2010 Annual Overview of California's Unfair Competition Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act
In California, plaintiffs’ lawyers possess two powerful bases upon which to bring class action litigation: the Unfair Competition Law, California Business and Professions Code sections 17200 through 17209 (the "UCL”); and the Consumers Legal Remedies Act, California Civil Code sections 1750 through 1784 (the “CLRA”). Indeed, with its sweeping liability standards and broad equitable remedies, the UCL long has been a primary “sword” for plaintiffs’ lawyers in California. Meanwhile, the CLRA is more defined in structure, but no less potent.
In 2009, we saw significant developments under the UCL and the CLRA, as outlined in this publication authored by Stroock attorneys Julia Strickland and Stephen Newman.