Tag Archives: first amendment

a true story of a false advertising claim based on a “true story”

Incarcerated Entertainment, LLC v. Warner Bros. Pictures, No. 16-cv-1302 (M.D. Fla. May 10, 2017) Plaintiff alleged that it owned the rights to the life story of Efraim Diveroli and sued Warner for false advertising and unfair competition, based on Warner’s … Continue reading

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split panel upholds Berkeley cell disclosure law

CTIA-The Wireless Ass’n v. City of Berkeley, No. 16-15141 (9th Cir. Apr. 21, 2017) A City of Berkeley ordinance requires cell phone retailers to inform prospective cell phone purchasers that carrying a cell phone in certain ways may cause them … 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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First Amendment bars labeling restriction for “skim milk” without added Vitamin A

Ocheesee Creamery LLC v. Putnam, 2017 WL 1046104, — F.3d —-, No. 16-12049 (11th Cir. Mar. 20, 2017) The Creamery here succeeded in its First Amendment claim to use the words “skim milk” to describe its product. The Creamery produces … Continue reading

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Reading list: new governors of online speech

Kate Klonick, The New Governors: The People, Rules, and Processes Governing Online Speech Harvard Law Review, Forthcoming Abstract Private online platforms have an increasingly essential role in free speech and participation in democratic culture. But while it might appear that … Continue reading

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Doctor’s evaluation of another doctor’s treatment isn’t commercial speech

Tobinick v. Novella, No. 15-14889 (11th Cir. Feb. 15, 2017) Ultimately, despite a long battle, this is a relatively easy case about “the medical viability of a novel use for a particular drug.”  Dr. Tobinick (plaintiff, along with related entities) … Continue reading

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Identifying Boundaries in Patent and Trademark Law.

The American University Law Review is proud to present its annual Federal Circuit symposium,  Panel 2: Trademarks First Amendment Freedom of Speech and Trademarks: What Is, and What Should Be, the Relationship Between the Two? Christine Farley, American University Washington … Continue reading

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