A New California Class Action Targeting Ivanka Trump’s Fashion Line Tests the Limits of California’s Unfair Competition Law

California class actions never let us down. If there is a story or controversy that has cable news abuzz or involves new cutting-edge technology, it won’t take long for class action lawyers to think of ways to try to cobble together an ascertainable class of similarly-situated consumers or competitors that might plausibly assert a claim. If […]

Evaporated Cane Juice: Litigation and Regulatory Risks

Guest Post by Creighton Magid, Dorsey & Whitney   LCL Note: Lawsuits relating to alleged consumer confusion arising from representations and statements about food products are a frequent topic of this blog is. Below is an excellent article written by my partner, Chip Magid, in which he addresses litigation and regulatory risks relating to food manufacturers’ […]

Fashion Retailer Zara Hit With Pricing Disclosure Lawsuit

Zara’s USA, Inc., the affiliate of the Spanish fashion designer, has been hit with a class action lawsuit here on the left coast. The lawsuit, Rose v. Zara USA, Inc., U.S. Dist. Court, Central Dist. of Cal. Case No. 2:16-cv-6229, advances a relatively simple and novel set of theories.  Plaintiff, represented by counsel Mark Geragos, contends that Zara […]

California–the Appropriate Forum for Residents of Maine?

In reviewing the new case filings yesterday, I saw a case that caught my eye.  The lawsuit was filed by the Cartwright Firm in San Francisco against Hyundai Motor America.  The case is an Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”) class action relating to allegedly inaccurate advertisements regarding fuel efficiency numbers in violation of EPA regulations.  The usual […]

A Monster Liability: a Summary of a New Lawsuit Filed Against Monster Beverage

As readers of this blog know, I have been following the progression of events relating to contentions and investigations of Monster beverages. Not to tout my own prescient abilities, but I predicted a few months ago that news stories and regulatory investigations would result in a serious consumer class action lawsuit against the company. I […]

What is California’s Unfair Competition Law?—The Michael Scott Explanation

The UCL, codified as Bus. & Prof. Code Section 17200, provides for injunctive and other relief for any business practice that is “unfair,” “unlawful” or “fraudulent.”  Volumes could be written on this statute but, in keeping with the objective of our Michael Scott Explanation series, this post will just touch the highlights.  The starting point for understanding the […]

Does the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Spell More Consumer Litigation for California Businesses?

So you implemented a sexual harassment policy in the 1990’s when that seemed like the thing to do.  You then followed up with a corporate compliance and ethics policy several years later when Enron and other companies underscored the need for more robust corporate governance initiatives.  What’s the next frontier in corporate compliance?  It appears […]

“Rounding Up” Liabilities for California Retailers

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. has been in the news recently with three major cases:  a significant wage and hour class action victory (Hernandez v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., (Cal. Ct. of App. 2dApp.Dist., Div. 8 Case No. B216004); a Los Angeles lawsuit filed in April 2012 concerning the claim that the beans used in the […]