Category Archives: preemption

Wannabe competitor lacks standing to challenge false advertising

Maine Springs, LLC v. Nestlé Waters North America, Inc., 2015 WL 1241571, No. 2:14–cv–00321 (D. Me. Mar. 18, 2015)   Maine Springs was founded seven years ago to start a bottled water operation in Poland Spring, Maine. Maine Springs owned … Continue reading

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post-POM claim based on false implication of FDA approval survives

Par Sterile Products, LLC v. Fresenius Kabi USA LLC, 2015 WL 1263041, No. 14 C 3349 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 17, 2015)   Par’s vasopressin injection product, Vasostrict, is a FDA-approved pharmaceutical. Fresenius’s vasopressin injection product is not.  Vasopressin is a … Continue reading

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Amicus brief in Dryer v. NFL

Mark McKenna and I drafted a law professors’ amicus in Dryer v. NFL, a right of publicity case now on appeal in the 8th Circuit. We argued for a strong First Amendment standard for non-advertising speech as well as for … Continue reading

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9th Circuit reverses preemption finding in consumer protection case

Reid v. Johnson & Johnson, 2015 WL 1089583, No. 12–56726, — F.3d – (9th Cir. Mar. 13, 2015)   Reid sued defendants (here J&J) based on claims about Benecol, a vegetable oil-based spread sold as a healthy substitute for butter … Continue reading

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Copyright preemption bars athletes’ right of publicity claims against photo sales

Maloney v. T3Media, Inc., No. 14-cv-05048 (C.D. Cal. Mar. 6, 2015)   Plaintiffs, members of the Catholic University basketball team from 1997 until 2001, sued T3, which provides cloud-based storage, hosting and licensing services for digital content uploaded by third-parties. … Continue reading

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Third Circuit affirms competitor’s victory in college course copying case

CollegeSource, Inc. v. AcademyOne, Inc., — Fed.Appx. —-, 2015 WL 469041, No. 12–4167 (3d Cir. Feb. 5, 2015)   CS and A1 compete in the market for college credit-transfer information. CS alleged that A1 misappropriated the contents of CS’s main … Continue reading

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False advertising claims over music licensing survive

Tresóna Multimedia LLC v. Legg, 2015 WL 470228, No. CV–14–02141 (D. Az. Feb. 4, 2015) Tresóna is a music copyright licensing company that sells custom arrangement licenses for particular pieces of music, allowing the purchaser to arrange a piece of … Continue reading

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New article: images and the right of publicity

Rebecca Tushnet, A Mask that Eats into the Face: Images and the Right of Publicity (38 Columbia J.L. & Arts, forthcoming 2015)   Abstract: In their eagerness to reward celebrities for the power of their “images,” and to prevent other … Continue reading

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Soul survivor: publicity and TM claims against recorded performance fail

Cummings v. Soul Train Holdings LLC, 2014 WL 7008952, No. 14 Civ. 36 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 12, 2014) This right of publicity/trademark case based on use of recorded performances to which the plaintiff didn’t own the copyright could’ve gone a lot … Continue reading

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Consumer suit against juice name preempted

Bell v. Campbell Soup Co.,  No. 4:14cv291, 2014 WL 6997611 (N.D. Fla. Dec. 11, 2014) The facts are essentially the same as in Pom Wonderful v. Coca-Cola, but the result is that only competitors, not consumers, can sue for false … Continue reading

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