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reasonable consumer wouldn’t expect advertised in-person classes in pandemic (but contract claims survive)

Ford v. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, No. 20-CV-470, 2020 WL 7389155 (N.D.N.Y. Dec. 16, 2020) This is a putative class action against RPI for breach of contract, false advertising, and related claims based on the mid-semester pandemic shutdown of early 2020. … Continue reading

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fake “independent” review sites support claims against underlying advertiser & website operator

Beyond 79, LLC v. Express Gold Cash, Inc., 2020 WL 7352545, No. 19-cv-06181 EAW (W.D.N.Y. Dec. 15, 2020) Previous discussion. Beyond 79, which buys precious metal etc. online under names including SellYourGold.com, sued a bunch of defendants for false advertising … Continue reading

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What Dastar took, does 1202 give back?

Another older case found in my year-end roundup. Pilla v. Gilat, 2020 WL 1309086, No. 19-CV-2255 (KMK) (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 19, 2020) Pilla provides “professional architectural services to various construction projects.” Defendants own a “luxury construction project” at 324–326 West 108th … Continue reading

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copyright in model codes after Georgia v. PublicResource.Org

Older case, but worth working through! International Code Council, Inc. v. UpCodes, Inc., 2020 WL 2750636 (S.D.N.Y. May 26, 2020) ICC claimed that defendants infringed its copyrights in forty model building codes (I-Codes) by posting them and derivative works on … Continue reading

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100% good news: 7th Cir. reverses “100% grated parmesan cheese” dismissal

Bell v. Publix Super Markets, Inc., 2020 WL 7137786, — F.3d –, Nos. 19-2581, 19-2741 (7th Cir. Dec. 7, 2020) Note: Then-Circuit Judge Barrett was a member of the panel when this case was submitted but did not participate in … Continue reading

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Penn. dilution is broader than federal dilution; former licensee might not own marks despite its registrations

I.M. Wilson, Inc. v. Otvetstvennostyou “Grichko,” No. 18-5194, 2020 WL 6731109 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 13, 2020) The OG parties are Russian and Czech entities that manufacture and sell ballet and pointe shoes under the name GRISHKO. In the early 1990s, … Continue reading

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intentional misleadingness obviates need for deception evidence

Aoki v. Gilbert, 2020 WL 6741693, No. 11-cv-02797-TLN-CKD (E.D. Cal. Nov. 17, 2020) The court explains: “Put most succinctly, at trial Plaintiffs contended Defendants infringed Dr. Aoki’s patents for his pulsed insulin diabetes treatment method; infringed Dr. Aoki’s copyrighted slides; … Continue reading

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Copyright year in review

I had a great time presenting this to the Copyright Society of Los Angeles. My slides. This is going to be an opinionated overview; I know you’re an expert audience and I’m going to try to highlight developments you may … Continue reading

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Pirate donut’s TM claim against Dunkin X’ed out

Grazette v. Bitcoin of America, LLC, 2020 WL 6789352, No. 19-CV-4837 (MKB) (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2020) Despite the main name here, the question presented is whether the design on a gift card sold by Dunkin’ Donuts “counterfeit[s]” the trademarked logo … Continue reading

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advertising injury insurance covers false advertising/patent case despite exclusions

In re Indian Harbor Ins. Co. v. SharkNinja Operating LLC, No. N20C-02-014 PRW CCLD (Del. Super. Ct. Nov. 19, 2020) Indian Harbor provided SharkNinja with personal and advertising injury insurance; it was sued for false advertising and patent infringement by … Continue reading

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