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Honey Badger don’t care for different reasons: court fixes artistic relevance but still doubles down on transformativeness

Gordon v. Drape Creative, Inc., No. 16-56715 (9th Cir. Nov. 20, 2018) Previous opinion discussed here; amicus brief that may have influenced the court to withdraw that opinion and put out a superseding one here. The court found a triable … Continue reading

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Twitter’s promise of free speech isn’t false advertising just because it suspends abusive users

Kimbrell v. Twitter Inc., 2018 WL 6025609, No. 18-cv-04144-PJH (N.D. Cal. Nov. 16, 2018) Kimbrell alleged that “Twitter employs twitter trolls who are responsible for goading Twitter users who support President Donald Trump into engaging in purportedly abusive conduct, which … Continue reading

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This is personal: Diet Coke obesity suit dismissed even after repleading

Geffner v. Coca-Cola Co., 2018 WL 6039325, No. 17 Civ. 7952 (LLS) (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 31, 2018) Plaintiffs alleged that, by marketing Diet Coke as “diet,” Coca-Cola misleads consumers into believing that drinking Diet Coke will assist in weight loss or … Continue reading

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Pipe down: court awards minimal disgorgement where willful falsity was limited in time

Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC v. Coast Building & Plumbing, Inc., 2018 WL 6012219, No. 13-cv-00499-JDE (C.D. Cal. Nov. 16, 2018) The parties (defendant will be called PRPI) compete for pipe restoration work involving the use of epoxy in small diameter, … Continue reading

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Bringing a false advertising claim with unclean hands leads to fee award

Certified Nutraceuticals, Inc. v. Avicenna Nutraceutical, LLC, 2018 WL 5840042, No. 16-cv-02810-BEN-BGS (S.D. Cal. Nov. 7, 2018) The court awarded roughly $170,000 in fees in this Lanham Act false advertising case because the plaintiff engaged in the same conduct (falsely … Continue reading

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literal falsity still needs to be material, and court wants a survey or other direct evidence thereof

LivePerson, Inc. v. [24]7.AI, Inc., 2018 WL 5849025, No. 17-cv-01268-JST (N.D. Cal. Oct. 26, 2018) LivePerson “provides online chat engagement services through a digital platform that it sells to website operators.” That is, it helps websites provide real-time text-based communications … Continue reading

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False patent marking claim fails in cannabis case despite clear falsity/motive to crush competition: mostly it didn’t work

Kremerman v. Open Source Steel, LLC, 2018 WL 5785441, No. C17-953-BAT (W.D. Wash. Nov. 5, 2018) This case involved cannabis distillation equipment. Kremerman sued OSS for design patent and trade dress infringement and related claims. OSS counterclaimed for false patent … Continue reading

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