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Illinois “Blasts” Non-TCPA Causes of Action Out of Coverage

In G.M. Sign, Inc. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2014 IL App (2d) 130593 (May 2, 2014), the Illinois appellate court enforced a policy’s Violation of Statutes Exclusion endorsement to preclude coverage for a settlement...more

Retailers Make Their Mark: Québec Court Sides with Retailers on the Use of Trade-Marks in Public Signage and Commercial...

In a significant decision released on April 9, 2014, the Superior Court of Québec held that the Québec Charter of the French Language (the Charter) does not require non-French trade-marks appearing on public signage be...more

Rainbow International Seeks Restoration Of Exclusive Use Of Its Marks

On April 9, 2014, Rainbow International LLC ("Rainbow International"), of Waco, Texas, filed a complaint in the Middle District of Georgia against Brian Whitley, Patricia Whitley, and Quick Whits, Inc. d/b/a "Rainbow...more

Proposed California Legislation Would Limit and Possibly Punish Non-Disparagement Clauses in Online Consumer Contracts

On Tuesday, April, 22, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee voted 10-0 to approve a so-called “Yelp bill” that would prohibit companies from suppressing negative consumer reviews through the use of “non-disparagement...more

FCC Grants Limited Package Delivery Notification “Prior Express Consent” Exemption

On March 27, 2014, the FCC granted, in part, a petition for expedited declaratory ruling filed by the Cargo Airline Association (“CAA”). (The FCC’s CAA Order can be found here.) In its petition, the CAA asked the FCC: (1) to...more

Would Texas Law Support Disgorgement of Payments When Plaintiff’s Daughter Makes Comments On Facebook?

In a case that received national attention, on February 26, 2014, a Florida District Court of Appeal held that a plaintiff’s comments to his daughter regarding a settlement with his former employer and his daughter’s...more

Nine Thoughts On The Ninth Circuit’s “Innocence of Muslims” Copyright Decision

By now, you’ve probably heard the agonized shrieks of your friendly neighborhood copyright lawyer, decrying the Ninth Circuit’s opinion Garcia v. Google. If you haven’t had the time or inclination to read the opinion, here is...more

Announcing a Job Move on LinkedIn or Facebook - Breach of Contract or Fair Game?

It is always worthwhile to talk about current developments in the area of social media and employment law, and to look back at their contextual import. Much of the fun, however, lies in playing the forecasting game, and...more

Three, Two, One, Blast Off! Illinois Court Finds Coverage for Blast Fax TCPA Violations

Last year, the Illinois Supreme Court held statutory damages of $500 per occurrence for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) were not punitive in nature and reversed an Illinois appellate court decision...more

"Solicitation" In the Era of Social Media Remains Unsettled

Last month, in KNF&T v. Muller (October 2013), the Massachusetts Superior Court found that a LinkedIn update regarding an employee's new job was not a solicitation of business in violation of her non-competition agreement,...more

Michigan Court Holds Business Owner Individually Liable For TCPA Violation But Denies Request For Treble Damages

Jackson Five Star Catering, Inc. v. John R. Beason and Tax Connection Worldwide, LLC, No. 10-10010, 2013 WL 5966340 (E.D. Mich. Nov. 8, 2013) - Pending before the Court were several motions, including Defendant...more

TCPA Class Action Settlements in Illinois—the Dispute Between Client and Insurer Rages On

On October 31, 2013, the Northern District of Illinois forced two insurers to cover a $6 million settlement of a TCPA class action despite claims that their insured, M&M Retail Center, Inc., settled for an inflated amount it...more

SCOTUS Denies Cert in Challenge to Facebook's "Beacon" Class Action Settlement

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a case challenging the fairness of a cy pres settlement of a class action against Facebook related to Facebook’s “Beacon” program that was launched in late 2007. Although the...more

September 2013: Trademark/Copyright Litigation Update - Ninth Circuit Affirms District Court Denial of Preliminary Injunction in...

On July 24, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals weighed in for the first time in the closely-watched copyright infringement and breach of contract dispute between satellite TV provider Dish Networks and Fox Broadcasting...more

New TCPA Requirements for "Prior Express Written Consent" Effective October 16

Companies that use telemarketing campaigns must be ready for changes to “prior express consent” requirements that go into effect on October 16, 2013. The new rules were issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...more

TC's inside IP - Summer 2013: Dish Network’s Ad-Skipping Hopper DVR Leaps Over Fox’s Injunction Request

The 9th Circuit agrees: Fox cannot stop the Hopper…for now. At stake is the future of how we watch TV: whether DVRs can automatically remove commercials from network shows. Dish Network says yes; Fox says no. While standard...more

Barbara’s Bakery and Naked Juice Settle GMO Class Actions and Agree to Third-Party Substantiation of Non-GMO Labeling

Class actions challenging “all natural” labels on products allegedly containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are all the rage in California. The jury is still out on how these claims will ultimately hold up, but some...more

What Would the FDA Do? Court Asks Agency to Resolve GMO Labeling Issue in “All Natural” Case Involving Mission Tortilla Chips

Last month we highlighted a tentative decision out of the Northern District of California that contemplated a stay of proceedings in the Cox v. Gruma Corp. (Case No. 12-CV-6502 YGR) matter while the FDA is asked to decide...more

U.S. v. Apple Inc et al

Copy of District Court Ruling that Apple Conspired to Raise E-Book Prices

On July 10, 2013, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote ruled that Apple conspired with five publishers to raise the price of e-books when it introduced the iBookstore in 2010. Here’s a full-text copy of her ruling (embed code...more

CFPB Seeks Injunction Against Debt Relief Firm’s “Abusive” Practices

On May 30, the CFPB filed a complaint in federal district court against a Florida debt-relief company the CFPB alleges violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule and the Dodd-Frank Act by promising certain debt relief...more

Facebook Posts Breached Confidentiality Agreement

The decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”) in Tremblay v. 1168531 Ontario Inc. serves as yet another reminder that Facebook postings can have significant consequences. It is also the first decision before...more

Can Touting Your New Job on Social Media Sites Violate a Non-Solicitation Agreement?

According to a federal judge in Oklahoma in Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. v. Cahill, simply sharing information about a new job over social media does not mean that you are inviting former co-workers to come join you in...more

Funeral Homes In Charlotte Battle Over Trademark Infringement

You don't see a trademark infringement action in the Business Court every day, let alone a TRO decision, but a case with both came along last Friday in SCI Carolina Funeral Services, LLC v. McEwen Ellington Funeral Services,...more

Product Liability Advisory - December 2012: Product Manufacturers and the Importance of Understanding Personal and Advertising...

In product liability actions, claims against manufacturers often involve bodily injury or property damage. But manufacturers can also be exposed to “personal and advertising” injuries, which don’t involve property damage but...more

Case Studies: The Real World Impact of Class Actions for Technical Violations of Consumer Protection Statutes

Mama Mia, a Florida restaurant, accepts credit cards as payment for meals. A customer provides his credit card to pay for his meal and receives a receipt from the restaurant. The receipt displays the customer’s credit card...more

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