Can an unincorporated association own a trade mark and enforce trademark rights under the Lanham Act? The Ninth Circuit says that it can. (Southern California Darts Association v. Zaffina, No. 13-55780, 2014 U.S. App. Lexis...more
Despite celebrity endorsements from the likes of Dennis Miller and Alan Thicke, all that glitters isn’t gold when it comes to the marketing of precious metal investments. In March 2014, American Bullion, Inc., which is in the...more
In Blackhorse v. Pro-Football Inc., the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office once again canceled various registrations for trademarks used by the Washington Redskins football team as being disparaging to Native Americans. While...more
On July 29, the Second Circuit clarified its view that, in a two-player market, willfully deceptive advertising – even non-comparative advertising – creates a legal presumption of consumer confusion and injury, applicable to...more
On July 29, 2014, the Second Circuit decided a Lanham Act false advertising case that clarified the circuit’s jurisprudence on demonstrating consumer confusion and competitive injury. In Merck Eprova AG v. Gnosis S.P.A. and...more
As evidenced by the success and robust market capitalization of the consumer review site Yelp, Internet users are increasingly turning to "regular people" as a lodestar for whether to purchase goods or services. This is...more
In a recent federal case, section 75-1.1 made the difference between the plaintiff recovering nothing and recovering almost two million dollars. This outcome underscores two key features of section 75-1.1...more
In a recent unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the court opened the door for private parties, including competitors, to bring false advertising and misrepresentation claims under the Lanham Act even if the product labels...more
In this issue:
- Cooking up Trouble with Crowdfunding?
- FTC Schools L'Oreal USA's "Youth Code" Claims
- Will 2014 Retool the New Lanham Act?
- Upcoming Events
- Excerpt from Cooking up...more
Online Reviews Not Sufficient To Support Ad Claim, NAD Rules -
While recognizing the benefits of using new sources of information, the National Advertising Division (NAD) decided that an advertiser’s use of aggregated...more
POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co. -
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the United States reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling that the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and its...more
The 177-page tome the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) just issued in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football Inc. is remarkable for its length and its subject matter, cancellation of the controversial REDSKINS mark as disparaging...more
In this issue:
- Patent Reform: It's Alive!
- Nautilus: New Test, Same Application?
- Supreme Court Opens Door to Food and Beverage Label Challenges Under Lanham Act
- Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank:...more
Law 360, New York (June 23, 2014, 11:22 AM ET)--Legal and compliance departments, take note: the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Pom Wonderful LLC v.Coca-Cola Co. confirms that even i fan institution’s conduct meets...more
The US Supreme Court allows private parties to bring Lanham Act claims challenging product labels that otherwise satisfy the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
In a battle of the beverages, the Supreme Court recently...more
Earlier this week, the Fourth Circuit reversed the dismissal of a Lanham Act claim for trade dress infringement involving a pixel pattern embossed on an absorbent textile-like product used in medical supplies, hygiene...more
The Supreme Court's recent decision in POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Company could have redefined the consumer class action landscape with respect to claims for the deceptive labeling of food products. Instead, the decision...more
The United States Supreme Court paved the way on June 12 for competitors to challenge FDA-regulated food and beverage labels under the Lanham Act. The Court's opinion in POM Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Co, is the latest...more
On May 6, 2014 VitaminsOnline, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“VOI”), filed a complaint against Dynamic Industries, LLC, a Nevada limited liability company, and Christopher Wilson, a resident of Georgia (collectively...more
If a competitor circulates false advertising about your products you can sue under federal law, but what do you do when the person making the false claim is not a competitor? Sue them anyhow....more
On June 12, 2014, the Supreme Court, in an 8-0 ruling, held in POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co. that a competitor may sue another under the Lanham Act for unfair competition because of false or misleading food and beverage...more
On June 12, 2014, the Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) does not presumptively bar Lanham Act claims that challenge food and beverage labels. This decision comes at a...more
In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court on June 12 announced that compliance with food labeling guidelines promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration will not operate as a bar against false advertising claims...more
On Thursday, June 12, 2014, Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered an opinion for a unanimous United States Supreme Court in POM Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Co., No. 12-761, in which the Court ruled that the Federal Food, Drug,...more
Last week, the Supreme Court decided that POM Wonderful™, maker of pomegranate juice, could sue Coca-Cola Company, maker of a blended juice product that included pomegranate and blueberry juices, under the Lanham Act for...more
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