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Not-So-Golden Oldies - Florida’s Top Court Denies Turtles' pre-1972 Copyright Claim

In a unanimous October 26, 2017, decision, the Supreme Court of Florida concluded that Florida common law does not recognize an exclusive right of public performance in pre-1972 sound recordings. Thus, members of the band,...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #3

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FDA Warns Snyder’s-Lance About Iron Content Labels - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. about the iron content of its Lance Toast Chee Crackers. The letter...more

California Court Tosses Challenge to Gap Outlet Labels

In a victory for outlet retailers, a California appellate panel recently tossed out a deceptive marketing and advertising suit against Gap....more

Footlong Litigation to Continue, Despite Settlement Dismissal

The saga over Subway’s “footlong” sandwiches will continue, a group of former plaintiffs vowed in a court filing after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit threw out a settlement agreement between the parties....more

Tough Puffery: Court Closes Door on Ford False Advertising Suit

The Northern District of New York recently found that Ford Motor Company’s “Built Ford Tough” slogan was non-actionable puffery, and dismissed putative false advertising class action claims brought under New York law that...more

Jury Tests the Limits in AndroGel False Ad Verdict

In late July, an Illinois jury came to a bizarre verdict in a case over an alleged link between heart attacks and AndroGel, a gel product used for treating low testosterone (or “low T”). The jury found that AbbVie, Inc., the...more

Tiffany Wins the Generic Battle, and the Spoils of War are Significant (Updated)

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Update: U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain has awarded Tiffany & Co. $11.1 million in treble profits and $8.25 million in punitive damages. Judge Taylor Swain wrote in her opinion that Costco’s management “displayed...more

Putative Class Complains that Annie’s “Strawberry Fruit Snacks” Lack Strawberries

On August 1, 2017, plaintiff Raymond Alvandi filed a putative class action in California federal court against Annie’s, Inc., seeking damages and injunctive and declaratory relief. Alvandi alleges that Annie’s misrepresented...more

Truffle Kerfuffle: Truffle Lawsuit Not on the Menu for Plaintiffs

Truffles are renowned as one of the rarest delicacies in the world. Perhaps not quite as rare, but still fairly uncommon, is the dismissal with prejudice of a false advertising class action without the plaintiffs being...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Two Grants of Summary Judgment in Favor of Diabetic Experts

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A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (Eleventh Circuit) recently affirmed two grants of summary judgment in favor of defendant Lincare, Inc. d/b/a Diabetic Experts of America (collectively,...more

Court Upholds Over $6 Million in Civil Penalties for Unfair Business Practices and False Advertising

In The People v. Overstock.com, Inc. (No. A141613 filed June 2, 2017), Division Four of the First Appellate District affirmed a trial court judgment against Overstock for injunctive relief and over $6 million in civil...more

The Price Is Not Right: Class Action Risks of Comparative Price Advertising

“Was that retail ‘bargain’ you received really a bargain?” That is the question being asked by a recent spate of lawsuits filed against prominent retailers. Most of these actions have been brought as private party class...more

Court Dismisses “Phantom Markdown” Suit against Saks

On March 22, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California dismissed a putative class action against Saks Inc. alleging that Saks advertised “phantom markdowns” of Saks-branded products. The Plaintiff...more

Michigan District Court Won’t Hear Lanham Act Claim Against Tinnitus Treatment Certifier

Last week, we covered a summary judgment decision holding that posts on the “Science-Based Medicine” blog were not “commercial speech” under the Lanham Act, and therefore the defendant in that case was not liable for false...more

Dechert survey: Developments in securities fraud class actions against U.S. life sciences companies

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Life sciences companies continued to be popular targets of securities fraud class action lawsuits filed in 2016, and prudent life sciences companies should take heed of the results of this year’s decisions. In 2016,...more

France: No requirement for a domain name to be distinctive in unfair competition claims

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In a decision of 6 December 2016, the French Supreme Court of the Judiciary (“Cour de Cassation”) provided a very useful clarification in relation to unfair competition claim (“concurrence déloyale”, a tortious action) based...more

Don’t Friend My Friends: Nonsolicitation Agreements Should Account for Social Media Strategies

As social media becomes an important part of many companies’ sales and branding strategies, issues relating to companies’ ability to protect their investments in such strategies are emerging. Indeed, this blog has previously...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 1

Lanham Act False Advertising - Lanham Act Liability for Native Advertising Violations - Casper Sleep, Inc. v. Mitcham, --- F. Supp. 3d ---, No. 16 Civ. 3224 (JSR), 2016 WL 4574388 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 1, 2016)...more

When Can False Advertising Lead to Sherman Act Liability? The Fifth Circuit Weighs In

In a December 2, 2016 decision, Retractable Technologies, Inc. v. Becton Dickinson & Company, the Fifth Circuit opined on when false advertising can lead to liability under the Sherman Act. The Fifth Circuit’s answer: Very...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Whether Defamatory Statements Constitute Libel Per Se

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Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case where defendant carried out a personal vendetta against the plaintiff following plaintiff's report against defendant for violations of securities laws. Following...more

Gatekeeping - stops class action cold!

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On 16 November 2016, Madam Justice Dillon issued her decision in Harrison v. Afexa Life Sciences Inc., 2016 BCSC 2123, denying the certification of a class action against the makers of Cold-Fx under the Class Proceedings Act,...more

A Diamond is Forever. What About Your Advertising Claim?

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An advertising slogan like “A Diamond is Forever” may be eternal, but the same cannot be said about some comparative advertising claims. If a company advertises its product as superior to a competitive product, the ad claim...more

Third Time’s the Charm? Court Rejects Parties’ Second Settlement Agreement for Failure to Provide Sufficient Value to Class...

District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel recently considered and rejected—for the second time—a proposed class action settlement involving false advertising claims against a defendant jeans manufacturer. Hofmann v. Dutch, LLC,...more

Nature’s Way Can’t Slide Out of Coconut Oil Suit

On August 12, 2016, Southern District of California Judge William Q. Hayes denied most of a motion to dismiss and motion to strike in Hunter v. Nature’s Way Products, LLC, Case No. 16cv532-WQH-BLM. The putative class action...more

"Assuming" the Obvious: Exclusion for “Assumption of Liability in a Contract” Does Not Apply to Breach of Professional Services

In what it described as a case of first impression, the Northern District of California ruled that a professional liability policy that excluded the insured’s “assumption of liability obligations in a contract or agreement”...more

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