'Welcome Mat' For Calif. Consumer Class Actions?

Law360, New York (May 26, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- We wish the expression “only in California” hadn’t become so clichéd, but there are times when nothing less will do. This is such a time.

On May 18, the California Supreme Court got its chance in In re Tobacco II Cases, No. S147345, to decide what the voters of California meant when they enacted Proposition 64, the November 2004 initiative that sought to curtail the abuses in California’s unfair competition law, Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 (“UCL”).

But a 4-to-3 decision in this case, with...
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