Monthly Archives: December 2018

Actual confusion provides evidence of irreparable harm

Home Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. v. Ken Starr, Inc., 2018 WL 3816745, No. 18-cv-00469-JLS-DFM (C.D. Cal. Jul. 24, 2018) Home Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning provides HVAC services in Los Angeles County and the surrounding area; it asserted … Continue reading

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Almond milk name isn’t deceptive to reasonable consumers

Painter v. Blue Diamond Growers, No. 17-55901, 2018 WL 6720560, — Fed.Appx. —- (9th Cir. Dec. 20, 2018) Painter alleged that Blue Diamond mislabeled its almond beverages as “almond milk” when they should be labeled “imitation milk” because they substitute … Continue reading

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Court sanctions plaintiffs for inaccurate images of product labels in complaint

Hunt v. Sunny Delight Beverages Co., No. 18-cv-00557-JLS-DFM, 2018 WL 6786265 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 18, 2018) Some Sunny Delight beverages bear names derived from fruits, such as “Orange Strawberry,” “Orange Pineapple,” “Strawberry Guava,” and “Watermelon,” while others are less fruity, … Continue reading

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9th Circuit easily rejects In re GNC’s “all scientists must agree” standard for falsity

Sonner v. Schwabe North America, Inc., — F.3d —-, No. 17-55261, 2018 WL 6786616 (9th Cir. Dec. 26, 2018) Happy holidays to me! Sonner sued the sellers of two Ginkgold nutritional supplements for violations of the UCL and CLRA and … Continue reading

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Amicus Brief of Scholars of Corpus Linguistics in Rimini Street v. Oracle

Just found this use of linguistics super interesting. Abstract: The question presented in Rimini Street v. Oracle is whether the Copyright Act’s allowance of “full costs” is limited to the categories and amounts of costs enumerated in 28 U.S.C. 1920 … Continue reading

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Avvo’s Pro designation is opinion/puffery

Davis v. Avvo, Inc., — F.Supp.3d —-, 2018 WL 6629269 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 19, 2018) Davis, an attorney, sued Avvo for false advertising in violation of the Lanham Act and NYGBL § 349. Avvo hosts profiles of attorneys for consumers to … Continue reading

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More B&B: Fraud on the PTO that led to years of extra litigation isn’t “exceptional” for fee purposes

B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., No. 17-1570 (8th Cir. Dec. 21, 2018) H/T C.E. Petit. This comedy of errors might (might!) be ending. The court of appeals affirmed the district court’s judgment in favor of Hargis and its … Continue reading

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“soluble” coffee case grinds on

Suchanek v. Sturm Foods, Inc., 2018 WL 6617106,  No. 11-CV-565-NJR-RJD (S.D. Ill. Jul. 3, 2018) I don’t know why this took so long to show up in my searches, but: this is a consumer protection class action arising from Sturm’s … Continue reading

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Program on Private Law call for fellowship applicants in private law and IP

PROJECT ON THE FOUNDATIONS OF PRIVATE LAW POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN PRIVATE LAW AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, 2019 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS PURPOSE: The Project on the Foundations of Private Law is an interdisciplinary research program at Harvard Law School dedicated to scholarly … Continue reading

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“As seen on TV” can be false advertising if seller hasn’t been seen on TV

E. Mishan & Sons, Inc. v. Smart & Eazy Corp., 2018 WL 6528496, No. 18 Civ. 3217 (PAE) (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 12, 2018) Plaintiff Emson sued defendants Masterpan and S&E for false advertising.  The parties compete to sell pots and pans.  … Continue reading

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