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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Expert's Opinions Allowed In Class Action Over Fitbit's Sleep-Tracking Mode

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Dec. 8, in denying summary judgment to Fitbit Inc. on class claims that the sleep-tracking functions on its devices do not work, ruled that the opinions of a plaintiffs' expert who tested the devices are reliable and relevant (James Brickman, et al. v...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Orders Parties To Provide Additional Information On UCL, Fraud Damages

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Dec. 12 refused to remand a consumer's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and fraud against a rental car service until the parties can conduct additional discovery on whether the case meets the federal amount-in-controversy...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - LinkedIn, Analytics Firm Debate CFAA, UCL Principles In 9th Circuit Briefs

SAN FRANCISCO - In a Dec. 11 reply brief seeking reversal of an injunction preventing it from blocking a data analytics firm from scraping user information from its site, LinkedIn Corp. tells the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that the plaintiff's activities violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Panel Reverses Dismissal Of City's UCL Claims Against Contractors

LOS ANGELES - After finding that the city of Los Angeles' claims that a company and its owner conspired with subcontractors to pay employees wages less than the prevailing rate while working on a construction project were sufficient to support a claim for violation of California's unfair competition...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - On Remand, Federal Circuit Rules Unfair Competition Claim Preempted By BPCIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 14 deemed allegations by a drug maker that a competitor violated California's unfair competition law (UCL), Calif. Bus. & Prof. Code 17200 et seq., preempted by the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Dismisses Claims As Untimely In Franchise Agreement Dispute

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal judge on Dec. 12 held that a franchisee's breach of contract, bad faith and unfair business practices in violation of California Business and Professions Code Section 17200, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code 17200, claims against a franchisor are untimely, further...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Magistrate Judge Won't Dismiss Amended Complaint In Generic Lovenox Antitrust Case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee federal magistrate judge on Dec. 14 allowed two plaintiffs to file an amended complaint against two drug companies for alleged antitrust violations for their distribution of enoxaparin, a generic version of the anticoagulant Lovenox (The Hospital Authority of Metropolitan...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Finds Weight Loss Supplement Maker Did Not Represent Results

SAN FRANCISCO - After finding that a consumer failed to show that a research group made false misrepresentations about the proven results of its weight loss product, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 15 affirmed a district court's dismissal of his claims for violation of California's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Transfers Class Action Challenging Natural Products Labeling

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Dec. 15 refused to dismiss a class action complaint filed by the makers and sellers of allegedly all natural products, but granted a request to transfer the case where a similar action has been stayed pending a determination by the Food and Drug Administration...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Denies GoDaddy's Request For Restraining Order In Infringement, UCL Case

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal judge on Dec. 20 denied a request by GoDaddy Operating Co. LLC, which asserts causes of action for trademark infringement and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) against a graphics company and others, for a temporary restraining order, finding...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Panel Reverses Dismissal Of Foreclosure Claim, Finds Case Was Not Precluded

LOS ANGELES - A California appeals court on Dec. 20 reversed a trial court's order finding that a borrower's claims for unlawful foreclosure were barred by a ruling in a previous lawsuit, finding that the first lawsuit was not decided on the merits (Paula Boyd v. David Freeman, No. B279246, Calif...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Homeowners Allege Contractor Violated UCL, Breached Contracts For Fire Repair

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Homeowners whose property was damaged in a fire on Dec. 20 sued a contractor and his company in a California court, asserting claims for breach of contract and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) in relation to repairs that they paid for, which were allegedly...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Finds Borrower Lacks Standing Under UCL, Dismisses Claims

SAN JOSE, Calif. - After finding that a borrower failed to show that he had standing to assert a claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and that he failed to plead facts to support a claim for violation of California housing law, a California federal judge on Dec. 20 granted...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Summary Judgment Denied In Korean Ramen Price-Fixing Class Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - Purchasers of Korean ramen noodles who allege that a price-fixing scheme was started in 2001 by the noodle makers may proceed with claims against the two companies that remain as defendants, a California federal judge ruled Dec. 28, denying motions for summary judgment (In re Korean Ramen...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of UCL, Other Claims As Barred By Securities Law

SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 29 affirmed a district court's dismissal of claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims asserted against a financial services firm in relation to trades it made to a securities company, finding...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Health Care Product Maker Files Trademark Infringement, UCL Federal Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES - A California laboratory on Jan. 2 sued several other entities in a California federal court, asserting that they infringed on its trademarks and violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) when they knowingly used the laboratory's federally registered trademarks (Trigg Laboratories...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Borrower Sues Lenders For Violations Of UCL, RESPA, Seeks Damages

LOS ANGELES - A former property owner on Jan. 2 sued a bank and various lenders in a California federal court, asserting causes of action for violation of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action related to a loan modification and the foreclosure...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Court Upholds Dismissal Of UCL, Fraud Claims Against Hotel

LOS ANGELES - A California appeals court on Jan. 4 affirmed a trial court's ruling in favor of a hotel owner and its employees, finding that a tenant, who was evicted, failed to show that they violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) or fraudulently concealed information from him (Troy...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Panel Finds Loan Was Not Void, Affirms Dismissal Of UCL, Fraud Claims

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A California appeals court on Jan. 5 affirmed the dismissal of claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), fraud and other claims asserted against lenders and a loan servicer, finding that borrowers failed to show that their original loan was void (Andrea...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows UCL, CLRA Class Claims Against Dive Equipment Maker To Proceed

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Jan. 8 found that purchasers of allegedly defective dive computers sufficiently alleged facts to allow their claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) to survive dismissal, but granted the maker...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Partly Affirms, Partly Reverses In Oracle, Rimini Copyright Case

SAN FRANCISCO - In a Jan. 8 decision, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a Nevada federal judge's determination that a third-party software support company committed copyright infringement when it relied on a license granted to one customer to copy software from the Oracle USA Inc. website...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Compels UCL, Fraud Claim Against Pharma Company To Arbitration In Hong Kong

SAN DIEGO - After finding that a California natural plant company's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and fraud against a group of companies and their officer in relation to a distribution agreement arose directly under an underlying contract, a California federal...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Insurer Did Not Improperly Deny Coverage In Violation Of UCL

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After finding that an insurer did not violate California's unfair competition law (UCL) when it denied coverage for injuries suffered by an insured in a vehicle accident that had already been paid under a medical plan, a California federal judge on Jan. 8 granted the insurer's...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Class Of Eddie Bauer Employees Certified In Bag Check Suit

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on Jan. 10 ruled that claims for unpaid minimum and overtime wages, wage statement violations and violations of California's unfair competition law (UCL) are appropriate for class treatment in a lawsuit brought by Eddie Bauer LLC employees who allege...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Transfers Noninfringement, UCL Action Against Harley To Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE - A California federal judge on Jan. 11 transferred an aftermarket motorcycle part company's action in which it seeks a declaration of noninfringement and asserts a claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) against a motorcycle maker to the U.S. District Court...