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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

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Copyright preempts/Dastar precludes lawsuit based on Fortnite’s copying of a dance move

Brantley v. Epic Games, Inc., No. v. 19-cv-594-PWG (D. Md. May 29, 2020)  Plaintiffs Brantley and Nickens alleged that in 2016 they created, named, and popularized a dance move, which they titled the “Running Man,” and which subsequently went viral … Continue reading

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Sam’s Club exposed to disgorgement for potential warranty differences in grey goods it sold

Monahan Prods. LLC v. Sam’s East, Inc., 2020 WL 2561255, No. 18-11561-FDS (D. Mass. May 20, 2020) Plaintiff makes UPPAbaby strollers. Sam’s is a chain of membership-only retail warehouse stores and, despite not being an authorized retailer, it sold actual … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on the Booking.com argument

The Justices were engaged and asking the right questions, despite everyone’s use of “trademark” as a verb to mean “register.” With a putatively generic term the equation is perhaps understandable since if it is unregistrable it will also be unprotectable … Continue reading

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9th Circuit panel divides on evidence of injury in false advertising case

VBS Distribution, Inc. v. Nutrivita Laboratories, Inc., — Fed.Appx. —-, 2020 WL 2086557, No. 18-56317 (9th Cir. Apr. 30, 2020) The parties compete in the market for nutritional supplements and television programs. VBS sued for Lanham Act and California state … Continue reading

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TM may look like a certification mark, but that doesn’t harm a competing trade organization

North American Olive Oil Ass’n v. D’avolio Inc., 16-CV-6986 (SJF) (ARL), 2020 WL 2079421 (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 30, 2020) NAOOA, a trade association for olive oil marketers/sellers/etc., sued a number of defendants for false advertising about olive oil sold by others. … Continue reading

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11th Circuit protects (at least some) truthful references to product creation

Webster v. Dean Guitars, — F.3d —-, 2020 WL 1887783, No. 19-10013 (11th Cir. Apr. 16, 2020) Buddy Webster (pka Buddy Blaze), a successful guitar maker and technician, in the mid-1980s modified a Dean guitar and commissioned someone to paint … Continue reading

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