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Proving A Franchisor’s Irreparable Injury To Obtain A Preliminary Injunction

by Mulcahy LLP on

When a franchisor grants a franchise, it licenses, among other things, its trade name and business operating system. By doing this, the franchisor trusts its franchisees, area representatives, and sub-franchisors with its...more

No Meat on the Bones: Proposed Vegetarian Class Action against Buffalo Wild Wings Failed to Plead Actual Injury

Recently, a federal district court judge in the Southern District of New York dismissed claims asserted under New York General Business Law § 349 on behalf of a putative class of vegetarian customers of Buffalo Wild Wings. ...more

JSH Reporter - Fall 2017

It has been over one year since our last issue, and we are pleased to share several resources with you, including important case summaries, law updates, attorney-authored articles, and firm news and events. Please see full...more

When Data Scraping and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Collide

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

As the volume of data available on the internet continues to increase at an extraordinary pace, it is no surprise that many companies are eager to harvest publicly available data for their own use and monetization. Data...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Finger Lickin’ Restrictions

by Lewitt Hackman on

Franchise agreements give franchisors nearly absolute, unfettered discretion to control advertising of their brands. Franchisors need not regard prior course of dealings with franchisees. An Illinois federal court dismissed a...more

Be Like Grumpy Cat

News recently hit the wires that Grumpy Cat Ltd., the company behind the Grumpy Cat Internet “person”ality, was awarded over $700,000 in a trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit. The defendant was a licensee who was...more

Mildly Satisfied, Still Grumpy: Grumpy Cat Prevails over Infringers

by Jaburg Wilk on

Celebrity kitty Tardar Sauce aka “Grumpy Cat” (or, rather, the entity that owns rights to the GRUMPY CAT brand) has prevailed on its claims of breach of contract and trademark and copyright infringement against a beverage...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | February 2018

Cooke Aquaculture Fined $332,000 For Puget Sound Salmon Pen Collapse - The Washington Department of Ecology has reportedly fined Cooke Aquaculture $332,000 for violations of state water quality laws related to a net pen...more

Consumer Class Actions Take a Hit: Court Holds Made-For-Outlet Products Not Deceptive

by Bryan Cave on

In the face of a growing number of lawsuits against retailers for deceptive sales, advertising and pricing practices, a California court recently affirmed dismissal of a consumer’s false advertising lawsuit against The Gap,...more

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,, is at it again. The First Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s ruling that 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

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