Category Archives: defamation

art collector lacks remedy against foundation’s claim of inauthenticity

Bilinski v. Keith Haring Foundation, Inc., 2015 WL 996423, No. 14cv1085 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 6, 2015)   Keith Haring was a “prolific artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s.”  Plaintiffs alleged … Continue reading

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Allegations of fake independent reviews state false advertising claim

Swiss America Trading Corp. v. Regal Assets, LLC, 2015 WL 631569, No. CV 14–04960 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 13, 2015)   Swiss competes with Regal to sell precious metals.  The parties promote themselves online and rely on internet reviews and recommendations.  … Continue reading

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Allegations of trademark "theft" falsifiable; other epithets puffery

Candyland, Inc. v. Cornfields, Inc., No. 14-3119 (D. Minn. Feb. 5, 2015)   Candyland, which sells popcorn, candy, and chocolate, sued Cornfields and Snyder’s Lance for trademark infringement and unfair competition based on their use of the mark Chicago Mix.  … Continue reading

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statements by competitors are not matters of public interest

Broadspring, Inc. v. Congoo, LLC, 2014 WL 7392905, No. 13–CV–1866 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 29, 2014)   As part of resolving various evidentiary issues before trial between these online advertising service competitors, the court gave guidance on some more general false advertising … Continue reading

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Stay away from Juliet: keyword infringement and dilution case continues

Romeo & Juliette Laser Hair Removal, Inc. v. Assara I, LLC, No. 08-CV-442, 2014 BL 263647 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 23, 2014) A keyword case gets past the pleading stage (though the worst part is the dilution ruling).  The parties compete in … Continue reading

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Paid spokesperson engaged in "advertising or promotion" for Lanham Act purposes

Underground Solutions, Inc. v. Palermo, 2014 WL 4703925, No. 13 C 8407  (N.D. Ill. Sept. 22, 2014)   UGSI sued Palermo for trade libel, interference with prospective economic advantage, interference with contract, false advertising under the Lanham Act, and violation … Continue reading

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overstating competitor’s relationship with FTC target could be defamatory

Broadspring, Inc. v. Congoo, LLC, 2014 WL 4100615, No. 13–CV–1866 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 20, 2014) (by my classmate, the Honorable Jesse Furman) “This is a lawsuit between bitter rivals in the online advertising industry.” Broadspring sued Congoo and two of its … Continue reading

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