Monthly Archives: October 2017

Undisclosed, and disclosed, influence when going to the mattresses

Fast Company has a great story about the intricate operations and arguable shenanigans of mattress reviewers who are also paid affiliates. from Blogger http://ift.tt/2yosUTV

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Consumer’s ability to trust future representations provides standing to seek injunctive relief

Delman v. J. Crew Group, Inc., 2017 WL 3048657, No. 16-9219 (C.D. Cal. May 15, 2017) This is another factory outlet false advertising case. The J. Crew Factory Website sells clothing and other items at what appears to be a … Continue reading

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TM use in ad text and on website not confusing where true source is clearly marked

Guardian Pool Fence Sys. Inc., Plaintiff, v. Sunwest Industries, Inc., No. 16-0824, 2017 WL 2931413 (C.D. Cal. Jun. 1, 2017) Guardian and All-Safe compete in the market for mesh pool fences; a Guardian fence costs around $2,000, and an All-Safe … Continue reading

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Uncontradicted testimony that defendant’s claim lacks scientific support requires judgment for plaintiffs

Rosendez v. Green Pharmaceuticals, No. D071073, 2017 WL 4400011 (Cal. Ct. App. Oct. 4, 2017) (unpublished) Plaintiffs alleged that Green’s SnoreStop, a homeopathic remedy for snoring, was a sugar pill falsely advertised to stop snoring. Although the trial court found … Continue reading

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Suing Doe reviewers under the Lanham Act fails

Reybold Gp. v. Does 1-20, 2017 WL 4326360, No. 17-810 (D. Del. Sept. 29, 2017) (magistrate judge) Reybold sued the Does for infringement, dilution, injurious falsehood, and defamation based on their statements on ApartmentRatings.com about Reybold’s St. Andrews Apartment Complex, … Continue reading

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Fantasy gambling is newsworthy, doesn’t violate players’ rights of publicity

Daniels v. FanDuel, Inc., No. 16-cv-01230 (S.D. Ind. Sept. 29, 2017) Akeem Daniels, Cameron Stingily, and Nicholas Stoner played college football and sued FanDuel and DraftKings for violating their Indiana right of publicity. Defendants run fantasy sports websites and mobile … Continue reading

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Kate Spade fails to toss outlet lawsuit alleging inferior quality compared to boutiques

Irvine v. Kate Spade & Co., 2017 WL 4326538, No. 16-CV-7300 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2017) Plaintiffs alleged that Kate Spade marks merchandise sold at outlets with an illusory and arbitrarily higher price from which a substantial “discount” is then offered, … Continue reading

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FTC loses motion to dismiss because court doesn’t deal well with statistics

FTC v. Quincy Bioscience Holding Co., 2017 WL 4382312, No. 17 Civ. 124 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2017) Lawyers and especially generalist-by-necessity judges need to understand some statistical basics. When they don’t, they let bad science shape consumers’ decisions and even … Continue reading

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Pleading facts indicating that ad claims are likely impossible suffices for plausibility

Fan Fi International, Inc. v. Interlink Prods. Int’l, Inc., 2017 WL 4293144, No.16-cv-00661 (D. Nev. Sept. 27, 2017) After being sued in New Jersey, Fan Fi and ETL sued Interlink in Nevada for false advertising under the Lanham Act and … Continue reading

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“information and belief” isn’t enough to allege competitive injury in false advertising case

Brickstructures, Inc. v. Coaster Dynamix, Inc., 2017 WL 4310671, No. 16 CV 10969 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 28, 2017) Brickstructures, a LEGO-structure-creating business, sued Coaster for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and false advertising under the Lanham Act. Given … Continue reading

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