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Ninth Circuit Concludes No First Amendment Issue with California Ban on Paid in-Store Alcohol Advertisements

by Reed Smith on

Last month, the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, upheld a California “tied house” law prohibiting manufacturers and wholesalers from providing anything of value to retailers in exchange for advertising their alcohol...more

Preserving California’s Tied-House Rules - Ninth Circuit en banc decision upholds decades-old law restricting alcohol beverage...

On June 14, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, issued its decision in Retail Digital Network LLC v. Ramona Prieto, Case No. 13-56069, D.C. No 2:11-cv-09065-CBM-PJW. The decision rejects a...more

THE SLANTS Decision Affects More than a 2(a) and an (R)

In Monday’s decision in the newly minted, Matal v. Tam case, the Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit decision that the Trademark Office’s refusal to register THE SLANTS mark on disparagement grounds was...more

TCPA Tracker - June 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

D.C. Circuit Denies Request for En Banc Review of Fax Advertisement Decision On June 6, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied a request by a group of class action plaintiff petitioners in...more

Massachusetts Requires Remote Sellers to Collect Sales Tax Beginning July 1, 2017

by WilmerHale on

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) recently issued guidance under which it will require the collection of Massachusetts sales and use taxes by remote sellers that meet certain sales thresholds in Massachusetts....more

The Value of a Life: Standing to Sue Your Company in a Gamified World

No matter how small it seems to you, if your company offers a reward to consumers as encouragement to market your goods or services, then your company should not remove or expire that reward without notice and a rational...more

Executing a Contract Can Constitute Protected Conduct Under California’s Anti-SLAPP Scheme

In San Diegans for Open Government v. San Diego State University Research Foundation, et. al. (No. D069189, filed 5/3/17) the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District held the act of contracting to provide...more

The (Sometimes Unethical) Reality of Competition and Your Ammo to Combat a Rival's False Advertising

by Baker Donelson on

Competition in the free-market economy is cutthroat and businesses seek to gain a slight edge over their competitors however they can. In an effort to gain such an advantage, these businesses may spread falsehoods about the...more

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

by Proskauer - Advertising Law on

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

Litigation Alert: The Eighth Circuit Expands Standing to Sue for Violations of Privacy Policies for Paid Services

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Earlier this month, the Eighth Circuit expanded standing to bring privacy policy violations claims but limited the definition of personal information in affirming the dismissal of a class action complaint in Carlsen v....more

Oklahoma Retail Protection Act of 2016: New Oklahoma Sales Tax Law on Internet Sales

by GableGotwals on

Internet sales to Oklahomans will now be subject to new sales tax requirements. HB 2531, entitled the “Oklahoma Retail Protection Act of 2016” (the “Act”), enacted May 17, 2016, becomes effective November 1, 2016....more

Food for Thought: California Court Prevents Second Bite at the Yogurt - Torrent v. Yakult U.S.A., Inc., No. 8:15-cv-00124-CJC-JCG...

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff Nicolas Torrent filed a putative class action alleging yogurt drink manufacturer, Yakult U.S.A., Inc.’s marketing and advertising claims concerning digestive health benefits were false and deceptive. Plaintiff...more

2015 Food Industry Decisions With Bite

by Carlton Fields on

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

Ninth Circuit Opens the Door to Relaxing Decades-Old Law Restricting Supplier-Paid Advertising in Retail Establishments

In a decision released on January 7, 2016, Retail Digital Network LLC v. Jacob Appelsmith, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned 29-year-old precedent set in Actmedia Inc. v. Stroh, which held that those...more

Ninth Circuit Opinion Calls into Question Constitutionality of California Tied-House Laws

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 7, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion in Retail Digital Network, LLC v. Appelsmith, overruling longstanding Ninth Circuit precedent concerning the legality of certain...more

Financial Statement Countdown for Remote Sellers Selling into Alabama

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Remote sellers making sales into Alabama have until January 1, 2016, to begin collecting sales tax regardless of their physical presence in the state or consider whether there is any impact on financial statement issues as a...more

Struggle At The Supreme Court Over Arbitration Clauses

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court returned to familiar territory last week in DirecTV Inc. v. Imburgia (argued Oct. 6, 2015): the enforceability of an arbitration clause in a consumer contract containing a class action waiver. But...more

Blog: No Surprise Here: SEC And Amnesty File Petitions For En Banc Rehearing In The Conflict Minerals Case

by Cooley LLP on

To no one’s surprise, on Friday, the SEC and Amnesty International filed petitions for en banc rehearing in the conflict minerals case, National Association of Manufacturers, Inc. v. SEC. That case, decided two-to-one in...more

SEC Seeks Increased Access to Email

by Michael Volkov on

Jacqui Merrill, an Associate at The Volkov Law Group, joins us with a posting on the SEC’s request for increased access to emails. In a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting held on September 16, 2015, Securities and...more

Can you be sued for posting your opinions on the Internet?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A restaurant tells customers it may sue them if they post unfavorable reviews on the Internet. A flooring company sues a customer who complained on social media that he had an “absolutely horrible experience” with the...more

D.C. Circuit Reaffirms Previous Conflict Minerals Decision: Disclosure Requirement Violates First Amendment

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reaffirmed its previous decision striking down a narrow portion of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) conflict...more

Can You Videotape Someone Else’s Conversation?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Careful about protecting the safety of his customers, A.R. Remington, owner of Fishinabarrel Gun Range, installed surveillance cameras to blanket his premises, except the restrooms. Last week while target practicing with his...more

Second Circuit: Facebook Shareholders Lack Standing for Derivative Suits Challenging Pre-IPO Statements

by Carlton Fields on

Earlier this week, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit opinion reinforced that federal courts take standing in derivative actions quite seriously, particular when the alleged director misconduct predated the IPO....more

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

by Butler Snow LLP on

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

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