Trademark Owner Fucks Around With Keyword Ad Case & Finds Out--Las Vegas Skydiving v. Groupon

Trademark Owner Fucks Around With Keyword Ad Case & Finds Out–Las Vegas Skydiving v. Groupon

I’ve often wondered about the conversations that take place between trademark owner and counsel before filing a keyword advertising lawsuit. How extensively do they discuss the risks? There’s plenty to discuss. You can get bad publicity and alienate customers (and…

Quick Links from the Past Year, Part 6 (Defamation & Much More)

Defamation * US Dominion Inc. v. Fox Network News LLC, No.: N21C-03-257 EMD (Del. Superior Ct. Dec. 16, 2021). Dominion’s defamation lawsuit against Fox News for its role in the “Big Lie” about the 2020 presidential election results survives Fox…

1-800 Contacts Loses YET ANOTHER Trademark Lawsuit Over Competitive Keyword Ads--1-800 Contacts v. Warby Parker

1-800 Contacts Loses YET ANOTHER Trademark Lawsuit Over Competitive Keyword Ads–1-800 Contacts v. Warby Parker

1-800 Contacts first appeared on this blog on February 9, 2005, my second day of blogging. 17 years later, I’m still blogging their ignoble trademark lawsuits. 🤡 Some “highlights” of 1-800 Contacts’ trademark jurisprudence over the years: 1-800 Contacts v….

Quick Links from the Past Year, Part 3 (Trademarks)

Initial Interest Confusion It’s 2022 and we’re still dealing with this shit. SMH. Can we please just outright kill the doctrine and spend our time on more meaningful problems? * “the initial interest confusion doctrine…requires a finding of likelihood of…

Section 230 Helps Salesforce Defeat Sex Trafficking Lawsuit--GG v. Salesforce

Section 230 Helps Salesforce Defeat Sex Trafficking Lawsuit–GG v. Salesforce

This is another lawsuit where the plaintiff claims to have been sex trafficked on Backpage. Backpage used Salesforce as its CRM vendor, so the plaintiff claims Salesforce should be liable for the victimization. I’m aware of two other decisions involving…

Section 512(c) Protects Pinterest Despite Its Algorithms--Davis v. Pinterest

Section 512(c) Protects Pinterest Despite Its Algorithms–Davis v. Pinterest

“Plaintiff contends that Pinterest has infringed the copyrights of 51 of his works by displaying these works in proximity to advertisements and by displaying and distributing them to users via notifications.” The court gives this screenshot as an example. Davis’…

Facebook Can't Shake Publicity Rights Claim--Hepp v. Facebook

Facebook Can’t Shake Publicity Rights Claim–Hepp v. Facebook

Third parties created ads featuring Hepp without her consent. From the complaint (Hepp is the upper right image; the photo was taken from security camera footage): Facebook ran some of the ads featuring Hepp’s image. The district court dismissed Hepp’s…

Section 230 Helps Facebook Defeat Lawsuit Over Scam Ads--Calise v. Meta

Section 230 Helps Facebook Defeat Lawsuit Over Scam Ads–Calise v. Meta

The plaintiffs allege that Facebook runs third-party ads for scammy third-party merchant websites. One plaintiff claims a merchant didn’t send the ordered goods as described. Another plaintiff claimed that a merchant never sent any goods at all. The plaintiffs sued…

Catching Up on a FOSTA Case--ML v. Craigslist

Catching Up on a FOSTA Case–ML v. Craigslist

This is one of many FOSTA cases in process. They are all quite complicated and hard to understand. This particular lawsuit targets Craigslist even though Craigslist shut down its adult services category in 2010, eight years before FOSTA was enacted,…

Louisiana's Anti-Vegan Law Constitutionally Enjoined--Tofurky v. Strain

Louisiana’s Anti-Vegan Law Constitutionally Enjoined–Tofurky v. Strain

[Note: I’ve been traveling for the past 10 days and have a long list of important developments to blog when I get back.] Numerous states have enacted laws that prohibit the use of meat/dairy terms, such “meat,” “milk,” “cheese,” and…