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(c) profits expert excluded for failure to tie profits to specific photos copied, instead of photos in general

Yellowpages Photos, Inc. v. YP, LLC, 2019 WL 6033084, No: 8:17-cv-764-T-36JSS (M.D. Fla. Nov. 14, 2019) YPPI sued YP alleging infringement of YPPI’s copyrights, and sought disgorgement of the profits derived therefrom. Its expert, Brown, was offered to opine on … Continue reading

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general allegations of harm to Legalforce from TM scammer sufficed for Lexmark standing

Legalforce RAPC Worldwide P.C. v. Glotrade, No. 19-CV-01538-LHK, 2019 WL 6036618 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 14, 2019) Legalforce “offers services including trademark preparation and prosecution, patent preparation and prosecution, copyright registration and counseling, international trademark and patent filings, and corporate formation … Continue reading

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More Kona coffee: false designation claims under 43(a)(1)(A), but not (B), can target retailers

Two more opinions here, one about the meaning of “origin” in 43(a)(1)(A) and one about the liability of retailers for false advertising and false designation of origin. Corker v. Costco Wholesale Corp., No. C19-0290RSL, 2019 WL 5895430 (W.D. Wash. Nov. … Continue reading

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Pot site’s negative report on CBD from hops wasn’t commercial speech

Peak Health Center v. Dorfman, 2019 WL 5893188, No. 19-cv-04145-VKD (N.D. Cal. Nov. 12, 2019) Peak allegedly sells plant-based pharmaceuticals and supplements, including an exclusive strain of Humulus yunnanensis, a hops plant, as a source of cannabidiol (CBD). This source … Continue reading

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right of publicity question of the day, RBG edition

Right of publicity question of the day: leopard print shirt made of Ruth Bader Ginsburg portraits. Discuss. from Blogger https://ift.tt/2XrPXHo

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Colorado labeling doesn’t dispel potential falsity of “Kona” for coffee

Corker v. Costco Wholesale Corp., 2019 WL 5887340, No. C19-0290RSL (W.D. Wash. Nov. 12, 2019) Plaintiffs, coffee farmers in the Kona District of the Big Island of Hawaii, alleged that defendant Boyer’s falsely designates the geographic origin of its coffee … Continue reading

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claims for ab exercise device going beyond FDA clearance are actionable

Loomis v. Slendertone Distrib., Inc., 2019 WL 5790136, No. 3:19-cv-854 – MMA (KSC) (S.D. Cal. Nov. 6, 2019) Loomis brought the usual California claims based on ads for the Flex Belt, a purported ab-exercise device. While denying standing for injunctive … Continue reading

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