Monthly Archives: August 2016

Inconceivable: allegedly made-up price comparison allows consumer suit

Chester v. TJX Cos., 2016 WL 4414768, No 5:15-cv-01437 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 18, 2016) When an opinion begins with the quote, “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means,” it’s not going to … Continue reading

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Cthulhu the functional?

Jake Linford has recently expounded in detail about the descriptive or even functional characteristics of certain sounds, making certain “coined” words more useful in marketing.  Here’s a great example from Michael Saler, As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory … Continue reading

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Fashion weak: fashion show fails to enjoin New York Fashion Week name

Fashion Week, Inc. v. Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc., 2016 WL 4367990, No. 16-cv-5079 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 12, 2016) FWI sued CFDA for trademark dilution, unfair competition and false designation of origin, and trademark infringement based on use of … Continue reading

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Cookie crumbles: court refuses to dismiss (c) claim based on facts of plaintiff’s life

Eggleston v. Daniels, No. 15-11893, 2016 WL 4363013 (E.D. Mich. Aug. 16, 2016) Sophia Eggleston alleged that her self-characterization in her 2009 memoir The Hidden Hand was the uncredited inspiration for the character Loretha “Cookie” Lyon on the FOX television … Continue reading

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6th Circuit rejects college players’ Lanham Act, ROP claims

Marshall v. ESPN, No. 15-5753 (6th Cir. August 17, 2016) Plaintiffs claimed that, as college football and basketball players, they had publicity rights in their names and images as used in TV broadcasts.  “Whether referees, assistant coaches, and perhaps even … Continue reading

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6th Circuit rejects college players’ Lanham Act, ROP claims

Marshall v. ESPN, No. 15-5753 (6th Cir. August 17, 2016) Plaintiffs claimed that, as college football and basketball players, they had publicity rights in their names and images as used in TV broadcasts.  “Whether referees, assistant coaches, and perhaps even … Continue reading

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ISP fails to dismiss (c) and CMI claims based on watermarked photo

Goldstein v. Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc., 2016 WL 4257457, No. TDC-15-2400 (D. Md. Aug. 11, 2016) Goldstein is a professional photographer who registered a copyright in a 2007 photograph he took of the Silver Spring Metro Station, which appears … Continue reading

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