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California company sued over alleged failure to live up to promises

The dream was to become rich with California-based multi-level marketing company Herbalife. One couple dove all the way into the company, attending its "Circle of Success" events, bringing in recruits, meeting quotas on Herbalife purchases and setting up a store near their Florida home. Instead of watching the money roll in, the couple watched more than $100,000 roll out. Now they have joined others who have filed lawsuits against the California company that sells products through distributors who recruit more people to be distributors. 

Deflating news: San Diego convenience stores sued over supplements

You might have heard the hypnotic, synth-pop rhythms of the 1980s hit, “Tainted Love.” The duo that helped shape the sound of the decade was Soft Cell. Both the name of the band and their long-ago hit are brought to mind by a recent San Diego Union-Tribune headline: “Lawsuit claims San Diego stores sell tainted love pills.”

California e-cigarette facing lawsuits

A California e-cigarette maker is under fire for its popularity among young people. Parents, public health advocates, politicians and the Food and Drug Administration have all weighed in on Juul Labs and its rechargeable vaping device and nicotine pods. The company’s pods contain nicotine and come in flavors such as mango, crème brulee, fruit medley and “cool cucumber” – flavors that lure young people into giving the Juul devices a try, critics complain.

California’s all-you-can-fly airline might be grounded by lawsuit

They’re not for everyone, but some Americans absolutely adore all-you-can-eat restaurants. A California-based airline has taken the concept of all-you-can-eat to the skies. Membership-based Surf Air offers all-you-can-fly travel in its small planes. Destinations include San Diego, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Oakland, Lake Tahoe and San Jose.

Lawsuit: Downtown San Diego landmark is driving away business

When it opened in 1985, Horton Plaza was an instant shopping success that many in San Diego credited with revitalizing downtown. But the owner of the Jimbo’s Naturally food store chain says the landmark mall has deteriorated and now drives people away rather than luring them in.

Drink up: Part-owner of San Diego brewer files breach of contract suit

Just across the bay from downtown San Diego, sits Coronado Island. Perhaps most famous for Hotel del Coronado, it's also known for its sparkling sandy beaches and gentle ocean breezes. The island is also known as the home of Coronado Brewing Company, a craft beer maker with a nationwide reach.

Hear this: San Diego headphone maker goes silent

Most of us have at least one pair of earbuds. The small listening devices have a couple of advantages: they’re lightweight, fit inside the ear and they’re inexpensive. While those are all important upsides, the downside of earbuds is obvious at first listen: sound quality is typically poor.

San Diego Comic-Con yacht dispute still making waves

Nine months ago, a rented “super yacht” disappeared during San Diego Comic-Con. Marijuana mogul BudTrader CEO Brad McLaughlin paid $42,250 for the three-day rental to use the boat as a lure for celebrities and potential investors. So when the vessel disappeared, the 33-year-old executive sued the business that rented the boat and company owner, Lake Rickolt.

A Tech World Breach Of Contract

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has sued software developer Saama Technologies over claims that the developer failed to create anything of value while running nearly a year behind schedule. Saama had billed the Foundation $2.8 million dollars, and had been using the Foundation's name in advertising materials, which violated the terms of their contract. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking damages, reimbursement for the useless software developed by Saama, as well as an injunction to prevent Saama from using the Foundation's name in future advertising materials.

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