractors, and are owed overtime and business expenses, a California federal judge ruled March 17 in an order granting the...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Partial Summary Judgment Granted In Apple IPhone Antitrust Class Action

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal judge on March 22 granted in part a motion for summary judgment by Apple Inc., finding that the plaintiffs in a putative antitrust class action failed to establish the primary alleged aftermarket for iPhone voice and data services related to claimed service exclusivity...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Campbell Soup Trans Fat Labeling Class Suit Dismissed; Motions For Sanctions Denied

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on March 21 granted a motion to dismiss a class complaint accusing Campbell Soup Co. of deceiving customers by labeling soup as healthy even though it contained trans fat but denied motions by both parties seeking sanctions (Harold Brower, et al. v. Campbell Soup...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Affirms Demurrer, Finds Borrowers Had No Interest In Property

SAN FRANCISCO - A California court on March 22 affirmed a trial court's decision to grant a demurrer filed by a mortgage company to a complaint filed by borrowers in relation to a foreclosure, finding that they did not allege sufficient facts to support their claim for violation of California's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Court Affirms Verdict For Unpaid Overtime For Newspaper Employees

LOS ANGELES - After finding that all of a newspaper's challenges to a jury verdict in favor of former employees, who asserted claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action related to the termination of their jobs, failed, a California court on March...