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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Long-Running Digital Music Price-Fixing Class Action Voluntarily Dismissed

NEW YORK - A 12-year putative class action alleging antitrust violations in the form of price fixing for digital music concluded May 15 as a California federal judge approved a stipulation of dismissal reached by the music-purchasing plaintiffs and the record label defendants (In re Digital Music Antitrust...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL, FAL Claims Over Octopus Products For Lack Of Jurisdiction

SAN DIEGO - After finding that a consumer failed to show that her class action claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and false advertising in relation to allegedly fake octopus products met the federal amount-in-controversy requirement, a California federal judge on May...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Wells Fargo Will Appeal $97 Million Rest Break Award For Mortgage Consultants Class

LOS ANGELES - Wells Fargo Bank N.A. filed a notice of appeal on May 15, a week after a California federal judge awarded a class of Wells Fargo Bank N.A. home mortgage consultants (HMCs) more than $97 million in damages on claims that they were denied rest breaks and a derivative California's unfair...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Borrower Appeals Summary Judgment Ruling For Wells Fargo To 9th Circuit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A borrower who alleged that a bank violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other laws when it refused to accept his untimely mortgage payment as part of a trial period plan on May 16 filed a notice of an appeal to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals of a judge's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Courier Asserts UCL, PAGA Claims Against Delivery Service In California Court

SAN FRANCISCO - A delivery courier on May 15 filed a class action complaint against a same-day delivery courier service in a California state court, alleging that it violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) and labor code when it misclassified employees as independent contractors (Raef...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Homeowner Alleges Illegal Kickback Scheme Involving Reinsurance Payments

LOS ANGELES - A homeowner filed a class action complaint on May 17 against a mortgage loan company and financial services company for engaging in an illegal kickback scheme involving reinsurance payments arising out of force-placed hazard insurance policies (Kathleen Angel Eisenberg v. Ocwen Loan Servicing...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Magistrate Judge Recommends Dismissal Of Condo Purchaser's UCL Case

DENVER - A Colorado magistrate judge on May 21 granted dismissal in favor of a hotel company and its subsidiaries, finding that the court lacked jurisdiction over a borrower's causes of action for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims in relation to an alleged...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Panel Vacates Decision After High Court Holds UCL Claim Was Not Preempted

SANTA ANA, Calif. - After a recent ruling in which the California Supreme Court held 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...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Holds Bank's Response To Borrower Was Sufficient, Dismisses Complaint

SAN DIEGO - After finding that a bank's response to a borrower's qualified written request was sufficient and that missing information from loan modification documents would not stop foreclosure, a California federal judge on May 25 dismissed a borrower's claims for violation of California's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Previous Case Bars Action Against Lender, Loan Servicer, Judge Holds

LOS ANGELES - After finding that a previous lawsuit filed by borrowers involved the same primary issues and parties, a California federal judge on May 24 dismissed a second lawsuit in which the borrowers asserted causes of action for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), the Fair...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL, Lanham Act Claims, Finds Statements Were Not Misleading

SAN JOSE, Calif. - After finding that statements made on a trademark filing service company's website would not likely mislead consumers, a California federal judge on May 25 granted the company's request to dismiss claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and the...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Employee Asserts UCL, Labor Code Violations In California Court

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A former support staff employee on May 29 filed a class action complaint in a California state court against a rehabilitation center and its owner, alleging that they violated numerous California Labor Code sections and California's unfair competition law (UCL) (Alex Martinez...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Investor Voluntarily Dismisses Infringement, UCL Claims Related To Patents

SEATTLE - A Washington federal judge on May 31 voluntarily dismissed an inventor's trade dress and patent infringement claims asserted against a company and its owners in relation to an allegedly copied patent for glassware features, but granted his request to dismiss his claim for violation of California's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Magistrate Judge Approves Settlement Of UCL, Fraud Claims Over Trailer Sales

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California federal magistrate judge on June 1 ordered a truck sales company and its owner to show cause as to why sanctions should not be issued against them for failure to pay a settlement agreement and recommended that the agreement in settlement of another company's claims...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - VidAngel To 9th Circuit: Studios' Conspiracy Against Filterers Plausibly Alleged

SAN FRANCISCO - Online video-filtering service provider VidAngel Inc. argues in a June 1 reply brief to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that its antitrust counterclaims in a copyright dispute were wrongly dismissed because it plausibly alleged a conspiracy by the plaintiff movie studios to boycott...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Mars Had No Duty To Disclose Child Labor; 9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal

PASADENA, Calif. - After finding that a chocolate products maker had no duty to disclose on its labels the existence of child and slave labor in its supply chain, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 4 affirmed dismissal of a purchaser's claims for violation of California's unfair...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Court: UCL Claim Escapes ERISA Preemption, But Not Summary Judgment

LOS ANGELES - Intentional tort claims escape ERISA preemption, but the failure to allege that insurance defendants denied payments specifically to assist a competing provider dooms a chiropractic care provider's unfair competition law (UCL) claim, a California appeals court held in an opinion published...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows UCL, Warranty Claims Over Single-Serve Coffee Filters To Proceed

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on June 5 refused to dismiss claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and breach of warranty asserted by a consumer who alleges that a coffee filter's label was misleading, finding that she pleaded sufficient allegations in support...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Magistrate Judge Dismisses UCL, HBOR Claims Against Wells Fargo

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal magistrate judge on June 7 dismissed a borrower's claims for violation of the California Homeowners Bill of Rights (HBOR) and California's unfair competition law (UCL) with leave to amend, holding that she failed to plead sufficient facts to show that a lender...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Holds UCL, TCPA Claims Against Bank Must Be Arbitrated

SAN DIEGO - After finding that a consumer's claims for unlawful conduct against a bank in violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other laws were directed only at him and not the public at large, a California federal judge on June 11 held that the causes of action were subject...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Denies Most Of Bank's Motion To Dismiss Foreclosure-Related Claims

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on June 11 granted a bank's motion to dismiss a borrower's claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) for failure to state a claim, but allowed most of her claims to proceed, including a cause of action for breach of California's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Consumer Claims Lender Violated UCL By Preventing Her From Making Online Payment

SAN FRANCISCO - A purchaser of a vehicle who alleges that a lender made it impossible for her to make online payments and caused her to have a decreased credit score sued the lender on June 13 in a California state court, asserting causes of action for violation of the state unfair competition law (UCL...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Wells Fargo's $142M Unauthorized Account Settlement Is Granted Final Approval

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on June 14 granted final approval of a $142 million settlement that will be paid by Wells Fargo & Co. and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. to resolve class claims that the bank opened accounts for individuals, enrolled them in products and services and submitted applications...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of UCL, HBOR Claims Related To Foreclosure

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 18 affirmed a district court's decision to grant judgment on the pleadings for lenders and a loan servicer, holding that her claims were barred by a two-year statute of limitations and that she had no viable claim for violation of...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Denny's Employees Assert UCL, Labor Code Claims In California Court

SAN FRANCISCO - A group of restaurant workers on June 18 sued the restaurant and its owner in a California state court, asserting claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and labor code (Pedro Mejia Garcia v. Nass Enterprise Inc., No. 567366, Calif. Super., San Francisco...