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Vermont Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Vermont And Against Alleged Patent Troll In Preliminary Decision

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell won a major victory in his groundbreaking effort to use state law to crack down on “patent trolls.” In State of Vermont v. MPHJ, LLC, the Vermont federal court has rejected the...more

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

Advertising Law

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

Green Chemistry And Trade Secrets: California Leads Chemical Disclosure Movement, As Companies Wrestle With Options For Protection

Earlier this year, we picked mandatory public disclosure laws as a trend to watch in 2014. Developments in California seem to bear that out, and trade secrets owners will want to keep a close eye on the “green chemistry”...more

Will A New Wave Of Class Actions Spring From Patent Infringement Litigation?

It is no secret that many private class actions are filed as follow-on lawsuits to news reports, government investigations, regulatory developments, and identical earlier-filed class actions. But a recent gambit by the...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

December 2013: Japanese Litigation Update

Japanese Government Tightens Insider Trading Regulations. On June 12, 2013, the Japanese Diet passed an amendment to the Japanese Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, including enhancements of many insider trading...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

Germany: Act against Improper Business Practices in force

The Act against Improper Business Practices (“the Act”), passed by the German legislator, came into force on 9 October 2013, although some of its provisions on collections will take effect on 1 November 2014. The Act contains...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

Louis Vuitton - Almost Famous? (Australia)

The Federal Court recently handed down judgment in Louis Vuitton Malletier v Sonya Valentine Pty Ltd [2013] FCA 933. Louis Vuitton Malletier (Louis Vuitton) alleged that Sonya Valentine Pty Ltd (Sonya Valentine) had...more

Alleged Patent Troll Targeted By Vermont Attorney General

Previously, we posted about Governor Peter Shumlin signing into law Vermont’s first-in-the-nation (and so far only-in-the-nation) patent troll legislation helping Vermont businesses protect themselves from bad faith patent...more

Business Law Newsletter - September 2013

In This Issue: - Proactive Steps to Protect Trade Secrets - Finding a Safe Path to Following the FCC’s Newest Consumer Privacy Directives - A Tactical Approach to Defending Virginia Non-Competes - Excerpt...more

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