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CA appellate court upholds most significant portions of $1.15B abatement judgment against lead paint manufacturers

by Dentons on

In a unanimous 138-page decision issued on November 14, 2017, which departed from appellate courts in every other jurisdiction that have considered the issue, the California Sixth District Court of Appeal in People v. ConAgra...more

California Court Holds That Orders Demanding Global De-indexing Threaten Free Speech

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a lower court order ordering Google to de-index a website from its global search results. In its decision, the Canadian high court rejected Google’s arguments that such an...more

CFPB sues nation’s largest debt-settlement services provider

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has filed a lawsuit in a California federal district court against Freedom Debt Relief (FDR) and its CEO for alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). ...more

California Court Enjoins Canadian Court’s Global De-listing Order to Google as Contrary to CDA

In a decision that sets up a potential international comity showdown, a California district court granted Google’s request for a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement in the U.S. of a Canadian court order that...more

Jay-Z Pleads Court to Remove Him from the Spotlight

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Jay-Z does not want to be in the spotlight- at least not the spotlight of a New York federal judge. This past April, the hip-hop tycoon and Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s entertainment company, were sued by Iconix Brand Group, Inc....more

New York District Court Applies Reyes to Squash TCPA Suit Based Upon Consent Terms Built into Sallie Mae TCPA Class Action...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Sallie Mae class settlement continues to pay major dividends for Navient Solutions (“Navient”), one of the nation’s most liberal dispensers of automated debt collection phone calls. Back in 2012, Navient—then known as...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

Google Gets Their Attorneys’ Fees Back for Having to Fight Off a Weak Patent Infringement Suit

by Knobbe Martens on

Judgments and Awards - On September 25, 2017, a federal court in San Jose, CA awarded the Defendants Google, YouTube, and On2 Technologies $820,321.41 in attorney’s fees. The Court previously held the Plaintiff Max Sound...more

Defendant TM Brands Receives $1.5 Million for Trademark Infringement of their TechnoMarine® Watch Trademarks

by Knobbe Martens on

Judgments and Awards - On October 3, 2017, a federal court in Miami, FL awarded TM Brands $1,500,000 pursuant to a stipulated agreement reached during trial. In 2015, Casa Dimitri sued TM Brands for trademark infringement...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

Misled Consumers Can Obtain Injunctions Against Businesses

by Selman Breitman LLP on

A consumer misled by fraudulent representations may still obtain an injunction against a business so long as the consumer claims that he or she wishes to purchase the product or service in the future but cannot confidently...more

Ninth Circuit Says Plaintiff Might Get Fooled Again

by Carlton Fields on

Last week the Ninth Circuit reopened a key avenue in consumer false advertising class actions – injunctive relief. A growing number of trial courts had dismissed those claims, reasoning that plaintiffs who know of the alleged...more

Ajemian v. Yahoo: One Small Step For The Family, One Giant Step For Fiduciaries

by Murtha Cullina on

Yahoo! On October 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued its long-awaited decision in Ajemian v. Yahoo!, Inc. (“Yahoo”), http://bit.ly/2zuW1T9, interpreting the federal Stored Communications Act (the “SCA”)...more

No Fairytale Ending for Unauthorized Movie Streaming

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a preliminary injunction against an online video streaming service, finding that the movie studio plaintiffs were likely to succeed on the merits for violations under the...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

Data Scraping, Bots and First Amendment Rights

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

A recent case involving a small workforce analytics startup fighting for its right to extract data from the largest professional networking site on the Internet may set a precedent for applying constitutional principles to...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

Cloud Computing: A New Target for Uniloc

As Cloud IPQ will continue to demonstrate, a growing but often overlooked trend of NPE patent litigations against cloud computing providers and users has emerged in recent years. While many NPEs target big technology...more

Ninth Circuit Blocks San Francisco’s Warnings Ordinance for Sweetened Beverages

by Bryan Cave on

In a decision likely to have important implications for regulation of commercial speech, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked a San Francisco ordinance requiring warnings about the health effects of certain...more

Record Jury Verdict for New Hampshire Defamation Plaintiffs

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

A New Hampshire jury has awarded nearly $275 million to three men publicly alleged to be drug dealers, money launderers and extortionists by local businessman and radio host Michael Gill. The verdict—thought to be the largest...more

Cutting the Cord: Can Courts Trim TCPA Statutory Damages?

Whether courts can reduce statutory damages awards under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is an ongoing issue because potential liability can be strikingly disproportionate given the lack of actual harm to class...more

No Free Ride for Copycat Perfume Company – Fair Use Rejected, False Advertising Found, Accounting of Profits Awarded

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Well-known perfume marketer Coty Inc. had a big win in New York federal district court, obtaining injunctive relief and $6.5 million dollars in an accounting of profits from copycat perfume seller Excell Brands, LLC. In an...more

Wow! Illinois Biometric Privacy Suits Proliferate

This month, in one of the many recently-filed Illinois biometric privacy suits, a class action complaint alleging violations of Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) was lodged against Wow Bao, a restaurant...more

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