• Unfair Competition Litigation

    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.


    Attorneys & Professionals

    Brown, Donald R. Los Angeles 310.312.4318
    de Recat, Craig J. Los Angeles 310.312.4319
    Duchesneau, Peter Los Angeles 310.312.4209
    Landsberg, Barry S. Los Angeles 310.312.4259
    Laska, Joseph E. Los Angeles 310.312.4352
    Lee, Barry W. San Francisco 415.291.7450
    Maurer, Jeffrey J. Los Angeles 310.312.4132
    Osaki, Keli N. Orange County 714.371.2539
    Peluso, Kimo S. New York 212.790.4570
    Pimstone, Gregory N. Los Angeles 310.312.4133
    Seiling, Brad W. Los Angeles 310.312.4234
    Shatz, Benjamin G. Los Angeles 310.312.4383
    Struve, Andrew H. Orange County 714.338.2757
    Wanger, Christopher L. San Francisco 415.291.7410

    Unfair Competition

    Selected Clients

    • Automobile Club of Southern California
    • CashCall Inc.
    • Dignity Health
    • General Mills Inc.
    • Pacific Capital Bancorp
    • Ticketmaster