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Some Lanham Act/UCL claims against TM filing entities can proceed despite potential difficulties of proof

LegalForce RAPC Worldwide P.C. v. Swyers, No. 17-cv-07318-MMC, 2018 WL 4961660 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 12, 2018) RAPC alleges that Swyers, an attorney, owns TTC and Trademark LLC, which provide “trademark related services,” and also owns Trademark PLLC, a law firm … Continue reading

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Third Circuit holds that misrepresentation of safety isn’t actionable false advertising for consumables that didn’t cause individual harm

In re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices & Liability Litig., 903 F.3d 278 (3d Cir. 2018) Plaintiff Estrada alleged that perineal use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder can lead to an increased risk of developing … Continue reading

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Direct competition + literally false advertising don’t equal standing without more

Brave Law Firm, LLC v. Truck Accident Lawyers Gp., Inc., No. 17-1156-EFM-GEB, 2018 WL 3122172 (D. Kan. Jun. 26, 2018) Brave sued its personal injury law firm rivals (TALG) under the Lanham Act and Kansas state law based on allegations … Continue reading

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competitor lacks Lanham Act standing absent allegations of why it in particular would be harmed by false advertising

Blue Star Press, LLC v. Blasko, No. 17-CA-111-OLG, 2018 WL 1904835 (W.D. Tex. Mar. 6, 2018) (magistrate judge R&R) The parties make adult coloring books, typically marketed as a means of relieving stress but proving stressful in this litigation. Blue … Continue reading

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seller can’t sue customer for false advertising under Lanham Act because customer can’t sue seller either

Buckeye Int’l, Inc. v. Schmidt Custom Floors, Inc., 2018 WL 1960115, No. 18-cv-111-jdp (W.D. Wis. Apr. 26, 2018) Buckeye sells floor finishing products, including Gym Bond, which is supposed to help a clear topcoat adhere to a previously finished gymnasium … Continue reading

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Sanderson can’t chicken out of false advertising claims

Organic Consumers Assoc. v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., 2018 WL 922247, No. 17-cv-03592 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 9, 2018) OCA sued Sanderson, a poultry processor, over ads that allegedly mislead consumers about the nature of Sanderson’s chicken products and farming practices. OCA … Continue reading

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Allegedly false statements on package/instructions didn’t plausibly harm competitors, court rules

Telebrands Corp. v. Everstar Merchandise Co., No. 17-2878, 2018 WL 585765 (D.N.J. Jan. 29, 2018) (magistrate judge) Telebrands sells novelty stuff; Everstar, a competitor, allegedly copied its stuff in unlawful ways.  Relevant to this blog, Telebrands alleged that Everstar engaged … Continue reading

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