by Brian Wolfman
The California Supreme Court today decided In re Tobacco II, an important case under California's Unfair Competition Law (UCL), Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code 17200 et seq. Early in the opinion, the Court described the issues in the case and its holdings:
Both holdings are favorable to consumer plaintiffs. On the second question -- reliance -- the opinion indicates that reliance can be presumed in many circumstances where a plaintiff class alleges consumer fraud.
The Court agreed with many of the arguments advanced by amici Public Citizen and the Center for Auto Safety. For more detailed descriptions of the case and the views expressed by those amici, see earlier posts here and here.