Category Archives: secondary liability

11th Circuit recognizes contributory false advertising theory

Duty Free Americas, Inc. v. Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., — F.3d —- (2015), 2015 WL 4709573, No. 14–11853 (11th Cir. Aug. 7, 2015)   Plaintiff DFA operates duty free stores in many international airports nationwide.  It sued Estée Lauder, arguing … Continue reading

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ISHTIP at Penn, Part 5

Session 3 | Marianne Dahlén (Uppsala University, Sweden), Moderator   Design and Copyright: An Open Question? Stina Teilmann-Lock (University of Southern Denmark) Commentator | Jessica Silbey (Northeastern University)   Openness in the law for fair followers?  Design in law in … Continue reading

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Click click boom: affiliate marketing network liable for affiliates’ false advertising

FTC v. LeanSpa, LLC, No. 11-CV-1715 (D. Conn. Mar. 5, 2015)   The FTC challenged the use of fake news (and no, they don’t mean The Daily Show) to sell LeanSpa’s weight-loss and colon-cleanse products online. LeanSpa sold its products … Continue reading

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court declines to dismiss hashtag infringement claim

Fraternity Collection, LLC v. Fargnoli, 2015 WL 1486375, No. 3:13–CV–664 (S.D. Miss. Mar. 31, 2015)   Fraternity Collection designs and sells shirt, including the “Pocket Shirt,” a custom article of clothing in which customers pick a particular style of shirt … Continue reading

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Reading list: Campbell at 21/Sony at 31

Jessica Litman, Campbell at 21/Sony at 31. As you’d expect, insightful and a pleasure to read. Extracts:   When copyright lawyers gather to discuss fair use these days, the most common refrain is its alarming expansion. This distress about fair … Continue reading

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selling a book without authorization doesn’t violate Lanham Act

Smith v., LLC, No. 1:12-cv-04374, 2014 BL 263099 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 23, 2014) Smith wrote a book, Hardscrabble. He contracted with Smashwords, an online ebook distributor, to sell his book. Smashwords distributed Smith’s book to its retail partners, including B&N, … Continue reading

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serial infringement may justify liability under Tiffany v. eBay

Mori Lee, LLC v. Sears Holdings Corp., 2014 WL 4680739, No. 13cv3656 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 8, 2014) Mori Lee, a dressmaker, sued Sears for trademark infringement and unfair competition.  In 2010, Sears opened an online marketplace at where third-party merchants … Continue reading

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