California and federal law protect against various forms of unfair competition. California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) prohibits unfair, unlawful and fraudulent business acts. The UCL also protects against false advertising. Other forms of actionable unfair competition include passing off and counterfeiting goods.
Unfair competition claims are often brought as consumer class actions. The attorneys at Colt Wallerstein have extensive experience with unfair competition law and with class actions generally, and Tom Wallerstein has been called "an expert on California's unfair compeittion statutes."
our RECENT victories
BREACH OF WARRANTIES AND UNFAIR COMPETITION CONSUMER CLASS ACTIONS: COMPLETE VICTORY
After successfully winning motions preventing the disclosure of potentially incriminating documents, obtained a complete dismissal of all claims against a national software company in several purported class actions alleging breach of express and implied warranties and violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Legal Remedies Act.
GENERAL INVESTIGATION OF ALLEGEDLY FALSE ADVERTISING:
State Attorney General alleged that product packaging of a major software manufacturer was false and misleading. Prepared a presentation for the Attorney General’s office and developed modified product packaging; obtained a settlement for a nominal fee.
OF WARRANTY / PRODUCT DEFECT / UNFAIR COMPETITION
NATIONWIDE CLASS ACTIONS
Representing automobile manufacturer in purported class actions alleging breach of warranty, product defect, unfair competition and related claims.