Rebecca Tushnet's 43(B)log
False advertising and more
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Internet surveys are admissible (but may raise IRB concerns)
Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. v. Sycamore, No. 13-cv-00749, 2017 WL 1377991 (D. Utah Mar. 2, 2017) Bimbo charged that defendants misappropriate...
4th Cir. affirms dismissal where P didn't allege specific lost consumers or quantify lost sales
Wall & Associates, Inc. v. Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia, Inc., --- Fed.Appx. ----, 2017 WL 1437215, No. 16-1819 (4th Cir....
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
My IP collection widens
Today: Lardashe jeans--it's quite possible they'd even fit me: Jordache Enters. v. Hogg Wyld (10th Cir. 1987)
Monday, April 24, 2017
Reading list: empirical evidence about FTC's substantiation standard
Sungho Cho &Yongjae Kim, Empirical Rationalization of Prior Substantiation Doctrine: Federal Trade Commission v. Reebok & Sketchers...
TM/(c) questions of the day
Which, if any, raise any TM or copyright concerns? matchboxes with book covers "phone app sticky notes" Scent...
Dastar bars TM claim based on unlicensed copying of footage
Fioranelli v. CBS Broadcasting Inc., No. 15-CV-952, 2017 WL 1400119, -- F. Supp. 3d – (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 19, 2017) Fioranelli, a photojour...
"Australian for [American] beer" isn't deceptive, court rules
Nelson v. MillerCoors, LLC, 15-CV-7082, 2017 WL 1403343, -- F. Supp. 3d – (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2017) The court dismissed Nelson’s complai...
Ninth Circuit bars consumer claims challenging assertions of clinical proof
Kwan v. SanMedica Int’l, -- F.3d --, No. 15-15496, 2017 WL 1416483 (9th Cir. Apr. 21, 2017) Kwan alleged that SanMedica’s product SeroV...
Sixth Circuit has nominative fair use sans la lettre
Oaklawn Jockey Club, Inc. v. Kentucky Downs, LLC, No. 16-5582 (6th Cir. Apr. 19, 2017) Query: Does the Sixth Circuit’s refusal to adopt...
Thursday, April 20, 2017
9th Circuit revives class action against allegedly mislabeled baby food
Bruton v. Gerber Prods. Co., 2017 WL 1396221, --- Fed.Appx. ----, No. 15-15174 (9th Cir. Apr. 19, 2017) Bruton sued Gerber, alleging that ...
Georgetown Tech Law Review seeks submissions
From the editors: The Georgetown Law Technology Review is soliciting content for fall 2017 publication. Founded in 2015, the Review see...
Presumptions and evidence of causation both work in false advertising cases
Robroy Indus.–Texas, LLC v. Thomas & Betts Corp., No. 15-CV-512, No. 2:16-CV-198, 2017 WL 1370545 (E.D. Tex. Apr. 10, 2017) T&B...
Having a product in development isn't enough for Lanham Act standing
Pulse Health LLC v. Akers Biosciences, Inc., 2017 WL 1371272, No. 16-cv-01919 (D. Or. Apr. 14, 2017) Pulse was formed to develop a prod...
My colleague Laura K. Donohue, now on Twitter
Where she will be tweeting about the national security state, privacy, et cetera. She's got comprehensive knowledge and a prime locatio...
Monday, April 17, 2017
Grange grudge: court orders disclaimer to resolve confusing corporate status
National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry v. California State Grange, 2016 WL 8730678, No. 16-201 (E.D. Cal. Sept. 23, 2016) ...
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