Unfair Competition and Business Practices

Stephens Friedland LLP provides knowledgeable and experienced representation in the following areas:

  • Sherman Act
  • Robinson-Patman Act
  • False advertising and unfair trade practices
  • Unfair competition
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Defense of class actions

Select Experience:

  • Represented a major luxury hotel chain in a putative nationwide class action asserting violations of California Business and Professions Code Sections 17200 and 17500 et seq., breach of contract, and unjust enrichment for allegedly inadequate and misleading disclosure of fees charged to guests at hotels around the world.
  • Defended chain of health clubs in $20 million dollar class action for alleged health club law violations and false advertising claims related to personal training.
  • Avoided multi-million dollar restitution claim against Fortune 500 retailer by obtaining walk-away of tax related unfair business practices action.
  • Prosecuted claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition by a national provider of laboratory services against one of its competitors. 
  • Represented a Fortune 50 finance company in defense of several class action lawsuits alleging, among other things, unfair business practices (Cal.  Bus.  & Prof.  Code §§ 17200 et seq.), false advertising (Cal.  Bus.  & Prof.  Code §§ 17500 et seq.), violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (Cal.  Civil Code §§ 1750 et.  seq.), violation of the federal Truth-In-Lending Act (15 U.S.C.  §§ 1601 et seq.) and common-law fraud, based on allegedly insufficient disclosures in the client’s auto financing agreements.  Each of these cases resulted in dismissal at the demurrer/motion to dismiss stage or in a minimal, nuisance value settlement.
  • Defense of an action based on allegedly insufficient disclosure of fees charged for services purchased from the client’s travel websites.