Category Archives: standing

B&N almost entirely off the hook for copying backpack design

Rubio v. Barnes & Noble, Inc., 2014 WL 6769150, No. 14–CV–6561 (S.D.N.Y Nov. 11, 2014) Rubio sued her alma mater, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Barnes & Noble, Inc. for copying her original drawing of a backpack, producing … Continue reading

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unauthorized photo use doesn’t create false advertising claim for photo owners

Avalos v. IAC/Interactive Corp., No. 13-CV-8351 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 30, 2014) Meltech, a web design and modeling company, sued defendants for allegedly unauthorized use of photos of models in fake online dating profiles on dating sites (e.g.,,, and  … Continue reading

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Allegedly false inventorship/ownership claim could be false advertising

Parallel Synthesis Technologies, Inc. v. DeRisi, 2014 WL 4748611, No. 5:13-cv-05968 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 23, 2014) (magistrate judge) Plaintiff Parallel, allegedly “seduced by the potential for a long-term partnership,” shared its proprietary Parallume assay with DeRisi, a professor of biochemistry … Continue reading

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SCIPR: false advertising

Lexmark Int’l v. Static Control Components (Standard for determining standing for false advertising claim under the Lanham Act.) POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola (Standing under the Lanham Act to challenge food or beverage label as false or misleading though regulated by … Continue reading

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"German Quality" could mislead as to German origin

Marty v. Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC, — F. Supp. 2d —-, 2014 WL 4388415, No. 13–23656 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 5, 2014) (magistrate judge) AB brews Beck’s Beer, which originated from and was brewed in Germany from 1873 until 2012 when AB … Continue reading

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Business consumer can’t bring Lanham Act claim after Lexmark

Locus Telecommunications, Inc. v. Talk Global, LLC, No. 14–1205, 2014 WL 4271635 (D.N.J. Aug. 28, 2014) Defendant Expansys allegedly made a false statement on a website promoting its product, personal identification numbers (“PINs”) used to add minutes to prepaid cell … Continue reading

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Distributor can be sued for direct false advertising under Lexmark

Toddy Gear, Inc. v. Navarre Corp., 2014 WL 4271631,  No. 13 CV 8703 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 26, 2014) Toddy Gear makes the Toddy Smart Cloth, “a double-sided microfiber cloth with an antimicrobial coating crafted for scratch-free cleaning of extremely sensitive … Continue reading

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