Monthly Archives: February 2018

Article in Judges’ Journal is opinion, not actionable under defamation or false advertising law

Board of Forensic Document Document Examiners, Inc. v. American Bar Ass’n, No. 17 C 01130, 2018 WL 1014510 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 22, 2018) The Board of Forensic Document Examiners, and seven of its members, alleged defamation by an article appearing … Continue reading

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NY AG proceeds against Charter for throttling providers while boasting of internet speeds

 People v. Charter Communications, Inc., No. 450318/2017 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Feb. 16, 2018) Charter allegedly defrauded New York consumers by promising high-speed Internet services and reliable access to online content that it knew it couldn’t or wouldn’t deliver, in violation … Continue reading

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Reading list: further on global mandatory fair use

Tanya Aplin & Lionel A. F. Bently, Displacing the Dominance of the Three-Step Test: The Role of Global, Mandatory Fair Use, Forthcoming in Wee Loon Ng, Haochen Sun, and Shyam Balganesh (eds) Comparative Aspects of Limitations and Exceptions in Copyright … Continue reading

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University-adjacent is not university-approved in supplement ads

Obesity Research Institute, LLC v. Fiber Research International, LLC, 2018 WL 1001089, No. 15-cv-00595 (S.D. Cal. Feb. 21, 2018) Despite the high-falutin’ names, the parties compete in the market for glucomannan dietary supplements. Glucomannan is a soluble-viscous fiber derived from … Continue reading

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Crowning inglory: no trade dress in short-lived ads

EZ Pedo, Inc. v. Mayclin Dental Studio, Inc., No. 16-cv-00731, 2018 WL 934552 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 15, 2018) EZ-Pedo sells “prefabricated pediatric zirconia crowns,” which are colorless, durable, all-ceramic crowns that mask disfiguration or stains on children’s teeth. Mayclin sells … Continue reading

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Sanderson can’t chicken out of false advertising claims

Organic Consumers Assoc. v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., 2018 WL 922247, No. 17-cv-03592 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 9, 2018) OCA sued Sanderson, a poultry processor, over ads that allegedly mislead consumers about the nature of Sanderson’s chicken products and farming practices. OCA … Continue reading

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claiming to provide services then referring out can be false advertising, but P must still show harm

Larry Pitt & Associates v. Lundy Law LLP, No.. 13-2398, — F.Supp.3d —-, 2018 WL 925011 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 15, 2018) The parties are Philadelphia-area law firms that advertise for personal injury, social security, and workers’ compensation cases. Pitt sued … Continue reading

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