Kelly / Warner Law Blog

A pot luck of business defamation, trade secret, breach of contract and trade libel news and views; plus some all-purpose business competition law tips, definitions and explanations.

The Month In FTC Online Business Law: October 2014

October 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

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It’s that time of the month again — time to take a look back at what the Federal Trade Commission has been up to in terms of online businesses and Internet marketing. Bitcoin companies under fire; Goldman warns of impending “Instagram freebie” crackdown; and is the king of trivia, Trebek, in trouble with the FTC?

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Is The ACLU Overdoing It With Its Revenge Porn Law Case In Arizona?

October 24, 2014 at 6:00 am


The ACLU is going after the State of Arizona for a broadly worded revenge porn law. Is the ACLU going overboard with its First Amendment claim, or is Arizona’s revenge porn law a censoring mess waiting to happen?

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Can You Trademark A Common Word? Discussion of The Seidman v. Chobani “How” Lawsuit

October 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm


Is it possible to trademark a single, common word? Believe it or not, yes, it is — but not always. Seidman v. Chobani — is a good one-word trademark infringement case study.

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Should You Trust Yelp Reviews? A Discussion of Levitt v. Yelp

October 15, 2014 at 5:00 am

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Should you trust reviews on Yelp and other consumer review websites? Are they all fair? Do you run a review website? The latest decision in Levitt v. Yelp sheds light on the courts’ current view of “gripe sites” and whether or not they have the right to manipulate reviews “in exchange” for advertising packages. The courts opinion is of interest to all business owners and anybody who trusts online reviews.

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UDRP Law: It’s Possible To Win A Federal Lawsuit After A Failed UDRP Ruling

October 14, 2014 at 8:45 am

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What is the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP)? If a business loses a UDRP ruling, is it possible to go on to win a domain dispute lawsuit in federal court? We’ll answer these questions and a few more about the UDRP process in this blog post.

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Yelp Law: What Every Business Owner (& Consumer) Needs To Know

October 13, 2014 at 5:15 am


A new Internet statute has hit California law books. Dubbed “the Yelp law,” it forbids the use of contracts with non-disparagement clauses. Yes, it is a win for free speech advocates, but many small business owners are not thrilled about the development.

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The Month in Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Marketing News: September 2014

October 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

FTC marketing news update

The Federal Trade Commission is responsible for protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive marketing. So, every month, we compile summaries of the most important FTC marketing news for all you online marketers out there. Click through to get the goods for September 2014.

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The Month In Defamation: September 2014

October 10, 2014 at 5:00 am

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What happened in the world of defamation in September 2014? Look no further, the answers are all here. Click through to read the month’s most interesting and significant slander and libel law news.

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