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Advertising Law - May 2017 #4

NAD Watches Paint Dry, Sides With Advertiser - The Sherwin-Williams Co. does not need to change the name of its “CoverMaxx” spray paints, the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau said after...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms GOOGLE Is Not Generic

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On May 16, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that the GOOGLE trademark had not become generic, providing guidance on preventing genericide. Elliott et al. v. Google, Inc., No. 15-cv-15809, 2017 US...more

TCPA & Consumer Calling - Monthly TCPA Digest - May 2017

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory...more

Data Breaches and the Significance of Outside Counsel

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On May 18, 2017, the Central District of California joined two other district courts (D. Minn. and M.D. Tenn.) in holding that forensic reports resulting from a data breach investigation, conducted at the direction of...more

Monthly TCPA Digest - May 2017

by Mintz Levin on

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory...more

Could the Use of Online Volunteers and Moderators Increase Your Company’s Copyright Liability Exposure?

With over one billion websites on the Internet, and 211 million items of online content created every minute, it should come as no surprise that content curation is one of the hottest trends in the Internet industry. We are...more

Defamation Suit against Buzzfeed Will Proceed in Miami

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

On May 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida denied the motion of Buzzfeed, Inc. (“Buzzfeed”) and its editor-in-chief to transfer to New York a defamation lawsuit involving Buzzfeed’s...more

Caveat Emptor in the Information Age?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Commercial litigator Brooks Gresham and products liability litigator Trent Taylor bring us some timely thoughts about reliance from a recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in a...more

New York’s Highest Court Rebuffs Facebook’s Efforts to Protect the Rights of Its Users in Search Warrant Fight

Facebook’s four-year battle on behalf of its users, seeking to quash 381 warrants obtained by the New York County District Attorney’s Office, has come to a close. The decision of the New York Court of Appeals—which is New...more

The ABCs of Statutory Consumer Protection Liability

The number of consumer claims filed since the Great Recession has skyrocketed. These claims include alleged violations of an “alphabet soup” of federal and state consumer protection statutes. These statutes allow prevailing...more

The Price Is Not Right: Class Action Risks of Comparative Price Advertising

“Was that retail ‘bargain’ you received really a bargain?” That is the question being asked by a recent spate of lawsuits filed against prominent retailers. Most of these actions have been brought as private party class...more

Class Action Quarterly Update - Winter 2017

Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) cases have continued to dominate class action filings over the past quarter. Second in volume to TCPA cases are those alleging claims of false advertising. These cases are heavily...more

Vitamin Shoppe Sued Over Supplement Claims

by Reed Smith on

Last week a class action lawsuit was filed against Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. The plaintiffs asserted that Vitamin Shoppe misled consumers and made scientifically inaccurate claims with regard to its garcinia cambogia weight loss...more

Horseracing-based Fantasy Sports Game Found Illegal

In a follow up to a lawsuit we previously reported on, a California District Court ruled on summary judgment that a horseracing-based fantasy sports game constitutes illegal wagering....more

Forum Selection Clause Not Triggered Based on Statements Made in Another Forum

On May 15, 2017, District Judge Paul Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) denied the motion of Comcast Corporation, et al. (“Comcast”) for reconsideration of the Court’s prior Order dated December 14, 2016. The Court had earlier denied...more

No Charges by ISP for Performing its Duties Under the Notice and Notice Regime

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Unlike many countries which provide an effective "notice and take down" remedy for copyright owners whose works are wrongly posted on Internet sites, Canada has implemented a "notice and notice" regime. In Voltage Pictures,...more

Offer of Judgment Fails to Defeat TCPA Fax Class Action

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

On May 8, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a ruling rejecting Educational Testing Service’s (“ETS”) attempt to moot a class action brought pursuant to the Telephone Consumer...more

Could Service Of Process Via Facebook Be The Way Of The Future?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Ah, technology. In this modern world, we navigate the roads on our phones instead of a map. We talk to a cylindrical tube to tell it to order more toilet paper for us, tell us the weather, read us the news, or turn on the...more

Proposed Class Action Targets Advertising to Drivers Using DMV Info

by Reed Smith on

A class action filed this month alleges that car warranty company NRRM LLC used information obtained from Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) records to market to consumers in violation of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act...more

Top 7 Reasons Why Websites Need a DMCA Agent

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides copyright protection and some limitations of liability for online copyright infringement if safe harbors are used. It governs the majority of US-based websites and...more

CJEU to rule on press publishers’ neighbouring right

by Hogan Lovells on

With decision of 8 May 2017, the regional Court of Berlin referred to questions for preliminary ruling to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The court is concerned whether the rules on the press publishers’...more

Pre-Sale Use of Data Storage Trademark Not Enough to Secure Priority Rights

A Massachusetts federal court recently found multiple early uses of a sought-after trademark insufficient to confer priority of rights. The dispute concerned two technology companies, Nexsan and EMC, each seeking to use the...more

Advertising Law - May 2017 #2

New in False Ad Suits - The range of products targeted in recent false advertising class actions ran the gamut from baseball bats to a messaging app to soup....more

Central Payment Co. Settles TCPA Class Action for $6.5 Million

Last week, Georgia federal judge, U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land, approved the final order and judgment to settle class action claims that Central Payment Co. LLC (Central Payment) violated the Telephone Consumer Protection...more

CFPB and DOJ file submissions opposing state AGs’ proposal to redirect unused settlement funds to NAAG

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We previously reported that the Connecticut Attorney General, on behalf of the Attorneys General of Indiana, Kansas and Vermont, (the “state AGs”) had filed a joint motion to intervene in a CFPB enforcement action against...more

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