Law Offices of Mathew Higbee v. Expungement Assistance Services, 214 Cal. App. 4th 544 (Cal. Ct. App. 4th Dist. 2013)

An attorney plaintiff sued an online legal services provider for, among other things, unfair competition based on the unauthorized practice of law. The attorney alleged loss of revenue and market share, diminution of firm value, and increased advertising costs.

The dispute centered around interpretation of California’s unfair competition law.┬áThe Court of Appeal of California, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, stated:

“The language of the UCL does not leave the court hamstrung, unable to even consider an action seeking injunctive relief just because the defendant engages in its purportedly unlawful activity via the Internet and has not had any direct business dealings with the plaintiff.”


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