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TM scholars’ roundtable, part 5

Session 3: The Implications of Tam (and Brunetti) What are the implications of the Tam Court’s First Amendment analysis for other subsections of Lanham Act Section 2?  What are the implications beyond Section 2?  For example, is dilution protection now … 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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“pregnancy center” wasn’t commercial speaker and couldn’t be forced to disclose anti-abortion stance via mandatory label

Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, Inc. v. Mayor of Baltimore, 2018 WL 298142 (4th Cir. Jan. 5, 2018) The court of appeals affirmed the invalidation of an ordinance requiring pregnancy clinics that do not offer or refer for abortions … Continue reading

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Natural/organic cigarette claims might be deceptive (with bonus First Amendment talk)

In re Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. Mkting & Sales Practices & Prods. Liab. Litig., 2017 WL 6550897, No. MD 16-2695 (D.N.M. Dec. 21, 2017) Lots of claims here against Natural American Cigarettes. Ultimately, the court allows consumer protection claims … Continue reading

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section 2 refusals are subject to Reed strict scrutiny, Fed. Cir. rules

In re Brunetti, No. 2015-1109  (Fed. Cir. Dec. 15, 2017) Brunetti wanted to register FUCT; the TTAB affirmed a refusal to register on scandalousness grounds.  The Federal Circuit here deals the inevitable deathblow to scandalousness as a registration bar, but … Continue reading

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reasonable consumers expect real estate agents to be licensed, but remedies are still limited by the 1A

People ex rel. Flippo v. Silva, 2017 WL 5712601, No. H041209 (Cal. Ct. App. Nov. 28, 2017) Susana Silva operated Estates on the Bay, which advertised itself as a professional real estate company, while her real estate broker’s license was … Continue reading

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