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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Orders Business To Pay Damages For Unlawful Broadcast

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on May 26 granted summary judgment on numerous claims asserted by a commercial distributor of sporting events for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and violation of certain broadcasting laws, ordering the owner of an establishment who...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Grants Dismissal Of UCL And Other Claims Against Dietary Supplement Maker

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A California federal judge on May 31 granted a dietary supplement maker's motion to dismiss claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), finding no evidence that it targeted California consumers (Robert Matus, individually...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Certify Class Related To Allegedly Defective Styling Irons

FRESNO, Calif. - A California federal judge on June 3 denied a motion filed by a consumer who asserted violations of California's unfair competition law in relation to allegedly defective styling irons, finding that she failed to satisfy the requirements for class certification (Delia Wilson, on...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Supreme Court Declines To Hear Google's Appeal Over AdWords Class Damages

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its June 6 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court denied without comment a petition for certiorari by Google Inc. over an underlying grant of class certification in a class action over Google's AdWords program brought under California's unfair competition law (UCL) and false...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Class Certification Sought In Suit Alleging Privacy Violations By Google Wallet

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The putative lead plaintiff in a suit alleging breach of contract and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) against Google Inc. filed a motion for class certification in California federal court on June 3, alleging that privacy violations made via the Google Wallet...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Partially Dismisses UCL And Other Claims Related To Defective Engines

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on June 7 partially dismissed claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other state law claims asserted by purchasers of allegedly defective tractor engines who seek to certify various classes of purchasers (T.J. McDermott Transportation...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 6th Circuit Vacates Approval Of Nearly $30M Blue Cross Price-Fixing Settlement

CINCINNATI - A Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on June 7 vacated final approval of a nearly $30 million settlement by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to end consolidated class actions accusing it of price fixing, finding that the district court improperly redacted and sealed records and...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Rules For Production Company In Unlawful Broadcast Action

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on June 13 granted a broadcast company's motion for summary judgment on claims for violation of various broadcast laws and the California unfair competition law (UCL), finding that the owner of an establishment unlawfully broadcast a program for which it did...

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...