Jones Day v. BlockShopper.com, No. 08 C 4572 (N.D. Ill.) (Darrah, J.).
- Consumer Law & Policy Blog — considering the merits of the claims.
- [UPDATE]: Las Vegas Trademark Attorney — pointing out that individuals could avoid being the subject of a Blockshopper story by purchasing through a trust.
- Legal Blog Watch — questioning the PR ramifications of the suit.
- [UPDATE]: MediaPost — noting that Blockshopper’s Florida stories also run in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel based on a deal with the Tribune company.
While I generally save my commentary for the opinions, there is one point that needs to be made. Many bloggers are using an alleged quote from Judge Darrah (I did not hear it and have not seen a transcript of the hearing, so cannot confirm it) warning Blockshopper that defending the suit would be very expensive. Unless the comment was made in a hostile or aggressive manner, which I very much doubt and which has not been suggested in the posts I have seen, that is simply a statement of legal reality. Defending federal intellectual property cases has become expensive, very expensive. And defense costs are a factor in the calculus of every defendant’s business decisions about a law suit.