Tag Archives: preemption

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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Advertising a phone with an unauthorized screenshot of an app doesn’t violate the Lanham Act under Dastar

Appjigger GmbH v. BLU Products, Inc., 2016 WL 4119720, No. 15–22313 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 7, 2016) Appjigger makes apps, and has an exclusive license for the WP CLOCK software app, which is available both to end users and also for … Continue reading

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Second Circuit will trust FDA on drug facts, not on misleadingness

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. v. SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics, GmBH, 2016 WL 7131177, No. 15-2411, — F.3d – (2d Cir. 2016) (as amended on denial of reh’g Dec. 5, 2016) Original opinion discussed here; the court amended the opinion … Continue reading

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when are state law unfair competition claims preempted?

Duer v. Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, Inc., 2015 WL 11256568, No. 14-CV-01589 (N.D. Ga. Jul. 8, 2015) Very broad preemption finding makes me blog this older case that popped out of Westlaw.  Duer makes medicine dosage adherence tools suitable for … Continue reading

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Reading list: Rothman on (c)/right of publicity conflicts

Jennifer Rothman, The Other Side of Garcia: The Right of Publicity and Copyright Preemption, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Vol. 39, No. 3, 2016. Abstract: This essay is adapted from a talk that I gave on October 2, … Continue reading

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Cheerios Protein name might be more bluff than buff

Coe v. General Mills, Inc., No. 15-cv-05112, 2016 WL 4208287 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 10, 2016) Plaintiffs alleged the name “Cheerios Protein” was misleading because it implied that the product is essentially the same as Cheerios, only with added protein. Cheerios … Continue reading

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Functionality: it’s in the bag

Schutte Bagclosures Inc. v. Kwik Lok Corp., No. 12-cv-5541 (S.D.N.Y. Jun. 14, 2016)   Following up from previous post on an earlier ruling. (Thanks to an eagle-eyed correspondent who probably knows way more than anyone else wants to know about … Continue reading

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