Monthly Archives: January 2015

Q of the day: is this enough disclosure?

Steve Clowney argues that Prawsfblawg’s disclosures of West-sponsored content aren’t enough, given how much a sponsored post looks like a regular post.  How would you advise a client to comply with the FTC’s guidance here?  Would the purported sophistication of … Continue reading

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Dial U for unfair competition?

Liveperson, Inc. v. 24/7 Customer, Inc., 2015 WL 170348, No. 14 Civ. 1559 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 13, 2015)   LivePerson “provides customers with live-interaction and customer engagement technology for e-commerce websites, enabling businesses to interact in real-time with their website customers.”  … Continue reading

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Pinterest, sponsorship, and copyright

Fascinating story on top pinners on Pinterest, which suggests that Pinterest’s policies deter people from disclosing sponsorships (which the FTC wants them to do; could it go after Pinterest for deterring users’ compliance?), and also contains the interesting note that … Continue reading

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Lexmark applies to false association, not just false advertising

International Foundation of Employee Ben. Plans, Inc. v. Cottrell, No. WDQ–14–1269, 2015 WL 127839 (D. Md. Jan. 7, 2015)   IFEBP sued Cottrel, d/b/a HR Vantage, for false advertising, trademark infringement, and related claims.  IFEBP is a nonprofit that trains … Continue reading

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Interpretation of alleged relabeling agreement is for jury

Ecore International, Inc., v. Downey, No. 12–2729, 2015 WL 127316 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 7, 2015)   Ecore makes recycled rubber flooring; defendants allegedly relabeled and resold Ecore’s goods as its own.  Downey owns an engineering consulting company that provided consulting … Continue reading

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Passing off claim is subject to Rule 9(b) but passes

Medscript Pharmacy, LLC v.My Script, LLC, LLC, No. 14 C 0469, 2015 WL 149062 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 12, 2015)   The complaint alleged that Medscript was a Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) certified compounding pharmacy, while defendants are compounding … Continue reading

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Pop quiz, hotshot

Who authorized the following promo? “Winter is Coming” NHL/Reebok promo, seen on subway Alternatively: the NHL and Reebok can take it, but they don’t want to dish it out: NHL/Reebok trademark statements on ad

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Art objects and trademark infringement

Anthony Antonellis creates art objects/sculptures with bottles of Poland Spring water and knockoff wristbands.  Nestle objects, claiming likely confusion.  What is the appropriate test?  Rogers or something else?  Antonellis is looking for a pro bono lawyer.

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Transformative work of the day

Six country songs from last year, played over each other.  I’m not a fan of the genre, but this strikes me as very well done as well as funny.

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Reading list: cheap books and scientific progress

Barbara Biasi & Petra Moser, Does Cheap Access Encourage Science? Evidence from the WWII Book Replication Program. Abstract: Policies that reduce the costs of accessing prior knowledge (which is covered by copyrights) are becoming increasingly prominent, even though systematic empirical … Continue reading

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