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Some Lanham Act/UCL claims against TM filing entities can proceed despite potential difficulties of proof

LegalForce RAPC Worldwide P.C. v. Swyers, No. 17-cv-07318-MMC, 2018 WL 4961660 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 12, 2018) RAPC alleges that Swyers, an attorney, owns TTC and Trademark LLC, which provide “trademark related services,” and also owns Trademark PLLC, a law firm … Continue reading

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FDCA doesn’t preempt false advertising suit based on claims about protein source

Durnford v. MusclePharm Corp., — F.3d —-, 2018 WL 4938190, No. 16-15374 (9th Cir. Oct. 12, 2018) Durnford brought the usual California consumer claims against MusclePharm for making false or misleading statements about the protein in one of its supplements. … Continue reading

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RipoffReport review isn’t “advertising or promotion,” without more evidence of reception

Wilson v. AdvisorLaw LLC, No. 17-cv-1525-MSK, 2018 WL 4932088 (D. Colo. Oct. 11, 2018) Wilson and defendant Kennedy allegedly did business through corporate entities, Wilson Law Ltd. and AdvisorLaw LLC, respectively. The relationship ended badly, with Kennedy accusing Wilson, via … Continue reading

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Court presumes failure to comply w/FDA labeling rules to be misleading

Campbell v. Freshbev LLC, 322 F.Supp.3d 330 (E.D.N.Y. 2018) Campbell bought several bottles of Freshbev juices at Whole Foods, allegedly relying on misrepresentations (1) that the juices were unpasteurized; (2) that the juices were cold-pressed; (3) that the juices were … Continue reading

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Third Circuit holds that misrepresentation of safety isn’t actionable false advertising for consumables that didn’t cause individual harm

In re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices & Liability Litig., 903 F.3d 278 (3d Cir. 2018) Plaintiff Estrada alleged that perineal use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder can lead to an increased risk of developing … Continue reading

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it’s not defamatory to conflate 2 legally distinct entities when unity is what they wanted consumers to perceive

RainSoft v. MacFarland, No. 15-432 WES, 2018 WL 4696737 (D.R.I. Sept. 30, 2018) MacFarland runs lazymanandmoney.com, where he blogs about companies who provide consumer products and services. He and his wife “sat through an in-home demonstration of RainSoft’s water-treatment products.” … Continue reading

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allegedly perfidious salesman protected from passing off liability, but might have engaged in false advertising

Burton v. Label, LLC, No. 15-CV-5793 (VSB), 2018 WL 4759735 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2018) Label, founded by the Millers, sells bespoke and custom men’s clothing throughout the United States. Schwartzman (for whom Burton is the trustee) worked for Label as … Continue reading

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