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Sweet(ener) Confusion: Court Divide Over Role of Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine in “Evaporated Cane Juice” Cases Grows

In Swearingen v. Santa Cruz Natural, Inc., No. C 13-04291 (N.D. Cal. April 2, 2014), Judge Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted defendant’s motion to dismiss based on the primary...more

City Officials Dodge Disclosure of Private Emails and Texts Under Public Records Act

In a case that seems sure to jump-start legislative activity in Sacramento and throughout the state, the court in City of San Jose v. Superior Court (6th App. Dist., Mar. 27, 2014), held that communications regarding City...more

Supreme Court Denies Petition for Certiorari of Eighth Circuit Decision Holding that Defendant Cannot Collaterally Attack FCC TCPA...

As previously reported, the federal courts have been confronting many issues involving The Administrative Orders Review Act (“Hobbs Act”), 28 U.S.C. § 2342, in TCPA litigation, particularly in cases where defendants have...more

Court Upholds City's Ability to Regulate an Advertising Sign After Finding the City's Decision was Supported by Substantial...

After over 35 years of advertising its business with a 35 foot pole sign, the Court of Appeal agreed with the City of West Sacramento that the time had come for U-Haul to reduce the sign's height to 12 feet in compliance with...more

Another Motion to Amend Denied in IPR Final Written Decision

While Patent Owners have finally succeeded in having claims survive an inter partes review proceeding, no Patent Owner has yet to find the magic formula that successfully navigates a motion to amend. In a Final Written...more

How Will Arlington v. F.C.C. Affect the Future Development of Telecommunications Law? (Or Will It Have Any Effect?)

On May 20 of last year, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Arlington v. F.C.C (2013). The decision settled — in favor of administrative agencies — a long-standing administrative law question: whether the Chevron...more

FDA Refusal to Define "Natural" Leaves Food Manufacturers at Risk for More and Costlier Class Action Litigation and Looking for...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this month declined to weigh in on the issue of whether food products containing genetically modified ingredients can be labeled as "natural," refusing the request of three federal judges...more

D.C. Circuit Dish Network Decision Fails to Clear the Muddied TCPA Waters of a Seller’s Vicarious Liability

On January 22, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed Dish Network LLC’s petition for review of a 2013 Declaratory Ruling (“Declaratory Ruling”) by the Federal Communications...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - January 23, 2014

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Court Denies Class Certification in Class Action Suit Against Ben & Jerry’s ..FDA Declines to Revise Policy on “Natural” Food Labels ..Court...more

Supreme Court Will Rule on Whether Agency-Approved Beverage Label Can Be Challenged as ‘False Advertising’ in Federal Court

On January 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal by Pom Wonderful LLC against The Coca-Cola Company. The Court will examine whether Pom can bring a federal Lanham Act false advertising claim against a...more

FDA Refuses Judges’ Request for Clarification Regarding “All Natural” Foods

On January 6, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused the request of three federal judges to clarify whether food with bioengineered ingredients may be labeled “Natural,” “All Natural” or “100%...more

Appealing a Telecoms Regulatory Decision

Summary - A recent and interesting case (Colt v Office of Communications [2013] CAT 29) has shed some light on when and in what circumstances the decisions of the UK’s telecoms regulator can be appealed....more

Court Dismisses Labeling Claims Against Wholesoy, Deferring to the Authority and Expertise of the FDA

Are judges in the Northern District of California losing their taste for food labeling litigation? In a recent win for Wholesoy & Co., Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers dismissed plaintiff’s “misbranding” claims concerning the...more

Supreme Court Upholds FCC's Authority To Impose Time Limitations on Land Use Approvals for Wireless Facilities

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had authority under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to impose time limits for state and local governments to act...more

The Supreme Court Rules that the Fox Can Guard the Henhouse (Because the Fox Told Them He Can)

The Supreme Court of the United States has allowed federal agencies to interpret ambiguities in their implementing statutes and directed courts to defer to agency expertise when deciding cases. (Who, after all, knows a...more

City of Arlington v. FCC: Did the Supreme Court Just Expand the Scope of Chevron Deference? No.

On Monday, in City of Arlington v. FCC, the Supreme Court made clear that agency interpretations of ambiguous statutes are entitled to deference even where they involve questions relating to the scope of an agency’s authority...more

Supreme Court Upholds FCC Authority to Address Wireless Siting

The Supreme Court today issued its decision in City of Arlington v. FCC—the case challenging the FCC’s 2009 “Shot Clock” declaratory ruling. The Supreme Court affirmed the Fifth Circuit, holding that Chevron deference applies...more

U.S. Supreme Court Allows FCC to Determine its Own Authority - Decision Upholds FCC Time Restrictions on Local Government...

The United States Supreme Court issued its decision in City of Arlington v. FCC, ruling that if an agency has general rulemaking or adjudicative power under a statute, courts must defer to all of the agency’s reasonable...more

Will The NLRB's Protection Of Water Cooler Conversations Trump A Company's Right To Keep Its Investigations Confidential?

Over the past year, the National Labor Relations Board has issued a series of decisions that have significantly expanded the rights of non-supervisory employees, including non-unionized employees, to discuss information that...more

City May Not Settle Litigation By Negotiating Away Police Powers; Permits Issued Pursuant To Such Settlement Are Invalid

In Summit Media, LLC v. City of Los Angeles (--- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 2 Dist., December 10, 2012), a California court of appeal considered a challenge to a settlement of a lawsuit between outdoor advertising companies...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again: California Federal Court Finally Tells Merchants When They Can Ask Consumers for Personal Infomation - But...

A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued an opinion Dec. 17, 2012, that seems to answer definitively a question that has weighed on the minds of California merchants for the...more

Court of Appeals Rules Employee Efforts To Take Over Editorial Control At Newspaper Unprotected By NLRA

An issue we have discussed previously is whether all employee action that is “concerted” is also protected by the NLRA. We have seen that maliciously false statements made to third parties are unprotected. But what about when...more

Khasin v. Hershey: Unduly Narrowing the Preemptive Scope of Pom Wonderful

As we have briefly explored, the Ninth Circuit has broadly construed Buckman implied preemption of state law claims pertaining to food, drugs, and medical devices, which are regulated under the federal Food, Drug, and...more

IP Update, Vol. 15, No. 11, November 2012

IN THIS ISSUE: Patents - ..Is It Time to Take a New Look at Appellate Review of PTO Claim Construction? ..Limits on the Use of the Disclosure-Dedication Rule Under Doctrine of Equivalents ..Causal...more

Termination for Facebook Posting Does Not Violate State Invasion of Privacy Law

Recent court decisions related to employees’ online postings have centered on whether disciplinary decisions regarding those postings may violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA protects certain employee...more

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