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false advertising claims against competing media nonprofit can continue under broad theory of commercial speech

Tang v. Guo, 2019 WL 6169940, No. 17 Civ. 9031 (JFK) (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 20, 2019) The previous complaint was dismissed for failure to sufficiently allege commercial speech; the court now finds it sufficiently alleged because the media defendant had a … Continue reading

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law firm blog about somebody else’s case isn’t commercial speech

Wexler v. Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, — F.Supp.3d —-, 2019 WL 5485265, No. 18-CV-3066-SJB (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 25, 2019) Eric Goldman’s coverage. Wexler, a lawyer proceeding pro se, sued Dorsey (a law firm that does defendant-side Telephone & Consumer Protection Act … Continue reading

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Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate group” designation isn’t false advertising, false association

Coral Ridge Ministries Media, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc., No. 17cv566-MHT, 2019 WL 4547064 (M.D. Ala. Sept. 19, 2019) Coral Ridge sued the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Amazon.com, and the AmazonSmile Foundation. It alleged that, “because of its religious opposition … Continue reading

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C&D to competitor’s clients can be “commercial advertising & promotion”

Matonis v. Care Holdings Gp., L.L.C., No. 19-cv-20247-UU, 2019 WL 3386378 (S.D. Fla. Jul. 25, 2019) The defendant Care Companies engage in healthcare management consulting, “advising healthcare providers on, inter alia, patient intake strategies and revenue management.”  Plaintiff Matonis is … Continue reading

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Journal article merited better disclosure of affiliation w/competing group, not a lawsuit

Board of Forensic Document Examiners, Inc. v. American Bar Ass’n, — F.3d —-, 2019 WL 1930310, No. 18-2653 (7th Cir. May 1, 2019) The Board of Forensic Document Examiners is a non-profit organization that certifies forensic document examiners (currently about … Continue reading

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Allegations of patent infringement could be defamatory but not false advertising

GeigTech East Bay LLC v. Lutron Electron. Co., 2019 WL 1768965, No. 18 Civ. 5290 (CM) (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 4, 2019) “What started as a garden-variety intellectual property dispute has morphed into something less conventional.” GeigTech initially sued Lutron, alleging that … Continue reading

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Allegedly defamatory claims in e-recycling report weren’t commercial speech despite some economic incentive

Electronic Recycling Ass’n v. Basel Action Network, 2019 WL 1453575, No. C18-1601-MJP (W.D. Wash. Apr. 2, 2019) Plaintiff ERA is a Canadian non-profit corporation that specializes in recovering, refurbishing, and reusing discarded electronic equipment or “e-waste.” When it determines that … Continue reading

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