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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Grants Counsel's Request To Withdraw, Finds Irreparable Breakdown

LOS ANGELES - After finding that an irreparable breakdown has occurred between counsel and employers named in an action filed by former employees who assert claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), fraud and other claims, a California federal judge on April 24 granted the...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Denies Kimono Maker's Motion To Dismiss Contract Claim

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on April 24 granted a jiu-jitsu kimono maker's motion to dismiss claims asserted by a competitor for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), fraud and other claims, but refused to dismiss a claim for breach of contract in relation to a nondisclosure...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - U.S. High Court Takes On State Law Interpretation Of Class Arbitration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on April 30 granted a petition for writ of certiorari filed by an employer whose payroll system was hacked and asked the high court justices to decide if the Federal Arbitration Act bars a state law interpretation permitting class arbitration where class arbitration...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows UCL, Wrongful Foreclosure Claims Against Wells Fargo To Proceed

OAKLAND, Calif. - After finding that a bank may have failed to properly review loan modification applications, a California federal judge on April 25 refused to dismiss borrowers' claims for wrongful foreclosure and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) (Michael Peterson, et...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Policy Excluded Diminution In Value Coverage, California Panel Holds

LOS ANGELES - After finding that an insurance policy excluded coverage for diminution of value and that an insurer had the authority under the insurance contract to repair a damaged vehicle, rather than replace it, a California appeals panel on April 27 affirmed a trial court's decision dismissing...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California High Court Affirms Class Certification Of Drivers In Wage Dispute

SAN FRANCISCO - A trial court did not abuse its discretion in certifying a class of delivery drivers who allege that they were improperly classified as independent contractors and that the delivery company engaged in unfair and unlawful business practices under California's unfair competition law...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Impax Labs To Pay $20M In Solodyn Antitrust Lawsuit Brought By End-Payers

BOSTON - Impax Laboratories Inc. has agreed to pay $20 million to settle class claims by third-party payers that it violated antitrust, consumer protection and unjust enrichment laws by conspiring with three other defendants to not compete in the sale of generic versions of the dermatology antibiotic...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL Claim In Health Insurance Benefit Assignability Case

LOS ANGELES - While not preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, substance abuse providers' California unfair competition law (UCL) claim alleging that insurers misrepresented the assignability of health insurance benefits falls short of pleading an injury for standing purposes,...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Grants Consumer Leave To Amend Complaint Over Restaurant Surcharge

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on April 30 granted a consumer, who alleges that a surcharge added to a restaurant bill violates California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other laws, leave to file an amended complaint to add a claim for actual damages under the California Consumers Legal...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Concrete Worker Sues In California Court For Labor, UCL Violations

SAN FRANCISCO - A former employee on May 1 sued his employer in a California court, asserting claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and the state labor code in relation to his employment as a concrete worker (Camilo Lopez v. SF Garage Company Inc., et al., No. 18-566185...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses HBOR, UCL Claims, Holds No Default Was Recorded

FRESNO, Calif. - A California federal judge on May 3 granted a motion filed by two lenders to dismiss claims for violation of California housing law and unfair competition law (UCL), finding that a borrower failed to request an alternative to foreclosure and to allege that a notice of sale was recorded...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL, RCRA Claims Related To Alleged Waste Disposal

SAN DIEGO - After finding that a property owner failed to allege specific facts as to which entities allegedly disposed of solid waste from a project site onto his property, a California federal judge on May 4 dismissed claims for violation of Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA), California's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Borrower Is Not Entitled To Injunction Preventing Foreclosure, Judge Holds

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on May 7 denied an application filed by a borrower who asserts causes of action for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and the homeowner bill of rights for a temporary restraining order preventing a foreclosure, finding that he failed...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Panel: Investors Did Not Show They Were Damaged By Market Manipulation Scheme

NEW YORK - Although investors have shown that they have standing to bring their claims for damages under the Commodities Exchange Act (CEA), they have failed to show that they were damaged as a result of a market manipulation scheme in which an oil and gas company and its affiliates manipulated the price...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - U.S. Government Urges High Court To Hear Apple App Store Antitrust Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a May 8 amicus curiae brief presenting the U.S. government's views, U.S. Solicitor General (SG) Noel J. Francisco asks the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari to Apple Inc. in a lawsuit over alleged anti-competitive behavior related to Apple's App Store, arguing that...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Drivers' Class Claims Over Uber Data Breach Dismissed For 3rd, Final Time

SAN FRANCISCO - Uber Technologies Inc. saw negligence and unfair competition claims against it dismissed for a third time May 10, as a California federal magistrate judge found that two former Uber drivers had still failed to establish standing via an injury related to the theft of their personally identifiable...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Ferrara Candy Agrees To Pay $2.5 Million To Settle Slack-Fill Class Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - The plaintiffs who sued a candy maker for selling oversized opaque candy boxes in an effort to deceive consumers moved May 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, seeking preliminary approval of a $2.5 million settlement that will provide cash refunds of...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Lyft Hit With Driver Class Suit Claiming Deceptive Payment Practices

SAN FRANCISCO - Lyft Inc., an app-based taxi service, has deceived and violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) by misrepresenting and changing fare practices, one driver alleges in his May 10 class complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Fernando...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Grants Dismissal Of Claims That Wells Fargo Wrongly Charged Fees

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on May 14 found no facts to support causes of action asserted by a first-time homebuyer who alleged that Wells Fargo & Co. violated the Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act (RESPA) and California's unfair competition law (UCL) when it improperly...

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...