Monthly Archives: August 2019

first sale doesn’t cover hardware w/embedded licensed software, but maybe Cisco misrepresented whether a license existed

Cisco Systems, Inc. v. Beccela’s Etc., LLC, 2019 WL 3944986, No. 18-cv-00477-BLF (N.D. Cal. Aug. 21, 2019) Cisco offers various supports for its networking products, including a warranty program (from 90 days to lifetime) and a “more comprehensive suite of … Continue reading

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proof of lost market share needs something extra to be irreparable harm

BioTE Medical, LLC v. Jacobsen, 2019 WL 3943166, No. 18-cv-866 (E.D. Tex. Aug. 21, 2019) “BioTE provides hormone replacement therapy … through a method called Pellet Therapy,” using an allegedly custom and proprietary formula using “bio-identical and natural ingredients that … Continue reading

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District court makes up a new, worse test for TM claims against noncommercial speech

Stouffer v. Nat’l Geographic Partners, LLC, 2019 WL 3935180, No. 18-cv-3127-WJM-SKC (D. Colo. Aug. 20, 2019) Stouffer, who (with his coplaintiff production company and his brother, who is not a plaintiff) produced the Wild America nature documentary series, sued National … Continue reading

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self-granted star ratings were textbook puffery where claimed features were general

Knowles v. Arris International PLC, No. 17-CV-01834-LHK, 2019 WL 3934781 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 20, 2019) Plaintiffs brought a class action based on Arris’s alleged failure to disclose defects with its SB6190 cable modem. After the court certified a California class, … Continue reading

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timeshare company adequately pleads case against timeshare exit promoter

Wyndham Vacation Ownership v. Reed Hein & Assoc., LLC, No. 18-cv-02171-GAP-DCI, 2019 WL 3934468 (M.D. Fla. Aug. 20, 2019) This is another lawsuit over timeshare exit companies’ allegedly false advertising of the ease of exiting a timeshare. Defendant TET allegedly … Continue reading

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failure to disprove other possible sources of sales defeats irreparable harm in false ad/patent case

Citrix Systems, Inc. v. Workspot, Inc., 2019 WL 3858602, No. 18-588-LPS (D. Del. Aug. 16, 2019) Citrix sued Workspot for patent infringement as well as false advertising/unfair competition under the Lanham Act, the Delaware Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and common … Continue reading

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Weight Watchers competitor wins dismissal of TM claims over “millennials are calling [it] Weight Watchers 2.0” ad

Weight Watchers Int’l, Inc. v. Noom, Inc., 2019 WL 3890139, No. 18-cv-9637 (PKC) (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 19, 2019) Noom markets “weight-loss services based on nutrition and lifestyle advice dispensed through a mobile app.” It ran some ads that mentioned Weight Watchers. … Continue reading

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