Monthly Archive: September 2006

At attorney in New York is seeking class action status in a lawsuit filed against Starbuck’s for its coupon campaign that closed early after the tell-a-friend response got out of hand. The Starbucks chain offered its employees an email coupon for a free cup of coffee and allowed the employees to pass the coupon onto …

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The FTC is getting serious about children’s privacy. According to the FTC website, xanga.com (and its pricipals, Marc Ginsburg and John Hiler) agreed to pay a whopping $1 Million in civil penalties for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). According to the FTC, the xanga site allowed users under the age of 13 …

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The District Court of Nevada has found that Adrenaline Sports’ use of the mark WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS STAYS IN VEGAS infringes the use by The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (“Convention Authority”) of the slogan WHAT HAPPENS HERE STAYS HERE. In December of 2002, the Convention Authority launched its “Vegas Stories” advertising campaign. …

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The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (“CARU”) determined that the advertising, aired on Nickelodeon, for a new SpongeBob SquarePants DVD violated the CARU Advertising Guidelines prohibiting advertising placement of a product during the show that features the same characters. Nick was quick to remove the problematic ad placement, noting that human error was the culprit. Advertisements …

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The 9th Circuit affirmed a lower court decision that Plaintiff’s screenplay The Funk Parlor” was not infringed by the HBO television series “Six Feet Under: The court found that while at a general level, elements of the two shows were similar, the devil was buried in the details. The court found that both stores took …

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Barney parodist Stuart Frankel, a doctor with a lot of free time, has filed a declaratory relief action against Lyons Partnership, the creators of the lovable character Barney, the Purple Dinosaur. The action, filed in the Southern District of New York, seeks a declaration that Frankel’s website, Stuart Frankel’s Very Small Webpage does not infringe …

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