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Advertising Law - April 2016 #4

Study Finds Low Compliance for Native Advertising - According to a new study, roughly 70 percent of websites are not compliant with the Federal Trade Commission's recently released native advertising...more

Court of Appeal Sustains CPUC's Discretion to Fill Gaps in Statutory Scheme for Intervenor Compensation but Requires CPUC to Limit...

The California Court of Appeal (1st Dist., Div. 4) issued an important decision on April 19, 2016, in New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC v. Public Utilities Commission, addressing a determination by the California Public...more

Social Media Policy Cannot Prevent Employee from Negative Responses to Customer Tweets

The National Labor Relations Board continues to interpret Section 7 of the NLRA to prevent employers from adopting social media policies that restrict employees’ ability to publically complain about their terms and conditions...more

#Concerted Activity in 140 Characters or Less

Employees have increasingly voiced concerns on social media regarding their employment, often including specific statements about their employers. As previously discussed on this blog, an employee’s Facebook post related to...more

CARRERA’s Trademark Reputation: “Luxury, High Tech, High Performance and Success”

The German carmaker, Porsche AG, which designed the iconic 911 Carrera sports car, owns the European Union and German “CARRERA” word mark, registered for “automobiles” in class 12. How far beyond automobiles does the...more

The Regulator Knows Best: British Columbia Court of Appeal Upholds Bylaws Prohibiting Customer Incentive Programs

In Sobeys West Inc. v. College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, 2016 BCCA 41, the British Columbia Court of Appeal determined that it was reasonable for the College of Pharmacists to prohibit pharmacists from using...more

Trademark Review | February 2016

The Federal Circuit Considers Constitutionality of Refusal to Register Scandalous and Immoral Marks - The Lanham Act prohibits registration of marks that are defamatory, scandalous or immoral. Last month, in In re Tam,...more

Ninth Circuit: No Relief from Stay in General Mills’ Trans Fats Case Pending FDA Action

The Ninth Circuit will not review district court stays, the appeals court recently held, because they are not “final orders” subject to immediate appeal. On January 26, 2015, the Ninth Circuit granted General Mills’ motion to...more

California "Organic" Labeling Decision: A Blueprint for More Class Actions of FDA Regulated Products?

In December 2015, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling in Quesada v. Herb Thyme Farms, Inc., which may affect many companies subject to FDA regulation, but particularly those that advertise and sell products as...more

NLRB Again Says Employers Cannot Impose Blanket Ban on Employee Recording in Workplace

Like many employers, Whole Foods adopted a policy prohibiting employees from conducting unauthorized recording of conversations, phone calls or meetings, regardless of the recording technology used. Employers generally...more

FCC Wireless Shot Clock Trumps Complex Local Processes, Says First Circuit While Addressing Section 332 “Final Action” Requirement

On Jan. 8, 2016, in Global Tower Assets, LLC v. Town of Rome, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a wireless permit applicant must go through all administrative appeals required by local law before there...more

FCC Commissioner O’Rielly Questions Commission’s Forfeiture Calculations in Recent Forfeiture Order

On December 7, 2015 the FCC released a Forfeiture Order against PTT Phone Cards, Inc. (formerly Star Pinless) (PTT or the Company), a prepaid calling card service provider that resells international telecommunications...more

B&B Hardware – District Courts Consider Impact on Both Trademark and Patent Litigation

In B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries, the Supreme Court held that, under some circumstances, determinations by the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board could have preclusive effect in subsequent federal court litigation...more

In re Allegiance Staffing – The Rare “Any Other Established Fact”

In this case, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board reversed the refusal to register Applicant’s ALLEGIANCE STAFFING mark (disclaiming STAFFING) for temporary employment agency service on the basis of likelihood of confusion...more

Summary of Recent Precedential Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decisions

From June through August 2015, the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board issued eleven precedential decisions. Over the course of the upcoming weeks, we are briefly summarizing each opinion and a “take away” for brand owners and...more

Federal Court Nixes City’s Attempt to Use Copyright Law to Curtail Critic’s Speech on YouTube

A California city cannot hold one of its citizens liable for copyright infringement for using clips of city council meetings in his critical YouTube videos, a federal judge has ruled. The August 20, 2015 order in City of...more

Work-Related Text Messages on Personal Cell Phones Are Public Records Says WA Supreme Court

From Washington, D.C. to Washington state, the manner in which government officials and employees create and store business records is making headlines. The latest development is a unanimous decision of the Washington Supreme...more

Life Sciences Companies and Free %$&*@# Speech

Irish and NI life sciences companies operating in the US likely are familiar with the concept of “off-label” promotion–providing information about drug/device uses that have not been cleared by the FDA (even where the FDA has...more

What Comes Next In Amarin Pharm v. FDA?

The Southern District of New York’s preliminary injunction in Amarin Pharm, Inc. v. FDA—prohibiting the FDA from taking action against Amarin over truthful, non-misleading “off-label” statements about its prescription drug...more

Amarin Wins Truthful Off-Label Speech Challenge

On August 7, Citing the First Amendment, a Southern District of New York court ruled that FDA cannot limit a manufacturer’s “truthful and non-misleading speech promoting off-label use” of a drug and evaluated specific...more

B&B Hardware: The Preclusive Effect of TTAB Decisions in Court

Introduction - Issue preclusion is a familiar concept to most practicing attorneys. Under this doctrine, “later courts should honor the first actual decision of a matter that has been actually litigated.” Charles Alan...more

Upper Tribunal Criticises FCA's Approach To Publicising Decision Notices

We consider here the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) in Bayliss & Co (Financial Services) Limited and Clive John Rosier v the Financial Conduct Authority [2015] UKUT 0265 (TCC) in which the tribunal...more

Summary of Recent Precedential Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decisions

In the past two months, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has issued three opinions citable as Board precedent. The following is a brief summary of each opinion and its precedential impact....more

Washington Department of Revenue takes same position on taxability of early termination fees being challenged in Massachusetts

In a ruling that will be of interest to taxpayers following Massachusetts appeals on the issue, Washington has issued recent guidance (see Washington DOR – Termination Fees) asserting that early termination fees for...more

Supreme Court Holds that Issue Preclusion May Apply to TTAB Decisions

In a 7-2 decision authored by Justice Alito, the Supreme Court held on March 24, 2015, that issue preclusion may apply to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decisions. The case, B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries,...more

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