Tag Archives: first amendment

court enjoins bar on “fake meat” labels; implications for FDA standards of identity?

Turtle Island Foods SPC v. Soman, No. 4:19-cv-00514-KGB (E.D. Ark. Dec. 11, 2019) Unsurprisingly, the court here enjoins provisions of Arkansas law that tried to restrict the use of “meat” terms for meatless alternatives. The worrying part is that the … Continue reading

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scientific debates can ordinarily be resolved in false advertising cases

Pax Water Technologies, Inc. v. Medora Corp., 2019 WL 4390567, No. LA CV18-09143 JAK (AGRx) (C.D. Cal. Aug. 5, 2019) The parties compete in the market for water treatment technologies for municipalities, public water agencies and districts, and private parties. … 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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a made-up credential implying a doctorate is inherently misleading

Wilson v. Ohio State Chiropractic Board, 2019 WL 3801546, No. 18AP-739, 2019 -Ohio- 3243 (Ct. App. Aug. 13, 2019) The Board disciplined Wilson for deceptive advertising, and the court of appeals upheld the discipline.  Two bits of interest: (1) Wilson … Continue reading

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IPSC: Closing Plenary

Stephanie Plamondon Bair, Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School Innovation’s Paradox Innovation begets innovation in a virtuous cycle … at least sometimes. Not all innovations are productive, which is fine; it’s trial and error. But some innovations may … Continue reading

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Keurig unsuccessfully argues that false advertising law unconstitutionally compels speech

Smith v. Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., No. 18-cv-06690-HSG, 2019 WL 2716552 (N.D. Cal. Jun. 28, 2019) Smith brought a putative class action against Keurig, alleging that its “recyclable” single-serve plastic coffee pods were mislabeled as such because they are not … Continue reading

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law firm raises significant 1A questions over nursing home-specific advertising law

Wilkes & McHugh, P.A. v. LTC Consulting, L.P., — S.E.2d —-, 2019 WL 2570982 (Ga. Jun. 24, 2019) Georgia revised its anti-SLAPP law to be more like California’s (though apparently without the exception for commercial advertising) and the state supreme … Continue reading

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Drawing the Line Between “News” and Commercial Speech

Panel 3 at the Abrams Institute conference Moderator:  Terri Seligman – Partner and Co-Chair of the Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations Group, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz: newsworthiness/editorial value when there’s a commercial component. As an advertising lawyer, thinks of … Continue reading

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The Consumer “Right To Know” Versus the First Amendment

Panel II at the Abrams Institute’s conference Moderator: Jonah Knobler, Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler: recent attempts to do things like require disclosure of child labor in manufacturing process, and related consumer protection cases arguing that failure to disclose … Continue reading

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Commercial Speech & the First Amendment

From Yale Law School’s Abrams Institute for Freedom of Speech: Commercial Speech and the First Amendment Floyd Abrams: does commercial speech protection affect non-commercial speech law, for example by decreasing protection for political speech?  We’ve found that political speech proponents … Continue reading

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