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Unwanted Baggage: Asset Acquisition and Successor Liability

suitcase-1463298472AoUIf you buy the assets of a company, have you also acquired the liabilities for infringement associated with those assets? That is the issue addressed in a recent decision by the federal district court...more

Legal Alert: Voice Over Internet Protocol and the TCPA:  The Hidden Pothole on the Information Super Highway

Since the enactment of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in 1991, technological advances in the way people communicate have often outpaced the ability of the courts and the Federal Communications Commission to...more

Sex, Lies and Defamation

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Ninth Circuit emphasized the continuing viability of defamation claims in cyberspace, notwithstanding a culture saturated in images and "anything goes," by permitting a defamation claim by an...more

A Trial Attorney’s “Google” Responsibilities

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media services store the personal and professional information of millions of users. To the enterprising trial attorney, that’s millions of tweets, posts, photos, ‘likes’, pins,...more

False Ad Claims Fail to Crystalize as Court Dismisses Amended Complaint against Sharp Electronics with Prejudice

Dismissals of class action complaints with prejudice are not as common as dismissals with leave to replead, but a recent decision in the District of New Jersey illustrates the circumstances under which a dismissal with...more

Pokemon Go, a Scary Trend for any E-Discovery Practitioner

One word that I never thought would have any cultural relevance ever again, Pokemon. I remember the days when Nintendo was the “it" thing to have and Pokemon was at the forefront of that fad. But that was the 1990s, so when I...more

Dietary Supplements and Class Actions: Getting Schooled in California

Three cases pending in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals may help resolve splits in the district courts over (1) defining an appropriate class of plaintiffs ("ascertainability") and (2) the propriety of awarding class-wide...more

The FTC Social Media Consent Order Against SmartClick

The FTC continues its efforts to combat deceptive social media advertising. In June 2016, the FTC brought an enforcement action against SmartClick Media LLC and its owner. The FTC alleged that SmartClick engaged in the...more

A Setback to Businesses: Courts in the Eleventh Circuit in a Post-Spokeo World

When the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540, 194 L. Ed. 2d 635 (2016), earlier this year, it was received by compliance professionals with mixed reactions. Many were thrilled with the...more

California Appellate Court Holds Police Video of Arrest Not Protected Under Pitchess

Only a Record Generated as Part of an Internal Investigation is Protected by Pitchess - The California Court of Appeal has ruled in City of Eureka v. Superior Court (Greenson) that a police “dash cam” video of an...more

Advertising Law - July 2016 #3

Wikipedia Link Trips up Ninth Circuit False Ad Suit - Ruling that a California federal court incorrectly relied upon a Wikipedia link when considering a summary judgment motion in a false advertising suit, the Ninth...more

Medina v. Dash Films Inc. - USDC, S.D. New York, July 14, 2016

District court dismisses trademark infringement action against Kanye West and others, finding that defendants’ film series title “Loisaidas” is protected by First Amendment because it has artistic relevance, title is not...more

Supreme Court’s Spokeo Decision Leaves Questions Unresolved

On May 16, the Supreme Court issued its Spokeo v. Robins decision. Spokeo was a closely-watched case, as it had the potential to substantially limit federal court jurisdiction in cases where plaintiffs sued for violations of...more

Can You Identify Your Trade Dress?

Trade dress is a type of trademark intellectual property right that can protect almost any unique identifying aesthetic design used by a company, from the shape of a product, to the appearance of a website, to the decor of a...more

Avatar Wins Against Another Copyright Owner… in an Unusual Manner

A recent decision from the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, ended the hopes and dreams of a copyright owner from receiving a share of the $2.8 billion earned by James Cameron’s Avatar film. In this...more

Indian Supreme Court Upholds Criminal Defamation and an Individual “Right to Reputation”

On May 13, 2016, the Indian Supreme Court issued a landmark verdict rejecting a series of petitions that challenged the criminal defamation provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the basis that they violate free speech...more

TCPA Connect - July 2016

FCC: U.S. Government Is Not a Person Under TCPA - In response to petitions filed by three government contractors seeking clarification that the federal government and its agents were exempt from liability under the...more

Controversial New Jersey Consumer Protection Law Creates a Potential “Gotcha” for E-Commerce Companies

If your company is involved in selling products or services to consumers in New Jersey over the web or through mobile apps, you’ll want to read this blog post....more

3rd Circuit Reinstates Firefighter’s Defamation Claim Against the New York Daily News

On January 29, 2015, the New York Daily News published an article “Heated Sex Scandal Surrounds Philadelphia Fire Department: ‘It's Bad Stuff.’” The article stated that a sex scandal “implicat[ing] dozens of city employees,...more

FTC Consent Order Creates Uncertainty for Advertising of Credit, Lease Offers

A recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order with two Ohio auto dealers creates uncertainty not only for auto dealers, but also for all other businesses advertising credit or lease offers. The order settled...more

Tendering Funds to Support Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Still Does Not Moot Case

On July 6, the Sixth Circuit addressed a question apparently left open by the Supreme Court in its recent Campbell-Ewald case.  In Campbell-Ewald, the Supreme Court ruled that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment did not...more

Court of Appeals Hears National Federation of the Blind’s Challenge to DOT Rule Regarding Blind-Accessible Kiosks at Domestic...

On June 29, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard the National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) challenge to a Department of Transportation (DOT) Final Rule regarding air carriers’ duty to...more

Concrete and Particularized Part III: Initial Circuit Court Reactions to Spokeo

In the two months since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-awaited decision in Robins v. Spokeo, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), a handful of federal circuits have applied the decision to pending disputes over Article III...more

Clarity Coming Soon About What New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”) Actually Requires

Remember that wave of class actions under New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”), N.J.S.A. § 56:12-14 et seq., that hit New Jersey courts earlier this year, claiming that website terms of...more

Warning Labels Suit Not Suitable for Preliminary Injunction

In American Beverage Association v. City and County of San Francisco, No. 3:15-cv-03415-EMC, decided on May 17, 2016, Northern District Judge Edward Chen denied a preliminary injunction against enforcement of a San Francisco...more

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