I want to encourage everyone to sign up to attend the State Bar's Fifth Annual Unfair Competition Law Program, at which I will be speaking this Friday, May 18, in Los Angeles. For members of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, the early registration period (and its discounted registration fee) has been extended through Thursday, May 17. Also, law students may register free of charge.
The program will cover a wide variety of UCL-related topics. The first panel, which I will present along with Will Stern, is called "Section 17200 — The State of the Law Today." We will address the most recent decisional law relating to Prop. 64, the three "prongs," UCL defenses, UCL remedies, and procedural questions surrounding UCL claims. The second panel will examine the impact of the federal Class Action Fairness Act on UCL class actions. The third panel will address whether Prop. 64 imported a "reliance" element into the UCL — an issue that the Supreme Court is expected to decide in the Tobacco case. And finally, the last panel will examine "whether the Consumers Legal Remedies Act will fill the void left by Prop. 64." This should be a very interesting and educational series of panels.
It would be great to meet some of the readers of this blog in person at the event. Please come!