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Slep-Tone and Karaoke Redux: Under Dastar, Bar Must Face the Music For Trademark Infringement

The Northern District of Illinois recently held that the Supreme Court’s decision in Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 539 U.S. 23 (2003), did not protect a karaoke bar from claims of trademark infringement...more

USITC Declines to Institute Investigation of Induced Patent Infringement as Unfair Method of Competition or Unfair Acts

In a recent decision, the International Trade Commission rejected a petitioner’s attempt to use allegations of unfair competition and unfair acts as a possible way of working around the Federal Circuit’s bar on claims of...more

Alert - Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) Developments

The Evolving World of Biosimilars - Amgen, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. Addressing two new issues in the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), the Northern District of California issued an order, on...more

One More Hurdle Cleared – Amgen’s Preliminary Injunction Motion for Filgrastim is Denied

On March 19, 2015, Judge Seeborg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied Amgen Inc.’s motion for a preliminary injunction in the Amgen v. Sandoz case, thereby removing one more...more

Alert: Suing Bribing Competitors for Lost Profits

Companies are competing to win a contract. One pays a bribe to exclude its competitor from the bidding process, or to win the contract. If caught, it faces prosecution under the UK's Bribery Act 2010, as do its bribing...more

FTC Competition Chief Defends Stand-Alone Section 5 Use in Unfair Competition Cases

In a blog post last Friday, Debbie Feinstein, Director of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), defended the agency’s use of FTC Act Section 5 to target unfair methods of competition outside the scope of the...more

FDA Approves Biosimilar Agent Zarxio: Dawn of a New Era in Pharmaceutical Therapy and Product Liability Law

The FDA's approval on March 6, 2015, of Sandoz's Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz) is a momentous occasion for pharmaceutical therapy and product liability law in the United States. Catching up with Europe (where Sandoz's identical...more

Lucky Brand Not So Lucky

The Second Circuit ruled last week in favor of Plaintiff Marcel Fashion Group Inc. (“Marcel”), vacating the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendant Lucky Brand Dungarees, Inc. (“Lucky Brand”), which had...more

Intellectual Property Exclusion Bars Coverage for Unauthorized Use of Famous Inventor’s Name to Sell Toys

In Alterra Excess & Surplus v. Estate of Buckminster Fuller (No. A140453, filed 3/9/15), a California Appeals Court held that an ISO policy’s exclusion for intellectual property unambiguously barred coverage for a Lanham Act,...more

Restrictive Covenants in the Construction Industry: An Often Overlooked and Underutilized Source of Protection

Restrictive covenants come in many forms; they can be stand-alone agreements, such as a confidentiality agreement, or they can be included in various types of contracts, such as noncompete or nonsolicitation provisions in...more

New Joint Protocol of the Italian Competition Authority and the Italian Tax Police

The Italian Competition Authority and the Italian Tax Police (Guardia di Finanza) signed a new Joint Protocol, which provides increased mutual exchange of information and closer cooperation in the context of investigations...more

California Court Of Appeal Sides With Federal Arbitration Act Over State Law Unconscionability Rule

The California Court of Appeals recently held that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) preempts California’s Broughton-Cruz rule, which states that arbitration agreements for injunctive relief under California’s unfair...more

Rhoads v. Margolis - Cal. App. 2d, January 26, 2015

In lawsuit brought by family of guitarist Randy Rhoads against writer and publisher of his biography, California appellate court affirms lower court denial of anti-SLAPP motion as it relates to family's breach of contract...more

(Baby) Food for Thought: In Alleging Unlawful and Misleading Product Labeling, Plaintiff Needed More Than One Gerber Baby

Last month, Judge Lucy H. Koh of the Northern District of California granted summary judgment in favor of Gerber because the plaintiff failed to satisfy the “reasonable consumer standard” in backing up her allegations that...more

EC Competition Law: Latest Developments Provide Ever Greater Opportunities for Private Enforcement

The private enforcement of competition law within the EU continues its inexorable rise and plaintiff opportunities abound. Small and medium size businesses throughout Europe are joining larger companies in initiating...more

District Court Rules Online Agreement Does Not Bind Customers to Unknown Future Contract Terms

On December 10, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted plaintiff’s motion for partial summary judgment in a class action suit filed against a large grocery chain. Plaintiff claims that the...more

Large National Bank Fights Against Latest Suit Alleging Improper Overdraft Fees

On January 6, a large national bank filed a motion to dismiss a suit alleging it charged improper overdraft fees. Filed last year in the Central District of California, the suit claims the bank violated federal and state laws...more

Can the State Seek Restitution After a Class Action Settlement?

In The People of the State of California v. IntelliGender, LLC, 771 F.3d 1169 (9th Cir. Nov. 7, 2014) (Wardlaw, J.), the Ninth Circuit said the answer is “no.” A federal court had approved a class action settlement involving...more

Preemption and Primary Jurisdiction After Pom Wonderful

After the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Pom Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Co., __ U.S. __, 134 S.Ct. 2228 (2014), fear arose among national marketers that the decision would produce a wave of class actions challenging food,...more

Retailers' Claims Against Visa Time Barred

In Arcadia Group Brands Ltd & ors v Visa Inc & ors [2014] EWHC 3561 (Comm) the Commercial Court has struck out a substantial damages claim for alleged breaches of competition law on the basis that it was time-barred, granting...more

Trademarks and Unfair Competition Bulletin

In This Issue: - Legislation - Poland – A trademark as a source of information for consumers: the Consumer Rights Act of 30 May 2014 - Poland – Draft amendment to the Industrial Property Law -...more

Dole Defeats “All Natural Claims” for Sweet Victory

On December 8, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted defendant Dole’s motion for summary judgment of the plaintiff’s false labeling claims in...more

Best in Law: What Businesses Need to Know on Antitrust Law

There is a saying among antitrust lawyers: Don’t say you “won” an antitrust lawsuit — just by being in one means you lost. Business litigation is almost always expensive and challenging. Antitrust litigation can be several...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 12/03/14

Every week, courts around the United States issue decisions addressing aspects of civil UDAAP claims. In an effort to illuminate the UDAAP standards, below is a sampling of some of this week’s UDAAP decisions on the...more

State Enforcement Actions Following Class Settlements Addressed By Ninth Circuit

A recent Ninth Circuit decision caught my eye. It addressed whether a state enforcement action can be barred by a class action settlement on the same issue, finding that it was barred in part, to the extent the suit sought...more

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