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Supreme Court Inks Uniform Standing Test for Lanham Act False Advertising Claims

Key Takeaways - - The US Supreme Court created a uniform test for standing for false advertising claims under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, resolving a three-way circuit split. - The new standing test...more

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SPECIAL FOCUS: Supreme Court Adopts Broad Standing Test for False Advertising Plaintiffs - On March 25th, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion regarding the test for standing in false advertising cases...more

SCOTUS Clears District Court Jam Over Test for Standing in False Advertising Cases

Printing has not been this interesting since Dwight Schrute and Jim Halpert bickered over paper sales and Michael Scott told off-color jokes in “The Office.” Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court stepped into the laser...more

Advertising News & Analysis - March 27, 2014

In this issue: - FTC Seeks Comment on Fair Packaging and Labeling Act Rules - Ink Still Drying on Supreme Court's Lexmark Decision - FTC says Weak Disclosures? Special Effects, Too? Nissan's on the Dark...more

Advertising Law

FDA “Dislikes” Drug Company’s Facebook Page - Switzerland-based IBSA Institut Biochimique SA recently got a thumbs-down from the Food and Drug Administration over a Facebook ad for its hypothyroidism drug, Tirosint,...more

Advertising News & Analysis - February 20, 2014

In this issue: - Announcement - NAD Weighs in on Native Advertising...Again - Courts Chew on Intersection of FDA Labeling Regs and Private Causes of Action - Bills on the Hill Target Federal...more

Advertising Law - Feb 13, 2014

FTC Drives Car-Related False Ad Suit to Settlement - The Federal Trade Commission recently settled charges with Nissan North America and its advertising agency over deceptive advertising for the Nissan Frontier pickup...more

Domain Name Squatting to Gain Leverage Can Trigger "Bad Faith Intent" in an ACPA Claim

A required element to sustain a claim under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection (ACPA) (15 U.S.C. § 1125(d)(1)(A)) is proof that the defendant acted with "bad faith intent to profit from that mark." As bad faith...more

Advertising Law -- Jan 16, 2014

FTC Makes New Year’s Resolution to Target Deceptive Weight-Loss Claims - While many Americans made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or get in better shape, the Federal Trade Commission resolved to eliminate...more

Advertising News & Analysis - January 9, 2014

In this issue: - Will Consumers, or Plaintiffs, Cheer GMO-Free Cheerios? - "Patent Troll" Reform Bills Moving through Congress - Holiday Discounts: When Pricing Laws Attack - CFPB Examines...more

Innocent Bystanders of Cybersquatting: Neutral Domain Name Registrars - Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) v. GoDaddy.com, Inc.

Addressing for the first time the issue of whether the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), which added two cybersquatting causes of action to the Lanham Act, provides for secondary liability, the U.S. Court of...more

IP Buzz - December 2013

In this issue: - "Patent Troll" Reform Bills Moving Through Congress - California Court Continues Ascertainability Trend, Denies Class Certification in Chipotle "Naturally Raised" Litigation -...more

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Rules There Is No Cause of Action for “Contributory Cybersquatting”

On December 4, the Ninth Circuit ruled that the 1999 Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d) does not provide a cause of action for contributory cybersquatting. In Petroliam Nasional Berhad...more

Advertising Law -- Dec 06, 2013

FTC Settles With Mobile Crammers - In the Federal Trade Commission’s first lawsuit over mobile cramming, Wise Media and two individual defendants agreed to a permanent ban on placing unauthorized charges on telephone...more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Rep. Goodlatte Introduces Patent Litigation Reform Bill - Last Wednesday, October 23, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), intended to curtail abusive...more

Telecommunications Policy in an IP World

In This Issue: •What Principles Apply? •The Traditional “Social Compact” in Telecommunications •Does IP Technology Change the Analysis? •The Issues and Local Governments Principles for Local...more

New Social Compact in an IP World (Presentation)

In This Presentation: •What Principles Apply? •Some Basic Economics •The Traditional “Social Compact” in Telecommunications •Does IP Technology Change the Analysis? •The Duty for All of Us -...more

Advertising Law - Aug 29, 2013

Facebook Changes Its Promotion Guidelines - Sponsors can rejoice. Effective August 27, 2013, Facebook no longer requires that sweepstakes and contests be conducted on third party apps. By dispensing the apps...more

Fox Can't Maintain Action on Ads It Has No Copyright

Fox Broadcasting Company can’t maintain a copyright action against Dish Network’s product that enables Dish customers to skip over commercials because Fox doesn’t own the copyright to the commercials, an appellate court found...more

Advertising News & Analysis - July 18, 2013

In this issue: - FTC Finalizes EnergyGuide Label Changes - Brand Protection: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - Staffing Announcements Set Tone at FTC - FCC Rules May Disconnect Marketing to Mobile...more

Advertising Law -- Jul 19, 2013

California AG Reports on Data Breaches - In a new report, California Attorney General Kamala Harris revealed that 2.5 million state residents were the victims of a data breach in 2012, with the average breach...more

Supreme Court to Decide Lanham Act False Advertising Standing Next Term

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that next term it will consider what is required to establish standing to sue for false advertising under Section 43(a)(1)(B) of the Lanham Act, an issue that has long clouded the case...more

Advertising News & Analysis - June 13, 2013

In this issue: - Venable’s Jeff Knowles to Receive ERA Lifetime Achievement Award - The Best Things in Life Are Free – Just Pay Separate Shipping and Handling - CARU Says “Watch Those Kids,” at Least in...more

Instapundit: America's IP Laws Need to be "Pruned Back"  [Video]

May 24 (Bloomberg Law) -- Under current intellectual property law, a consumer who unlocks his or her own cellphone can be convicted as a felon. Law professor and Instapundit founder Glenn Reynolds says such a scenario is...more

Advertising Law -- May 16, 2013

In This Issue: Linda Goldstein to Provide Insight on FTC’s Dot Com Dislosure Guidance at Upcoming Bloomberg BNA Webinar; “All Natural” False Ad Suits Continue, Stalled; Wake Up! FDA Considers Caffeinated Foods;...more

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