Overview of developments1 in california plaintiffs lawyers possess two powerful bases upon which to bring class action litigation the unfair competition law california business and professions code sections 17200 through 17209 the ucl and the consumers legal remedies act california civil. The consumer legal remedies act clra as set forth in civil code section 1750 et seq was enacted in 1970 to provide manifest protections for millions of consumers throughout california at the time of its enactment and in the ensuing 37 years as written the clra is the most far reaching consumer protection statute in the united states. Overview of developments 1 class action lawyers in california wield two powerful tools the unfair competition law california business and professions code sections 17200 17209 ucl and the consumers legal remedies act california civil code sections 1750 1784 clra. Decisions from california and federal courts in 2017 provided important direction in areas of arbitration standing preemption the proper scope of class certification reliance and causation and other issues under the unfair competition law and the consumers legal remedies act. In addition to federal laws each state has its own unfair competition law to prohibit false and misleading advertising in california one such statute is the unfair competition law hereinafter ucl business and professions code 17200 et seq the ucl borrows heavily from section 5 of the federal trade commission act but has developed its own body of case law
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