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Antitrust regulation of information exchange in the CIS and China

Exchange of information, whether among competitors or in vertical relationships, can involve substantial risks from the perspective of local antitrust regulation. Although it is not expressly prohibited to exchange...more

Two New Court Decisions Bookend Antitrust Risks for Integrated Hospitals

A Florida federal court recently denied summary judgment to an integrated hospital system hoping to exit a multicount antitrust and unfair trade lawsuit. Four days later, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld summary...more

Fourth Circuit Decision Reminds Employers That Overbroad Noncompete Agreements May Not Be Enforceable

If your company operates in a territory covered by the 4th circuit (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina) and requires employees to sign a noncompete agreement with language similar to the...more

“Dirty Dancing” Trademark Dilution Claims Reinstated

This March, we reported on a California federal court’s dismissal of Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.’s (“Lions Gate”) trademark and unfair competition claims against TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation, a number of its...more

China Tightens Regulations on Online Advertisements

On July 4, 2016, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) issued the Interim Measures for the Administration of Internet Advertising (“the Interim Measures”), which will take effect on Sept. 1, 2016....more

Advancing New Claims Under the Lanham Act

Implementing unique litigation tactics, on June 15, 2016, Foley & Larder LLP filed a complaint under Section 337 of the Tariff Act at the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) on behalf of Par Pharmaceutical and related...more

Unfair Competition in the Wine Industry

California counties are increasingly using California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) to bring government enforcement actions against local businesses for myriad reasons. California’s UCL is extremely broad, encompassing...more

Faulkner v. Hasbro Inc. - USDC, D. New Jersey, July 21, 2016

District court denies toy company’s motion to dismiss right of publicity claim brought by Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner, holding that fact that hamster doll in defendant’s Littlest Pet Shop toy line bore plaintiff’s...more

Advertising Law - July 2016 #2

VW Will Pay $14.7B in Largest FTC False Ad Suit - Volkswagen made a $14.7 billion deal with the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and the California Attorney General over charges that the auto...more

Whitelisting Violates German Unfair Competition Act

On 24 June 2016, the long-awaited decision on ad blocking software was adopted by the Higher Regional Court of Cologne (6 U 149/15 – Axel Springer./.Eyeo). This is the first decision on the subject matter taken by an...more

Clark v. Dashner - USDC, D. New Mexico, June 30, 2016

District court dismisses author’s claims that film “The Maze Runner” and novel of same name infringed on copyright in his book The Maze, holding that similarities between works, including giant maze and robotic creatures, are...more

Further Limiting the Extraterritorial Reach of US Law, the US Supreme Court Limits the Use of the RICO Statute

Further Limiting the Extraterritorial Reach of US Law, the US Supreme Court Limits the Use of the RICO Statute in RJR Nabisco v. European Community - In RJR Nabisco, Inc. v. European Community, the US Supreme Court not...more

Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc. - USCA, Eleventh Circuit, June 29, 2016

In most recent decision over The Turtles’ pre-1972 sound recordings, Eleventh Circuit asks Florida Supreme Court to determine whether state law recognizes common law copyright in sound recordings and, if so, whether that...more

International Litigation Update: United States Supreme Court Limits Extraterritorial Reach of RICO Claims

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in RJR Nabisco, Inc. v. European Community, holding that provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) apply to conduct that occurs...more

App Developer Prevails in Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Shift to New Business Model

If you make available a service through a free app, and you subsequently decide to migrate users of that app to a paid subscription model, that shouldn’t create any problems, right?...more

LogMeIn Class Action Dismissed: Termination of Free App Not False Advertising

A judge in the Eastern District of California recently dismissed a class action filed against LogMeIn based on the company’s decision to terminate its free app, which allowed users to access a remote desktop computer via a...more

Advertising Law - June 2016 #3

FTC Targets Spam, False Claims by Weight Loss Products - Alleging violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act and the CAN-SPAM Act, the Federal Trade Commission filed suit in Florida federal court against a pair of...more

The Devil’s in the Details: Court Dismisses “Made in the U.S.A.” Fraud Claims against Heinz Because Plaintiff Failed to Allege...

On April 22, 2016, in Alaei v. Kraft Heinz Food Co. (“Heinz”), No. 3:15-cv-02961, Southern District of California Judge Michael M. Anello granted defendant Heinz’s motion to dismiss without prejudice plaintiff Suzanne Alaei’s...more

KitNipBox Sues Meowbox for Allegedly Hacking Website and Stealing Trade Secrets

Cat product service provider KitNipBox sued rival Meowbox in federal court in Washington alleging that Meowbox hacked into KitNipBox’s website to steal its trade secrets and confidential information and to disrupt its...more

A Guide to Doing Business in Italy

Italy is renowned for its rich art, cuisine, history, fashion, and culture; its beautiful coastline and beaches; its mountains; and priceless ancient monuments. In fact, Italy is a top tourist destination and has more World...more

California Court of Appeal Finds AG’s Privacy Suit Over Fly Delta Mobile App Is Preempted

In a recent ruling, California’s Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the dismissal of California’s complaint against Delta Air Lines, Inc. (“Delta”), which alleged that the company’s Fly Delta mobile application violated...more

Employment Law’s “Hulk”-Like Superhero — The Faithless Servant Doctrine — Just Got Stronger

One of the many joys of parenthood is the opportunity to relive one’s childhood. To a parent who grew up on the old-school comic books, the steady roll-out by Marvel Studios of big budget super-hero movies offers a unique...more

China Competition Authority Initiates Drug Pricing Investigation

On May 22, 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission (the NDRC) of China promulgated a notice (the Pricing Investigation Notice) announcing that it would carry out a nationwide drug pricing investigation on...more

Craigslist Files Another Suit against Data Scraper

For years, craigslist has aggressively used technological and legal methods to prevent unauthorized parties from scraping, linking to or accessing user postings for their own commercial purposes. In a prior post, we briefly...more

US Regulators Investigate Chinese Steelmakers for Hacking Trade Secrets

The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) last week launched an investigation into United States Steel Corporation’s (“U.S. Steel”) complaint that Chinese hackers stole trade secret information—including proprietary...more

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