Monthly Archives: October 2013

Delay notifying insurer until after $13.5 million verdict probably harmless

National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa. v. Mead Johnson…, — F.3d —-, 2013 WL 5788652 (7th Cir. 2013) An advertising injury case from Posner, with a bonus picture from the underlying dispute … and it’s not even my … Continue reading

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Georgetown Law Journal technology symposium, Nov. 8

The Georgetown Law Journal cordially invites you to its Volume 102 Symposium, “Law in an Age of Disruptive Technology”Featuring a Keynote Address by Professor Neal Katyal and panels on: 3-D Printing Chaired by Professors Deven Desai and Gerard Magliocca Driverless … Continue reading

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Transformative work of the year

I know, we still have a couple of months, but I find it hard to imagine this being topped: the Golden Girls, reimagined as Cold War superspies/soldiers.

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9th Circuit requires arbitration for consumer protection claims

Ferguson v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., — F.3d —-, No. 11–56965, 2013 WL 5779514 (9th Cir. 2013) Plaintiffs were former students at for-profit schools owned by Corinthian and sued alleging that Corinthian used deceptive practices to get them to enroll.  The … Continue reading

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Class ascertainability exists without purchase records

Thurston v. Bear Naked, Inc., No. 3:11–CV–02890, 2013 WL 5664985 (S.D. Cal. July 30, 2013) The court certified a California class of purchasers of Bear Naked products marked as 100% natural that contained hexane-processed soy.  Of note, the court rejected … Continue reading

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"All Natural" too undefined to be the basis of a claim

Pelayo v. Nestle USA, Inc., 2013 WL 5764644, No. CV 13–5213 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 25, 2013) Pelayo sued Nestle alleging claims about 13 Nestle stuffed pasta products using the term “All Natural” on the labeling while containing synthetic xanthan gum … Continue reading

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Singaporean bank finds no relief from Lanham Act

Hong Leong Finance Limited (Singapore) v. Pinnacle Performance Ltd., 2013 WL 5746126, No. 12 Civ. 6010 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 23, 2013) My former classmate, the Honorable Jesse Furman, got this Lanham Act extraterritoriality case. Plaintiff HLF sued Morgan Stanley and certain … Continue reading

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Student-athletes’ right of publicity claims can ground antitrust claims

In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litigation, No. C 09-1967 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 25, 2013)  Plaintiffs, current and former college athletes, sued the NCAA; they also sued Collegiate Licensing Company and Electronic Arts, but settled those claims.  This … Continue reading

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First Amendment bars Lanham Act claim against university article repository

Pellegrini v. Northeastern University, No. 12–cv–40141, 2013 WL 5607019 (D. Mass. Aug. 23, 2013) (magistrate judge) The magistrate began by characterizing this case as a high-stakes dispute involving “the First Amendment rights of a university and one of its faculty … Continue reading

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Versace embraces counterfeit style

Versace’s collaboration with M.I.A. (since this kind of co-branding is now “collaboration”–some interesting work could be done on the double meaning there) involves copying counterfeit styles themselves copying Versace.  Some images here, not that I could recognize what makes them either … Continue reading

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