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    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Dismiss Support Wear Maker's UCL, Infringement Claims

    SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Feb. 15 denied a maternity wear company's motion for judgment on the pleadings, finding that it would be premature to dismiss another company's claims for trademark infringement and that its claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) was not preempted (Blanqi LLC v. Bao Bei Maternity, et al., No. 3:17-cv-05759, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26069).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Declines To Apply 'Fraudulent Misjoinder' Standard In Bad Faith Suit

    SAN FRANCISCO - Remand of an insurance breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit to state court is necessary because the Ninth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals has yet to adopt the "fraudulent misjoinder" standard established by the 11th Circuit, which an insurer argues is the basis for the action's removal to federal court in the first place, a federal judge in California ruled Feb. 13 in remanding the action to state court (Maria I. Delgado v. Primerica Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 17-3744, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23615).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Enjoins Hot Sauce Maker From Infringing On Trademarks

    LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Feb. 12 entered a default judgment on claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and trademark infringement asserted by a maker of hot sauce and granted a permanent injunction in its favor, enjoining another hot sauce maker from making or selling certain products containing similar marks (Tapatio Foods LLC v. Isaac Granados, No. 17-7532, C.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23618).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Partially Grants Dismissal For Nationstar, Rejects UCL, HBOR claims

    SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Feb. 9 refused to dismiss a borrower's claims for breach of contract and negligence asserted by a borrower against a bank but found that the bank did not commit unlawful acts in violation California's unfair competition law (UCL) and that part of his claim for violation of the California Homeowners Bill of Rights (HBOR) also failed (Steve Johnson v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC, No. 3:17-cv-03676, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22829).

    Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Law Firm Accused Of Data Release Denied Arbitration Clause Third-Party Status

    MADISON, Wis. - A law firm operating as a debt collector and accused of failing to redact a defendant's credit score when filing its complaint against her may not invoke an arbitration clause between the debtor and the credit card company after the debtor filed a class complaint because the firm lost its status as a third-party co-defendant when the credit card company was dismissed from the case, a Wisconsin federal judge ruled Feb. 12 (Sasha Rizzo, et al. v. Kohn Law Firm, S.C., No. 17-408, W.D. Wis., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22105).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Rhode Island City Sues Intel For Meltdown, Spectre Security Vulnerabilities

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - The city of Providence, R.I., on Feb. 12 filed a consumer protection class action complaint against Intel Corp. in California federal court, charging the microprocessor chip manufacturer with unfair competition and warranty violations related to the recently discovered "Meltdown" and "Spectre" security vulnerabilities that can reportedly affect millions of computers and devices worldwide, resulting in the exposure of users' sensitive information (Providence v. Intel Corp., No. 5:18-cv-00894, N.D. Calif.).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Remands UCL, Other Claims Against Insurer To California Court

    LOS ANGELES - After finding that an insurance broker was not improperly joined in an action in which a moving company asserts claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action in relation to an insurer's refusal to defend it in an underlying lawsuit, a California federal judge on Feb. 8 remanded the case to state court and declined to consider dismissal of the action (Earl Wayne Pullen, dba Carole & Jan's Moving & Storage, v. TransGuard Insurance Company of America Inc., et al., No. 17-08631, C.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21177).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Circuit Lacks Jurisdiction Over Walker Process Patent Fraud Claim

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Allegations that a patent owner violated Section 2 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. 2, and Sections 4 and 6 of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. 4, 6, by committing fraud upon the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) should proceed in the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 9 (Xitronix Corporation v. KLA-Tencor Corporation, No. 16-2746, Fed. Cir.).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - High Court Finds UCL Claim Is Not Preempted By Federal Health And Safety Law

    SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court on Feb. 8 reversed an appeals court finding that a district attorney's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and false advertising law asserted against a plastics maker in relation to an explosion that killed two employees were not preempted by federal occupational safety and health law, finding that those claims remain within a state's responsibility under federal law to regulate worker safety (Solus Industrial Innovations LLC, et al. v. The Superior Court of Orange County, et al., No. S222314, Calif. Sup., 2018 Cal. LEXIS 934).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Dismiss Class Claims Related To Clorox's Natural Labeling

    OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal judge on Feb. 6 refused to dismiss claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action asserted by consumers against The Clorox Co., finding that the company's "naturally derived" labeling could have deceived them into purchasing the products (Joseph Gregorio, et al. v. The Clorox Company, No. 17-cv-03824, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19542).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Customer Alleges Airline Violated UCL By Misrepresenting Pricing

    LOS ANGELES - A customer on Feb. 2 sued Spirit Airlines Inc. in a California federal court, alleging that it violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) and engaged in false advertising by misrepresenting that its products are the least expensive available (Nikki Giavasis v. Spirit Airlines, Inc., No. 2:18-cv-864, C.D. Calif.).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Dismisses UCL, Fraud Cross-Claims Against Online Marketplace

    SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Feb. 6 granted an online marketplace host's motion to dismiss counterclaims asserted against it for violation of California's unfair competition law, breach of contract, fraud and other claims asserted by a user of the marketplace who allegedly failed to pay for or return inventory from the website, but granted the user leave to amend the claims to assert more specific factual allegations (Ouiby Inc. v. Idil Doguoglu Posey, et al., No. 17-cv-03847, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19502).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Finds Solar Energy Firm Did Not Need Contractor's License

    LOS ANGELES - A California court on Feb. 1 affirmed a trial court's dismissal of a purchaser's class action claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and another California law against a solar energy products company, finding that the company was not required to be a licensed contractor to complete its installations (Shawn Reed v. Sunrun Inc., No. B276862, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 2, 2018 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 743).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Reverses Dismissal Of CCRA Claims Against Bank Of America

    SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 1 affirmed a district court's decision in favor of a bank on a borrower's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims, but reversed the ruling on her claim for violation of the Consumer Credit Reporting Act (CCRA), finding that a triable issue of fact exists as to whether the bank's alleged misreporting of her credit information caused her to suffer damages and whether the bank had reasonable measures in place to ensure that incorrect information was not transmitted (Nahid Noori v. Bank of America N.A., No. 16-56082, 9th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 2575).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL Claim, Finds Lender Did Not Interfere With Sale

    SAN FRANCISCO - After finding that a former property owner's claim that a lender interfered with his private sale of a property by recording a notice of trustee's sale failed, a California federal judge on Jan. 30 dismissed his claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) for failure to state a claim (Moshen Khaziri v. Caliber Home Loans Inc., No. 17-cv-01639, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16308).

    Mealey's Banking & Finance - Judge Says Borrowers' Claims Can Be Resolved In State Foreclosure Case

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on Jan. 31 denied a bank's motion to dismiss an action filed by borrowers in relation to a foreclosure, finding that a decision by borrowers to have their claims against the bank decided in an already pending foreclosure case was a valid reason for voluntary dismissal (Beverly Marcheau Mitchell, et al. v. U.S. Bank National Association, et al., No. 17-cv-2105, D. D.C., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15435).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows UCL, CUTSA Claims Related To Audiology Technology To Proceed

    LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Jan. 29 refused to dismiss claims for violations of the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (CUTSA), California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims asserted by the inventor of a tele-audiology technology, who alleged that a California company and its German parent company copied her invention (Deborah M. Manchester, PH.D. v. Sivantos GMBH, et al., No. 2:17-CV-05309, C.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14108).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Apple, Qualcomm Debate $25,000-A-Day Discovery Sanction In FTC Antitrust Suit

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Qualcomm Inc. in a Jan.. 26 brief asks a California federal judge to affirm a $25,000-a-day discovery sanction that Apple Inc. called "unduly harsh" in a motion for relief, with Qualcomm arguing that the sanction amount is appropriate in light of Apple's pattern of discovery noncompliance in the antitrust lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (Federal Trade Commission, et al. v. Qualcomm Inc., et al., No. 17-cv-00220, N.D. Calif.).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Calif. Appeals Panel Reinstates Unruh, UCL Claims Over Tinder Age-Based Pricing

    LOS ANGELES - A California appellate panel on Jan. 29 "swipe[d] left" and reversed a trial court's ruling for Tinder Inc., finding that the lower court erred when it ruled that the dating application company did not violate the Unruh Act or California's unfair competition law (UCL) by charging older users more for its premium service than younger users (Allan Candelore v. Tinder, Inc., No. B270172, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 3, 2018 Cal. App. LEXIS 71).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - NCAA Alleges Dealerships Violated UCL, Infringed On March Madness Mark

    LOS ANGELES - The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Jan. 26 sued the operators of vehicle dealerships in relation to the alleged use of its trademark, asserting causes of action for infringement and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) (National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Ken Grody Management Inc., et al., No. 8:18-cv-00153, C.D. Calif.).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds UCL, Other Claims Related To Nine West's Price Tags Can Proceed

    SAN DIEGO - After finding that the question of whether a retailer's price tags on shoes are misleading is a question of fact not appropriate for a motion to dismiss, a California federal judge on Jan. 25 refused to dismiss a purchaser's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action against it (Brittany Covell v. Nine West Holdings Inc., No. 3:17-cv-01371, S.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12437).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Dismiss UCL, FAL Class Claims Related To Restaurant Surcharge

    SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Jan. 23 denied motions to remand and dismiss a class action filed by a consumer, who alleges that a surcharge added to a restaurant bill violates California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other laws, finding that the claims were based on factual allegations that were not before the court and that the amount in controversy exceeds the federal jurisdictional requirement (Kathleen Holt v. Noble House Hotels & Resorts Ltd., et al., No. 17cv2246, S.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10955).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Refuses To Exercise Jurisdiction Over UCL Contract Claims, Remands

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After finding that no federal claims remained against various lenders and property companies, a California federal judge on Jan. 22 remanded claims asserted by borrowers for breach of contract, fraud and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) to a California state court (John Brooks, et al. v. FCI Lender Services Inc., No. 2:16-cv-02598, E.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9974).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Dismiss UCL, Contract Claims Against Geico

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on Jan. 19 granted the majority of an insurer's motion for summary judgment as to claims for fraud and declaratory relief asserted against it by an insured who sought coverage for vehicle theft, but allowed part of his claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and breach of contract to proceed, finding that issues of triable fact exist as to whether the coverage claim was denied based solely on his inability to produce cell phone records that were not available (Christopher T. Monroe v. Geico General Insurance Company, No. 5:14-cv-05174, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9106).

    Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Transfers Noninfringement, UCL Action Against Harley To Wisconsin

    MILWAUKEE - A California federal judge on Jan. 11 transferred an aftermarket motorcycle part company's action in which it seeks a declaration of noninfringement and asserts a claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) against a motorcycle maker to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, noting that an underlying cease-and-desist letter originated in Wisconsin (Cobra Engineering Inc. v. H-D USA Llc, et al., No. 2:18cv71, E.D. Wis.).