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Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 11 Sep 2017

“Pretzel Crisps” Again Ruled Generic Term by TTAB

For a second time, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has granted Frito-Lay North America's petition for cancellation of Snyder's-Lance Inc


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 13 Jun 2013

JPML centralizes 5-Hour ENERGY lawsuits

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JMPL) has transferred nine actions pending in eight federal courts against Innovation Ventures, LLC


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 22 Mar 2013

POM Wonderful seeks review of FTC order

POM Wonderful LLC has filed a petition seeking review in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) order requiring two


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 6 Jun 2012

New Kansas income tax exemption provides tax planning opportunities

The Kansas Legislature recently enacted legislation that exempts from the Kansas income tax all non-wage business income that would otherwise be reportable on Kansas income tax returns filed by individuals.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 14 Oct 2011

Barge owner indicted for Columbia River oil spill

A federal grand jury has reportedly indicted the owner of Principle Metals, LLC , a scrap-metal company, and the barge the MV Davy Crockett, for two criminal violations of the Clean Water Act (CW A) for unlawfully discharging oil into the Columbia River near Camas, Washington, in 2010 and for failing to notify authorities of the discharge.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 7 Oct 2011

FTC and Phusion Projects reach agreement over Four Loko disclosures, packaging

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has entered a 20-year consent order with Phusion Projects, LLC, the maker of Four Loko, an alcoholic beverage that has generated significant controversy for its “super-size” container and previous inclusion of caffeine, which some allege has led to binge-drinking and adverse health effects


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 7 Oct 2011

Biscotti maker targeted in “All Natural” lawsuit

California residents have filed a putative class action against Nonni’s Foods, LLC, alleging that the company falsely represents its “All Natural” biscotti products by failing to disclose that ingredients, such as cocoa processed with alkali, glycerin, monocalcium phosphate, and diglycerides, are synthetic.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 7 Oct 2011

Artist claims “beautiful blonde” ale maker infringed her copyright

A woman who allegedly created a design for Knee Deep Brewing Co. to use on its beer tap handles has sued the company for breach of contract and copyright infringement after they could not apparently come to terms over a price for her design and the company began using a similar design on its product labels.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 29 Sep 2011

Dune buggy maker to pay $715,000 penalty for alleged failure to report defects

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has entered into a settlement agreement with a dune buggy manufacturer over claims that the company failed to immediately report to the agency an electric motor defect that resulted in sudden acceleration incidents and injuries to consumers.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 2 Sep 2011

False advertising claims against Arizona Beverages dismissed in part in California; class cert. denied in New Jersey

A federal court in California has granted in part the motion to dismiss filed by Arizona Beverages USA LLC, in a putative class action alleging the violation of consumer fraud and false advertising laws due to company representations that its products are “Natural,” “All Natural” and “100 Natural.”

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