Monthly Archives: August 2017

Is a ban on the words “climate change” in grants consistent with Tam?

This image, of a government employee telling a grant applicant that her proposal can’t use “climate change” or “global warming” and get funded, seems like a pretty good example of a “happy talk” provision.  Is this new requirement an unconstitutional … Continue reading

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cy pres-only settlement ok’d in Google privacy case

In re Google Referrer Header Privacy Litigation, — F.3d —-, 2017 WL 3601250, No. 15–15858 (9th Cir. Aug. 22, 2017) The underlying class action claimed that Google violated users’ privacy by disclosing their internet search terms to owners of third-party … Continue reading

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4th Cir. holds certification nonprofit’s self-promotion to retailers is commercial speech

Handsome Brook Farm, LLC v. Humane Farm Animal Care, Inc., No. 16-1813, 2017 WL 3601506, — F. Appx. – (4th Cir. Aug. 22, 2017) The court of appeals affirmed the district court ruling that a nonprofit egg certifier’s disparagement of … Continue reading

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Tag-along state UDAP claim leads to $18.5 million fee shift against unsuccessful plaintiff

Procaps S.A. v. Patheon Inc., No. 12-24356-CIV, 2017 WL 3536917 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 17, 2017) This case stands as a stark reminder that adding a state-law deceptive trade practices claim to a federal claim can have serious consequences—the only reason … Continue reading

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Bad dilution claims are so common that they aren’t “exceptional” for fee-shifting, court rules

Parks, LLC v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 2017 WL 3534993, No. 15-cv-00946 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 17, 2017) Tyson sought attorneys’ fees in this Lanham Act case after its summary judgment victory was affirmed by the Third Circuit. The court found that … Continue reading

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reading list: Willis on remedies for consumer fraud

Lauren E. Willis, Performance-Based Remedies: Ordering Firms to Eradicate Their Own Fraud, 80 Law and Contemporary Problems 7-41 (2017) Abstract In resolving cases of unfair, abusive, and deceptive acts and practices, consumer protection enforcement agencies often prospectively dictate—in great detail—the … Continue reading

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Comparative advertising using P’s logo is nominative fair use

SolarEdge Technologies Inc. v. Enphase Energy, Inc., 2017 WL 3453378 17-cv-04047 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 11, 2017) SolarEdge sued Enphase, a competitor in the business of selling electronic components for solar panels (aka PV modules), for false advertising and trademark infringement.  … Continue reading

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taking customer list as conversion; false claims of official investigation as false advertising

Yeti Enters. Inc. v. Tang, 2017 WL 3478484, No. 13-cv-01203 (D. Or. Aug. 14, 2017) This is a tangled story that illustrates how false advertising claims can arise from failed business agreements.  Plaintiff NPK sued Nicholas Jackson and Jessica Lilga … Continue reading

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Barton Beebe & Jeanne Fromer’s submission to PTO on streamlined cancellation proceedings

Supporting the proposal, they summarize their evidence of overcrowding on the register.  Read it here. from Blogger http://ift.tt/2x4Wcm3

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Traveling pictures: trademark/publicity rights questions, bonus torts

Yellowstone proper had very little in the way of obvious TM issues, interestingly enough.  Other things I have encountered: For the torts folks; note especially the guy in the background blithely walking away from the dissolving child “Nothing in life … Continue reading

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