Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 'Fishing Expedition' For UCL Claim Not Allowed, Magistrate Judge Rules

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 'Fishing Expedition' For UCL Claim Not Allowed, Magistrate Judge Rules

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A man alleging that an insurance company violated California motor vehicle laws by not changing the title to a salvaged auto so it can be inspected and driven cannot use discovery to determine if a claim under the state unfair competition law (UCL) will allow him to meet the amount-in-controversy requirement for diversity jurisdiction, a federal magistrate judge held Aug. 5 in dismissing the man's lawsuit (Manuel Quiroz, Jr. v. Praetorian Insurance Company, et al., No. 14-1652, N.D. Calif.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108389).

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