Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit: UCL Allegation Is Trespass Claim Under Local Action Doctrine

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit: UCL Allegation Is Trespass Claim Under Local Action Doctrine

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal court lacks jurisdiction to hear a Connecticut landlord's class action claim that DIRECTV Inc. violates California's unfair competition law (UCL) by placing satellite TV dishes on apartment houses without consent of the owner because the claim is actually for trespass, a local action under California law that should have been brought where the real property is located, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held April 9 (Eldee-K Rental Properties, LLC v. DIRECTV, Inc., No. 11-17994, 9th Cir.).

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