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restitution unavailable in fed ct if damages are adequate, even for Cal. state law claims

Sonner v. Premier Nutrition Corporation, — F.3d —-, 2020 WL 3263043, No. 18-15890 (9th Cir. Jun. 17, 2020)  The court explains:  On the brink of trial after more than four years of litigation [over allegedly false advertising of “Joint Juice”], … Continue reading

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Amicus in Lettuce Turnip the Beet

With the much-valued assistance of Venkat Balasubramani, Mark McKenna & I have put together a law professors’ brief in the LTTB case, which raises important issues about the scope of a trademark registration and aesthetic functionality.  Read it here. from … Continue reading

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Copyright Society panel on fair use (Warhol, Seuss, Oracle)

CSUSA Fair Use panel Jennifer Pariser, MPA Joseph Salvo, Sesame Workshop Rebecca Tushnet II.  Discussion of Three Notable Fair Use Cases Currently on Appeal A.    Dr. Seuss Enterprises v. ComicMix, 372 F. Supp. 3d 1101 (S.D. Cal. 2019)Q&A:            The MPA … Continue reading

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Copyright Society panel on fair use (Warhol, Seuss, Oracle)

CSUSA Fair Use panel Jennifer Pariser, MPA Joseph Salvo, Sesame Workshop Rebecca Tushnet II.  Discussion of Three Notable Fair Use Cases Currently on Appeal A.    Dr. Seuss Enterprises v. ComicMix, 372 F. Supp. 3d 1101 (S.D. Cal. 2019)Q&A:            The MPA … Continue reading

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TGI Fridays Potato Skins Snacks may deceive as to potato skin presence, but TGIF isn’t liable

Troncoso v. TGI Friday’s Inc., 2020 WL 3051020 (S.D.N.Y. Jun. 8, 2020)  Troncoso purchased a bag of snack chips labeled “TGI Fridays Potato Skins Snacks,” mistakenly believing the chips to contain real potato skins given that the restaurant chain TGI … Continue reading

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misrepresentation of origin was not material and thus not false advertising

Boshnack v. Widow Jane Distilleries LLC, 2020 WL 3000358, No. 19cv8812 (DLC) (S.D.N.Y. Jun. 4, 2020)  In trademark cases, courts don’t require any materiality showing. That matters. Materiality here defeats the only plausibly pled falsities about Widow Jane’s whiskey, which … Continue reading

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NOCI to eBay protected against tortious interference claim by Noerr-Pennington, but defamation survives

Verbena Products LLC v. Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique USA, Inc., 2020 WL 2988587, No. 19-23616-Civ-Scola (S.D. Fla. Feb. 28, 2020)  Verbena (aka Beautyvice) sells cosmetic and beauty care products on eBay. Defendant Yellow Brand “is a leading global provider of online … Continue reading

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Rule 9(b) applies to false advertising Lanham Act claims against SmileDirect

Ciccio v. SmileDirectClub, LLC, 2020 WL 2850146, No. 19-cv-00845 (M.D. Tenn. Jun. 2, 2020) SmileDirect sells plastic aligners for orthodontic use. Its SmileDirect program uses teledentistry as an alternative to conventional orthodontic care. The American Dental Association filed a complaint … Continue reading

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overstatement of claims in patent case/potential customer liability could be false advertising

Shure Inc. v. ClearOne, Inc., 2020 WL 2839294, No. 19-1343-RGA-CJB (D. Del. Jun. 1, 2020) (magistrate R&R)  Skipping substantive design patent stuff (sorry, Sarah Burstein). The parties compete in the installed audio-conferencing market and have a history of litigation, including … Continue reading

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Just stocking a falsely advertised product isn’t enough for contributory liability

In re Outlaw Laboratory, LLP, 2020 WL 2797425, No. 18-CV-0840-GPC (S.D. Cal. May 29, 2020)  Plaintiff makes male enhancement products, allegedly in compliance with the DHSEA. It sued 51 convenience and liquor stores in the San Diego, California area; 23 … Continue reading

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