You can't sue businesses just because you don't like something they do

June 03, 2015 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Yesterday PLF filed this letter brief asking the California Supreme Court to review an Unfair Competition Law (UCL) case that threatens important civil justice reforms enacted by California voters. The UCL forbids any “unfair,” “misleading,” or “unlawful,” business practice.  Once enacted, that broad and ill-def ...


CEQA : Special interest groups’ favorite toy

March 12, 2014 | By JONATHAN WILLIAMS

Union activists in San Francisco recently filed suit to block Google’s commuter buses from stopping at City bus stations– a privilege for which Google pays the City handsomely. Why might activists use an environmental regulation to block buses that eliminate at least 45 million vehicle miles and 761,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions a ye ...


Frivolous lawsuit against McDonald’s dismissed

April 06, 2012 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

A judge in San Francisco yesterday threw out a liberal private interest group’s frivolous lawsuit against McDonald’s that was filed back in December of 2010 on the grounds that McDonald’s Happy Meals is a “predatory practice” that “lures” children to beg for unhealthy food, thereby causing child obesity. Be ...


Non-injury class actions don’t belong in federal court

March 12, 2012 | By DEBORAH LA FETRA

California often marches to the beat of a different drummer. This is certainly true of the state’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), which stands as an open invitation to plaintiffs with trivial and even nonexistent injuries to bludgeon the last businesses remaining in the state with profitable “consumer protection” lawsuits. The stat ...


PLF urges Ninth Circuit : don’t allow people to sue when they haven’t even been hurt

March 07, 2012 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

Last year, you may have heard about the allegations that Toyota cars were experiencing “sudden, unintended acceleration”—that is, that the cars would suddenly just start going when the driver didn’t want them to. There turns out to be no reliable evidence to support these allegations, but that hasn’t stopped opportunistic ...