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Patent Enforcement Protected by First Amendment?

After receiving a draft complaint and a stipulated order from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) banning its allegedly deceptive letters to infringers of its scanning technology, MPHJ Technology Investments LLC (MPHJ) filed...more

Digital Content Producers (Still) Lack Antitrust Standing to Sue Wireless Carriers Over MMS

In a prior post, I covered the district court’s decision in Davis v. AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. There, the Central District of California dismissed antitrust claims against various wireless telephone companies and other...more

Advertising News & Analysis - April 17, 2014

In this issue: - Ortiz/Obama Selfie Exposes Social Media's Blurred Lines - DMCA Takedown? Not Without a Registration - Let It Go: A Tale of Assets Unfrozen - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from...more

Judge Ends Indirect Purchaser Plaintiffs’ Case in Refrigerant Compressors

Last week, on April 8, 2014, the District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan dismissed the remaining claims of indirect purchaser plaintiffs (IPPs) in the ongoing Refrigerant Compressors litigation. In re:...more

The Complexities of the USPTO Proposed Attributable Ownership Rules

The USPTO proposed attributable ownership rules would require the public disclosure of the “attributable owner” of patent applications and patents. As discussed in this article, the proposed definition of “attributable owner”...more

Federal Circuit Upholds Constitutionality Of Legislation Overturning Its GPX Decision That Countervailing Duties May Not Be...

This blog has been analyzing for more than four years legal disputes over whether the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) may apply countervailing duties (“CVDs”) to imports from non-market economies (“NMEs”),...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Standing For False Advertising Cases

On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision resolving an important issue that has implications for companies seeking redress for false advertising and disparagement. In Lexmark...more

Willful Fair Credit Reporting Act Violation Confers Article III Standing

Whether they would admit it or not, most people have probably at some point searched for their own name in a search engine. Often the results illustrate how much personal information has been scraped and aggregated by...more

Lithium Ion Batteries Court Addresses Illinois Brick Exception, Finds Standing for Certain Indirect Purchasers of Component...

In In re: Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7516 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 21, 2014) (Gonzalez Rogers, J.), the Northern District of California largely rejected a motion to dismiss an antitrust...more

Patent Assertion Entity Sues FTC, Agrees to Follow New York Attorney General Guidelines

A well-known “patent assertion entity” (PAE), MPHJ Technology Investment LLC, filed a declaratory judgment suit against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its Commissioners for the agency’s alleged “threats to bring...more

Advertising Law -- Jun 20, 2013

Supreme Court to Consider Lanham Act Standing - What factors should determine standing to sue for false advertising under the Lanham Act? The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to answer that question in a case from...more

FTC Ruling Not So Wonderful For POM or The First Amendment

On January 16, 2013, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a final ruling in a case about the advertisements for POM Wonderful LLC's 100% Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements....more

False Advertising: Supreme Court to Decide Who Can Sue

The Supreme Court has recently agreed to hear argument in Lexmark v. Static Control that will strike at the very heart of false advertising jurisprudence by asking who is allowed to bring false advertising claims. The Lanham...more

U.S. Supreme Court To Decide Standing Requirement To Bring False Advertising Claim

In certain states, only an actual competitor may bring a false advertising claim under the Lanham Act....more

US High Court Takes on State Antitrust Action Removability Case

Companies accused of antitrust wrongdoing must prepare for a multi-front battle in different courts in different places on different timelines. To survive, they must hire defense counsel with sufficient scale and agility to...more

New FTC Commissioner Prioritizes Transparency in Enforcement

New Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Joshua D. Wright explained at a recent ABA Antitrust Meeting that his top priorities were to develop a more transparent and evidence-based approach to FTC Section 5 enforcement and to...more

Federal Court in Manhattan “Likes” Service of Process via Facebook

On March 7, 2013, a federal court in Manhattan ruled, in Federal Trade Commission v. PCCare247 Inc., that service via Facebook is an acceptable alternative means of serving court documents on foreign defendants. Although this...more

Federal Judge Orders Service of Process through Facebook

In March, Judge Paul Engelmayer of the Southern District of New York ordered service of process on several international defendants through novel means—Facebook. ...more

Plaintiffs' Bar is Whistling Past the Graveyard on Comcast

As many readers of this blog know by now, last week the Supreme Court issued yet another anti-class certification decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend (“Comcast”). While the full scope and meaning of the Court’s holding is...more

Is the FTC Decision in POM Wonderful a Game Changer? Only Time (and a Pending Appeal) Will Tell

The saga of POM Wonderful, and the ongoing fight over its advertising, is a topic we have covered quite a bit on this blog. While the consumer class action involving POM was recently dismissed, a recent decision by the...more

Mortgage Banking Update - March 08, 2013

In This Issue: - Kentucky County Clerks Cannot Sue MERS for Failure To Record Mortgage Assignments, Sixth Circuit Rules - Bipartisan Policy Center Proposes New Directions for National Housing Policy - FTC...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Antitrust Immunity in Hospital Merger Case

What you need to know: The Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision siding with the FTC against a hospital merger in Georgia. What you need to do: Companies should conduct careful analysis before...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Expanded Standing to Bring Walker Process Antitrust Claims

On November 20, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Ritz Camera & Image, LLC v. SanDisk Corp., No. 2012-1183, 2012 WL 5862779 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 20, 2012). They affirmed that direct...more

POM Loses a Round in Its Advertising Dispute With FTC, But Battle Continues

POM Wonderful LLC recently received a setback in its longstanding dispute with the Federal Trade Commission. On Sept. 30, 2012, U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts in the District of Columbia dismissed the juice maker’s...more

Why You Need to Pay Close Attention to Antitrust Standing

In a nutshell, you need to pay attention to antitrust standing doctrine because the doctrine has real teeth and can result in dismissal of claims. That’s what the plaintiff in Static Control Components, Inc. v. Lexmark...more

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