Tag Archives: preemption

Dastar bars TM claim based on unlicensed copying of footage

Fioranelli v. CBS Broadcasting Inc., No. 15-CV-952, 2017 WL 1400119, — F. Supp. 3d – (S.D.N.Y.  Jan. 19, 2017) Fioranelli, a photojournalist who was one of four reporters allowed to enter the World Trade Center site on September 11, 2001, … Continue reading

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Copyright preemption and the right of publicity in the 9th Circuit

Maloney v. T3Media, Inc., No.15-55630 (9th Cir. Apr. 5, 2017) Welp, the Ninth Circuit manages to gum things up again in the right of publicity/copyright intersection.  To the extent that, post-Reed, the right of publicity has to survive strict scrutiny … Continue reading

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Dastar/preemption bars claims based on allegedly false claims of credit for innovation

OptoLum, Inc. v. Cree, Inc., No. CV-16-03828, 2017 WL 1057924 (D. Ariz. Mar. 21, 2017) The parties compete in the market for LED lights. OptoLum claims to be the inventor of technology used inside LED bulbs allowing them to have … Continue reading

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allegedly false generic claims not actionable, but contributory liability possible

Concordia Pharm. Inc., S.À.R.L. v. Winder Laboratories, LLC, 16-CV-00004 (N.D. Ga. Mar. 15, 2017) Concordia makes Donnatal to treat irritable bowel syndrome and acute enterocolitis.  (There’s related litigation that ended badly for the defendant there.)  Concordia’s predecessor had conditional approval … Continue reading

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allegedly false generic claims not actionable, but contributory liability possible

Concordia Pharm. Inc., S.À.R.L. v. Winder Laboratories, LLC, 16-CV-00004 (N.D. Ga. Mar. 15, 2017) Concordia makes Donnatal to treat irritable bowel syndrome and acute enterocolitis.  (There’s related litigation that ended badly for the defendant there.)  Concordia’s predecessor had conditional approval … Continue reading

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State law can’t protect uncopyrightable design for useful article

Ultraflo Corp. v. Pelican Tank Parts, Inc., No. 15-20084 (5th Cir. Jan. 11, 2017) A nice citation for the proposition that §301 preemption covers both copyrightable and uncopyrightable matter. Ultraflo argued that Pelican engaged in unfair competition by misappropriation claim … Continue reading

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GM’s defeat device is almost by definition fraudulent omission

Counts v. General Motors, LLC, No. 16-cv-12541, 2017 WL 588457 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 14, 2017) Plaintiffs sued GM for deceptive advertising, breach of contract, and fraudulent concealment claims under the laws of thirty states based on GM’s alleged installation of … Continue reading

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