Monthly Archives: August 2017

Outlet sales of outlet-only clothes under brand name aren’t inherently deceptive

Rubenstein v. The Gap, Inc., — Cal.Rptr.3d —-, No. B272356, 2017 WL 3634212 (Ct. App. Aug. 24, 2017) The court affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of a claim against the Gap for selling lesser-quality products at its Gap and Banana … Continue reading

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name alone doesn’t ID average people in internet search ROP case, court rules

Dobrowolski v. Intelius, Inc., No. 17 CV 1406, 2017 WL 3720170 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 29, 2017) Defendants sell online reports on people using information compiled from public records and other sources.  When a consumer uses a search engine to search … Continue reading

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Comparison to former licensor’s products isn’t trademark infringement

Alpha Pro Tech, Inc. v. VWR Int’l, LLC, No. 12-1615, 2017 WL 3671264 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 23, 2017) APT sued VWR, a competitor in the market for nonwoven, disposable laboratory apparel for use in clean rooms and similar environments. VWR … Continue reading

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“100% grated parmesan cheese” doesn’t have to be all cheese, court rules

In re: 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese Marketing & Sales Practices Litig., 2017 WL 3642076, No. 16 C 5802, MDL 2705 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 24, 2017) Ah, implicature, how I wish judges understood you.  A product labeled “100% Grated Parmesan Cheese” … Continue reading

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Advertising question of the day: Honeycrisp or honey crisp?

Assuming this alcoholic beverage is not made from honeycrisp apples–but that it does contain honey–would the product name be false or misleading?  H/T Adam Levitin.  Note that the manufacturer doesn’t disclose the apple variety one way or another, as far … Continue reading

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“universal” is generic for churches

Universal Church, Inc. v. Universal Life Church/ULC Monastery,  2017 WL 3669625, No. 14 Civ. 5213 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 8, 2017) The Universal Church, Inc., is a Pentecostal/Charismatic church with “around 30,000 members,” while its Brazilian affiliate has millions of members. Defendant … Continue reading

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state courts do nominative fair use too

Instant Infosystems, Inc. v. Open Text, Inc., 2017 WL 3634547, No. B276691 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 24, 2017) Another illustration of the principle that courts don’t like to do two dilution analyses—this state court only talks about federal dilution, assuming … Continue reading

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