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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...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Remands UCL, FCRA Claims Against Modeling Event Companies

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on June 19 held that a woman who alleged that an employer's background check violated her rights and affected her credit report lacked standing to sue for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), California's unfair competition law (UCL...

Mealey's Elder Law - Indiana High Court Says Compromise Chapter Cannot Enforce Pre-Mortem Agreement

INDIANAPOLIS - A 4-1 Indiana Supreme Court on June 19 reversed an appeals court's ruling that a woman could use the state's compromise chapter to enforce an agreement she and her brother entered into before her father's death, holding that the Legislature intended the chapter to apply to...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Borrower Failed To Show Lenders Violated UCL; 9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal

SANTA ANA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 19 affirmed a district court's dismissal of a borrower's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and the California Homeowners Bill of Rights (HBOR), holding that she failed to allege that the practices...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Utility Worker Barred From Pursuing UCL, Labor Code Claims in California Court

SAN FRANCISCO - After finding that a former employee of a technical company could not assert the same claims for violation of the California Labor Code and California's unfair competition law (UCL) in federal and state court, a California federal judge on June 22 granted the company's request...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Consumer Class Certified After Experts Allowed In Ginger Ale 'Real Ginger' Case

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California magistrate judge on June 26 declined to exclude expert polling and damages testimony in a class action accusing the maker of Canada Dry ginger ale of defrauding California consumers by selling the soda with the phrase "Made From Real Ginger" on its packaging...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - NCAA And Dealerships Settle UCL, Infringement Claims In California Court

LOS ANGELES - The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the operators of California vehicle dealerships on June 26 filed a stipulation of dismissal of the NCAA's claims for trademark infringement and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), stating that they have...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Panel Affirms Ruling That Equine Vet Did Not Falsify Records In Violation Of UCL

SAN DIEGO - A California court on June 29 affirmed a trial court's decision that an equine vet did not falsify medical records to conceal alleged malpractice in relation to his treatment of a horse in violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), holding that the trial court did not...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Holds Servicer, Trustee Held Interest In Loan, UCL, FDCPA Claims Fail

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A California federal judge on July 2 granted summary judgment in favor of a loan servicer and trustee on claims including violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), holding that the borrower failed to show that a...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Intravenous Saline Solution Antitrust Suit Dismissed As Implausible By Judge

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on July 5 dismissed without prejudice an antitrust lawsuit alleging that Baxter International Inc. and Hospira Inc. conspired to create a shortage of saline intravenous (IV) solution to drive up prices and get long-term supply contracts (Washington County Health Care...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Fact Issues Exist As To BMW's Condition, Federal Judge Holds

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on July 6 refused to grant summary judgment for a vehicle seller on claims asserted by a purchaser for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), false advertising law and other claims, holding that a genuine issue of material fact exists as to...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Employer To High Court: Federal Arbitration Act Preempts State Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals defied the U.S. Supreme Court's clear holding when it ruled that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) doesn't preempt state law and the lack of reference to class arbitration in an employment agreement is not "silence" as defined...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of California Law Claims Over Nestle's Labels

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 10 affirmed a district court's dismissal of claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other California law claims asserted by purchasers of canned seafood, holding that the maker of the products has...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Holds Hershey Had No Duty To Disclose Labor Practices On Labels

PASADENA, Calif. - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on July 10 affirmed dismissal of claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other California laws in one of seven cases filed against chocolate companies in relation to the alleged use of forced labor in their...