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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Split 9th Circuit Reinstates Service Technician's Commuting Time Class Claim

PASADENA, Calif. - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel majority on Sept. 3 reinstated a service technician's class claim seeking compensation for time spent commuting in a company vehicle, finding that questions remain regarding whether that mode of transportation was required (Joseluis Alcantar...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Magistrate Judge Gives Final Approval Of Settlement In CVS Wage Class Action

FRESNO, Calif. - A California magistrate judge on Sept. 22 granted final approval of a $900,000 settlement to pay claims brought by distribution center employees of CVS Pharmacy Inc., settling causes of action related to wages and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL,) and granted...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Affirms Decision Denying Tobacco Claimants Restitution

SAN DIEGO - A California appeals court on Sept. 28 affirmed its decision that the only measure of restitution in a products action under California's unfair competition law (UCL) is the measure established in In re Vioxx Class of Cases ([2009] 180 Cal.App.4th 116, 131 [103 Cal. Rptr. 3d 83]), affirming...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Affirms Denial Of Petition To Compel Arbitration Of UCL Claims

SAN FRANCISCO - A California appeals court on Oct. 2 affirmed a trial court's decision that a plaintiff did not have to arbitrate his claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and breach of fiduciary duty against a law firm, finding that no agreement to arbitrate existed...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Affirms Dismissal Of Borrower's Foreclosure-Related Claims

SAN FRANCISCO - Noting that a borrower's numerous causes of action, including claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), wrongful foreclosure and other claims were repeatedly dismissed in other cases, a California court on Oct. 13 affirmed dismissal of the case without...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 2nd Circuit Finds Keurig Coffee Maker Will Not Cause Losses To Other Company

NEW YORK - The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 26 affirmed a district court's decision in favor of Keurig Green Mountain Inc. to dismiss claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims against it, finding a lack of evidence to show that its new...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Court Vacates Part Of Injunction In Competing Business Case As Overbroad

LOS ANGELES - A California court on Nov. 5 affirmed the majority of a decision for the owner of an adolescent treatment center against former employees who stole confidential information to start a competing business, including claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Affirms Denial Of Class Certification Of Care Facility Employees

FRESNO, Calif. - A California court on Dec. 7 affirmed a trial court's decision to deny a motion for class certification filed by a former employee, finding that a care facility did not violate California's unfair competition law (UCL) or the California Labor Code when it required new employees...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Court Affirms Ruling Awarding Nothing To Parties To Real Estate Agreement

SAN FRANCISCO - A California appeals court on Feb. 8 affirmed a trial court's decision that a party to a real estate purchase agreement who asserted causes of action for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and declaratory relief was pari delicto and not entitled to damages...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Court Affirms Order Lifting Stay Of Employee's Claims Against Remax

LOS ANGELES - After finding that an order lifting a stay of a case in which a former employee of a real estate company asserted claims for harassment and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) was not an appealable order, a California appellate court on Feb. 11 affirmed the decision...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Finds Mars Had No Duty To Disclose Labor Practices

SAN FRANCISCO - After finding that a maker of chocolate products has no duty to disclose child and forced labor practices in Cote d'Ivoire, a California federal judge on Feb. 17 granted the company's motion to dismiss claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Finds Court Erred In Dismissing UCL And FAL Claims Against Game Maker

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 19 reversed a decision that found alleged misrepresentations about video game packaging were not actionable under California's unfair competition law (UCL) or the False Advertising Act (FAL), reversing and remanding the case so that...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Field Workers Lack Standing To Bring California Labor Code Claim

FRESNO, Calif. - After finding that agricultural workers who assert claims for violation of California's unfair completion law (UCL) and other causes of action lacked standing, a California federal judge on Feb. 23 granted their employer's motion to dismiss a claim related to allegedly unpaid...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Individual Issues Predominate In Mental Health Review Class Action, Court Says

LOS ANGELES - Whether a health insurance provider denied medically necessary mental health care would require investigation into individual circumstances, a California appeals court held March 3 in affirming denial of class certification (Louise Fradenburg v. United Healthcare Insurance Co., et al.,...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Denies Supplement Maker Summary Judgment Motion

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on March 22 denied a health supplement maker's motion for summary judgment in a class action arising over the advertising and sale of a glucosamine-based supplement (Dragan Vasic, et al. v. Patenthealth LLC, et al., No. 13-cv-849, S.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses Claims Alleging Apple Misled About IPhone Capabilities

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Plaintiffs cannot point to sufficiently specific advertisements or claims made by Apple Inc. regarding the iPhone's Bluetooth or Wi-Fi capabilities, a federal judge in California held March 25 in dismissing unfair competition law (UCL), Business and Professions Code Section 17200...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Appeals Panel Affirms Summary Judgment For Lowe's Home Centers

ORANGE, Calif. - A California appeals panel on March 28 affirmed summary judgment for Lowe's Home Centers LLC (LHC) on a consumer's class action bid for injunctive relief under the state unfair competition law (UCL) enjoining LHC from continuing to sell unvented space heaters for indoor use ...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Massachusetts Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Thermometer Case

BOSTON - A Massachusetts federal judge on March 29 denied Exergen Corp.'s motion to dismiss a putative class action alleging deceptive labeling and packaging of the Exergen Temporal Thermometer in violation of California Business and Professions Code Section 17200 (Julie Piro and Michael Hall, et...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Federal Judge Dismisses Seniors' UCL Claims For Lack Of Injury

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on March 31 dismissed senior citizens' class claims that a "continuing care retirement community" senior living center violated the unfair competition law (UCL) by improperly assessing and managing the two fees residents are required to pay...

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...