Corporate Law Report: U.S. Manufacturing, Social Media, Online Endorsements, Hart Scott Rodino, More
In its recent decision in San Diego Assemblers, Inc. v. Work Comp For Less Insurance Services, Inc., 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 873 (Cal. App. 4th Dist. Oct. 4, 2013), the California Court of Appeals had occasion to consider the...more
Last week the blog discussed a case called Fraley v. Facebook Inc., No. C-11-1726 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 26, 2013) which involved allegations that Facebook's "Sponsored Stories" program misappropriated the names and likenesses of...more
Establishing the authority to foreclose a note and mortgage is simple when the note and mortgage are held by the original lender....more
As long as we have sold stuff, we’ve used images or stories to help sell them. As Calvin Coolidge of all people once said in one of his rare Don Draper moments - “Advertising ministers to the spiritual side of...more
Even before all of the confetti has hit the ground and the last float on the celebratory parade has rounded the final corner of Main Street in the champions’ home town, commentators are, well, commenting on the potential...more
On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, the Ninth Circuit issued two opinions assessing the parameters of use of individual player likenesses in video games in two highly watched cases...more
So you’ve decided your brand could use a little shine, and you’re considering hitching your brand to a star. You are presumably a fan of the celebrity, and with a little luck, it’s mutual. Whether this is a short-term “hook...more
We all like “free,” right?
Free samples at Costco. Jamba Juice’s buy one, get one free deals. Free wi-fi at your neighborhood Starbucks. And, if you’re in the construction industry, free insurance coverage when you’re...more
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that an indemnitor’s insurer was obligated to provide coverage under the “insured contract” provision of a commercial general liability (CGL) policy for the indemnitee’s own,...more
While insurance policies may look the same in structure at first glance, each policy is unique and contains terms, conditions, and definitions that may be different from other policies. Many insurers will utilize a standard...more
It should come as no surprise that making a false statement about a competitor’s product or service is actionable. Similarly, albeit slightly less obvious, repeating a false statement that someone else makes about a...more
In This Issue:
- Spotlight On Outsourcing Boeing Scrambles As Toyota Triumphs
- Labor Unions Seek To Stop The Bleeding
- Threat Management
- Handicapping The Tech Brand Wars
- Athlete Endorsers...more
In This Issue:
Manatt Partner Linda Goldstein Invited to Speak at ERA’s Great Ideas Summit; Lance Armstrong’s Confession Leads to Legal Action . . . Will Endorsers Follow Suit?; “Business Coaching” Defendants Settle with...more
Originally published in Sports Litigation Alert, Volume 10, Issue 1, on January 25, 2013.
At the start of 2011, the sunglasses maker Oakley signed a two-year endorsement deal with Rory McIlroy. The agreement paid McIlroy...more
Watch our latest Corporate Law Report for: a word of caution from Pillsbury on using endorsement as part of your online advertising; enforcement predictions for 2013 from Mike Volkov; social media for global corporations from...more
User endorsements are becoming a more and more popular form of "advertising" as the use of social media and user-generated content continues to increase....more
This article addresses issues relating to the Federal Trade Commission's recent issuance of new FTC administrative Guidelines pertaining to endorsements and testimonials, relied upon by consumers, in the course of marketing...more
You may have noticed that LinkedIn has created a new feature called “Endorsements.” Much as Netflix prompts you to rate movies and Amazon books, LinkedIn is prompting you to endorse your peers. Because a lot of people have...more
LinkedIn has been very busy lately, continuing to build what they hope will remain the go-to Social Networking site for serious business professionals to network and share content.
In this article, Nancy Myrland,...more
Kim Kardashian, the reality star, is accustomed to the public eye, but now she faces a lawsuit that may not bring her good publicity at all. Along with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney, Kim has been named as a defendant earlier...more
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For better or worse, mlm/network marketing/direct selling companies and their distributors will be impacted by...more
The Federal Trade Commission announced several enforcement actions in the last year relating to endorsements, privacy and data security. These announcements provide valuable information to companies engaged in these...more
What is Unrelated Business Income?
- What is unrelated business income?
- What is excluded from unrelated business income?
- Explanation of specific UBI exceptions
In the UK, the Daily Mail is reporting that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will be monitoring celebrity tweets for undisclosed paid endorsements (hat tip: THR, Esq.):
Dozens of celebrities, including actress Liz...more