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Timeshare case: proof of causation/damages is difficult especially w/o grasp of Bayesian probability

Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc. v. Sussman, 2021 WL 4948099, No. 6:18-cv-2171-GAP-DCI (M.D. Fla. Sept. 20, 2021) In this timeshare exit false advertising litigation, the court excludes Wyndham’s expert. Timeshare exit entities like defendant TET used “online advertising and oral sales … Continue reading

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Court rejects “buy button” false advertising claim because consumer hasn’t yet lost access to “purchased” content

Caudel v. Amazon.com, 2021 WL 4819602, No. 20-cv-00848-KJM-KJN (E.D. Cal. Oct. 15, 2021) Disagreeing with a case against Apple, the court here concludes that Amazon’s “buy” option that doesn’t give consumers ownership does not harm consumers who haven’t (yet) lost … Continue reading

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Puzzlingly calling a venue name a “title,” court nonetheless rejects claim against MTV show

MGFB Properties, Inc. v. ViacomCBS INC., 2021 WL 4843905, NO. 5:19cv257-RH-MJF (N.D. Fla. Sept. 22, 2021) The Flora-Bama lounge and entertainment complext is “regionally famous,” and MTV created a national TV series, MTV Floribama Shore. The district court granted summary … Continue reading

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“virologist developed” etc. plausibly implies disease prevention

Corbett v. PharmaCare U.S., Inc., 2021 WL 4866124, No. 21cv137-GPC(AGS) (S.D. Cal. Oct. 19, 2021) This is a putative class action for violations of consumer fraud statutes in the sale of Sambucol, a dietary supplement that contains a “proprietary extract” … Continue reading

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Tiffany blues

 Today’s swag for use in class, Stuart Semple’s Tiff (or is it Tiff—?): packaging from Blogger https://ift.tt/3vpXx6r

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Trump loses motion to dismiss Electric Avenue case on fair use grounds

Grant v. Trump, No. 20-cv-7103 (JGK) (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2021) Eddy Grant sued Trump and his campaign for retweeting a pro-Trump video that used Grant’s famous “Electric Avenue” without authorization. Although the motion to dismiss was far better argued than … Continue reading

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over dissent, 9th Cir. denies injury presumption to false advertising claimant

Quidel Corp. v. Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., 2021 WL 4622504, No. 20-55933, No. 3:16-cv-03059-BAS-AGS (9th Cir. Oct. 7, 2021) Quidel appealed the grant of summary judgment to Siemens on Quidel’s Lanham Act false advertising claims and related state claims. … Continue reading

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if it’s on the label, courts can presume consumers saw it

Bailey v. Rite Aid Corp., 2021 WL 4469638, No. 4:18-cv-06926 YGR (N.D. Cal. May 26, 2021) Rite Aid moved to reconsider a previous ruling denying a motion to dismiss Bailey’s claim against Rite Aid’s marketing of its over-the-counter acetaminophen gelcaps … Continue reading

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defendant moots claim by ending activity in a way that would require gov’t consent to restart

Snarr v. HRB Tax Gp., Inc., 2021 WL 4499416, No. 19-cv-03610-SK (N.D. Cal. Aug. 24, 2021) Snarr alleged that HRB violated the usual California statutes by creating a “bait and switch” program to lure customers into paying for defendants’ services … Continue reading

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challenging defendant’s clinical proof claim is falsity, not lack of substantiation

Woodard v. Labrada, 2021 WL 4499184, No. EDCV 16-189 JGB (SPx) (C.D. Cal. Aug. 31, 2021) Woodard brought the usual California claims and some others, including NY claims, against Labrada for its weight loss products. Some tidbits: Labrada argues that … Continue reading

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