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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...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Certifies Question On Interest Rates To California High Court

SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 21 certified a question to the California Supreme Court on whether high interest rates on consumer loans violated California finance law (Eduardo De La Torre, et al. v. CashCall Inc., Nos. 14-17571, 15-15042, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS...

Mealey's Banking & Finance - ACA Medical Loss Ratio Includes Insurer's Settlement Payments, Judge Says

LOS ANGELES - More than $34 million an insurer paid as a result of improperly categorizing out-of-network providers counts as incurred claims for purposes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s medical loss ratio (MLR), a federal judge in California held May 1 in denying remand...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Reverses Dismissal Of Insured's UCL Claims Against AARP

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 2 reversed a district court's dismissal of an insured's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), finding that he plausibly stated a claim that an insurer was soliciting insurance in California without...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Conspiracy Claims Against Regal Entertainment

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 23 affirmed a district court's dismissal of claims asserted by a movie theater owner against a competitor, finding that since its claims for violation of the Cartwright Act failed, its other causes of action for violation of California's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Affirms $6.8M Penalty Imposed On Overstock For Inflated Pricing

SAN FRANCISCO - A California appeals court on June 2 affirmed a trial court's decision to impose $6,828,000 in civil penalties against an online retailer after determining that it violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) and false advertising law (FAL) when it made untrue and misleading...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Affirms Order Denying Fees In Health Privacy Case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California appeals panel on June 9 affirmed a trial court's ruling that a patient, who alleged that a health care provider violated her privacy when it submitted her private health records as exhibits to a complaint in a debt collection action, did not err when it refused to...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Finds Court Did Not Err In Dismissing UCL, Foreclosure Claims

SAN FRANCISCO - After finding that borrowers failed to show that two banks violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) or wrongfully foreclosed on their property, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 13 affirmed a district court's dismissal of their complaint (Brock Williams...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - No Federal Question In Suit Over Casino's Management, Judge Says In Dismissing

FRESNO, Calif. - A casino consultant's state law claims that it suffered damages when an Indian tribe failed to obtain federal approval of a management agreement between the parties cannot be litigated in federal court because they do not implicate a federal law, a federal judge in California held...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Appeals Panel: Long-Term Renters Suing Airbnb Lack Standing Under UCL

SAN FRANCISCO - A class of long-term renters suing Airbnb Inc. in part for injury in fact due to the company's short-term renters causing damage to common resources failed to demonstrate standing under California's unfair competition law (UCL), a California appellate panel ruled Aug. 10 in an...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Michigan Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Alleging Defective Dodge Rotary Shifters

DETROIT - A consumer accusing FCA US LLC of selling certain Dodge Ram and Dodge Durango models with allegedly defective gearshift systems that cause rollaway incidents when the cars indicated they were in park failed to state a claim under California's unfair competition law (UCL) for any affirmative...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Panel Affirms Denial Of Injunction In RightFax Trademark Dispute

LOS ANGELES - A California appeals panel on Aug. 24 affirmed a trial court's decision to grant an injunction enjoining a software services company from using the RightFax trademark, finding that the owner of the mark failed to show that it would likely succeed on the merits of its claims for violation...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Panel Affirms Dismissal Of Anti-SLAPP Motion, Finds Tenant Waived Argument

LOS ANGELES - A California panel on Sept. 18 affirmed a trial court's decision to grant a hotel management company's strategic lawsuit against public participation motion in relation to a tenant's causes of action for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), invasion of...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - UCL Suit Filed Over Equifax Data Breach On Behalf Of California

SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco city attorney on Sept. 26 sued Equifax Inc. in California state court on behalf of the people of the state of California, alleging violation of the state's unfair competition law (UCL) based on the company's purported failure to maintain proper security procedures...