Monthly Archives: November 2015

Verisign fails to enjoin XYZ’s statements about .xyz versus .com domains

Verisign, Inc., v. XYZ.com, LLC, 2015 WL 7430016, No. 14-cv-01749 (E.D. Va. Nov. 20, 2015)   Verisign is the industry leader in domain name registration, with over 120 million registrations in the <.com> and <.net> space. XYZ entered the market … Continue reading

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informal representations to competitor’s customers can violate Lanham Act

Display Works, LLC v. Pinnacle Exhibits, Inc., No. WMN-15-2284, 2015 WL 7454084 (D. Md. Nov. 24, 2015)   The parties entered into a nondisclosure agreement in connection with a potential acquisition by Pinnacle.  Pinnacle agreed that it would, among other … Continue reading

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Pairing map with EPA mileage claims can misrepresent real-world mileage

Kim v. General Motors, LLC, 99 F. Supp. 3d 1096 (C.D. Cal. 2015)   Kim sued GM for misleadingly advertising EPA estimated mileage figures and numbers derived from these figures as “actual, expected mileage under normal, real world driving conditions.” … Continue reading

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Transformative work of the day, Jenny Holzer edition

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ABA Blawg 100

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If only the last Trump would sound: Trump University case continues

Makaeff v. Trump University, LLC, 2015 WL 7302728, No. 10cv0940 (S.D. Cal. Nov. 18, 2015)   Charlatan and budding fascist Donald Trump failed to get rid of many consumer protection claims against him and his “Trump University” (now renamed).  Can’t … Continue reading

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court skips recent precedent, finds only anonymous communications are “advertising or promotion”

Arandell Corp. v. Walker, 2015 WL 7308649, No. 14-C-1279 (E.D. Wisc. Nov. 19, 2015)   This case illustrates that lawyering matters a lot; courts don’t always know the most recent circuit precedent.  Here, the only purported federal claim was false … Continue reading

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Court rejects recall when falsely advertising defendant already notified customers

Riverdale Mills Corp. v. Cavatorta North America, Inc., 2015 WL 7295541, No. 4:15-CV-40132 (Nov. 18, 2015)   Riverdale makes welded wire mesh for use in marine traps using a “galvanized after welding” (GAW) process followed by a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) … Continue reading

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Trademark Law’s Fundamental Purposes, part 3

Purposes and limits (or not) in modern trademark law:  Wendy Gordon, Rebecca Tushnet   RT: Stacey Dogan’s statement that as a practical matter we need justifications for copying/free riding—I didn’t want to believe it, but I’m coming around to that … Continue reading

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Trademark Law’s Fundamental Purposes, part 2

The role of justifications and equitable considerations in trademark law:  Stacey Dogan   Many of the early cases are limiting protection b/c of some interest they’re trying to protect on the other side—Borden is an exception.  Maybe a public right … Continue reading

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