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facially plausible false advertising claim can be added to TM complaint

In case you’re looking for a roadmap for leave to amend:  Ideavillage Products Corp. v. Copper Compression Brands LLC, 2021 WL 5013799, No. 20 Civ. 4604 (KPF) (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 27, 2021) Ideavillage sued CCB for trademark infringement and false designation … Continue reading

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Puzzlingly calling a venue name a “title,” court nonetheless rejects claim against MTV show

MGFB Properties, Inc. v. ViacomCBS INC., 2021 WL 4843905, NO. 5:19cv257-RH-MJF (N.D. Fla. Sept. 22, 2021) The Flora-Bama lounge and entertainment complext is “regionally famous,” and MTV created a national TV series, MTV Floribama Shore. The district court granted summary … Continue reading

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Disney’s Toy Story 4 daredevil not legally risky

K & K Prods., Inc. v. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, No. 2:20-CV-1753 JCM (NJK) (D. Nev. Sept. 23, 2021) Evel Knievel was a famous motorcycle daredevil with an “iconic wardrobe: a white jumpsuit embellished only by star-spangled red, white, … Continue reading

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Ice Cube’s case against Robinhood melts again

Jackson v. Robinhood Markets, Inc., No. 21-cv-02304-LB (N.D. Cal. Sept. 20, 2021) Previously, the court dismissed Ice Cube’s ROP and false endorsement claims for lack of standing because pleading an appearance in a financial newsletter does not suffice to plead … Continue reading

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False endorsement remains broader than many state ROP laws

Walkowicz v. American Girl Brands, LLC, 2021 WL 510729, No. 20-cv-374-jdp (W.D. Wis. Feb. 11, 2021) Lucianne Walkowicz “has achieved a measure of celebrity as an astronomer,” and contended that  defendants misappropriated distinctive aspects of their personal identity into a … Continue reading

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consumer’s bid to enjoin Redbubble’s sale of “counterfeits” fails

Vinluan-Jularbal v. Redbubble, Inc., No. 2:21-cv-00573-JAM-JDP, 2021 WL 4286539 (E.D. Cal. Sept. 21, 2021) Plaintiff thinks Redbubble sells a lot of “counterfeits” and wants that enjoined under the UCL and CLRA. Despite ruling in her favor on a lot of … Continue reading

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Laches bars TM claims but what counts as “Made in the USA” merits trial

Illinois Tool Works Inc. v. J-B Weld Co., 2021 WL 4310576, No. 3:19-cv-1434 (JAM) (D. Conn. Sept. 22, 2021) The parties compete in the market for “chemical bonding products—like epoxies, adhesives, threadlockers, gasket makers, and silicone sealants—that someone might buy … Continue reading

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Dastar doesn’t bar allegedly false advertising about source of planned development services

LStar Development Gp., Inc. v. Vining, 2021 WL 4344891, No. 5:20-CV-184-FL (E.D.N.C. Sept. 23, 2021) LStar, which manages and sells development communities, sued defendants for trademark infringement, false designation of origin, and false advertising under the Lanham Act, as well … Continue reading

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USC IP year in review, TM/ROP

 My presentation, galloping across a bunch of developments. Slides here. Begin with legislative action: Trademark Modernization Act, Which introduces three of the big themes of the year: (1) trademark use, (2) the harm of infringement, and (3) the role of … Continue reading

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maintaining outdated article on website about former supplier wasn’t false association

Archi’s Acres, Inc. v. Whole Foods Market Service, Inc., 2021 WL 424286, No. 19-CV-2478 JLS (MSB) (S.D. Cal. Feb. 8, 2021) Plaintiffs are farmers and growers of high-quality living organic basil. Whole Foods began purchasing small quantities of basil from … Continue reading

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