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TCPA Connect - December 2014

Burger King Settles TCPA Suit for Whopping $8.5M - Letting the class have it their way, Burger King reached an $8.5 million deal to settle a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit over fax advertisements....more

Food Litigation Newsletter - December 2014 #2

In This Issue: - RECENT SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS AND RULINGS ..Mott’s Defeats Class Certification in Apple Juice Labeling Fight ..Court Tentatively Approves Classes in ConAgra “Natural” Cooking Oil...more

American Broadcasting Co. v. Aereo and its Aftermath

The U.S. Copyright Act in 17 USC 106 specifically gives copyright owners the exclusive right to control “performances” of their works. 17 USC 101 defines public performance as including “transmission” of the work. In 17 USC...more

Beastie Boys v. Monster Energy Company - USDC, S.D. New York, December 4, 2014

Following jury verdict in favor of Beastie Boys on copyright infringement and Lanham Act claims, district court denies defendant Monster Energy Company’s motions for judgment as matter of law, for new trial, and for reduction...more

Now That That’s Settled: The Status of Class Action Settlements in the Seventh Circuit after Pella, Radioshack and NBTY

Over the last several months, Judge Richard Posner has authored a triumvirate of opinions reversing the district courts’ approval, over objections, of consumer class action settlements—Eubank v. Pella Corp., 753 F.3d 718 (7th...more

Eleventh Circuit: Rule 68 Offers of Judgment Do Not Moot Putative Class Actions

On December 2, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a district court order dismissing a putative class action as moot, holding that: (1) an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment does not...more

On December 15, 2014, The Ninth Circuit En Banc Will Hear Garcia v. Google, Inc./Actors And Producers Await The Result

On Monday, December 15, 2014, the Ninth Circuit en banc will hear argument in Garcia v. Google, Inc. 766 F3d 929 (9th Cir. 2014), amending 743 F.3d 1258 (9th Cir. 2014). A three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit previously...more

Employer Wins Dismissal of Federal Claims for Wiping Data from Terminated Employee’s Smart Phone

In one of the first reported cases of its kind, a federal district court in Texas recently dismissed federal claims brought under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”) and the Consumer Fraud & Abuse Act (“CFAA”)...more

Turkey Purveyors Try to Gobble Up Trademark Rights

Last year, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we told you about Horace W. Longacre’s unsuccessful attempt to register BAKED TAM as a trademark for its “turkey ham” product in the early 1980s. This year we bring you a related...more

Credit Monitoring Company Enters Consent Order with Government Regarding Online ‘Negative Option’

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Attorneys General of Ohio and Illinois recently entered into a stipulated settlement order with a credit monitoring company arising out of the company’s alleged conduct concerning...more

Class Action Settlement: Judge Posner Strikes Again At Excessive Plaintiffs’ Attorneys’ Fees

Judge Posner of the Seventh Circuit continues to be prolific in authoring class action-related opinions. I enjoy blogging about these decisions because they are entertaining to read and usually relatively short and to the...more

Hurdles to Bringing a Defamation Suit for an Online Review

Courts and the legislature alike have made it difficult for doctors and business owners of all kinds to succeed on a defamation claim for an online review, often treating these lawsuits as attempts to silence freedom of...more

Thanks Obama (For America)! Single Defendant’s Offer Of Judgment Does Not Moot Claim Seeking Relief from Multiple Defendants

Lori Shamblin filed a putative class action against Obama For America, alleging that she had received two unsolicited telephone calls to her cellular phone that were made with an auto-dialer and used pre-recorded messages, in...more

Judge Illston Finds Proof of Injunctive Standing and Consumer Deception Lacking in Consumer Challenge to Mott’s 100% Apple Juice...

Judge Illston’s recent summary judgment ruling in Rahman v. Mott’s LLP, Case No. CV 13-3482 SI (N.D. Cal. Oct. 14, 2014), highlights courts’ varied approaches to the level of proof required to demonstrate Article III...more

Faulty Damages Model Leads to Partial Decertification

On November 6, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted in part defendant Dole’s motion for decertification in Brazil v. Dole Packaged Foods, LLC. In...more

Ultramercial Inc. v. Hulu, LLC: Federal Circuit Invites Early Challenges to Subject Matter Eligibility of Software Patents

Earlier this year, in Alice v. CLS Bank, the Supreme Court set out guidelines for determining whether patents claiming software and hardware features are statutorily eligible for patentability under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Following...more

The Ninth Circuit Holds That Res Judicata Bars State Recovery of Restitution for Members of a CAFA-Compliant Class Action

In California v. Intelligender, LLC, the Ninth Circuit ruled that final judgment in a CAFA-compliant class settlement barred the State of California from seeking restitution on behalf of members of the settlement class for...more

China Court Ruled Infringement for Ambush Marketing in Film Industry

The term “Ambush Marketing” originally came from inappropriate sport advertisement in western countries. It involves a marketing strategy wherein the advertisers associate themselves with, and therefore capitalize on, a...more

Advertising Law - November 2014 #3

NAD Sniffs at Odor Protection Claims - Concerned that a 48 hour antiperspirant/deodorant constitutes an overstated claim of “100% odor protection,” the National Advertising Division recommended...more

Consumer Products Companies Should Take Care to Comply with California “Made in USA” Labeling Law

New cases are being brought by plaintiff attorneys under the California “Made in USA” labeling law, which prohibits use of that claim or similar language if the "merchandise or any article, unit, or part thereof" was made...more

Federal Government Wins Trademark Battle to Shut Down “Voice of America” Website with “Undeniable Governmental Aesthetic”

Since its first broadcast on February 1, 1942, the Voice of America radio service (VOA) has aired countless hours of programming in dozens of languages to what is currently an estimated global audience of over 100 million...more

Bestwater – CJEU considers embedded links to copyright content (again)

On 21 October 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) gave its decision in Bestwater, a case that, like the decision in Svensson earlier this year, concerns the question of whether there is an infringement...more

Lawful Waffle: California Courts Dismiss “Natural” Food False Ad Claims

Two California courts have recently dismissed false advertising claims concerning the marketing of food products as “natural,” marking a departure from the trend in consumer class actions in that state. In Richards et...more

Unincorporated Associations Can Own and Enforce Trademark Rights

Southern California Darts Association v. Zaffina - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment and a permanent injunction in favor of a common law trademark owner whose marks...more

Judge Posner Orders Sherlock Holmes Estate to Pay Attorneys’ Fees for “Form of Extortion”

Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd. - In another scathing opinion against the Sherlock Holmes estate, Judge Richard A. Posner ordered the estate to pay attorneys’ fees for bringing “nonexistent copyright claims” as a...more

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