2017 Annual Overview of California’s Unfair Competition Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act
Class action lawyers in California wield two powerful tools: the Unfair Competition Law, California Business and Professions Code sections 17200 – 17209 (“UCL”); and the Consumers Legal Remedies Act, California Civil Code sections 1750 – 1784 (“CLRA”). With its sweeping liability standards and broad equitable remedies, the UCL has long been a weapon of choice for plaintiffs’ lawyers. The CLRA is more defined in structure, but no less potent. The plaintiffs’ bar as well as California regulators and prosecutors, including the Attorney General and local district attorneys, continue to actively pursue claims under both of these consumer protection statutes.
This article discusses decisions from California and Federal courts in 2016 and years prior that provide important direction in areas of liability, reliance and causation, preemption, injunctive relief, and other issues under the UCL and CLRA.