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low-quality lead generation leads to deceptive marketing claims

In re HomeAdvisor, Inc. Litig., No. 16-cv-01849-PAB-KLM, 2020 WL 5798515 (D. Colo. Sept. 29, 2020) HomeAdvisor “is an online marketplace that helps connect persons providing home improvement services, i.e., home service professionals (‘HSPs’), with homeowners in need of such services.” … Continue reading

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Georgia Supreme Court revives some false advertising claims against sperm bank

Norman v. Xytex Corp., — S.E.2d —-, 2020 WL 5752325, S19G1486 (Ga. Sept. 28, 2020) Reversing the court of appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court allows plaintiffs to bring false advertising claims against a sperm bank that supplied allegedly falsely advertised … Continue reading

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inability to rely on claims provides standing to seek injunctive relief in 9th Circuit

Milan v. Clif Bar & Co., 2020 WL 5760450, No. 18-cv-02354-JD (N.D. Cal. Sept. 28, 2020) Plaintiffs brought the usual California claims against the “health and wellness message[s]” on defendant Clif Bar & Company’s “Kid Zbars” and “ ‘Classic’ Clif … Continue reading

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it’s difficult to show injury from false patent marking

John Bean Technologies Corporation v. Morris & Associates, Inc., 2020 WL 5666898, — Fed.Appx. —-, 2020-1035, 2020-1081 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 24, 2020) District court ruling that false patent marking doesn’t presumptively cause injury even in a two-player market discussed here. … Continue reading

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mistaken exclusion of materiality survey leads to remand in false advertising case

Wing Enters., Inc. v. Tricam Indus., Inc., — Fed.Appx. —-, 2020 WL 5739718, 2019-2279 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 25, 2020) A remand because the district court wrongly excluded one survey in this false advertising case (though didn’t abuse its discretion in … Continue reading

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impersonating company to solicit intimate images for private use isn’t TM infringement/false advertising

AdoreMe, Inc. v. Watson, 2020 WL 5769083, No. CV 19-8830 FMO (AGRx) (C.D. Cal. Jul. 14, 2020) A fundamentally commercial cause of action can be a bad tool to address even bad noncommercial behavior. AdoreMe sued Watson for trademark infringement … Continue reading

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restitution unavailable in fed ct when damages are adequate, no matter what Cal state cts say

Sonner v. Premier Nutrition Corp., 971 F.3d 834 (9th Cir. 2020) In this amended opinion (original summarized here), the court elaborates on its reasoning that Sonner couldn’t abandon her damages claim on the eve of trial in this false advertising … Continue reading

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“upcycling” isn’t infringement/counterfeiting when full disclosure is present

Hamilton International Ltd. v. Vortic LLC, No. 17-CV-5575 (AJN)(OTW) (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 11, 2020) Champion Spark Plug still matters sometimes! Hamilton, a Swiss watchmaker, sued Vortic for making watches incorporating vintage Hamilton parts, alleging that this constituted trademark infringement, counterfeiting, dilution, … Continue reading

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court refuses to dismiss TM claims against NRA’s former PR agency

National Rifle Ass’n v. Ackerman McQueen, Inc., 2020 WL 5526548, No. 19-CV-2074-G (N.D. Tex. Sept. 14, 2020) The NRA sued AMc, an advertising and PR agency, for various claims arising from the parties’ now-terminated relationship and Ackerman’s statements about the … Continue reading

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Second Circuit affirms flushable wipes damages class certification, disallows injunctive class

Kurtz v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, 818 Fed.Appx. 57, Nos. 17-1856-cv, 17-1858-cv (2d Cir. Jun. 26, 2020) This is a “flushable” wipes consumer protection class action. The district court previously certified damages and injunctive relief classes. On appeal, the Second Circuit … Continue reading

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