Canon Ruling May Spur Unfair Competition Claims In Calif.

Law360, San Diego (January 24, 2013, 12:00 AM EST) -- The California Supreme Court held Thursday that equitable tolling doctrines apply to claims brought under the state’s Unfair Competition Law, reviving a proposed class action alleging copy overcharges by Canon Business Solutions Inc. and likely opening the door to more unfair competition claims over continuous or recurring business violations, lawyers said.

In a unanimous ruling, the state high court concluded that the UCL is governed by common law accrual rules, just like any other statute. The decision went against a line of state appeals court cases...
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