Tag Archives: secondary liability

Just stocking a falsely advertised product isn’t enough for contributory liability

In re Outlaw Laboratory, LLP, 2020 WL 2797425, No. 18-CV-0840-GPC (S.D. Cal. May 29, 2020)  Plaintiff makes male enhancement products, allegedly in compliance with the DHSEA. It sued 51 convenience and liquor stores in the San Diego, California area; 23 … Continue reading

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1201 claim to control device features survives

Philips North America, LLC v. v. Summit Imaging Inc., 2020 WL 1515624, No. C19-1745JLR (W.D. Wash. Mar. 30, 2020) But I was told that after Lexmark and Chamberlain, manufacturers weren’t using §1201 claims to control devices! The parties compete to … Continue reading

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TheRealReal is ok except where it is FakeFake

Chanel, Inc. v. The RealReal, Inc., 2020 WL 1503422, No. 18-CV-10626 (VSB) (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 30, 2020) Very interesting case: Chanel sued TRR for trademark infringement etc. for allegedly overclaiming its association with Chanel by prominently advertising how much Chanel there … Continue reading

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DOJ 230 workshop part 4

DOJ Section 230 Roundtable, afternoon Chatham House Rules Session 1: Content Moderation, Free Speech, and Conduct Beyond Speech How do platforms deal w/defamation? Standard practice is to review the complaint, the content; compare to TOS/code of conduct. Removal if warranted, … Continue reading

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DOJ 230 workshop part 3

Panel 3: Imagining the Alternative The implications on competition, investment, and speech of Section 230 and proposed changes.     Moderator: Ryan Shores, Associate Deputy Attorney General Professor Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University: (c)(1) means no liability for 3d party content. Difference … Continue reading

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DOJ 230 workshop part 2

Panel 2: Addressing Illicit Activity Online Whether Section 230 encourages or discourages platforms to address online harms, such as child exploitation, revenge porn, and terrorism, and its impact on law enforcement. Moderator: The Honorable Beth A. Williams, Assistant Attorney General … Continue reading

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DOJ 230 workshop

Section 230 – Nurturing Innovation or Fostering Unaccountability? DOJ Workshop These are copied from my handwritten notes, so will likely be terser than usual. Introduction of the Attorney General The Honorable Christopher Wray, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation Tech is … Continue reading

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Content Moderation in an Age of Extremes

Belatedly, here is a link to the written version of a talk I gave last year, Content Moderation in an Age of Extremes, in which I note that the digital millennium lasted ten years, that strange apps handing out badges … Continue reading

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More Kona coffee: false designation claims under 43(a)(1)(A), but not (B), can target retailers

Two more opinions here, one about the meaning of “origin” in 43(a)(1)(A) and one about the liability of retailers for false advertising and false designation of origin. Corker v. Costco Wholesale Corp., No. C19-0290RSL, 2019 WL 5895430 (W.D. Wash. Nov. … Continue reading

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Even more cocaine

Genus Lifesciences Inc. v. Lannett Company, Inc., 2019 WL 4168958, No. 18-cv-07603-WHO (N.D. Cal. Sept. 3, 2019) Pleading survey evidence of misleadingness can be pretty helpful, but it can’t help you past theories that target the wrong defendant. Discussion of … Continue reading

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