Monthly Archives: February 2020

They chose unwisely: court blows another hole in Rogers by refusing to say that explicit means explicit

Chooseco LLC v. Netflix, Inc., No. 2:19-cv-08 (D. Vt. Feb. 11, 2020) Explicit doesn’t mean explicit in yet another sign of the pressure the Rogers test is under.  Chooseco sued Netflix for infringement (etc.) of its rights in Choose Your … Continue reading

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Even in default, damages must still be shown

NITV Fed. Servs., LLC v. Dektor Corp., 2019 WL 7899731 No. 18-80994-Civ-Brannon (S.D. Fla. Dec. 16, 2019) This is a default judgment, but it still has interesting bits. The parties compete to sell truth verification technology, which will become ironic. … Continue reading

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No Lanham Act causation in another timeshare exit case

Westgate Resorts, Ltd. v. Reed Hein & Assoc., LLC, 2020 WL 674108, No: 6:18-cv-1088-Orl-31DCI (M.D. Fla. Feb. 11, 2020) Yay, another time share exit opinion. As relevant here, the court rejected the timeshare company’s Lanham Act claim because the allegedly … Continue reading

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“Kids” in product name represents that product is safe for children to use

Mirza v. Ignite USA, LLC, 2020 WL 704791, No. 19 C 5836 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 12, 2020) Ignite sells reusable beverage containers, coffee mugs, water bottles, and kids’ cups under the Contigo brand name. Plaintiffs bought Contigo Kids Cleanable Water … Continue reading

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false advertising as compulsory counterclaim

Creative Impact Inc. v. MGA Entertainment, Inc., 2019 WL 7906430, No. CV 19-07009 AG (ASx) (C.D. Cal. Nov. 4, 2019) The parties compete in the toy business. Creative Impact makes 5 Surprise, while MGA makes a similar toy called L.O.L. … Continue reading

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when you buy a business whose mark is the owner’s photo, make sure you get all the rights

Minott v. Wichita Water Conditioning, Inc., No. 18-cv-01656-MSK-SKC, 2020 WL 616359 (D. Colo. Feb. 7, 2020) Minott used to own Fluid, which operated a water conditioning business under the trade name Chuck, The Water Man. Fluid made extensive use of … Continue reading

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DMCA at 22: my notes from the Senate hearing

Senate Judiciary Committee, Intellectual Property Subcommittee, The Digital Millennium Copyright Act at 22: What is it, why was it enacted, and where are we now (archived video; apparently you have to wait 13 minutes before the hearing actually starts, though) … Continue reading

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