Category Archives: preemption

IPSC: Other IP

Other IP  [Insert wry commentary about “fringe” fields like advertising law]   Sarah Burstein, The University of Oklahoma College of Law Reviving Ornamentality    Fed. Cir. killed the doctrine.  Statute says new, original, and ornamental designs can get a design … Continue reading

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What claims work when D allegedly drives P down in Google rank through copying?

Ryoo Dental, Inc. v. Han, 2015 WL 4208580, No. 15–308 (C.D. Cal. Jul. 9, 2015)   Ryoo Dental, a dental practice, had a website to promote its services, and allegedly spent considerable sums on “search engine optimization fees, photographing, editing, … Continue reading

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False claims of FDA approval actionable under Lanham Act and state law

Innovative Health Solutions, Inc. v. DyAnsys, Inc., 2015 WL 2398931, No. 14-cv-05207 (N.D. Cal. May 19, 2015)   IHS sells a medical device called P–STIM.  DyAnsys used to be the distributor of P-STIM in the US, but after it lost … Continue reading

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FDA pre-approval doesn’t bar Lanham Act false advertising claim against device

Church & Dwight Co. v. SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics, GMBH, No. 14 Civ. 00585, 2015 WL 2359467 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 24, 2015)   Earlier discussion.  SPD argued that the FDCA barred Lanham Act false advertising claims against it because the FDA … Continue reading

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SDNY allows consumer "organic" claims to proceed

Segedie v. Hain Celestial Group, Inc., 2015 WL 2168374, No. 14–cv–5029 (S.D.N.Y. May 7, 2015)   Plaintiffs bought Earth’s Best food, body care, and home care products, and alleged that they were misleadingly labeled as “organic,” “natural,” or “all natural.”  … Continue reading

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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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8th Circuit dismisses right of publicity claim as copyright preempted

Ray v. ESPN, Inc., No. 14-2117 (8th Cir. Apr. 22, 2015)   Steve “Wild Thing” Ray wrestled professionally in the Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF) from 1990 to 1994. ESPN obtained films of his wrestling matches and re-telecast them without his … Continue reading

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