Canon Ruling May Spur Unfair Competition Claims in California

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Canon Ruling May Spur Unfair Competition Claims in California

January 24, 2013

by Erin Coe

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...