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accusing a home inspectors’ group of link with NAMBLA isn’t believable enough for defamation

Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors v. International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, 2021 WL 492482, No 18-cv-01559-RBJ (D. Colo. Feb. 10, 2021) Although an individual’s comments linking his rival to NAMBLA and Jeffrey Dahmer were non-actionable non-facts, statements arguably … Continue reading

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false advertising claim fails, in part because of stringent antitrust rules

In re EpiPen (Epinephrine Injection, USP) Marketing, Sales Practices & Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 2785, No. 17-md-2785-DDC-TJJ (D. Kan. Dec. 17, 2020) A lot of stuff here; I will ignore the non-false advertising related aspects of this mostly antitrust case. … Continue reading

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No organizational standing from mere conflict with consumer protection mission

In Defense of Animals v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., 2021 WL 4243391, No. 20-cv-05293-RS (N.D. Cal. Sept. 17, 2021) Let’s play the fun game “which of these statements about standing should make IP people nervous?” Previously, Friends of the Earth and … Continue reading

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consumer’s bid to enjoin Redbubble’s sale of “counterfeits” fails

Vinluan-Jularbal v. Redbubble, Inc., No. 2:21-cv-00573-JAM-JDP, 2021 WL 4286539 (E.D. Cal. Sept. 21, 2021) Plaintiff thinks Redbubble sells a lot of “counterfeits” and wants that enjoined under the UCL and CLRA. Despite ruling in her favor on a lot of … Continue reading

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Dastar prevents misrepresentation of source of IP from being material

Restellini v. Wildenstein Plattner Inst., Inc., 2021 WL 4340824, No. 20 Civ. 4388 (AT) (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 22, 2021) This is an interesting application of Dastar to preclude certain theories of falsity–I’m not sure materiality is really the right characterization, but … Continue reading

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Dastar doesn’t bar allegedly false advertising about source of planned development services

LStar Development Gp., Inc. v. Vining, 2021 WL 4344891, No. 5:20-CV-184-FL (E.D.N.C. Sept. 23, 2021) LStar, which manages and sells development communities, sued defendants for trademark infringement, false designation of origin, and false advertising under the Lanham Act, as well … Continue reading

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“Krab mix” plausibly misleads as to crab content

Kang v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc., 844 Fed.Appx. 969, 2021 WL 463443, No. 20-55138 (9th Cir. Feb. 9, 2021) Plaintiff plausibly alleged that reasonable consumers “are likely to be deceived” by defendant’s use of the term “krab mix” on … Continue reading

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Survey flaws prevent it from saving vanilla false advertising claim

Clark v. Westbrae Natural, Inc., 2021 WL 1580827, No. 20-cv-03221-JSC (N.D. Cal. Apr. 22, 2021) I find the vanilla class actions fascinating because they are starting to reject surveys, pushing this area of the law towards a normative vision of … Continue reading

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No organizational standing where advocacy campaigns didn’t change

Friends of the Earth v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., 992 F.3d 939 (9th Cir. 2021) Although the animal/farm advocacy organization plaintiffs won some early skirmishes, they faltered on lack of organizational standing against a poultry producer to bring consumer protection claims. … Continue reading

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pandemic refund claim plausibly alleged

Rothman v. Equinox Holdings, Inc., 2021 WL 1627490, No. 2:20-cv-09760-CAS-MRWx (C.D. Cal. Apr. 27, 2021) Another pandemic refund case. This one found a misrepresentation adequately pled with respect to the refund provision of plaintiff’s membership contract with the defendant, a … Continue reading

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