COMPETITION LAW LITIGATION
In recent years, California businesses and
nationwide companies doing business in this state have been
plagued by lawsuits brought under California's unique "Unfair
Competition Law," Business & Professions Code section
17200. This statutory scheme allows plaintiffs who have suffered
no injury and have had no contact whatsoever with a company
to file suit "on behalf of the general public,"
seeking injunctive relief, restitution and attorneys fees
for business practices deemed "unlawful, unfair or misleading."
The risk to companies from such litigation may lie less in
the ultimate outcomes than in the potentially burdensome and
invasive process, as plaintiffs seek court orders requiring
disclosure of detailed information concerning all of a company's
sales and customers. The disruption to business from such
litigation can be enormous.
Adams | Nye | Becht
LLP has acted as state-wide liaison counsel and represented
hundreds of defendant companies in this dangerous, cutting-edge
litigation. We have helped design effective strategies for
minimizing the discovery burden, reducing client exposure,
discouraging further litigation and encouraging dismissals
or early, minimal settlements.