Tag Archives: procedure

membership in swingers club not (yet) disclosed in Lanham Act case

Edmondson v. Velvet Lifestyles, LLC, No. 15-24442-CIV, 2016 WL 5682591 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 3, 2016) I don’t get to blog discovery disputes often; that this one is unresolved is frustrating, but the court asks useful questions.  “May Plaintiffs pursuing a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

failure to speak can be advertising but not presentations to trainers

WIKA Instrument I, LP v. Ashcroft, Inc., 2015 WL 11199059, No. 13-CV-43 (N.D. Ga. Jul. 10, 2016) WIKA sued Ashcroft, a competing maker of pressure gauges, for false advertising and related claims, and Ashcroft counterclaimed similarly.  WIKA sells the XSEL … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Minimal pleading of responsibility suffices to evade 230 dismissal

Congoo, LLC v. Revcontent LLC, 2016 WL 1547171, No. 16-401 (D.N.J. Apr. 15, 2016)   The parties compete in the market for native advertising.  Congoo alleged that Revcontent caused false/misleading native advertising to be published.  Revcontent asserted §230 immunity.  The … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Court rejects Zippo jurisdiction test but allows suit over alleged copying

Kindig It Design, Inc. v. Creative Controls, Inc., — F. Supp. 3d —-, 2016 WL 247574,  No. 2:14-cv-00867 (D. Utah Jan. 20, 2016)   Mostly a personal jurisdiction ruling in this copyright/patent infringement/false advertising case brought by Kindig, which customizes … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Do implicit falsity plaintiffs have to plead the existence of a survey?

Vincent v. Utah Plastic Surgery Society, — Fed.Appx. —-, 2015 WL 5090868, No. 13–4146 (10th Cir. Aug. 31, 2015)   Plaintiffs (cosmetic surgeons) sued defendants (plastic surgeons) for false advertising under the Lanham Act and monopolization under the Sherman Act … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The dangers of only arguing one half of 43(a)

Diodato v. Wells Fargo Ins. Servs., USA, Inc., 44 F. Supp. 3d 541 (M.D. Pa. 2014) Darrell Diodato was employed by Wells Fargo Insurance for thirty-six years as an insurance producer, servicing existing insurance business and originating new insurance business. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Ad agency liability for false advertising without scienter

Nestlé Purina Petcare Co. v. Blue Buffalo Co., No. 4:14 CV 859, 2015 WL 1782661 (E.D. Mo. Apr. 20, 2015)   Purina sued Blue Buffalo for false advertising of its dog food as “grain free” and containing “no chicken by-product.” … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Fraudulent concealment allegations preserve Lanham Act claim

In re Honey Transshipping Litigation, No. 13–cv–2905, 2015 WL 1539034 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 31, 2015)   The class plaintiffs sued for violations of the Lanham Act and RICO; I’m just discussing claims against defendant Honey Solutions. The claims came from … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment