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Supreme Court: FDCA Compliance Does Not Bar Lanham Act Claims

POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co. - In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the United States reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling that the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and its...more

"STOP THE ISLAMISATION OF AMERICA" Is Disparaging

In re Pamela Geller and Robert B. Spencer - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) refusal to register the mark “STOP THE ISLAMISATION OF AMERICA” in...more

Social Media and Spoliation

As we discussed in our previous post regarding the Christou case, social media is discoverable – and consequently subject to a litigation hold. From an evidentiary standpoint, social media is not without its shortcomings, and...more

The Supreme Court's Aereo Ruling: Is the Sky Falling for Cloud Computing?

With the Supreme Court’s Aereo decision finally out, the digital industry is struggling with its impact, if any, on various products and services, particularly with regard to cloud computing. However, the Supreme Court...more

And Speaking of Foreign Trademark Filing Strategy: Tesla Motors is Sued in China for Trademark Infringment

Further to our recent post about the worldwide trademark trials and tribulations of Anheuser-Busch and its BUDWEISER trademark, we now report that the up-and-coming electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. has been sued...more

Dictionaries and Trade Mark

Hello. My name is Paul Harris, and this is my ‘Letter from Europe’, the first in what will be a fortnightly communique of my thoughts on the commercial world, and IP in particular. After all, I have been doing this for more...more

UPDATE: Supreme Court Denies Certiorari For Challenge to Regulation of Speech on Public Broadcast Stations

Two weeks ago, we speculated that the Court would grant certiorari in Minority Television Project, Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission (9th Cir. 2013) 736 F.3d 1192 (en banc) (lead opn. of McKeown, J.). In the case, a...more

Status Updates - July 2014 #4

..YouTube has started pointing out to users that service slowness or interruptions are occurring on its videos — a thinly veiled allusion to ISPs, whom YouTube blames for online slowness. Some refer to this as a form of...more

SLAPP’d in Los Angeles: What types of Lawsuits are Protected by California’s Anti-SLAPP Law

This post is the second in a series on California’s anti-SLAPP law from the perspective of Los Angeles appellate and trial attorney, Jeffrey Lewis. In the prior post, I described in general what California’s anti-SLAPP law...more

Start-Up Tech Company Will Not Change the Future of Television

On June 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in a highly controversial tech case involving cable broadcasters. With cable pricing increasing astronomically over the years, start-up Aereo Inc. created a...more

FCC Letter Brief to Second Circuit Narrowly Construes Recent TCPA Guidance

We reported last spring on two FCC declaratory rulings, GroupMe and Cargo Airline, that included some broad, business-friendly interpretations of rules implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), under which...more

Call Me Maybe?: The New TCPA Position Announced by The Federal Communications Commission in Nigro v. Mercantile Adjustment Bureau

As federal courts continue to grapple with the explosion of litigation brought by plaintiffs under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) is increasingly being called...more

Copyright Litigation and the Risk of Double Costs

An American photojournalist, Ms. Leuthold, was on the scene in New York City on September 11, 2001. She licensed a number of still photographs to the CBC for use in a documentary about the 9/11 attacks. The photos were...more

Quasi-Broadcasting and Copyright – End of an Aereo?

In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court on June 25, 2014, issued an opinion that ruled that web-based TV streaming service Aereo violated copyright law by providing a service substantially similar to cable...more

Leuthold v CBC: “Industry Practice” in Interpreting Contracts

When, if ever, can “industry practice” be used in interpreting contracts? That question is of particular relevance in the entertainment industries, as each facet of those industries (such as film, TV, music, book publishing,...more

Aereo infringes broadcasters’ copyrights, US Supreme Court rules – coming impact for streaming and cloud services?

The United States Supreme Court has held that online video startup Aereo Inc. infringes broadcasters’ copyrights in on-air programming when Aereo transmits the programs to its Internet subscribers. Ruling on June 25,...more

Federal Court Finds That TCPA Plaintiff Consented To Debt Collection Calls by Providing Phone Number On Hospital Admission Form

On June 25, Judge Michael Anello of the Southern District of California granted summary judgment in favor of defendant Sharp Healthcare (“Sharp”) in Hudson v. Sharp Healthcare, 13cv1807-MMA, a purported class action alleging...more

Insurance Recovery Law - July 2014

Second Circuit: Insurer Must Defend Where Factual Allegations Create a Possibility of Coverage - Why it matters: In a recent pro-policyholder decision, the Second Circuit, applying New York law, reminded...more

Karen Millen Court of Justice of the European Union Decision

On 19 June 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) delivered a judgment in the ongoing seven-year legal battle between Karen Millen Fashions and Dunnes Stores in Ireland. Background - This...more

American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc.

American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc. - U.S. Supreme Court, June 25, 2014: U.S. Supreme Court holds that Aereo’s near-contemporaneous transmission of broadcast television programs over Internet to subscribers...more

Policyholders Fight to Preserve Precedent But Court Limits Coverage For Implied Disparagement

On June 12, 2014, the California Supreme Court, in Hartford Casualty Ins. Co. v. Swift Distribution Inc. 59 Cal. 4th 277 (2014), issued its long awaited opinion affirming an appeal of a ruling that at first blush appeared to...more

Courts In 9th Circuit Continue To Split On Ascertainability: “All Natural” Class Action Dies On the Vine But Sexual Energy...

On June 13, 2014, U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer of the Northern District of California, issued an order denying class certification to a putative class of consumers who had purchased ConAgra food products labeled as...more

California Supreme Court Refines the Tort of Commercial Disparagement

On June 12, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in the closely watched case of Hartford Casualty Insurance v. Swift Distribution, Inc., S207172. I reported on the Court of Appeals decision last year on...more

Ninth Circuit Rules That Redbox's Collection of Customer ZIP Codes Falls Under "Deposit" Exception to California's Song-Beverly...

In a 2-1 decision, a Ninth Circuit panel has affirmed a district court's dismissal of a putative class action against Redbox - the company with the bright red DVD-rental kiosks - alleging violations of California's...more

Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Aereo and the Public Performance Right

On June 25, 2014, the US Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Second Circuit and held that Aereo publicly performs copyrighted television programming. The case has important implications for the public performance right...more

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