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Ronald Coleman’s Legal Cases

38 total

  • In re Simon Shao Tam (C.A.F.C.)

    Practice Area:
    Intellectual property
    Date:
    Dec 22, 2015
    Outcome:
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned decision of Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, invalidated part of the statute
    Description:
    Appeal of section 2(a) of the Lanham Act (trademark statute) prohibiting registration of "disparaging" trademarks on behalf of Asian-American rock band, The Slants
  • Roca Labs, Inc. v. Consumer Opinion Corp. (M.D. Fla.)

    Practice Area:
    Internet
    Date:
    Nov 21, 2015
    Outcome:
    Case dismissed in favor of client.
    Description:
    Subject of unfavorable reviews sued consumer "gripe site" under various theories seeking to have reviews removed.
  • Naffe v. Frey (9th Cir.)

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    Jun 15, 2015
    Outcome:
    Affirmed District Court
    Description:
    Successfully dismissed section 1983 "color of law" claim based on supposed defamation by blogger who worked as county prosecutor
  • Ferguson v. Ferrante (S.D.N.Y.)

    Practice Area:
    Lawsuits and disputes
    Date:
    May 27, 2015
    Outcome:
    Pending.
    Description:
    Ruling involving a range of commercial, intellectual property, trade secrets and other claims involving startup of security and forensics firm.
  • Kimberlin v. National Bloggers Club, et al. (D. Md.)

    Practice Area:
    Internet
    Date:
    Mar 17, 2015
    Outcome:
    Successfully dismissed all but one of over a dozen claims brought against four defendants
    Description:
    Defamation and related claims including conspiracy and RICO brought against bloggers
  • Roca Labs, Inc. v. Consumer Opinion Corp. (M.D. Fla.)

    Practice Area:
    Litigation
    Date:
    Feb 20, 2015
    Outcome:
    Successfully opposed a motion that is almost always granted -- leave to amend a complaint -- due to plaintiff's abusive conduct.
    Description:
    Lawsuit by manufacturer of weight-loss product seeking to prevent consumers from publishing comments about its merchandise.
  • Woodbridge Structured Funding LLC v. Pissed Consumer et al. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. App. Div. 1st. Dept.)

    Practice Area:
    Libel and slander
    Date:
    Feb 19, 2015
    Outcome:
    The NY Supreme Court, Appellate Division, affirmed the trial court's denial of the petition.
    Description:
    Petition to compel PissedConsumer.com to disclose the identity of the person or persons who posted alleged defamatory statements about the plaintiff on defendant's "gripe site." Resisted on the ground that the plaintiff had not shown entitlement to this information based on the existence of a bona fide legal claim against the person making the post.
  • Heritage of Pride v. Matinee NYC, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.)

    Practice Area:
    Trademark infringement
    Date:
    Jul 23, 2014
    Outcome:
    The case was settled on very reasonable, confidential terms.
    Description:
    Representing social event promoters in dispute over ownership of alleged "NYC PRIDE" trademark. In resisting application for preliminary injunction against the top-ranked IP law firm in the country, succeeded in demonstrating that the plaintiff did not have a likelihood of succes on the merits on its trademark claim, although the court did ultimately enter an injunction under New York's broad "misappropriation" law. A subsequent attempt by plaintiff's firm to "double down" on its slim victory by seeking sanctions against our clients was summarily denied by the court.
  • LVL XIII Brands, Inc. v. Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A., et al (S.D.N.Y,)

    Practice Area:
    Trademark infringement
    Date:
    Jun 30, 2014
    Outcome:
    Answer and counterclaims (no motion to dismiss) filed
    Description:
    Trademark and trade dress infringement of distinctive source of origin indicator on footwear
  • In re Simon Shiao Tam (T.T.A.B.; C.A.F.C.)

    Practice Area:
    Trademark application
    Date:
    Apr 21, 2014
    Outcome:
    Pending appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    Description:
    Appeal of the USPTO's refusal to issue a trademark to an Asian-American rock band called The Slants for the name of their band on the ground that the words are "derogatory"