California Supreme Court Holds That Section 17200 Claims Must Comply With Class Action Requirements

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Arias v. Superior Court of San Joaquin (Angelo Dairy), __ Cal. 4th __ , 2009 WL 1838973 (June 29, 2009)

Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1756, AFL-CIO v. Superior Court (First Transit, Inc.), __ Cal. 4th __ , 2009 WL 1838972 (June 29, 2009)

In a pair of cases, the California Supreme Court restricted the use of California Business & Professions Code Section 17200 et seq. One case affirmed what many expected, that Proposition 64, a 2004 voter initiative, requires plaintiffs to follow strict class-action procedures when seeking to recover under California’s unfair competition law (Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 et seq.) which prohibits “any unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business act or practice . . . .”

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