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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - ADT Agrees To Settle Class Suits Over Wireless Systems' Vulnerabilities For $16M

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Oct. 16 granted preliminary approval of a $16 million settlement to be paid by ADT LLC to end several class action suits accusing the home security system company of failing to disclose that its wireless systems are unencrypted and vulnerable to attack (Michael...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Injunction, Civil Penalty For Illicit Cigarette Sales On Indian Land Upheld

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California court correctly imposed a $765,000 civil penalty against a man for illegal cigarette sales at two smoke shops on Indian land because neither federal law nor tribal sovereignty preempts the state's regulation and enforcement of its laws regarding cigarette sales,...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Vacates Remand Of Recorded Calls Suit Based On Incomplete Class

PASADENA, Calif. - A district court erred when it remanded a class suit over phone calls that were allegedly recorded without permission based on the Class Action Fairness Act's (CAFA) home-state exception as the decision was based on the analysis of an incomplete class, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Reinstates Class Claims, Injunction Request Over Flushable Wipes

SAN FRANCISCO - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel majority on Oct. 20 reversed a dismissal of a class complaint accusing Kimberly-Clark Corp. of falsely marketing their flushable wipes, finding that the lead plaintiff adequately alleged that the defendant's use of the word "flushable"...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Orders Supplement Maker To Show Cause Regarding Fraud-Related Claims

LOS ANGELES - Although a California federal judge found that a nutrition company and its owner would likely succeed on their claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and false advertising in relation to alleged false statements made by a competitor regarding its prostate...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Credit Union Did Not Violate UCL By Using Overdraft Program

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Oct. 25 ruled that a credit union did not violate California's unfair competition law (UCL) or misappropriate trade secrets when it implemented an overdraft privilege (ODP) program, finding that it never used any of the recommendations given to it by a consulting...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Dismisses Complaint Against HSBC, Ocwen As Conclusory

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on Oct. 25 dismissed numerous claims asserted against a lender, trustee and loan servicer, including causes of action for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and wrongful foreclosure, finding that the property was not foreclosed on...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Allows UCL Claim Against Liberty Mutual To Proceed

SAN DIEGO - After finding that development firms sufficiently pleaded the elements of a claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) in relation to the alleged overcharging of deductible fees, a California federal judge on Oct. 26 denied an insurer's motion to dismiss the...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Transfers Claims Related To Allegedly Defective Pressure Cooker

FRESNO, Calif. - A California federal judge on Oct. 30 granted a joint motion by a purchaser and maker of an allegedly defective pressure cooker to transfer class action claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and breach of warranty to be consolidated with another action...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Remands UCL, Negligence Claims Against Lender To California Court

SAN DIEGO - After finding that the amount in controversy in a lawsuit filed by a homeowner in relation to a mortgage company's alleged handling of her loan modification application did not meet the federal requirement, a California federal judge on Oct. 27 remanded the case to a state court (Carey...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge: Case Can Proceed On Whether Coverage Is Barred By Policy Exclusions

PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania federal judge on Oct. 31 allowed an errors and omissions insurer's declaratory judgment lawsuit to proceed on whether coverage for underlying claims for federal antitrust violations are precluded by the policy's related claim and/or prior litigation exclusions (Allied...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Strikes Response To Audio Parts Seller's Infringement, UCL Claims

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After finding that the sellers of audio components failed to properly respond to allegations that they infringed on trademarks and violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) asserted by a competitor, a California federal judge on Oct. 31 struck their answer in its entirety...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Sets Jury Trial In Insurer's Assignment-Of-Rights Case Against Provider

FRESNO, Calif. - A jury must first decide whether insureds validly assigned their rights to health insurance coverage to a medical provider before the surviving claims can proceed to a jury or bench trial, a federal judge in California held Oct. 31 (John B. Hackert v. Cigna Health and Life Insurance...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Pork Products' Buyer Failed To Prove UCL Claim Related To Orders

LOS ANGELES - After finding that the purchaser of allegedly defective pork products failed to show that the seller of the products violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) or breached contracts for the sale and delivery of the products, a California federal judge on Nov. 1 dismissed its...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds TILA Claim Under UCL Is Not A Basis For Jurisdiction, Remands

LOS ANGELES - Although part of a borrower's claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) asserted a violation of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), a California federal judge on Nov. 1 found that removal by a group of mortgage-related entities was improper and remanded the case...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Enters Default, Awards Damages For Infringement Of Fitness Product Marks

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Nov. 6 entered a default ruling in favor of a health and fitness company on its claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and trademark infringement against a company that was selling its products online, awarding the owner of the...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Grants Judgment For Lender On Junk Fax Claims

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Nov. 6 granted summary judgment for a small business lender, finding that it did not violate California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other state laws when it sent various small business owners "junk faxes" (David Meyer, et al. v. Capital Alliance...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Clarifies Fact, Opinion Work Product In Patent Antitrust Suit

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Responding to discovery disputes by the parties in a lawsuit alleging monopolization and false advertising of patents for specialty medical software, a California federal judge on Nov. 6 clarified a previous order compelling production, differentiating between fact and opinion work...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Affirms Dismissal Of UCL Claim Against Payment Services Firm

LOS ANGELES - A California appeals court on Nov. 9 found that a lower court did not err when it sustained a county payment services company's demurrer as to claims asserted by a user of the service for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and civil code, finding that the company...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Class Suit Over Labeling, Source Of Latex For Condoms Survives Dismissal Bid

SAN DIEGO - A plaintiff's failure to allege exactly what percentage of latex used in Trojan brand condoms is sourced outside the United States does not doom his class complaint alleging that the packaging stating the items are "Made in U.S.A." violates California law, a California federal...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Remands UCL, HBOR Claims To California Court, Finds Trustee Is Not Immune

LOS ANGELES - After finding that a trustee named in an action filed by a borrower was not a sham defendant, a California federal judge on Nov. 13 remanded her causes of action for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), wrongful foreclosure and other claims to a state court (Nancy...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Uber Hit With Class Suit For Alleged Harassment, Assaults By Drivers

SAN FRANCISCO - Uber Technologies Inc. has failed to perform adequate background checks on its drivers prior to hiring and has failed to monitor them after hiring, resulting in passengers - primarily females - suffering sexual harassment and assaults, two unnamed Jane Does allege in a Nov. 14 class complaint...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Court Finds UCL, Labor Code Claims Are Not Subject To Arbitration

SAN FRANCISCO - A California appeals court on Nov. 15 found that an employee's claims for violation of the California Labor Code and California's unfair competition law (UCL) were excluded from a mandatory arbitration provision, affirming a court's decision refusing to compel arbitration...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Amended Class Complaint Filed Over Fraudulent TurboTax Filings

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In the wake of orders partly dismissing their claims and compelling arbitration of some parties' claims, the plaintiffs in a putative class action against Intuit Inc. filed an amended complaint in California federal court Nov. 17, restating negligence and unfair competition claims...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Uber Announces Massive Data Breach, Hit With Class Complaint

LOS ANGELES - The same day Uber Technologies Inc. revealed in a Nov. 21 statement that it had experienced a data breach in late 2016, a class action complaint was filed against the ride-hailing firm in California federal court, alleging negligence, invasion of privacy and unfair competition (Alejandro...