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Patent Owner Has Burden to Prove Marking Once Infringer Identifies Unmarked Products

In Arctic Cat Inc. v. Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., [2017-1475] (December 8, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of judgment as a matter of law as to obviousness, the jury’s royalty rate,...more

CJEU Offers Improved Protection for Luxury Goods in Coty Ruling

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has handed down its much-anticipated judgment in Case C-230/16 Coty Germany GmbH v Parfümerie Akzente GmbH (Coty). The case concerns the legality of a prohibition of sales on...more

Court Bends Every Procedural Rule to Grant Dismissal to Kohl’s in “Opt-Out Evader” TCPA Text Suit –Blesses Contractual Revocation...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

One of the most annoying inhabitants of TCPA land is the Opt-Out Evader. This fellow or lady tries to set up TCPA lawsuits by texting phrases s/he knows will not be recognized by text service providers. Rather than simply...more

Climate Scientist Sues Critic

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

In what appears to be a novel application of defamation law to disputes within the academic community, one researcher has filed suit against a peer reviewer and an academic journal for criticism made in a peer review article...more

Unlicensed Use of a Festival Name May Result in a Not-So-Festive Trademark Lawsuit

by Knobbe Martens on

Music festivals, film festivals, food festivals….festivals are popular venues for entertainment and each festival strives to offer the consumer a unique experience. Of course, at most festivals, clothes must be (or should be)...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Announces Last Call for TCCWNA Happy Hour

by Proskauer - Advertising Law on

In recent years, creative plaintiff-side class action attorneys in New Jersey have attempted to seek relief under the Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”), which allows for $100 in statutory damages...more

Controversial “Gripe Site” Protected (Again) by the Communications Decency Act and Defeats Novel Copyright Attack with Website...

The controversial consumer gripe site, RipoffReport.com, is at it again. The First Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s ruling that RipoffReport.com was entitled to immunity under Section 230 of the Communications...more

Claim Dismissed Against Brand For Deceptive Label, But Retailer May Still Pay - Eidelman v. Sun Prod. Corp., No. 16-cv-3914 (NSR)...

by Carlton Fields on

A negligent misrepresentation claim against laundry detergent brand The Sun Products Corp., for an allegedly deceptive label was dismissed by a New York federal district judge, while an unjust enrichment claim against...more

LinkedIn Files Opening Brief with Ninth Circuit in Closely-Watched Data Scraping Dispute with hiQ

In a new development in an important scraping dispute, LinkedIn appealed the lower court’s decision to grant a preliminary injunction compelling LinkedIn to disable any technical measures it had employed to block the...more

A Green Light for Screen Scraping? Proceed With Caution…

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Court Issues Injunction Barring Blocking of Scraping and Holds CFAA Likely Doesn’t Apply - Websites make information available to clients, users, customers and subscribers. Data aggregators, investors, competitors and...more

Ending Data Scraping Dispute, Craigslist Reaches $31M Settlement with Instamotor

Craigslist has used a variety of technological and legal methods to prevent unauthorized parties from violating its terms of use by scraping, linking to, or accessing user postings for their own commercial purposes. For...more

Federal Appellate Court Enforces Terms of Use, Including Arbitration Provision, Entered During Mobile Application Registration...

On August 17, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an important decision in a high-profile case against Uber Technologies that has broad implications for the enforceability of terms of use entered on...more

Coty: Selective distribution and the luxury of prohibiting third party platform sales

by DLA Piper on

With the meteoric rise in internet selling, the permissibility of banning selective distributors from selling via "third party platforms" is a hotly debated topic across the EU, particularly in Germany and Austria. In...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2017

by DLA Piper on

"Pink slime" case settles. Beef Products Inc. (BPI) and ABC News have announced the confidential settlement of a defamation case the company had filed against the network and correspondent Jim Avila over a series of news...more

Can’t Say “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” for Copying Me

by Knobbe Martens on

On June 1, 2017, noted music and fashion photographer Danny Clinch filed suit in the Southern District of New York in connection with the use of two photographs of famed rapper Tupac Shukar (“Tupac”) on t-shirts. The...more

Federal Judge Holds Grocery Store Website Subject to ADA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Following a two-day bench trial, a federal judge in Florida issued a decision on June 12, 2017, finding that the website of grocer Winn-Dixie must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because the website is...more

Supreme Court of Canada Leaves Forum Selection Clauses in a State of Uncertainty

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Facebook, Inc. (Facebook) recently lost a decision before the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the enforceability of the forum selection clause in its standard terms of use. Accordingly, organizations should carefully review...more

See No Evil: Willful Blindness Costs Dish Network $341,000,000 For TCPA Violations

Willful blindness when it comes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) could cost companies millions in statutory damages and penalties. Dish Network has been ordered in two cases to pay a total of $341 million based...more

Blind Plaintiff Prevails in First-of-Its-Kind ADA Website Accessibility Trial against Grocery Store Chain

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

In what is believed to be the first Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) accessibility lawsuit to go to trial in Florida, Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, No.: 16-cv-23020-RNS (S.D. Fla. June 13, 2017), Juan Carlos Gil prevailed...more

First Federal Court Rules That Having An Inaccessible Website Violates Title III Of The ADA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Today’s first impression trial verdict finding retailer Winn-Dixie liable under Title III of the ADA for having an inaccessible website suggests that public accommodations should focus on their website...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19661 - ARS Investors II 2012-1 HVB, LLC v. Crystal, LLC - Owner recorded an unapproved subdivision map of its commercial property into three lots and then granted a...more

Facebook Successfully Dismisses Putative Class Action Alleging Violation of New Jersey’s TCCWNA Based on Choice-of-Law Clause in...

by Bryan Cave on

In Palomino v. Facebook, Inc., No. 16-cv-04329-HSG, 2017 WL 76901 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 9, 2017), two putative class representatives brought a claim on behalf of all “similarly situated New Jersey residents who created a Facebook...more

Social Media Showdown II

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

TheBlaze, Inc. and Glenn Beck (collectively “TBI”) have squared off against Tomi Lahren over a Facebook page. As reported earlier, Lahren sued TBI, claiming among other things, that they were blocking her access to social...more

Craigslist Garners $60 Million Judgment against Radpad in Scraping Dispute

For years, craigslist has aggressively used technological and legal methods to prevent unauthorized parties from violating its terms of use by scraping, linking to or accessing user postings for their own commercial purposes....more

Trademark Infringers Can Limit The Damages They Must Pay If The Trademark Owner Fails To Prove That The Parties' Marketing Areas...

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

It has long since been the rule that an infringing trademark use may only be prevented in the geographic areas where use of the infringing mark and owner's trademark overlap.i In the recent case of Variety Stores, Inc. v....more

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