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Sexual Harassment Parody Commercial Held Not To Violate Lanham Act

Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act prohibits false or misleading statements in commerce that are likely to cause confusion as to a person’s affiliation, approval or sponsorship of someone else’s commercial activities. Here’s an...more

Blogger-Journalist Protected From Defamation Suit By Anti-SLAPP Statute

Are journalists protected by anti-SLAPP statutes? Until last week, the likely answer would have been: “probably not,” at least in Massachusetts. But that was before Cardno Chemrisk, LLC v. Foytlin, a recent opinion by the...more

Northern District of Illinois Strikes TCPA Class Allegations

Earlier this month, the Northern District of Illinois struck the class allegations in Cholly v. Uptain Group, Inc., a single-count TCPA case filed against a medical services provider and a debt collector based on allegedly...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - February 2017

Joint Representation — Conflicts of Interest — Waiver - Foltz v. Columbia Casualty Company, 2016 WL 4734687 (W.D. Ok. 2016) - Risk Management Issue: Can client A's waiver, given with informed consent, permitting...more

TCPA Connect - February 2017

Case Not Moot Even After Rule 67 Funds Deposited - Is a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action moot where a defendant actually deposits sufficient funds with the court to satisfy a plaintiff’s claim pursuant to...more

Community Banks Should Be Wary of ADA Claims

A number of community banks have recently received an unpleasant delivery: a demand letter from a law firm stating the bank is not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA) and suggesting a proposed...more

Food for Thought: A Review of 2016 Litigation

Food for Thought is a review of significant court decisions affecting the food, beverage, dietary supplements and personal care products industry. Although many cases in this edition focus on class certification, others...more

TCPA Violations Claimed Against Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego (Rady) was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court this week for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for autodialed debt-collection calls...more

Don’t Friend My Friends: Nonsolicitation Agreements Should Account for Social Media Strategies

As social media becomes an important part of many companies’ sales and branding strategies, issues relating to companies’ ability to protect their investments in such strategies are emerging. Indeed, this blog has previously...more

TCPA: The Next Wave of Class Action Lawsuits Asserts Consumer’s Right to Withdraw Consent to Receive Text Messages

Last year, we warned large and small companies about the proliferation of class action lawsuits brought by plaintiffs alleging violations of the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act (TCCWNA),...more

[Webinar] Litigation is Inevitable: Update on Recent Advertising Class Actions - Feb. 22nd, 12:00pm ET

Consumer class action suits continue to be a growing source of concern to marketers and income for plaintiffs’ law firms. This webinar will provide an update on recent consumer class action cases across a range of industries...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Holds Ingredient List Label on Product Not an Absolute Defense to Claim for Deceptive Merchandising...

Murphy v. Stonewall Kitchen, LLC, No. 104072 (November 8, 2016)- The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, reversed a trial court’s order dismissing an action on the grounds that an ingredient list label was a...more

Ninth Circuit Weighs in on Prior Express Consent and Revocation of Consent

The Ninth Circuit recently weighed in on the limitations of prior express consent and revocation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA”). In Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness Group, LLC, the consumer provided...more

Hyperlinking in Hamburg and Prague: How national courts apply GS Media

On 8 September 2016, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) handed down judgment C-160/15 on the means of hyperlinking which caught quite some attention. It has become known as the GS Media decision. In essence, this CJEU...more

WIPO - France: Domain name used for cyber fraud

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a Panel ordered the transfer of a domain name because, although it had never been...more

Rare Interlocutory Injunction Issued by Federal Court in Trademark Case

In a significant decision issued last week, Sleep Country Canada Inc v Sears Canada Inc, 2017 FC 148, the Federal Court issued rare interlocutory relief to a Plaintiff in a trademark case. ...more

FDA-Approved Labeling Does Not Equal Medical Standard Of Care

We’ve been defending the ability of physicians to engage in off-label use ever since the Bone Screw litigation of the 1990s. Buckman Co. v. Plaintiffs Legal Committee, where the United States Supreme Court affirmed that...more

The Viability of the “Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine” Defense and Other Ways to Stem the Tide of Food & Beverage Class Actions

As our readers are well aware, in the past decade, food and beverage manufacturers have faced an unrelenting onslaught of putative class actions challenging allegedly false or misleading labels. In the January 2016 issue, we...more

Advertising Law - February 2017 #2

Uber’s Earnings, Financing Claims Crash Into FTC - For exaggerating claims about earnings potential and automobile financing, Uber has agreed to pay $20 million in a deal with the Federal Trade Commission. According...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 1

The Decline and Fall of the Section 230 Safe Harbor? - 2016 was a tough year for a lot of reasons, most of which are outside the scope of this blog (though if you’d like to hear our thoughts about Bowie, Prince or...more

Defamation Series: Texas Supreme Court Explains That Courts Should Not Make Editorial Decisions For The Media Re Information...

In Texas, Plaintiff Wade Brady brought claims for libel and libel per se against Carter Publications, Inc., publisher of the newspaper West Fort Bend Star, and one of its writers, LeaAnne Klentzman. Wade alleged that the...more

TCPA Class Certified Based Largely on “Concrete Injury” Determination

Following the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540, 1549 (2016) – which held that Article III standing requires a concrete injury, even when an injury has otherwise been established...more

Borderline products: Marketing food supplements in the UK following the glucosamine case

In late December 2016, the Supreme Court rejected the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's (MHRA) application for permission to appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal in R. (on the application of...more

Arbitrator’s Decision On Availability Of Collective And Class Arbitration Withstands Procedural And Substantive Challenges

A Colorado federal court recently denied DISH Network (“DISH”)’s petition to vacate an arbitration award that decided an arbitration agreement with former employee Ray permitted collective or class certification. The...more

Ninth Circuit Adopts Broad Interpretation of Spokeo and Article III Standing Requirement

On Monday, January 30, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held in Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness Group, LLC, No. 14-55980, that the plaintiff’s allegation that he received unsolicited text messages in violation...more

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