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Sad Tale of a Trademark Fail

Earlier this month, Unilever made headlines by accidently naming its new soap after Kim Jong Un. The shower gel line, created by a Korean designer and aimed at urban millennials in China, is called KJU....more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Food and consumer products conglomerate Unilever’s making a big play for the Asian market with its $2.7 billion deal to buy Carver Korea, a South Korean-based skin care specialist....more

Another Key Decision on Corporate Separateness – High Court Finds That There is No Arguable Case for Unilever to be Held Liable...

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In a recent decision, the High Court has ruled that Unilever plc (Unilever), the ultimate holding company of the Unilever Group, does not owe a duty of care to protect the employees and residents of a tea plantation owned and...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - National Advertising Division (NAD) and National Advertising Review Board (NARB)

The Colgate-Palmolive Company (Tom’s of Maine “Naturally Dry” Antiperspirant), NARB Panel Report No. 215 (Jan. 25, 2017) - A National Advertising Review Board (NARB) panel determined that the National Advertising...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - National Advertising Division (NAD) and National Advertising Review Board (NARB)

The Colgate-Palmolive Company (Tom’s of Maine “Naturally Dry” Antiperspirant), NARB Panel Report No. 215 (Jan. 25, 2017) - A National Advertising Review Board (NARB) panel determined that the National Advertising...more

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The City of Cincinnati is suing Harbour Portfolio Advisors—“one of the nation’s largest sellers of foreclosed homes”—for skipping out on housing code violations and for targeting buyers with “predatory and unconscionable”...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Shareholders have accused Under Armour of “concealing the impact” of Sports Authority’s bankruptcy from investors in order to artificially inflate its stock price. The suit comes on the heels of a disastrous Q4 for UA, in...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We learned about KraftHeinz’s offer to merge with Unilever only after it had been rejected. And now it appears to be off the table completely—all $143 billion of it....more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Acting SEC Chair Michael Piwowar has reportedly scaled back some of the agency’s enforcement staff’s use of delegated authority by funneling all subpoena issuance and probe initiation through the SEC’s director of...more

UK: Drop in the ocean – Employee's invention not profitable enough for compensation

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK Court of Appeal confirmed on 18 January that an employee was not entitled to any compensation from his employer for the income generated by his patented inventions, as the returns did not amount to an “outstanding...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.1.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

And just like that, Uber’s ride-hailing war in China is over (for now, at least). Uber has agreed to sell Uber China to rival Didi Chuxing [though maintaining a 20% stake in the new company], creating a new company worth an...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.27.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We heard last week about Unilever’s $1 billion acquisition of start-up Dollar Shave Club. With a few days to reflect, the Deal Professor suggests that this relatively innocuous deal should make “every other company . . . very...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.20.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We’ve heard about VW’s $15 billion settlement to resolve US claims by owners and regulators, but a spate of recent state AG-led actions shows that the fallout from the emissions cheating scandal is far from over. NY, MA, and...more

Smooth Operators: Seventh Circuit Untangles Objections and Affirms Settlement of Hair Product Class

by Carlton Fields on

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a class settlement over objection in a case involving a hair-smoothing product (“the Smoothing Kit”) that allegedly destroyed users’ hair and burned their scalps. Plaintiffs sued...more

Class Action Round-Up: Summer 2015

by Alston & Bird on

The big news this quarter is the U.S. Supreme Court’s acceptance of Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, an employment case likely to have major ramifications across the whole spectrum of class action litigation. The Court is set...more

Guest Post - The Sweet Smell of Preemption Overcomes Plaintiffs’ Stinky Consumer Fraud Claims

by Reed Smith on

The ingenuity of our friends in the plaintiffs’ bar is never-ending and always fascinating, like Cyrano de Bergerac’s prodigious proboscis. For example, this post is about a case brought by some resourceful lawyers who did ...more

Legislative Action to Remove Microbeads from Personal Care Products Intensifies

The International Campaign Against Microbeads in Cosmetics is most likely celebrating this week, following the California State Legislature’s passage of a bill that would prohibit the use of plastic microbeads in personal...more

What’s in a Name? When You’re Selling a Food with an Established Federal Standard of Identity, a Whole Lot!

A bluntly labeled section of the Code of Federal Regulations – “Mayonnaise” – provides a description of this particular food dressing, the food’s required ingredients, optional ingredients, and how to declare those...more

Decision to Expand Panels Resides with PTAB, Not Parties - Conopco, Inc. dba Unilever v. Procter & Gamble

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In two recent decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board), the Board denied petitioner requests for rehearing by an expanded panel under 37 C.F.R. § 42.71(c). Conopco, Inc. dba Unilever v. Procter & Gamble,...more

Advertising Law - July 2015

Try, Try Again: Lawmakers Reintroduce Do Not Track Kids Act - A group of federal lawmakers reintroduced the Do Not Track Kids Act, a bill to amend the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), with some changes...more

PTAB: We Are Disinclined to Acquiesce to Your Rehearing Request - Conopco Inc. dba Unilever, v. The Procter & Gamble Company

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a decision denying rehearing of the order denying institution of an inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) explained the factors it considers in making institution decisions based on...more

PTAB Denies Follow-On Petition for Inter Partes Review Including Prior Art and Arguments Raised in Earlier Petition by Same...

by Knobbe Martens on

Petitioner Unilever filed an earlier petition for IPR of 33 claims of a patent. In the Decision on Institution, the Board denied review of 11 claims and granted review of the rest. Unilever then filed a second petition for...more

Two Consumer Class Actions Settle for (Mostly) Nominal Amounts Per Plaintiff

Two recent false advertising class action settlements illustrate some of the myriad ways to structure settlements, and also reflect the real risks of these lawsuits when early-stage efforts to dismiss them are...more

Powering Sustainability

by Morgan Lewis on

Recent focus on distributed generation has not addressed how companies will fully meet increasing sustainability commitments, including goals of being “100% powered by renewable energy.” Customers and utilities are exploring...more

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