Monthly Archive: April 2005

Reader’s Digest has agreed to pay $196,000 to settle a dispute with the state of Connecticut over deceptive marketing of its sweepstakes. The popular magazine, found in supermarket aisles and dental offices everywhere, promoted its sweepstakes by claiming that purchasing more company products increased an entrant’s chances of winning. The actual odds of winning the …

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Consumers who receive a prize notification and a check as winnings from the North American Prize Pool are the latest victims in a new sweepstakes scam: cash the check and say goodbye to your savings. According to the Seattle Police Department, the “mark” is sent a letter and a check (drawn on a real bank). …

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Last month, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that non-commercial use of a party’s trademark as a domain name may not constitute trademark infringement. The case involved the use of the Bosley Medical Institute’s BOSLEY trademark, which it uses for its hair replacement system. Bosley Medical Institute’s brush with defendant Michael Kremer started when …

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