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LOCKYER WINS RULING IN 17200 LAWSUIT Attorney General Bill Lockyer notched a victory this week when a Los Angeles judge entered a default judgment against a defunct company linked to lawyers accused of abusing the state’s unfair competition law. Consumer Enforcement Watch had served as a plaintiff for Beverly Hills-based Trevor Law Group. Lawyers at the since-dissolved firm were accused of abusing § 17200, the unfair business practices law, and later gave up their bar cards. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charles McCoy Jr. entered judgment against Consumer Enforcement Watch because it failed to comply with a discovery order, said Deputy AG Howard Wayne. There is no dollar amount attached to the judgment yet, though Lockyer’s suit seeks at least $1 million. Whether the state collects any money is another story, since the corporation may have little, if any, assets. In any case, the state won’t be trying to collect any time soon. “I can tell you that we’re a long way from there,” Wayne said. He’ll probably wait for judgments against the other defendants before going after money. No one has been showing up in court to defend the corporation since its lawyer, Kevin Gerry of Beverly Hills, was excused from the case. Lockyer’s office had sued the corporation, the law practice and three partners there, Damian Trevor, Allan Hendrickson and Shane Han, over their practice of suing hundreds of small businesses under the state unfair competition law. A State Bar investigation alleged that Consumer Enforcement Watch was a sham corporation set up by the law partners to serve as a plaintiff in those suits. The case is People v. Trevor Law Group, BC290989. — Jeff Chorney

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