Mealey's California Section 17200

  • October 10, 2023

    Judge Denies TRO Blocking Alleged Gambling App From Revising Terms To Moot Suit

    LOS ANGELES — A California federal judge denied a putative class plaintiff’s application for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop an app company, which the plaintiff accuses of operating an illegal sports gambling game in violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL), from revising its terms of use in a way that the plaintiff says would “retroactively” subject users to an arbitration agreement barring them from class membership.

  • October 10, 2023

    Claims That IUD Increased Cancer Risks Partially Survive Motion To Dismiss

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — A woman’s class claims that an intrauterine device is not suitable for birth control because it increases the risk of breast cancer in users partially survived a motion to dismiss, with a California federal judge refusing to consider the merits of the studies the woman cited at the pleading stage of the case.

  • October 10, 2023

    Judge Dismisses UCL Suit Over ‘Healthy’ Claims On Gatorade Fit Drinks

    SANTA ANA, Calif. — A California federal judge granted PepsiCo. Inc.’s motion to dismiss a putative class action accusing it of violating California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and of unjust enrichment by labeling its “Gatorade Fit” beverages as providing “Healthy Real Hydration” after finding that the plaintiff “does not adequately allege either claim.”

  • October 06, 2023

    Judge Grants Final Approval To $10M Settlement In Roblox Digital Goods Suit

    SAN FRANCISCO — A California federal judge on Oct. 5 granted final approval to a $10 million settlement to resolve putative class claims that will return more than half of “Robux” that 8 million users of the Roblox online video game lost when the game deleted in-game digital items the users had purchased, allegedly in violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL).

  • October 05, 2023

    Apple Appeals ‘Breathtakingly Broad’ Injunction In Epic App Store Antitrust Row

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a petition for certiorari filed one day after Epic Games Inc. filed its own petition in the same suit, Apple Inc. asks the U.S. Supreme Court to provide guidance on whether it is appropriate to issue a universal injunction that provides relief to all affected nonparties when there has been no class certification.

  • October 05, 2023

    Nissan Carbon Monoxide Case Dismissed By Parties After Settlement Notice

    SANTA ANA, Calif. — The parties in a lawsuit in a federal court in California accusing Nissan North America Inc. of selling vehicles that permit carbon monoxide to enter the passenger compartments filed a stipulation for dismissal with prejudice two months after filing a notice of settlement.

  • October 04, 2023

    Judge Rejects ‘Slack-Fill’ Claims Against Deodorant Maker

    SAN DIEGO — A California federal judge addressing an issue of first impression found that a California law that labels opaque product containers “misleading” if they contain “nonfunctional slack fill” is preempted by federal law and granted summary judgment to a deodorant maker on putative class action claims of violating California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other laws.

  • October 03, 2023

    Judge Compels Arbitration Of Misleading ‘Self-Driving’ Claims Against Tesla

    SAN FRANCISCO — A California federal judge granted Tesla Inc.’s motion to compel arbitration against four of five putative class action plaintiffs who accused it of violating California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other laws by misrepresenting the capabilities of its vehicles’ “self-driving” technology, found the fifth plaintiff’s claims time-barred and denied the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction and provisional class certification.

  • September 29, 2023

    Copyright Holders Opposing Dismissal Say AI Companies Want To ‘Rewrite’ Law

    SAN FRANCISCO — A group of copyright holders including comedian Sarah Silverman filed a brief opposing OpenAI Inc. and affiliated companies’ motion to dismiss their putative class action for copyright infringement, urging the court to reject OpenAI’s “misleading and self-serving reframing of the U.S. Copyright Act” and contending that its use of their works to train its ChatGPT AI program infringed on their copyrights.

  • September 29, 2023

    Sony Waives Response To Petition Over Trademark Rights In Celebrity Personas

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. opted against responding to a petition for certiorari in which the executor of a deceased actor’s estate asks the U.S. Supreme Court to find that a celebrity owns trademark rights in his or her persona under the Lanham Act.

  • September 28, 2023

    Trial Pushed To January After Settlement Notice Filed In Classification Case

    SAN FRANCISCO — In a Sept. 27 docket entry following a status conference, the October 2023 trial date in a cleaning service franchisee classification class dispute was vacated with a note that it will be reset in January 2024 after the franchisor filed a notice that the parties reached a settlement agreement that will provide up to $30 million.

  • September 28, 2023

    Proposed Settlement Of Ring Privacy Lawsuit Provides Only Injunctive Relief

    LOS ANGELES — The five remaining named plaintiffs in a putative privacy class action against Ring LLC filed a motion in California federal court seeking preliminary approval of an injunctive-relief-only settlement of contractual, negligence and unfair competition claims related to incidents of eavesdropping and data sharing in connection with Ring’s security camera products.

  • September 27, 2023

    Air Purifiers’ False Germ-Killing Claims Preyed On COVID Fears, Plaintiffs Say

    SAN FRANCISCO — A group of consumers in a new putative class action filed in California federal court assert that two manufacturers of air purifiers “prey on consumers’ fears” of germs and during the COVID-19 pandemic misrepresented their products as capable of killing airborne pathogens, allegedly in violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL).

  • September 27, 2023

    Chipmaker Wins Summary Judgment On Class MDL Claims For ‘Exclusive Dealing’

    SAN FRANCISCO — A California federal judge on Sept. 26 granted summary judgment sought by a modem chipmaker on putative class claims against it brought by plaintiffs in a multidistrict litigation who accused it of exclusive dealing to two original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), finding that the plaintiffs failed to allege an actual antitrust injury and failed to plead a violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL).

  • September 27, 2023

    Provider’s Distinct Injuries Permit 2nd Suit Against Insurer, Court Says

    LOS ANGELES — Because a medical provider’s second lawsuit seeking compensation from an insurer involves different claims and injuries arising from distinct time periods, it does not constitute impermissible claim splitting, and a trial court erred in imposing sanctions for filing it, a California appeals court said Sept. 26 in reviving California unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action.

  • September 27, 2023

    Decongestant Makers, Retailers Face Class Claims For Selling Ineffective Products

    SAN FRANCISCO — Two new putative class lawsuits filed in California federal court accuse multiple defendants of violating California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other laws by selling decongestant products to millions of consumers that contained an active ingredient that a Food Drug and Administration advisory panel recently agreed is not effective as advertised

  • September 26, 2023

    Hearing Scheduled After Settlement Notice Filed In Franchisor Classification Case

    SAN FRANCISCO — A hearing was scheduled for Sept. 27 in a cleaning service franchisee classification class dispute after the franchisor filed a notice that the parties reached a settlement agreement that will provide up to $30 million; the federal judge in California stated in the order that the status of the settlement and whether to vacate the October trial date will be considered at the hearing.

  • September 25, 2023

    Judge Relates Authors’ AI Suits Against Meta For Copyright Infringement

    SAN FRANCISCO — A California federal judge on Sept. 22 brought a putative class action against Meta Platforms Inc. for copyright infringement in its training of its artificial intelligence software filed by authors including Michael Chabon into the docket of a similar suit filed by a group of writers including comedian Sarah Silverman, who had moved to relate the cases.

  • September 22, 2023

    Judge Certifies Classes Of Smokers Deceived By American Spirits ‘Natural’ Claims

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico federal judge published the redacted version of his opinion granting in part a motion to certify a class of smokers accusing three tobacco companies of mislabeling American Spirit-brand cigarettes as “natural” and “additive-free,” shortly after three tobacco companies petitioned the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for permission to challenge the certification order, which was previously issued to the parties under seal.

  • September 22, 2023

    AI Health Care Company Seeks To Defend Common-Law Trademark

    SAN FRANCISCO — A company’s registration of an already-in-use trademark and its intention to use the mark going forward sow confusion and tie the name’s existing goodwill to a disreputable entrepreneur in violation of the California unfair competition law (UCL), among others, a company hoping to use artificial intelligence in the medical education space says in a complaint.

  • September 21, 2023

    Sarah Silverman Seeks To Relate AI Suit Against Meta With Michael Chabon’s

    SAN FRANCISCO — A group of writers including comedian Sarah Silverman moved in California federal court to relate their putative class action against Meta Platforms Inc. for copyright infringement in its training of its artificial intelligence software with a similar suit filed by authors including Michael Chabon, one day after Meta moved to dismiss the litigation involving Silverman.

  • September 20, 2023

    Plaintiffs Dismiss Suit Challenging AI Chatbot Privacy Practices

    SAN FRANCISCO — After warning that the release of artificial intelligence was done with “disregard for the potentially catastrophic risk to humanity,” 16 anonymous plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their complaint claiming that Microsoft Corp. and others violated federal privacy laws and state consumer protection laws, including California’s unfair competition law (UCL).

  • September 18, 2023

    9th Circuit Vacates Dismissal Of UCL Suit Against Nestle For ‘White Morsels’

    SAN FRANCISCO — Citing new state law precedent involving a similar lawsuit, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals vacated and remanded a California federal judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit in which purchasers of Nestlé’s “Toll House Premier White Morsels” accused the company of violating California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other laws by misleading them into believing the product is made of white chocolate.

  • September 18, 2023

    9th Circuit Reverses Dismissal Of Suit Over ‘Wet Ones’ Germ-Killing Claims

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a consumer’s lawsuit claiming that a sanitary wipe product maker violated California’s unfair competition law (UCL) by falsely claiming that its product “Kills 99.99% of Germs,” finding that the court misconstrued the reasonable consumer standard.

  • September 18, 2023

    Judge Says Plaintiff Suing Supplement Maker Failed To Plead Caloric Mislabeling

    SAN DIEGO — A California federal judge granted a supplement maker’s motion to dismiss a putative class action accusing it of violating California’s unfair competition law (UCL) by misrepresenting its products as containing zero calories after finding that the plaintiff failed to establish its methodology for testing the product’s caloric content.