Action Against Landlord Under The Unfair Competition Statute Cannot Support Attorney Fee Award


In City of Santa Monica v. Gabriel, 2010 DJDAR 11005 (2010), the Second Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal ruled that in an action brought pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 17200 (the “UCL”), the trial court improperly granted a fee award. The appellate court reversed the award of attorney fees by the lower court, holding that the UCL does not in and of itself authorize the award of attorney fees.

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