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Trademarks Can Be a Bitch

And I mean that literally. We’ve laid down a lot of digital ink in the past about pejorative marks – lately in reference to the Redskins and The Slants, both of which have been deemed disparaging enough to deny them a...more

Hold The Phone! AT&T’s Constitutional Challenge To Mississippi’s Dividend Exclusion Statute Is Still Alive

A Mississippi trial court has again found unconstitutional the state’s dividend exclusion statute, which disadvantages certain multistate taxpayers as compared to solely Mississippi taxpayers. This result comes from AT&T’s...more

TCPA Connect - January 2015

Dish Could Face Billions in TCPA Liability - Dish Network is liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act not only for telemarketing calls made by the company, but for those a call center and other third parties...more

Are Non-Disparagement Clauses a Good Idea?

Creatively, some physicians have been turning to non-disparagement clauses within confidentiality agreements as a way to prevent patients and potential patients from posting negative online reviews....more

When Scientific Research Becomes False Advertising

Positive results of scientific research on a company’s products can provide a tempting topic for advertising and promotion. If an article published in a well-established, peer-reviewed journal says that your company’s...more

Dot Sucks: A Battle Between Trademark Rights and Free speech

When the organization responsible for assigning domain names announced several years ago that it would expand the generic top level domain name system from the previous 21 to an unlimited number, brand owners knew their legal...more

Blog: SEC, Amnesty And Others File Briefs In Support Of Upholding The Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirement

In November, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the petitions of the SEC and Amnesty International for panel rehearing in connection with the conflict minerals case, National Association of Manufacturers, Inc. v. SEC....more

D.C. Circuit to Rehear Conflict Minerals Case

On November 18, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted the SEC’s motion to rehear the court’s decision in NAM v. SEC. As covered in previous blog posts, the court’s NAM decision held that portions of...more

Blog: D.C. Circuit grants petition for panel rehearing of conflict minerals case

The D.C. Circuit court of Appeals has granted the petitions of the SEC and Amnesty International for panel rehearing (and the motion of Amnesty to file a supplemental brief) in connection with the conflict minerals case,...more

Panel to Rehear Conflict Minerals Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has granted the petition for a panel rehearing (as opposed to an en banc rehearing) in the conflict minerals case. The court asked the parties to file briefs...more

A Constitutional Challenge to a Different Kind of Gun Control Legislation

A lawsuit was filed earlier this week which challenges the constitutionality of Cal. Penal Code § 26820, a California statute aimed at regulating the sale of guns. Tracy Rifle & Pistol LLC v. Harris (E.D. Cal. filed Nov. 10,...more

Guidelines for Sponsored Content and Native Advertising

“Native advertising” has become popular with advertisers and publishers, but it has raised concerns by the Federal Trade Commission and NAD, the advertising self-regulatory organization, and spawned lawsuits by content owners...more

A Warehouse Full of Unapproved Genetically-Modified Seeds; Now What?

Syngenta Seeds, Inc. v. Bunge North America, Inc. - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit addressed allegations of breach and false advertising against an agricultural product storage and transport company,...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #12

..Unfree speech? In the United States, the First Amendment would likely prevent the prosecution of someone who posted racist or anti-Semitic messages on a social media platform. But social media platforms operate worldwide,...more

All Native Advertising is Not Equal: Why that Matters Under the First Amendment and Why it Should Matter to the FTC – Part V

—PART V— Not all Native Advertising May Be Commercial Speech under the First Amendment - If there is one thing clear from the case law, it is that the commercial speech analysis under the First Amendment is a...more

All Native Advertising is Not Equal: Why that Matters Under the First Amendment and Why it Should Matter to the FTC – Part IV

—PART IV— Commercial and Noncommercial Inextricably Intertwined Speech - The Bolger court found that the mailings constituted commercial speech “notwithstanding the fact that [informational pamphlets]...more

All Native Advertising is Not Equal: Why that Matters Under the First Amendment and Why it Should Matter to the FTC – Part III

The Evolution of Commercial Speech’s First Amendment Protection - One of the fundamental purposes of the First Amendment is to promote the free flow of information in the “marketplace of ideas.” To that end, the First...more

Mexico’s Telecom Reform

After months of a loud and often fractious debate, the Mexican Congress passed the implementing legislation for telecom reform nearly a year after the constitutional reform to the sector was approved. Reform of the telecom...more

Fines For Less-Than-Flattering Reviews?

Last month, a New York hotel, the Union Street Guest House ("hotel"), learned a valuable lesson in online etiquette and the power of personal reviews. The hotel inserted a clause into its wedding guest contracts that informed...more

The Food Fight Continues: Vermont AG Seeks to Dismiss Lawsuit Against GMO Labeling Law

In June, we reported on a suit brought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (“GMA”) seeking to rescind Vermont’s new GMO-labeling statute, Act 120. As we explained in that post, the GMA argues that Act 120 is doubly...more

Social Media Policy: It’s Only As Effective as the Social Media Training That Goes With It

With the rise of the internet and mobile technology, people are broadcasting their opinions and beliefs on social media sites. Twitter was established as an outlet for self expression… of the fewer-than-...more

Insurance Coverage – Personal & Advertising Injury – Trade Disparagement

Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. v Swift Distribution, Inc. - California Supreme Court (June 12, 2014) - Commercial liability policies provide coverage for “personal and advertising injury.” This term typically...more

Grocery Manufacturers File Suit Against Vermont Over GMO Law

In April, we wrote about the Vermont legislature’s approval of a bill that would require manufacturers to change the retail labels of certain foods to indicate that they are GMO. On May 8, 2014, Vermont enacted the final...more

Impact of EU Citizens’ “Right to Be Forgotten” on U.S. Companies

The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) recently held that Google must, under certain circumstances, provide European Union (“EU”) citizens with the right to remove information about themselves, including the list of results...more

D.C. Circuit To Consider Requirements For Compelled Disclosures

The D.C. Circuit will rehear American Meat Institute v. U.S. Department of Agriculture en banc later this month. This case presents a First Amendment challenge to a rule requiring that meat products be labeled with precise...more

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