Category Archives: first amendment

BBB claims about its own ratings process not protected by First Amendment

Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc. v. Better Business Bureau of Palm Beach County, Inc., No. 4D13-3916 (Fla. Ct. App. June 3, 2015) Expect more detailed analysis from Ann Lipton soon.   CC received an F grade from BBB and sued for … Continue reading

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Reading list: Christine Jolls on visual disclosures

Christine Jolls, Debiasing Through Law and the First Amendment, 67 Stan. L. Rev. 1411 (2015): Law often compels the disclosure of information in particular—and, increasingly today, in visual—forms. Some judges conclude that such modern disclosure requirements break with the First … Continue reading

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Can you patent the Barbra Streisand effect?

Lawyer sues EFF over its stupid patent of the month award.

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I intervene in SanMedica v. Amazon to disclose clickthroughs

Kind of a busy day.  With the invaluable help of Public Citizen, I filed a motion to intervene and unseal in the SanMedica case, in which the court redacted the number of clickthroughs received by Amazon as a result of its … Continue reading

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4th Circuit adopts Rogers, lifts injunction against disparaging reference to NAACP

Radiance Foundation, Inc. v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, No. 14-1568 (4th Cir. May 19, 2015)   The Radiance Foundation published an article online entitled “NAACP: National Association for the Abortion of Colored People” that criticized the … Continue reading

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Garcia v. Google reversed; many sigh in relief

Garcia v. Google, Inc., No. 12-57302, — F.3d – (9th Cir. May 18, 2105) (en banc)   Judge McKeown wrote the majority opinion. Garcia was fooled into taking part in a movie that turned out to be the awful Innocence … Continue reading

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NPR on The Slants, with appearance by me

Link to the show is here.

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District court largely upholds mandatory GE disclosures

Grocery Manufacturers Assoc. v. Sorrell, 2015 WL 1931142, No. 5:14–cv–117 (D. Vt. Apr. 27, 2015)   Relax, we’ll be here for a while.   Vermont passed a law, Act 120, requiring that manufacturers and retailers identify whether raw and processed … Continue reading

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2(a) avoids First Amendment challenge, for now

In re Tam, — F.3d –,  No. 2014-1203 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 20, 2015)   The Federal Circuit affirmed the refusal to register THE SLANTS for entertainment (a band) because it was disparaging, with “additional views” from one judge suggesting that … Continue reading

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ANA conference: native advertising

The Natives Are Restless: Legal Perspectives On Native Advertising   John P. Feldman, Partner, Reed Smith LLP: ads have been considered deceptive for not disclosing they are ads/source.  Native ads = sponsored content formatted to fit seamlessly into modern media. … Continue reading

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