Due to its extremely broad scope, California’s unfair competition law (UCL),codified in Business and Professions Code Sections 17200--17210, frequently is the weapon of choice for California litigants who sue businesses. The UCL prohibits a broad range of “unlawful,” “unfair” or “fraudulent” business conduct, and although UCL plaintiffs may not obtain damages, they may seek equitable relief—including injunctions and restitution—on behalf of the general public, as well as attorneys’ fees.
Manatt is a recognized leader in litigation brought under the UCL. For decades, as UCL litigation has increased, our attorneys have successfully represented UCL defendants, plaintiffs and amicus curiae in California’s state and federal trial and appellate courts. We are familiar with over 80 years of UCL case law and legislative history and have shaped judicial interpretation of the UCL, winning first-impression decisions from the state's courts of appeal and Supreme Court.
Our special focus on UCL is particularly important because UCL standards are purposefully fluid and the courts hearing such litigation often have sparse UCL precedent to guide them. In cases from the 1930s to the present, the California Supreme Court has emphasized the law's broad scope and encouraged California judges to use their imagination to remedy “schemes” that “frustrate the fundamental rules of honesty and fair dealing.” However, even though UCL claims have become ubiquitous, many California judges often don’t know what to make of them. Enter Manatt. Our litigators are recognized for their use of novel theories and defenses to get to the heart of the legislative intent.
We handle all types of UCL disputes, including such diverse areas as entertainment, patent infringement, healthcare regulatory claims, employment litigation and advertising claims.
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