The UCL Practitioner
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
New UCL decision: Steinhebel v. Los Angeles Times Communications
On February 7, 2005, the Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District, Division Eight) decided Steinhebel v. Los Angeles Times Communications, ___ Cal.App.4th ___ (Feb. 7, 2005), which is primarily a Labor Code case but concludes with the following sentence:
While an employer’s policy or practice that violates the Labor Code may also be held an “unlawful business practice” under Business and Professions Code section 17200 et seq. [citation], where, as here, an employer’s policy is lawful and permissible, there is no basis for relief under the unfair competition law. (See Olszewski v. Scripps Health (2003) 30 Cal.4th 798, 827-830.)
Slip op. at 16.
There is a California Assembly Bill that if passed by the California legislature, will completely reverse the Steinhebel ruling. Look up AB1172. For more information and bill tracking be sure to visit:
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