Tag Archives: commercial speech

supplement guide isn’t “advertising or promotion” under the Lanham Act, even w/undisclosed affiliation

Ariix, LLC v. NutriSearch Corp., 2019 WL 1040135, No. 17CV320-LAB (BGS) (S.D. Cal. Mar. 5, 2019) Previous iteration discussed here. Arrix competes fiercely with Usana in the nutritional supplement market.  NutriSearch publishes the NutriSearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, a … Continue reading

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YouTube’s claims about allowing free speech are merely puffery, court holds

Prager University v. Google LLC, No. 17-CV-06064, 2018 WL 1471939 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 26, 2018) Prager’s “mission” is to “provide conservative viewpoints and perspectives on public issues that it believes are often overlooked or ignored” by creating educational videos, though, … Continue reading

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YouTube’s claims about allowing free speech are merely puffery, court holds

Prager University v. Google LLC, No. 17-CV-06064, 2018 WL 1471939 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 26, 2018) Prager’s “mission” is to “provide conservative viewpoints and perspectives on public issues that it believes are often overlooked or ignored” by creating educational videos, though, … Continue reading

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Cal’s anti-SLAPP law protects some commercial speech, especially when it’s not really commercial

Dean v. Friends of Pine Meadow, 2018 WL 774065, No. A149735 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 8, 2018) Dean (shorthand here for Dean & other plaintiffs) sued defendants for allegedly false statements and publications regarding Dean’s plan to construct a housing … Continue reading

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Reading list: consequences of 1A protections for off-label promotion

Patricia J. Zettler, The Indirect Consequences of Expanded Off-Label Promotion, Ohio State Law Journal, Forthcoming  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) policies have been a battleground for litigation about First Amendment protections for commercial speech. In the last five … Continue reading

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Reed invalidates highway sign distance and permit regulations

Thomas v. Schroer, 2017 WL 1208672, No. 13-cv-02987 (W.D. Tenn. Mar. 31, 2017) Reed may or may not work a sea change in First Amendment law generally, but it has definitely worked a sign change. The Tennessee Department of Transportation … Continue reading

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Airbnb had a bad day too: court rejects 230, First Amendment challenges to SF rental ordinance

Airbnb, Inc. v. City and County of San Francisco, 16-cv-03615 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 8, 2016) Airbnb and HomeAway sought to enjoin SF’s ordinance making it a misdemeanor to provide booking services for unregistered rental units.  The court denied a preliminary … Continue reading

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