Monthly Archives: April 2019

alcohol beverage maker has standing b/c D’s non-alcoholic label plausibly attracts alcohol drinkers too

Tortilla Factory, LLC v. Makana Beverages, Inc., No. CV 18-2981-MWF (PLAx), 2018 WL 8130609 (C.D. Cal. Nov. 14, 2018) Tortilla Factory makes kombucha beverages under the brand name “Kombucha Dog.” Makana also makes kombucha drinks. Kombucha is “a fermented beverage … Continue reading

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antitrust/false advertising claims against Keurig’s K-Cup conduct survive

In re Keurig Green Mountain Single-Serve Coffee Antitrust Litig., 2019 WL 1789789, No. 14-MD-2542 (VSB) (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 22, 2019) Big antitrust litigation in which many claims survive; I’m only discussing the false advertising-relevant bits, but the basic antitrust claims under … Continue reading

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Instagram hashtags aren’t nominative fair use because they’re visible to consumers

Align Technol., Inc. v. Strauss Diamond Instruments, Inc., 2019 WL 1586776, No. 18-cv-06663-TSH (N.D. Cal. Apr. 12, 2019) Nominative fair use purports to be a test, but cases like this make me want to say that it’s a fairness judgment.  … Continue reading

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competitor has standing to challenge use of certification mark

Savvy Rest, Inc. v. Sleeping Organic, LLC, 2019 WL 1607585, No. 18CV00030 W.D. Va. Apr. 15, 2019) The parties compete in the market for mattresses and other bedding products. Savvy Rest alleged that Sleeping Organic violated the Lanham Act by … Continue reading

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“prevailing price” regs not unduly vague, but commercial speech doctrine may still defeat them

People v. Superior Court, — Cal.Rptr.3d —-, 2019 WL 1615288, No. B292416 (Ct. App. Apr. 16, 2019) The Los Angeles City Attorney asserted claims under California consumer protection law against the real parties in interest, including J.C. Penney, alleging that … Continue reading

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class action settlement can’t surrender state agency/CFPB’s rights to recover

Consumer Protection Division v. Linton, 2019 WL 1770524, No. 2609 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Apr. 22, 2019) The court explains: The class action settlement at issue here involves vulnerable people who were poisoned by lead in their homes. Before they … Continue reading

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CLRA redress offer requiring waiver of claims can’t defeat consumer’s right to sue

Valdez v. Seidner-Miller, Inc., 33 Cal.App.5th 600 (2019) Valdez alleged that Seidner violated the CLRA, the UCL, and Civil Code section 16321 (requiring translation of certain contracts), and committed fraud in connection with Seidner’s lease of a vehicle to Valdez … Continue reading

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