SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Oct. 26 deemed deficient allegations that MillerCoors LLC falsely advertised its Belgian-style wheat beer "Blue Moon" as a craft beer but granted a plaintiff leave to amend (Evan Parent v. MillerCoors LLC, No. 15-1204, S.D. Calif.).
OKLAHOMA CITY - A defendant's request for summary judgment on allegations of copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation was denied Oct. 27 by an Oklahoma federal judge, who cited the existence of disputed issues of material fact (Core Laboratories LP v. Spectrum Tracer Services LLC et al., No. 11-1157, W.D. Okla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 145382).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a putative class action complaint filed in California federal court on Oct. 23, a Florida couple says that the default setting of the "Wi-Fi Assist" application (app) that was included in the most recent iPhone operating system update caused them to be charged for unknowingly going over their phone plans' allotted cellular data allowance (William Scott Phillips, et al. v. Apple Inc., No. 5:15-cv-04879, N.D. Calif.).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on Oct. 23 dismissed a consolidated, putative class action against Facebook Inc., in which the plaintiffs sought in excess of $15 billion for the social network's purported tracking of their online activities (In re: Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation, No. 5:12-md-02314, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 145142).
MIAMI - Two trademark and patent infringement plaintiffs on Oct. 26 won dismissal by a Florida federal judge of counterclaims that sought, among other things, cancellation of four trademarks and a declaration that they had engaged in false patent marking (Edge Systems LLC, et al. v. Rafael Newton Aguila, No. 14-24517, S.D. Fla.).
CHICAGO - A Pennsylvania candy company has sufficiently stated its cybersquatting and trademark-related claims against another candy firm, an Illinois federal judge ruled Oct. 22, denying the defendant's motion to dismiss the complaint that had previously been transferred, rather than dismissed, by another federal judge (Mon Aimee Chocolat Inc. v. Tushiya LLC, et al., No. 1:15-cv-04235, N.D. Ill.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143549).
MADISON, Wis. - Efforts by Apple Inc. to undo a $234 million verdict by Wisconsin jurors were unsuccessful on Oct. 26, when a federal judge there denied the software giant's motion for judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation v. Apple Inc., No. 14-62, W.D. Wis.).
PHILADELPHIA - The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 23 affirmed a lower federal court's ruling that a commercial general liability insurance policy's prior publication exclusion precludes coverage for the Navajo Nation's trademark infringement claims against retailer Urban Outfitters (The Hanover Insurance Company v. Urban Outfitters, Inc., et al., No. 14-3705, 3rd Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 18459).
BOSTON - An expert may testify on his reasonable royalty rate calculation in a patent infringement lawsuit, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Oct. 23; however, the judge barred the expert from testifying that a nonexclusive hypothetical license would command a higher royalty rate (Trustees of Boston University v. Everlight Electronics Co. Ltd., et al., No. 12-11935, Trustees of Boston University v. Epistar Corp., et al., No. 12-12326, Trustees of Boston University v. Lite-On Inc., et al., No. 12-12330, D. Mass.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144332).
SAN FRANCISCO - Travel website operator Pintrips Inc. uses the term "pin" generically and not as a trademark, a California federal magistrate judge ruled Oct. 21, entering judgment against Pinterest Inc., which operates the popular website and social network application under that name (Pinterest Inc. v. Pintrips Inc., No. 3:13-cv-04608, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143394).
PHILADELPHIA - In an Oct. 23 amicus curiae brief, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives (BLAG) strongly urged the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to rehear en banc a congressman's challenge of a discovery order allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation access to his email account in a corruption investigation, arguing that the "broad and absolute protections" of the speech or debate clause of the U.S. Constitution precluded such discovery (In the Matter of the Search of Electronic Communications [Both Sent and Received] in the Account of ChakaFattah@gmail.com at Internet Service Provider Google Inc., No. 14-3752, 3rd Cir.).
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - In an Oct. 19 brief submitted in response to a New York federal magistrate's invitation, Apple Inc. says that an order sought by the federal government that would require it to unlock a seized Apple-manufactured device would be unduly burdensome in a number of ways (In re Order Requiring Apple Inc. to Assist in the Execution of a Search Warrant Issued by This Court, No. 1:15-mc-01902, E.D. N.Y.).
NEWARK, N.J. - A couple that owns federal copyrights in a number of songs from before 1972 filed a complaint against satellite radio firm Sirius XM Radio Inc. and online streaming service Pandora Media Inc. in New Jersey federal court on Oct. 19, asserting that the companies have been airing their recordings without paying proper royalties (Arthur Sheridan, et al. v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc., et al., No. 2:15-cv-07576, D. N.J. and Arthur Sheridan, et al. v. iHeartMedia Inc., No. 2:15-cv-07574, D. N.J.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Although an Arizona federal judge properly deemed a patent dispute exceptional, she erred in finding that a defendant was bound by an earlier stipulation regarding the amount of attorney fees it owes, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 21 (Integrated Technology Corporation v. Rudolph Technologies Inc., No. 14-1820, Fed. Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 18255).
SAN FRANCISCO - Reversing course after rehearing a trademark dispute, a divided Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded Oct. 21 that online shoppers are not likely to be confused by the display results on Amazon.com Inc. (Multi Time Machine Inc. v. Amazon.com Inc., et al., No. 13-55575, 9th Cir.).
OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal judge on Oct. 19 found nothing to support a decision that Google Inc. and others were knowingly infringing on a trademarked application and game, but granted the owner of the trademark leave to amend his claims for federal trademark contributory infringement, violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims (Free Kick Master LLC v. Apple Inc., et al., No. 15-cv-03403, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141993).
NEW ORLEANS - Allegations that a Connecticut company's sales of a beverage called "Gurrnaid" infringes upon a Louisiana company's "Grenade" trademark were dismissed Oct. 19 by a Louisiana federal judge (721 Bourbon Inc. v. House of Auth LLC, No. 15-172, E.D. La.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141760).
SAN FRANCISCO - Allegations that Google Inc. willfully infringed various natural language processing patents were dismissed by a California federal judge on Oct. 19 on grounds that the claims are based exclusively on Google's alleged post-filing knowledge of the patents in suit (Word to Info Inc. v. Google Inc., No. 15-3486, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141966).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its Oct. 19 orders list, the U.S. Supreme Court indicated that it would not review a May ruling by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denying a request for attorney fees to a prevailing patent infringement defendant (Bodum, Inc. v. Meyer Intellectual Properties Ltd. and Meyer Corp. U.S., No. 15-185, U.S. Sup.).
SEATTLE - In an effort to combat what it calls "an unhealthy ecosystem" of people writing fake user reviews for profit, online retail giant Amazon.com Inc. filed a complaint Oct. 16 in Washington state court against 1,114 John Doe defendants it contends have done just that (Amazon.com Inc. v. John Does 1-1114, No. 15-2-25395-6, Wash. Super., King Co.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its second ruling in the case, a divided Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 19 affirmed a holding by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that a prior art reference was enabling (In re: Steve Morsa, No. 15-1107, Fed. Cir.).
NEW YORK - A New York man on Oct. 14 filed a putative class action against Reebok International Ltd. in New York federal court, seeking to represent a nationwide class of visually impaired consumers that he says have been denied equal access to Reebok's website in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) (Jose Del-Orden v. Reebok International Ltd., No. 1:15-cv-08101, S.D. N.Y.).
MADISON, Wis. - After deliberating less than one day, jurors assigned to hear the patent infringement dispute between Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and Apple Inc. on Oct. 16 ordered the software giant to pay more than $234 million in damages (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation v. Apple Inc., No. 14-062, W.D. Wis.).
ATLANTA - Citing numerous errors by a Florida federal judge, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 15 reversed and remanded for a second time in a longstanding dispute over a disputed coat of arms (Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta v. Florida Priory of the Knights Hospitallers of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta, The Ecumenical Order, No. 14-14251, 11th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 17885).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Competing motions for en banc rehearing of a July 2015 ruling by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a dispute over the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) were denied by the Federal Circuit on Oct. 16 (Amgen Inc. et al. v. Sandoz Inc. et al., No. 15-1499, Fed. Cir.).