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Monday, June 08, 2009


Chris from L.A.

Although it does not cite or discuss Tobacco, today's opinion by the Ninth Circuit in Kearns v. Ford Motor Commpany is instructive. The case involved a class action against Ford under the UCL and CLRA based on claims that Ford misrepresented the safety and reliability of its Ford-certified vehicles. The district court dismissed the complaint for failure to allege fraud with specificity under F.R.C.P. 9(b). The Ninth Circuit affirmed. The Court rejected the argument that specificity in pleading was not required under state law on the ground that federal law governed the pleading standard.

This case suggests that federal courts may not follow the Cal Supreme Court's holding on the second issue in the Tobacco case, that under the UCL, the plaintiff need not allege what he/she relied upon with specificity.

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