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Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 2016 #4

Last week, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the Department of Labor’s new rules on overtime, which would have extended overtime eligibility to approximately 4 million...more

Second Circuit Affirms Ruling that SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics Falsely Advertised Clearblue Weeks Estimator Home Pregnancy...

In an important recent false advertising decision in a suit brought by home pregnancy test manufacturer Church & Dwight against its principal competitor SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics, a Second Circuit panel unanimously...more

Alpha Gas and Electric Settles TCPA Class Action for $1.1 Million

On November 10, 2016, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an order preliminarily approving a $1.1 million settlement of a class action brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection...more

No Winners in Rolling Stone Verdict

A verdict was announced November 4, in Nicole P. Eramo v. Rolling Stone, LLC, et al., Civil Action No. 3:15-CV-00023, striking a legal and financial blow for the publication and its journalist, Sabrina Rubin Erdely. A...more

Consumers Are Unlikely to Confuse Yelp with a Local Property Management Company Using the Same Tagline in Ads, Court Rules

In a ruling that neatly illustrates some of the challenges a company is likely to face when trying to enforce trademark rights in an advertising tagline, a federal judge in the Northern District of California recently denied...more

Tiffany Wins the Generic Battle, and the Spoils of War are Significant

In February of 2013, high-end jeweler Tiffany & Co. sued Costco Wholesale Corp. in the federal court for the Southern District of New York for using the designation “Tiffany setting” since 2007 in the sale of two styles of...more

Federal Court Revives Suspended Judgment Against Text Message Marketing Company Principal        

In a decision that should grab the attention of marketers who operate through all media, a federal court has lifted a suspended judgment awarded to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) against the owner of a text message...more

Growing Small Satellite Market Spawning Litigation

Virgin Galactic expanded and continued its attack on its former VP of Propulsion, Thomas Markusic, and his new company, Firefly Space Systems, this month. Markusic co-founded Firefly around the time he left Virgin Galactic,...more

$18 Million Fine Levied for Campaign Finance Violation in Washington State

On November 3, 2016, a Thurston County Superior Court judge levied an $18 million penalty against a trade association for violations of Washington campaign finance laws. This is believed to be the largest campaign finance...more

FanDuel, DraftKings Settle Fantasy Sports Lawsuit with New York AG

This week, the office of the New York Attorney General (the “AG”) announced that it had reached a settlement with both FanDuel and DraftKings, resolving the State’s deceptive marketing practices lawsuit. We had previously...more

Standing to Assert Injunctive Relief is Not in the Tea Leaves, Court Says

In Lanovaz v. Twinings North America, Inc., Judge Whyte of the Northern District of California recently decided that the plaintiff lacked standing to pursue injunctive relief, and granted summary judgment for defendant...more

DC Circuit Hears TCPA Oral Arguments

Oral arguments were recently held before the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit in a consolidated case, spearheaded by ACA International, challenging the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) recent order...more

Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Adopts Broader Octane Fitness Standard for Attorneys’ Fees Awards under the Lanham Act

On October 24, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after an en banc rehearing in Sunearth, Inc. v. Sun Earth Solar Power Co., LTD., adopted the Octane Fitness standard for determining whether a case is...more

Octane Fitness and Highmark Apply to Ninth Circuit Attorney Fee Awards under the Lanham Act

On October 24, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, held that district courts analyzing a request for attorney fees under the Lanham Act should consider the totality of the circumstances, as set forth in...more

EU Top Court Rules IP Addresses Maybe Protected Personal Data

In a decision that could have significant impact for online companies that have European operations, the European Union’s (EU) top court ruled that Internet Protocol addresses (IP addresses) could, under certain...more

Accurate Net Weight Disclosures May Defeat Slack-Fill Claims in California

Last April, we reported on Ebner v. Fresh, Inc., in which a Ninth Circuit panel held that the plaintiff failed to state a claim that Sugar lip balm packaging was misleading because it contained non-functional “slack-fill.”...more

D.C. Circuit Weighing FCC’s Controversial 2015 TCPA Declaratory Ruling

Yesterday, a panel of the D.C. Circuit—composed of Judges Srinivasan and Pillard and Senior Judge Edwards—heard argument in ACA International v. FCC, the consolidated appeals from the FCC’s 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order,...more

Hillary Clinton's IP Litigation Experience

Many people are surprised to learn that Hillary Clinton was an intellectual property attorney when she practiced law from 1977-1992 for the Rose Law Firm. While the New York Times has reported that former colleagues cannot...more

Electronic Frontier Foundation brings suit over anti-circumvention provisions in the DMCA

On July 21, 2016, the Electronic Frontier Foundation ("EFF") filed a complaint against various agencies and members of the U.S. government over Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), arguing that this...more

Guidance on Deceptive Advertising Claims from 9th Circuit

Key Points - - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found that Dole’s “All Natural” food labels on products containing synthetic ingredients could be misleading to a reasonable consumer. - The 9th...more

Trademark Review | September 2016

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and BLACK MEN ROCK Deemed Confusingly Similar - This opposition involved a straight-forward likelihood of confusion analysis. Opposer owned a registration for the mark BLACK GIRLS ROCK! for clothing and...more

A Diamond is Forever. What About Your Advertising Claim?

An advertising slogan like “A Diamond is Forever” may be eternal, but the same cannot be said about some comparative advertising claims. If a company advertises its product as superior to a competitive product, the ad claim...more

Hedge Fund Wins $40 Million Defamation Judgment

Following a three-week trial in New Jersey Superior Court, a jury awarded $40 million to NuWave Investment Corp., a hedge fund based in Parsippany, New Jersey. The case centered around reports provided to prospective...more

The Honest Company Faces False Advertising Class Action

Last Tuesday, a class action lawsuit was filed against The Honest Company, Inc. (“THC”) alleging that the “natural” products manufacturer has violated numerous California State false advertising laws. Specifically, the class...more

Advertising in MA: Can Consumers Bring Class Actions for ‘Deceptive’ Advertising that has Neither Deceived Nor Harmed Them?

If your company advertises and sells products in Massachusetts, it could be subjected to a class action lawsuit by Massachusetts consumers who purchased one of its products if the consumers can show that a reasonable person...more

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