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Mealey's California Section 17200

  • October 12, 2018

    Patient Claims Care Facility Owner’s Billing Practices Violate UCL, CLRA

    SANTA ANA, Calif. — A patient at an emergency medical care facility on Oct. 9 filed a class action against its owner in a California court, asserting that the owner’s billing practices violate California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) (Joshua Yebba v. AHMC Healthcare Inc., No. 2018-01024090, Calif. Super., Orange Co.).

  • October 11, 2018

    Google Hit With Class Action After Google Plus Data Leak Is Revealed

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — The same day that Google Inc. announced that a data leak had compromised the personally identifiable information (PII) of up to 500,000 users of its Google Plus social network, the technology giant was named in a putative class complaint filed in California federal court Oct. 8, accusing it of unfair competition, invasion of privacy and negligence (Matt Matic, et al. v. Google Inc., et al., No. 5:18-cv-06164, N.D. Calif.).

  • October 11, 2018

    Judge Dismisses UCL, Other Claims Against Google Over Data Services Charges

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California federal judge on Oct. 9 granted a motion to dismiss a consumer’s claims for violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action against Google North America Inc. in relation to its mobile phone and data services, holding that he failed to plead his claims with the required particularity because he did not allege that he actually relied on misrepresentations made by Google (Gordon Beecher v. Google North America Inc., No. 18-cv-00753, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173805).

  • October 10, 2018

    Woman: Johnson & Johnson Falsely Advertised Talc Products, Violated UCL

    LOS ANGELES — Johnson & Johnson falsely and unfairly advertised its baby powder and Shower to Shower products as symbols of freshness, cleanliness and purity — and above all safe for everyday use — despite evidence of a talc-ovarian cancer link that began mounting in 1971, a woman claims in a California unfair competition law (UCL) action filed Oct. 8 (Evelyn Hampton v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., No. 18-08618, C.D. Calif.).

  • October 9, 2018

    Woman Alleges Defective NutriBullet Exploded, Asserts UCL Violations

    LOS ANGELES — A consumer who alleges that a defective blender exploded, causing her serious injuries, on Oct. 5 sued the maker of the blender and others in a federal court, asserting claims for negligence, violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims (Naccole Guinn v. NutriBullet, LLC, et al., No. 2:18cv8613, C.D. Calif.).

  • October 9, 2018

    Judge Holds UCL, Rosenthal Claims Are Barred By Res Judicata

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A California federal judge on Oct. 5 granted a motion filed by lenders to dismiss claims for violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other California law claims, holding that the third case filed by the same borrowers in relation to their mortgage was barred by res judicata (Rajesh Varma, et al. v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC, et al., No. 18-1038, C.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 172779).

  • October 5, 2018

    9th Circuit Holds Customer Relied On Bread Crumb Label, Reverses Ruling

    PASADENA, Calif. — After holding that a consumer sufficiently alleged that she relied on misrepresentations about trans-fat content on a label in making the decision to purchase the product and other holdings, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 4 reversed a ruling dismissing her claims against a grocery store company for violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other California law claims (Shavonda Hawkins v. The Kroger Co., No. 16-55532, 9th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 28116).

  • October 5, 2018

    Judge Holds UCL, Other Claims Lack Facts, Partially Grants Dismissal

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California federal judge on Sept. 26 partially granted a motion filed by lenders to dismiss claims for negligence, violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action but allowed a borrower’s claim for violation of California’s Homeowner’s Bill Of Rights (HBOR) to proceed, holding that she submitted sufficient evidence to possibly show that the defendants failed to meet their statutory obligations under the HBOR when they did not exercise due diligence in contacting her about her default (Chanell S. Watkins v. Ditech Financial LLC, et al., No. 2:17-cv-02247, E.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165718).

  • October 4, 2018

    Judge Partially Dismisses Employee’s California Law Claims For Uniform Costs

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California federal judge on Oct. 2 refused to dismiss claims for violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other state law claims asserted by an employee of a paper company, but held that she failed to plead claims related to the care and cost of her uniform with the required particularity (Elisa Arroyo v. International Paper Co., No. 17-cv-06211, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 170385).

  • October 3, 2018

    Customer Claims McDonald’s Misrepresented Meal Prices, Files California Lawsuit

    LOS ANGELES — A customer on Sept. 28 sued McDonald’s USA LLC in a California state court, asserting that it misrepresented the price and nature of its value meals in violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other state laws (Paul Bledsoe v. McDonalds USA LLC, No. BC720960, Calif. Super., Los Angeles Co.).

  • October 3, 2018

    Some Claims Dismissed In Suit Against Apple Over Device Performance Throttling

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California federal judge on Oct. 1 dismissed in part a consumer class complaint alleging that Apple Inc. intentionally slowed the performance of certain iPhone and iPad models in connection with an operating system update, finding that the plaintiffs did not sufficiently allege some of their computer fraud, consumer fraud and unfair competition claims (In re:  Apple Inc. Device Performance Litigation, No. 5:18-md-02827, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169606).

  • October 3, 2018

    California Court Upholds Trial Court’s Damages Award Over Record Keeping

    LOS ANGELES — A California appeals court on Oct. 1 affirmed a trial court’s award of damages related to a partnership for the formation of a trucking company, holding that the party responsible for the business’s accounting failed to submit any evidence on how the ruling granting judgment on claims for breach of contract, violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action asserted against him was not supported (Ararat Yousefi v. Aris Nazarian, No. B271655, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 4, 2018 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6711).

  • October 2, 2018

    In UCL Suit, Woman Claims J&J Sold Talc Despite Knowing About Dangers

    LOS ANGELES — In a Sept. 25 suit alleging violation of the California unfair competition (UCL) and false advertising law (FAL), a woman suffering from ovarian cancer claims consumer talc company Johnson & Johnson continued selling the product despite decades of evidence detailing its risks and the existence of viable alternatives (Robin Huey v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., No. 18-2056, C.D. Calif.).

  • October 2, 2018

    Class Complaint Accuses Ticketmaster Of Working With Scalpers

    SAN FRANCISCO — Ticketmaster LLC and Live Nation Entertainment Inc. (collectively, Ticketmaster) have failed to eliminate the scalping of tickets because they have actually helped the sale of tickets to the secondary market in violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and common law of unjust enrichment, a California man alleges in his Sept. 28 class complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Allen Lee, et al. v. Ticketmaster L.L.C., et al., No. 18-5987, N.D. Calif.).

  • October 2, 2018

    Facebook Announces Breach Affecting 50 Million Users, Gets Sued For Negligence

    SAN FRANCISCO — The same day that Facebook Inc. announced a data breach affecting almost 50 million of its users’ accounts, two of the social network’s account holders on Sept. 28 filed a putative class action against it for unfair competition, negligence and deceit in California federal court (Carl Echavarria, et al. v. Facebook Inc., No. 3:18-cv-05982, N.D. Calif.).

  • September 28, 2018

    California Injunction Barring Indian Woman’s Cigarette Sales Stays In Place

    SAN FRANCISCO — California cannot obtain injunctive relief under its unfair competition law (UCL) claim against a member of an Indian tribe for selling untaxed cigarettes from her reservation home, but the woman can be enjoined from selling cigarettes in violation of the state’s cigarette fire safety and Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) directory laws, a state appeals panel held Sept. 25 (The People ex rel. Xavier Becerra v. Ardith Huber, No. A144214, Calif. App., 1st Dist., 4th Div., 2018 Cal. App. LEXIS 855).

  • September 28, 2018

    Panel Holds Court Erred In Dismissing Real Estate Investor’s UCL Claim

    SAN FRANCISCO — A California appeals court on Sept. 21 reversed a ruling dismissing an investor’s claim for violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) against her former attorney, holding that the trial court erred in finding that a UCL claim could not be based on a violation of the rules of professional conduct (Barbara Epis v. Scott C. Jolley, et al., No. A143387, Calif. App., 1st Dist., 2018 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6469).

  • September 21, 2018

    Suit Alleging Auto Insurer Undervalued Total Loss Vehicles Will Move Forward

    SAN FRANCISCO — An insureds’ claims for breach of contract, bad faith, misrepresentation and fraud against an auto insurer accused of undervaluing vehicles that were rendered a total loss will move forward against the insurer because the insured offered sufficient facts to support the claims, a California federal judge said Sept. 19 (Bobby Jones, et al. v. Progressive Casualty Insurance Co., et al., No. 16-6941, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160313).

  • September 21, 2018

    Judge Won’t Dismiss UCL Warning Claims In Asbestos-Talc Case

    LOS ANGELES — Saying that Johnson & Johnson demands too much at this stage, a federal judge on Sept. 18 denied a motion to dismiss California unfair competition law (UCL) claims alleging that the cosmetic talc maker failed to warn about the presence of asbestos in baby powder (Hermelinda Luna, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., No. 18-4830, C.D. Calif.).

  • September 21, 2018

    Judge Strikes Majority Of Natural Gas Entity’s Defenses To Complaint

    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge on Sept. 18 refused to dismiss an affirmative defense asserted by a natural gas company that consumers failed to give it adequate notice under California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), but dismissed the remainder of its affirmative defenses to a complaint in which the customers assert claims for violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL), breach of contract and other causes of action related to its procurement of natural gas (Emily Fishman, et al. v. Tiger Natural Gas Inc., et al., No. 17-05351, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 159425).