Monthly Archives: March 2014

ASA approves Microsoft’s ad accusing Gmail of creepy spying

Microsoft Corporation, No. A13-251580: Microsoft ran an ad beginning, “Ymay ivatepray e-mailway isway onway ofway eirthay usinessbay.” It continued: “Pig Latin may be hard to understand, but you probably need it if you use Gmail, because Gmail scans every word of your … Continue reading

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I feel so extraordinary: Lexmark affirmed

Here.  My first Supreme Court citation!  And approving, no less!  More later. http://tushnet.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

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show me how you do that trick: magic performance copyrightable, infringed

Teller v. Dogge, No. 12-cv-00591 (D. Nev. Mar. 20, 2014) Teller sued Dogge for infringement in two YouTube videos offering to sell the secret to a signature Teller illusion, Shadows.  This illusion consists of a spotlight trained on a vase … Continue reading

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Misleading health plan names

NYT on how health plan names confuse and deceive consumers. http://tushnet.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

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Consumer law and copyright conferences in April

Making the Fine Print Fair, Georgetown Law symposium, April 4 The Georgetown Consumer Law Society and Citizen Works are hosting a symposium, Making the Fine Print Fair, at Georgetown on April 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  From the … Continue reading

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I *am* only cheerleading: uniforms not conceptually separable

Varsity Brands, Inc. v. Star Athletica, LLC, No. 10-cv-02508 (W.D. Tenn. Mar. 1, 2014) “Classical philosophy does not often come to play in the field of mundane legal analysis.” But here the court was called on to identify the essence … Continue reading

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infringement can occur even if consumers don’t remember it

Beastie Boys v. Monster Energy Co., No. 12 Civ. 6065 (SDNY Mar. 18, 2014) The Beastie Boys sued for copyright infringement and trademark infringement based on Monster’s allegedly unauthorized use of Beastie Boys music to accompany a video promoting a … Continue reading

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Hockey fans sue over fake beer sizes because they’re false and deceptive

There, I fixed the headline of the original story.  If a small costs $4 and a large costs $7, there ought to be a difference in amount delivered.  Also, anyone who uses the McDonald’s hot coffee case to “prove” that … Continue reading

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Reliability, safety, and 1050-1150 RPM speed claims are puffery

Smith v. LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc., 2014 WL 989742, No. C 13-4361 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 11, 2014) Smith sued LG over allegedly defective washing machines that shook and vibrated excessively during use.  In 2012, the CPSC recalled the machines due … Continue reading

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Copyright infringement doesn’t violate the Lanham Act

Masck v. Sports Illustrated, No. 13-10226 (E.D. Mich. Mar. 10, 2014) Previous discussion, in which I got exercised about the court’s misapplication of Dastar, herein corrected.  Masck took an “iconic” photo of defendant Desmond Howard, running for a touchdown during … Continue reading

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