Competitive Keyword Advertising Claim Fails--Reflex Media v. Luxy

Competitive Keyword Advertising Claim Fails–Reflex Media v. Luxy

The plaintiff runs Seeking Arrangements. The defense runs Luxy, a competitor. Earlier this year, I blogged a ruling holding that Seeking Arrangements’ trademark infringement claim against Luxy could proceed because Luxy included Seeking Arrangements’ purported trademarks in its keyword metatags….

If "Trespass to Chattels" Isn't Limited to "Chattels," Anarchy Ensues--Best Carpet Values v. Google

If “Trespass to Chattels” Isn’t Limited to “Chattels,” Anarchy Ensues–Best Carpet Values v. Google

Trigger warning: this is a terrible opinion. Let’s hope the judge corrects his errors or that the appeals court does it for him. * * * This opinion addresses a venerable issue in Internet Law: can a website control how…

The SHOP SAFE Act Is a Terrible Bill That Will Eliminate Online Marketplaces

The SHOP SAFE Act Is a Terrible Bill That Will Eliminate Online Marketplaces

[Note: this blog post covers Rep. Nadler’s manager’s amendment for the SHOP SAFE Act, which I think will be the basis of a committee markup hearing tomorrow. If Congress were well-functioning, draft bills going into markup would be circulated a…

Third Circuit Says Section 230 Doesn't Apply to Publicity Rights Claims--Hepp v. Facebook

Third Circuit Says Section 230 Doesn’t Apply to Publicity Rights Claims–Hepp v. Facebook

The Third Circuit ruled today that Section 230 doesn’t preempt publicity rights claims because they qualify as “intellectual property” claims. This ruling directly conflicts with the Ninth Circuit’s rule, which says that all state IP claims are preempted by Section…

My Declaration Identifying Emoji Co. GmbH as a Possible Trademark Troll

My Declaration Identifying Emoji Co. GmbH as a Possible Trademark Troll

There are dozens of federal lawsuits captioned “Emoji Company GmbH v. The Individuals, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule A Hereto.” Last month, in one of them, I filed a declaration stating that “Emojico appears…

Think Keyword Metatags Are Dead? They Are (Except in Court)--Reflex v. Luxy

Think Keyword Metatags Are Dead? They Are (Except in Court)–Reflex v. Luxy

Check your calendar. Yes, it’s 2021. But trademark plaintiffs and judges are still partying like it’s 1999. The plaintiff is Seeking Arrangements, one of my favorite websites to base my Internet Law exams on. The defendant is a competitor, Luxy….

Fifth Circuit Says Keyword Ads Could Contribute to Initial Interest Confusion (UGH)--Adler v. McNeil

Fifth Circuit Says Keyword Ads Could Contribute to Initial Interest Confusion (UGH)–Adler v. McNeil

Jim Adler runs a personal injury law firm that claims trademarks in JIM ADLER, THE HAMMER, TEXAS HAMMER, and EL MARTILLO TEJANO. The defendants run the Accident Injury Legal Center, which runs a lawyer referral service. It bids on the…

Satirical Depiction in YouTube Video Gets Rough Treatment in Court

Satirical Depiction in YouTube Video Gets Rough Treatment in Court

Goodman made and posted a YouTube video called the “Crony Awards,” bestowing honors on countries that downplayed the COVID-19 virus. Because the court says Goodman’s company “traffics in wild conspiracy theories,” it’s likely the video actually celebrates countries for COVID…

Google's Search Disambiguation Doesn't Create Initial Interest Confusion--Aliign v. lululemon

Google’s Search Disambiguation Doesn’t Create Initial Interest Confusion–Aliign v. lululemon

Aliign “is an event, lifestyle, and apparel company” allegedly with a first trademark use in 2011. Since 2014, they have sold a total of 7 units of apparel (5 of which were bought by the CEO’s friends). lululemon is the…

1H 2021 Quick Links, Part 1 (IP)

Trademarks and Domain Names * Kid Car NY, LLC v. Kidmoto Techs. LLC, 2021 WL 466975 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 9, 2021):  “At the motion to dismiss stage, Kidmoto has plausibly alleged more than just the purchase of a competitor’s mark as…