Monthly Archives: January 2018

New York GBL Section 349 covers ordinary trademark claims, court rules

Mayes v. Summit Entertainment Corp., No. 16-CV-06533, 2018 WL 566314 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 18, 2017) (magistrate judge) Plaintiffs, eight professional models and actresses, alleged that the owners and operators of a strip club on Long Island (Summit) unlawfully used Plaintiffs’ images … Continue reading

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Confusion with firm sued for sexual harassment causes irreparable harm

Newmark Realty Capital, Inc., v. BGC Partners, Inc., No. 16-cv-01702 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 16, 2017) Newmark Realty Capital (founded 1991) and defendants BGC Partners and Newmark & Co. Real Estate “traditionally operated in distinct sectors of the real estate market … Continue reading

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Pure disparagement by competitor is commercial speech even without invitation to buy

Monat Global Corp. v. Kavanaugh , 2018 WL 501616, No. 17-cv-1666 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 22, 2018) The parties sell competing hair products. Kavanaugh allegedly orchestrated an “[I]nternet smear campaign” by posting false comments on Facebook about Monat’s products and marketing … Continue reading

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CFP: Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum

Request for Submissions Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum June 13-14, 2018, Harvard Law School Yale, Stanford, and Harvard Law Schools are soliciting submissions for the 19th session of the Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum, to be held at Harvard Law School on … Continue reading

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That’s swell: court rules that NY doesn’t impose “use in commerce” limit on unfair competition

Can’t Live Without It, LLC v. ETS Express, Inc., — F.Supp.3d —-, 2018 WL 401778, No. 17-cv-3506 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 15, 2018) Plaintiff S’well sued ETS for trademark infringement and related claims based on its sales of the Force and Swig … Continue reading

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Beyond Belmora: foreign TM owner proceeds under Lanham Act and Inter-American Convention

S.A.S. v. Latinfood U.S. Corp., Civ. No. 16-6576, — F.Supp.3d —-, 2017 WL 6940696 (D.N.J. Dec. 29, 2017) Industria, a Colombian food corporation and Colombian owner of the Zenú and Ranchera marks, sued Latinfood, for reasons you can guess when … Continue reading

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Another IP plaintiff fails to show irreparable harm (false advertising/trade secret)

Impax Media Inc. v. Northeast Advertising Corp., No. 17 Civ. 8272, 2018 WL 358284 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 10, 2018) Impax, which provides digital video screens that show ads (mostly in supermarkets), sought to enjoin defendants (AdCorp) from competing with Impax by … Continue reading

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