Monthly Archives: April 2020

Reasonable restaurant consumers wouldn’t think “krab mix” had real crab in it

Kang v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc., No. CV 19-02252 PA (SPx), 2020 WL 2027596 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 9, 2020) Kang alleged that P.F. Chang’s “employed a classic bait and switch tactic whereby it falsely labeled and advertised food products … Continue reading

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Common sense can’t show materiality for damages purposes in Fifth Circuit

Illinois Tool Works, Inc. v. Rust-Oleum Corporation, — F.3d —-, No. 19-20210, 2020 WL 1808871 (5th Cir. Apr. 9, 2020) The Fifth Circuit continues on its crusade to prevent false advertising disgorgement from being awarded. [I guess it has worse … Continue reading

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11th Circuit protects (at least some) truthful references to product creation

Webster v. Dean Guitars, — F.3d —-, 2020 WL 1887783, No. 19-10013 (11th Cir. Apr. 16, 2020) Buddy Webster (pka Buddy Blaze), a successful guitar maker and technician, in the mid-1980s modified a Dean guitar and commissioned someone to paint … Continue reading

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reasonable consumers wouldn’t think Dunkin Donuts Angus Steak was intact piece of meat

Chen v. Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., No. 18-3087-cv, — F.3d —-, 2020 WL 1522826 (2d Cir. Mar. 31, 2020) Plaintiffs sued Dunkin for deceptively marketing the Angus Steak & Egg Breakfast Sandwich and the Angus Steak & Egg Wake-Up Wrap, alleging … Continue reading

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1201 claim to control device features survives

Philips North America, LLC v. v. Summit Imaging Inc., 2020 WL 1515624, No. C19-1745JLR (W.D. Wash. Mar. 30, 2020) But I was told that after Lexmark and Chamberlain, manufacturers weren’t using §1201 claims to control devices! The parties compete to … Continue reading

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Humvees in Call of Duty are constitutionally protected realism, not confusing/diluting

AM General LLC v. Activision Blizzard, Inc., No. 17 Civ. 8644 (GBD) (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2020) The district court allows Humvees to appear in realistic videogames by performing a full confusion analysis, despite purporting to follow Rogers v. Grimaldi. The … Continue reading

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Rogers continues to collapse into transformativeness in the Ninth Circuit: dog toy edition

VIP Products LLC v. Jack Daniel’s Properties, Inc., No. 18-16012 (9th Cir. Mar. 21, 2020) VIP Products sells the “Bad Spaniels Silly Squeaker” dog toy, which resembles a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey, but … Continue reading

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lawsuit against supplement for implying arthritis claims not preempted

Yamagata v. Reckitt Benckiser LLC, 2020 WL 1505724, No. 17-cv-03529-VC (N.D. Cal. Mar. 30, 2020) A very clear opinion. Yamagata challenged RB’s advertising for joint supplements under California and NY law. As the court explained: “If the boxes are best understood … Continue reading

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T-Mobile is plausibly liable for acts of explicitly authorized dealers

City of New York v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., 2020 WL 1498522, No. 451540/2019 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Mar. 23, 2020) The City of New York and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) sued T-Mobile, its subsidiary MetroPCS New … Continue reading

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A blueberry bagel that is mostly imitation blueberry is plausibly misleading

Izquierdo v. Panera Bread Co., No. 18-CV-12127 (VSB), 2020 WL 1503557 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 30, 2020) Panera sold a “blueberry bagel” that allegedly wasn’t.  [My father thinks that bagels with fruit etc. in them already aren’t bagels, but the allegation here … Continue reading

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