Category Archives: tortious interference

Insurance misrepresentations could ground claims against Uber/Lyft

Greater Houston Transportation Co. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., 2015 WL 1034254, No. 4:14–0941 (S.D. Tex. Mar. 10, 2015)   Taxi permit holders in Houston and San Antonio sued Uber and Lyft for tortious interference with business relations, unfair competition, and … Continue reading

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Allegations of fake independent reviews state false advertising claim

Swiss America Trading Corp. v. Regal Assets, LLC, 2015 WL 631569, No. CV 14–04960 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 13, 2015)   Swiss competes with Regal to sell precious metals.  The parties promote themselves online and rely on internet reviews and recommendations.  … Continue reading

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Another keyword defendant victory, among other tort claims

M-Edge Accessories LLC v. Amazon.com Inc., 2015 WL 403164,  No. MJG–11–3332 (D. Md. Jan. 29, 2015)   M-Edge started selling Kindle accessories soon after the Kindle was released. The parties’ relationship began well, but began to sour by 2011. M-Edge … Continue reading

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Dastar-barred claim survives both as false advertising and false designation

Advanced Fluid Systems, Inc. v. Huber, 28 F. Supp. 3d 306 (M.D. Pa. 2014)   AFS sued Huber for violations of the Lanham Act, the CFAA, the Pennsylvania Uniform Trade Secrets Act, and various common law claims.  AFS designs and … Continue reading

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Passing off claim is subject to Rule 9(b) but passes

Medscript Pharmacy, LLC v.My Script, LLC, LLC, No. 14 C 0469, 2015 WL 149062 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 12, 2015)   The complaint alleged that Medscript was a Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) certified compounding pharmacy, while defendants are compounding … Continue reading

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Accusation of "instability" actionable but use of generic term isn’t confusing

EndoSurg Medical, Inc. v. EndoMaster Medical, Inc., No. GJH–14–2827, 2014 WL 7336691 (D. Md. Dec. 19, 2014)   Plaintiff EndoSurg makes endoscope replacement components, and plaintiff EndoCure makes custom rigid and small diameter flexible endoscopes.  (Endoscopic surgery requires inserting an … Continue reading

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Paid spokesperson engaged in "advertising or promotion" for Lanham Act purposes

Underground Solutions, Inc. v. Palermo, 2014 WL 4703925, No. 13 C 8407  (N.D. Ill. Sept. 22, 2014)   UGSI sued Palermo for trade libel, interference with prospective economic advantage, interference with contract, false advertising under the Lanham Act, and violation … Continue reading

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