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Supreme Court Rules That A Non-Competitor Has Standing To Assert False Advertising Claims

On March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a company has standing to assert a false advertising claim against a non-competitor under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act if it can "show economic or reputational injury flowing...more

Crowd-Sourced Review Website May Incur Lanham Act Liability For Selectively Deleting Reviews

Today’s consumers depend on “crowd-sourced” review websites like Angie’s List and Yelp, which permit users to post and read reviews of goods and services. Businesses feel a corresponding pressure to encourage favorable...more

Trademark Review - February 2014

Applicant Successfully Avoids Fraud Claim by Consenting to Judgment on Abandonment Claim - In a precedential opinion, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board granted the Applicant’s motion for entry of judgment on the...more

Conflict Reigns in Food Court: Court Allows “Unlawful Prong” UCL Claims to Survive Without Allegations of Reliance in Cases...

Judges in the Northern District of California can’t agree on what is required to state a claim under the “unlawful prong” of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL). Judge Orrick’s recent decisions in a pair of food...more

Watchdog Attacks Coupon Settlement in False Advertising Action

The recent filing of an amicus brief by advertising watchdog Truth in Advertising Inc. (TINA) is a good reminder that, even where there are no objectors, class action settlements are subject to attack by third parties. The...more

Defeating Economic Loss Claims In Pharma Class Actions

Where product liability actions or government investigators have targeted a prescription drug, class actions follow alleging that patients are entitled to a refund of what they paid for the medicine. The theory of these...more

7th Circuit Examines Boundaries of Class Action Fairness Act

This week's post takes a look at the Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Addison Automatics, Inc. v. Hartford Casualty. Ins. Co. that sheds some light on the boundaries of the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), but does so by...more

Misbranding Case Against Gerber Over “Stages” Baby Food Products Trimmed but Not Kicked Entirely

A recent case in the Northern District of California against Gerber over alleged misbranding of its “stages” baby food products demonstrates the difficulty companies face in knocking out food misbranding cases at the motion...more

New York District Court Trims GMO Class Action Against Frito-Lay Over “All Natural” Labels

Last week, a New York federal court dismissed numerous claims against Frito-Lay North America, Inc. in a multidistrict class action over “all natural” labels on Frito-Lay products such as Tostitos, SunChips and Fritos Bean...more

Magistrate Judge Recommends Certification of Two Proposed Classes in “vitaminwater” Litigation

A federal magistrate judge in New York has recommended that New York and California classes be certified to pursue injunctive and declaratory relief against Coca-Cola and Energy Brands for allegedly deceptive labeling of its...more

California Supreme Court Holds that Insurers May Be Held Liable for Violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law

In Zhang v. Superior Court, __ Cal.3d __ (2013), the California Supreme Court held that Moradi-Shalal v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Companies (1988) 46 Cal.3d 287 does not preclude insureds from maintaining a claim for violations of...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - July 22, 2013

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Court Grants Preliminary Approval of Settlement in ConAgra’s “All Natural” Potato Class Action ..“All Natural” Case Involving GMOs Stayed to...more

Updated Version "The Texas Anti-SLAPP Statute: Issues for Business Tort Litigation," by Mark C. Walker, 7th Annual Bill of Rights...

In this issue: - Table Of Contents - Table Of Authorities - I. Introduction. - II. Texas Citizens Participation Act: What is it? - A. Background and Enactment of the TCPA. - 1....more

Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Collateral Estoppel in Multiforum Litigation

The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that the dismissal of a shareholder derivative suit by a California federal court had a preclusive effect on a substantially similar suit pending in the Delaware Chancery Court against...more

Campmor, Inc. v. Brulant, LLC

Opinion Denying Daubert Motion in Limine to Exclude SEO Expert at Trial

Defendant Brulant moves in limine to preclude the testimony of Brian Cooper, Plaintiff Campmor’s expert witness on search engine optimization (“SEO”). The Court held a Daubert hearing on April 10, 2013. The motion is denied....more

Naffe v. Frey, et al.

Ruling DISMISSING Complaint under FRCP 12(b)(1) and Section 1983 claim under FRCP 12(b)(6) with Prejudice, etc.

Per Kenneth White, blogger at Popehat.com: http://www.popehat.com/2013/04/19/victory-for-blogger-patterico-in-free-speech-case/ : "Patrick Frey, also known as Patterico, has been living under the cloud of a frivolous,...more

Securities Class Actions Increasingly Target The C-Suite

According to a recently-published PricewaterhouseCoopers report, corporate executives are being named in an alarmingly high percentage of securities class action filings. In 2012, 94 percent of such filings explicitly named...more

Delaware Supreme Court Says No To Botox And No To Multi-Forum Litigation: Court Dismisses Derivative Suit Against Botox-Maker...

In a recent decision, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery in Pyott, et al. v. Louisiana Mun. Police Emp. Ret. Sys., et al., holding that a derivative suit against Botox-maker Allergan, Inc. should be...more

Who Owns Your Online Persona?

Originally published in The Recorder on March 22nd, 2013. Eagle v. Morgan, 2013-11-4303 (E.D. Pa. 2013), represents one of the first trials on the issue of who owns social media accounts: the individual employee who...more

Abbott Avoids Shake-Up: False Ad Suit over Ensure Dismissed

Yet another court has tasked plaintiffs at the pleading stage with providing scientific support for false advertising claims that are based on a product’s alleged failure to deliver its promised health benefits. On Friday, a...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

How Much "Competition", If Any, Is Required to Establish Standing in Lanham Act False Advertising Cases—the Supreme Court May Be...

Lanham Act false advertising law is largely consistent among the various federal circuit courts. However, one area of Lanham Act jurisprudence where the federal appellate courts do not see eye-to-eye concerns who has standing...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- March 14, 2013

In This Issue: - Gibson Guitar Corp. v. Viacom International, Inc., USDC C.D. California, March 8, 2013: District court grants Viacom’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s Lanham Act and related state law claims for...more

Defrauding Facebook: How One Man Almost Stole The World’s Largest Social Network

In October 2012 Paul Ceglia of New York was arrested on charges he forged documents in a multibillion-dollar scheme to defraud Facebook and its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Mr. Ceglia had brought a much publicized lawsuit...more

Claims by Alleged Developers of the Huffington Post Permitted to Proceed

In Daou v. Huffington, No. 651997/2010 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., N.Y. Cnty. Feb. 14, 2013)—a case strikingly similar to the Facebook lawsuit popularized in The Social Network—the Supreme Court (J. Ramos) ruled that political...more

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