Monthly Archives: August 2021

Diamond hands: timeshare entity’s alleged misconduct towards consumers didn’t allow exit company to assert unclean hands

Diamond Resorts U.S. Collection Development, LLC v. Wesley Financial Group, LLC, No. 3:20-CV-251-DCLC-DCP, 2021 WL 3277260 (E.D. Tenn. Jul. 14, 2021) (R&R) In this timeshare v. timeshare exit company case, the judge recommended tossing the exit company’s unclean hands defense.  … Continue reading

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false association wasn’t plausible given clear comparative statements

Dynatemp Int’l, Inc. v. R421A, LLC, No. 5:20-CV-142-FL, 2021 WL 3284799 (E.D.N.C. Jul. 30, 2021) Dynatemp and another company sued defendants for false advertising and related claims; defendant RMS counterclaimed similarly. Notable holdings: RMS didn’t plausibly allege that plaintiffs falsely … Continue reading

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statements about legality of service were factual/falsifiable

Allied Servs., LLC v. Smash My Trash, LLC,  2021 WL 3354839, No. 21-cv-00249-SRB (W.D. Mo. Aug. 2, 2021) Allied, aka Republic, “provides waste and recycling services to business and residential customers in the Kansas City metropolitan area.” It supplies dumpsters … Continue reading

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affiliation claim true when sent out to consumers can’t be false endorsement

Klayman v. Judicial Watch, Inc., — F.4th —-, 2021 WL 3233953, No. 19-7105 (D.C. Cir. 2021) Larry Klayman founded and ran the conservative activist group Judicial Watch, but the relationship ended badly in 2003. “During the fifteen years of ensuing … Continue reading

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Cal. statutory false advertising isn’t fraud and individual reliance isn’t necessary

Peviani v. Arbors at California Oaks Property Owner, LLC, 2021 WL 1264423, E073950, — Cal.Rptr.3d —- (Ct. App. 2021) Plaintiffs sought to represent a putative class, bringing claims against a landlord for (1) false advertising; (2) breach of the implied … Continue reading

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false designation claim doesn’t require distinctiveness, court wrongly holds

Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. v. MiTek Inc., 2021 WL 1253803, No. 20-cv-06957-VKD (N.D. Cal. Apr. 5, 2021) The plaintiff benefits from very generous treatment of its false designation and copyright claims, in the process stripping false designation of anything other … Continue reading

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pharma database isn’t commercial speech about listed products

Alfasigma USA, Inc. v. First Databank, Inc., 2021 WL 930453, No. 18-cv-06924-HSG (N.D. Cal. Mar. 11, 2021) Previous opinion. Alfasigma makes medical foods, which are allegedly not properly described as OTC. It sued First Databank for coding implemented in the … Continue reading

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“implied gov’t approval” claims don’t work

ImPACT Applications, Inc. v. Concussion Management, LLC, 2021 WL 978823, No. GJH-19-3108 (D. Md. Mar. 16, 2021) ImPACT provides training and software, including a proprietary evaluation system. Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing “provides a neurocognitive test battery that offers … Continue reading

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“non-toxic” plausibly means “not harmful to people, animals, or environment”

In re S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Windex Non-Toxic Litig., 2021 WL 3191733, No. 20-cv-03184-HSG (N.D. Cal. Jul. 28, 2021) Plaintiffs alleged that SCJ used false and misleading labels that certain of its Windex products have a “non-toxic formula.” The … Continue reading

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slack fill can be misleading despite numbers on box

Maisel v. Tootsie Roll Indus., LLC, 2021 WL 3185443, No. 20-cv-05204-SK (N.D. Cal. Jul. 27, 2021) Courts have divided on the reasonability of being deceived by alleged slack-fill violations when box contents/weight are clearly marked. This court sided with the … Continue reading

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