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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Rejects CLRA, UCL Claims Over Dryers

SAN DIEGO - In an opinion filed April 5, a California federal judge granted partial summary judgment to a hair dryer manufacturer in a class action alleging that one of its products is defective and causes fires (Cynthia L. Czuchaj, et al. v. Conair Corp., No 13-cv-1901, S.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist....

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Dismisses Smartphone Class Action Lawsuit

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on April 15 granted Apple Inc.'s motion to dismiss a putative consumer class action involving smartphones (Thomas A. Palmer v. Apple Inc., No. 5:15-cv-05808, N.D. Calif., San Jose Div.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 51823).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Appeals Court Reinstates Class Claims Against Telephone Carriers

SAN FRANCISCO - A California appeals court panel on May 9 reversed a trial court order striking class action allegations from a complaint filed against wireless telephone carriers alleging violations of the California unfair competition law (UCL) (Angela Rel, et al. v. Pacific Bell Mobile Services, et...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Finds Wage Claims Against Michael's Stores Are Time-Barred

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 19 affirmed a district court's decision to grant judgment in favor of a retailer on claims asserted by employees in relation to wages, finding that their claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and Labor...

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 - 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 - California Court Finds It Lacks Jurisdiction Over Claims Against University

LOS ANGELES - After finding that it lacked jurisdiction over a former university employee's claims for violation of the California labor code and unfair competition law (UCL) in relation to termination of his employment, a California appeals court on Aug. 12 affirmed a trial court's decision...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Finds No Evidence Breaking System Is Defective, Affirms Ruling

PASADENA, Calif. - The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 2 affirmed a district court's decision to grant summary judgment on claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims for a vehicle maker, finding that purchasers failed to show that it contained...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Finds Lip Gloss Packaging And Label Are Not Misleading

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 27 affirmed a district court's dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the purchaser of lip gloss that allegedly contained deceptive packaging, finding that the plaintiff's claims for violation of California law failed because she did...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Finds It Lacks Jurisdiction Over Claim Related To Stolen Photo

SAN DIEGO - A California court on Nov. 4 affirmed a decision to grant a motion filed by wireless phone companies and others to quash claims against them for negligence and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) in relation to an allegedly stolen photograph that was uploaded online...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Use Of Partially Hydrogenated Oil Does Not Violate Federal Law, Judge Says

SAN DIEGO - After determining that the use of partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in food products does not violate federal law, a California federal judge on Nov. 8 dismissed a consumer's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and various other claims against a maker...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Finds Borrower Lacked Standing To Challenge Foreclosure

LOS ANGELES - After finding that a borrower failed to show that he had standing to challenge the foreclosure of a property, a California court on Dec. 12 affirmed a trial court's decision to grant a demurrer in favor of Citibank N.A. (Marc I. Rosenthal v. Citibank N.A., et al., No. B263465, Calif...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Finds Company Did Not Falsely Advertise Specification

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 13 found that a corporation that makes plastics failed to show that a company falsely advertised that its product met a military specification, affirming dismissal of its claims for violation of California's unfair competition law...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Court Rejects Appeal Of New Trial For Mercedes On Defect Claim

LOS ANGELES - A California appellate court on Dec. 13 found that a trial court did not err when it granted a motion filed by Mercedes-Benz USA Inc. for a new trial in relation to a jury verdict issued in favor of the purchaser of an allegedly defective vehicle, finding that she failed to unequivocally...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California High Court Reverses Remand Of Class Action For Recalculation Of APRs

LOS ANGELES - The California Supreme Court on Dec. 15 partially reversed a judgment by a court of appeal to the extent it directed the trial court to hold further proceedings on a class's claims under the Rees-Levering Motor Vehicle Sales and Finance Act, but affirmed a decision that a dealership's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of UCL And Antitrust Claims Against Bank

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 14 affirmed a court's dismissal of claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and for violation of the Sherman Act against several banks, finding that some of a borrower's claims could not be based on...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Finds Member Of Gym Consented To Receiving Text Messages

PASADENA, Calif. - After finding that a member of a gym expressly consented to receiving text messages and that he lacked standing to assert violations of California business and professions codes, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 30 affirmed a summary judgment ruling for the owners of...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Court Finds Nurse Did Not Waive Right To Pursue Claims Judicially

LOS ANGELES - A California appeals court on Feb. 7 affirmed a district court's decision to deny a hospital's motion to compel arbitration of numerous class action claims asserted against it by a former nurse, finding that the nurse did not waive her right to assert her claims in a judicial forum...

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 - 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 - 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...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Court Finds Release On Employment Termination Was Not Defamatory

LOS ANGELES - After finding that a former president and founder of a clothing company failed to show that he would likely succeed on the merits of his claims at trial, a California court on March 28 affirmed judgment in favor of an investment firm on his claims for defamation and violation of California's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California High Court Finds Arbitration Provision Is Contrary To Public Policy

LOS ANGELES - The California Supreme Court on April 6 reversed a court's ruling that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) does not preempt a rule that provides that arbitration agreements for public injunctive relief under California's unfair competition law (UCL) and false advertising law are not...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows Some Claims In Suit Alleging Stem Cell Treatments Are Scam

SAN DIEGO - Customers of a stem cell therapy business sufficiently plead that the business advertised false and misleading information on its website about consumer satisfaction rates in a way that was deceptive to potential customers, though they must amend their class claims that the business misrepresented...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Hoverboard Seller Infringed On Trademarks, Awards $1M

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on April 20 granted a motion filed by the owner of certain trademarks for summary judgment on its other claims for infringement and counterfeiting of a registered mark, awarding it $1 million in damages (UL LLC v. The Space Chariot Inc., et al., No. 2:16-cv-08172...