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Trademark Office Finds BioMcDiesel Would Confuse McDonald's Customers

While customers can’t order a BigMac, fries, and five gallons of diesel fuel, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office found BioMcDiesel would create a likelihood of confusion with the famous McDonald’s family of marks and denied…more

Staying Alive: Travolta's SLAPP Motion Fails to Halt Lawsuit

A lawsuit by John Travolta’s former pilot to determine if a confidentiality agreement bars the pilot from telling all about his personal relationship with the movie star is staying alive after a California appellate court…more

What Would Bruce Springsteen Say?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken action against a company that licenses a certificate that a product is “Made in USA” yet takes no steps to ensure that the products are in fact made in the USA. Made in the USA…more
| Unlawfully Billed Parents for Kids In-App Purchases, Inc. billed parents for millions of dollars for in-app charges made by their children without parental approval, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged. Amazon offers for sale and download apps, including…more

Overly Broad Cyberbullying Law Found Unconstitutional

A New York county cyberbullying law is unconstitutional because it was too broad and violated the right to free speech under the First Amendment. Albany County in New York outlawed cyberbullying against “any minor or person”…more

Police Must Get Warrant for Cell Phone Search

Recognizing the vast trove of personal information on today’s smart phones, the Supreme Court found that a warrant is necessary before police search a person’s cell phone after an arrest. The issue before the court involved a…more

Supreme Court Finds Aereo’s Streaming Practice is Copyright Infringement

Streaming television programs on request via the Internet using a remote antenna is a direct infringement of the program’s copyright, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, reversing an appellate court that found the practice did not…more

My Dear Watson: You Can Copy Non-Copyrighted Material

It’s elementary, says Judge Posner. Because the copyrights have expired, there is no protection of early Sherlock Holmes stories. The Seventh Circuit affirmed the trial court’s summary judgment finding that the proposed…more

CDA Bars Cheerleader's Defamation Case Against

A Cincinnati BenGals cheerleader cannot sue a website that hosted allegedly defamatory posts about her, even though the website edited and added comments about the posts, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals found. The…more

Competitor May Bring Lanham Act Case for Juice Label

A lawsuit between two competitors over the labeling of a pomegranate-blueberry juice blend may proceed under the Lanham Act and is not precluded by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), the U.S. Supreme Court…more

Consumers Need More Protection from Data Brokers: FTC

Not surprisingly, a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report finds that data brokers who gather massive amounts of data about consumers operate with a fundamental lack of transparency. The report, Data Brokers: A Call for…more

Guidelines for Privacy Policies and Do Not Track Signals

A pamphlet with guidelines for privacy and do not track policies for websites and mobile apps is available from the California Attorney General (AG). While the guidelines focus on California law, it is helpful for websites…more

EU Court Orders Google to Remove Old Search Results

Google, as well as other search engines operating in the European Union, must delete old search results when requested by an individual under the right to be forgotten doctrine, the European Union’s highest court ruled. The…more

Comcast Must Reveal ID of Poster of Sandusky Comment

A county board candidate is entitled to the name of an anonymous poster who wrote that the candidate “is a Sandusky waiting to be exposed,” an Illinois appellate court ruled. The appellate court affirmed a trial court’s order…more

FTC Hits Snapchat for Permanent Snaps and Data Collection

Apparently there is nothing more permanent than a Snapchat disappearing image and the app’s ability to collect all the names and phone numbers on the user’s mobile devices. The mobile messaging app has agreed to settle…more
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