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Discussion of pleading standards in SDNY re trademark infringement and/or breach of a license agreement and/or fraud.
Decision Houbigant Breach Contract Fraud Infirngment
From our continuing series of trademark cases involving garnishes, here is a memo of law from the owner of the SCALA mark for giardiniera, a pepper-based sauce for meatball and sausage sandwiches. Plaintiff believes that it terminated defendant as licensee. Defendant states on its website that it purchased the giardiniera business from plaintiff.
Playboy sues divorce lawyer/former columnist/former Playboy model, for filing application for LAWYER OF LOVE (name of her Playboy column). I would assume LAWYER OF LOVE was a generic term for trademark lawyer. Defendant owns a registration for the mark LIFE’S SHORT, GET A DIVORCE. Background here.
Complaint Lawyer of Love Playboy…
Plaintiff, movie distributor (The Weinstein Company), attempts to obtain exclusive license to distribute movie. It emails producer “We confirm that we accept your offer.” Producer immediately emails back “we’re going over the terms, we’ll get back to you.” (my paraphrase). Then producer does the deal with a different distributor. Distributor attempts to argue either (1)…
A meditation on a ‘user generated submission’ license agreement.
. . . here is a blurb indicating that the 9th Circuit held that a clause waiving cell phone customer’s rights to bring a class action was unconscionable and unenforceable. HT Venkat.