Tag Archives: tortious interference

NOCI to eBay protected against tortious interference claim by Noerr-Pennington, but defamation survives

Verbena Products LLC v. Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique USA, Inc., 2020 WL 2988587, No. 19-23616-Civ-Scola (S.D. Fla. Feb. 28, 2020)  Verbena (aka Beautyvice) sells cosmetic and beauty care products on eBay. Defendant Yellow Brand “is a leading global provider of online … Continue reading

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

another timeshare exit company can be sued under state law, but not Lanham Act

Orange Lake Country Club, Inc. v. Reed Hein & Assoc., LLC, 2019 WL 7423517, No: 6:17-cv-1542-Orl-78DCI (M.D. Fla. Oct. 4, 2019) Another timeshare case, this one kicking out Lanham Act claims but not FDUTPA deceptive practices claims on proximate cause. … Continue reading

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

Pot site’s negative report on CBD from hops wasn’t commercial speech

Peak Health Center v. Dorfman, 2019 WL 5893188, No. 19-cv-04145-VKD (N.D. Cal. Nov. 12, 2019) Peak allegedly sells plant-based pharmaceuticals and supplements, including an exclusive strain of Humulus yunnanensis, a hops plant, as a source of cannabidiol (CBD). This source … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Bobby Brown’s failed ROP claim shows some of the cracks in the current ROP tests

Brown v. Showtime Networks, Inc., No. 18 Civ. 11078 (CM) (JLC), 2019 BL 290214 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 02, 2019) Bobby Brown and the Estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown sued Showtime and the BBC (which got out of the case on jurisdictional … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Monster Energy can’t show falsity, can show tortious interference (but not irreparable injury)

Monster Energy Co. v. Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 2019 WL 3099711, No. EDCV 18-1882 JGB (SHKx) (C.D. Cal. Jun. 17, 2019) The court denied a preliminary injunction on Monster’s claim that Vital falsely advertised its “Super Creatine” as “creatine,” because there … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

lack of specifics, even with certification involved, dooms falsity claim

Hydro-Blok USA LLC v. Wedi Corp., 2019 WL 2515318, No. C15-671 TSZ (W.D. Wash. Jun. 18, 2019) Wedi and Hydro-Blok compete in the market for construction materials and sealants for use in bathroom systems, including showers. Wedi accused Hydro-Blok of … Continue reading

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

variety in superiority claims can add up to disparagement

Deerpoint Group, Inc. v. Agrigenix, LLC, 2019 WL 2513756, No. 18-CV-0536 AWI BAM (E.D. Cal. Jun. 18, 2019) Deerpoint sued Agrigenix for violating the Lanham Act and California’s UCL via false advertising, violating California and federal trade secret law, and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

photo of competitor’s product not false where it’s indistinguishable; also some design patent functionality

Tactical Medical Solutions, Inc. v. KARL 2019 WL 2435859, No. 14 C 06035 (N.D. Ill. Jun. 11, 2019) TMS sued Karl and his sole proprietorship, EMI, for infringement of TMS’s design and utility patents by selling a “knockoff” version of … Continue reading

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

preyed on twice over: timeshare and timeshare exit lawyer squabble with consumers as collateral damage

Westgate Resorts, Ltd. v. Sussman, No. 6:17-cv-1467-Orl-37DCI (M.D. Fla. May 31, 2019) OK, this fact shocked me: about 35% of Westgate’s timeshare buyers default some time during their loan periods, according to the decision here in this battle in the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Timeshare wars: no Lanham Act standing for property owner

Wyndham Vacation Ownership v. Reed Hein & Assoc., LLC, 2019 WL 2232241, No. 18-cv-02171-GAP-DCI (M.D. Fla. May 23, 2019) Somebody seriously needs to write a story about the litigation war going on between timeshare companies and firms that sue timeshare … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment