0.2: Case Closed
THIS WEEK: We close out 2023 with some updates, breaking news, and a few 0.1's to wrap up your hours for the year.
This year, we’ve brought you cases ranging from Bad Eggs to Good Meat, and we know you’re hungry (we live for these puns) to know where things stand. The wheels of justice may turn slowly, but we are here to serve up a couple fresh updates.
Starting with our favorite nut of a case, at long last, we have a resolution in the matter of Dee’s Nuts vs. Deez Nutz. This summer, we regaled you with the tale of a trademark infringement claim brought by Dee’s Nuts against Mr. Beast’s Feastables brand for its use of Deez Nutz in a candy bar name.
So what happened? Well, looks like the parties reached an agreement on a Permanent Injunction against Feastables. And earlier this month, the court granted it:
In short, Feastables can’t manufacture, market, distribute, offer, and sell snack foods with the Deez Nutz mark. Looks like this nut has been cracked.
Remember that class action alleging that Roblox facilitated child gambling? No? Well, the case involves a group of parents who alleged that their children could use their Robux to play casino games created by third parties hosted on the Roblox platform and that Roblox benefited from the scheme.
Earlier this month, a California Federal Court heard arguments in an action to dismiss. Roblox has mounted a defense under the Communications Decency Act arguing that the conduct at issue originated from a third party and they can’t be held liable. The parents argued that CDA doesn’t fully protect them and that Roblox violated Civil RICO.
While this is still pending resolution, since covering this case, Roblox settled an unrelated content moderation class action for $10 million involving allegations that it allowed excessive purchases which were later deleting the purchased content using content moderation principles.
We’ve written extensively about college sports litigation over the last few weeks and we thought we’d get a break. Nope. We are just getting word that Florida State University’s Board of Trustees have voted in favor of suing the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) over the Grant of Rights and exit fees charged if FSU was to leave the conference.
Looks like FSU is taking the first step in getting out of the ACC. We’ll rush over an update once we got a copy of the complaint (Go Noles).
A few 0.1’s
In a heart-warming holiday story, one Grinch’s alleged attempts to steal $23K from his fellow travelers resulted in criminal charges.
No more bad blood? A group of Swifties have dropped their class action lawsuit against Ticketmaster parent company, Live Nation, for the drama that ensued from ticket pre-sales for Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour.
Warner Bros?? Paramount?? Together??
Annual Performance Review
One last thing before we go. We’ve been thinking a lot about the content our timekeepers are most likely to enjoy and come to us for. We’ve considered creating our own version of the T14, interviews with lawyers and former lawyers who’ve taken alternative career paths, rotating contributions from friends, and more.
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We’ll be back in January. Happy Holidays!