What is commercial disparagement?

“Whereas defamation, which includes libel and slander, concerns damage to the reputation of a person or business, disparagement concerns damage to the reputation of products, goods, or services.” (Hartford Casualty Ins. Co. v. Swift Distribution, Inc. (2014) 59 Cal.4th 277, 288–289.)

“Confusion surrounds the tort of ‘commercial disparagement’ because not only is its content blurred and uncertain, so also is its very name.” (Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. v. Swift Distribution, Inc. (“Swift”) (2014) 59 Cal.4th 277, 289.) “The tort has received various labels, such as ‘commercial disparagement,’ ‘injurious falsehood,’ ‘product disparagement,’ ‘trade libel,’ ‘disparagement of property,’ and ‘slander of goods.’” (Id.) “In fact, all these labels denominate the same basic legal claim.” (Id.)

“Disparagement is often included now as ‘a specific example of the more general principle of injurious falsehood.’ Under the definition of an injurious falsehood, ‘[o]ne who publishes a false statement harmful to the interests of another is subject to liability for pecuniary loss resulting to the other if

  1. he intends for publication of the statement to result in harm to interests of the other having a pecuniary value, or either recognizes or should recognize that it is likely to do so, and
  2. he knows that the statement is false or acts in reckless disregard of its truth or falsity.’”

(Hartford Casualty Ins. Co. v. Swift Distribution, Inc. (2014) 59 Cal.4th 277, 289–290.)

“In evaluating whether a claim of disparagement has been alleged, courts have required that the defendant's false or misleading statement have a degree of specificity that distinguishes direct criticism of a competitor's product or business from other statements extolling the virtues or superiority of the defendant's product or business. As explained below, disparagement involves two distinct but related specificity requirements. A false or misleading statement

  1. must specifically refer to the plaintiff's product or business, and
  2. must clearly derogate that product or business. Each requirement must be satisfied by express mention or by clear implication.”

(Hartford Cas. Ins. Co. v. Swift Distribution, Inc. (2014) 59 Cal.4th 277, 284.)

Useful Resources for Commercial Disparagement

Recent Documents on Commercial Disparagement

1-25 of 802 results

ORDER SUSTAINING DEMURRER TO FIRST AMENDED PETITION WITHOUT LEAVE TO AME...

Co Oe NY DH FF WN NNN NY Be Be Be ewe Be Be Be eB Be BNRRRBBRBE SSB WIARBRSKReTS CONSTITUENTS FOR THOUGHTFUL GOVERNANCE, Petitioner, v. TWITTER, INC., Respondent. FILED San Francisco euniy Superior Court JUL 1.3 2020 CLERK OF THE COURT BY: bby wa ~~ Deputy Clerk SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO Case No. CGC-20-583244 ORDER SUSTAINING DEMURRER TO FIRST AMENDED PETITION WITHOUT LEAVE TO AMEND AND GRANTING SPECIAL MOTION TO: STRIKE THE PETITION PUR

Minutes finalized for Motion to Quash Subpoena - Civil Law and Motion he...

SUPERIO. URI OF CALIFOF COUNT. SACRAMENTO GORDON D SC. =R COURTHOUSL MINUTE ER DATE: 2020 TIME: 02:0. 9M DEPT: 5. JUDICIAL CER PRESIDING. 4 Brown CLERK: E.. 9 REPORTERIt. BAILIFF/COUR. -"ENDANT: Alvi,N., —tays ASE NO: 34-2018- 9423-CU-BT-GDS = INIT.DATE: 08/2 8 SE TITLE: Innovat. roker Services vs 4ERE LLC c CATEGORY: Civi. ‘imited — 2, a EVENT 7; Motion to Quash a ena - Civil Law a ation 4 APPEARANCE. ‘ure of Proceedin_ »tion to Quash Su x, na 1. \TIVE RULING <A Untii er no

Complaint filed.

Berc Law 3905 Brave Sr" ‘Savers Bas yn WwW f & 10 il 13 16 17 18 19 0 24 26 ERIC BERG Bar No. 134621) BERG LAW G. 3905 State Street,. 7-104 Santa Barbara CA 9. TEN EnEM! : nhone: 805.708.074 FILED/END. °£D vile: 805.994.0110 PO eoralawzroun < MAY 27 2020 Attorn. —_- Plaintiff's GEORG ACKBURNEIU,a. ‘dual; By:, “4 PEMELTON BLACKB. (2 &SONSREALTY ‘TAL a CORPORA. ©, S. i Gpuor COURTOF1, °ATE OF CALIFORK THE COUNTY OF. AMENTO Gi "= BLACKBURNE Il. Caen 2000-0277 indiy | BLACKBURNE&.

Complaint For Damages - Civil Complaint filed

ICHARD LONSO AZARO ALMDON RIVE UITE RESNO PLAINTIFF’S COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES Plaintiff RICHARD LAZARO an individual (“Plaintiff” or “Alonso alleges against Defendants MICHAEL WATERS, an individual (“Mi

Statement: Case Management Conference - Case Management Statement

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address): FOR COURT USE ONLY Stephanie O. Sparks -- State Bar No. 218438 Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel, Inc. 60 S. Market Street, Suite 1400 San Jose, CA 95113 TevepHone No. (408) 287-9501 FAX NO. (Optiona): (408) 287-2583 E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optionay: [email protected] ATTORNEY FOR (Name): THE GOOD SHEPHERD FUND, TOM P. AVRAMIS and NATHAN SCHNACKENBERG SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA street appr

Complaint (Unlimited) (Fee Applies)

James Cai (SBN 200189) Brian A. Barnhorst (SBN 130292) Woody Wu (SBN 309317) SAC Attomeys, LLP 1754 Technology Drive, Suite 122 San Jose, California 95110 Telephone: (408) 436-0789 Facsimile: (408) 436-0758 Attorneys for Plaintiffs, ARS Advanced Restoration Services Inc. and Joel Moore SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA ARS ADVANCED RESTORATION Case No.: SERVICES INC., a California corporation; JOEL MOORE, an individual, COMPLAINT FOR: Plaintiffs, 1, UNFAIR CO

DECLARATION OF HILARY WEDDELL IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS OPPOSITIONS TO PL...

10 ih 12 13 14 iS) 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ELIZABETH PIPKIN (243611) MATTHEW SCHECHTER (212003) HILARY WEDDELL (293276) McMANIS FAULKNER A Professional Corporation 50 West San Fernando Street, 10th Floor San Jose, California 95113 Telephone: (408) 279-8700 Facsimile: (408) 279-3244 Email: [email protected] Attorneys for Defendants, TALESUN SOLAR USA LTD. AND ZHONGLI NEW ENERGY USA CO., LLC SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO MARTIFER-SILVERADO F

Memorandum of Points and Authorities (ISO Motion to Expunge) filed.

a Ww 10: 11 12 13 16 17 18 19 22 23 24 25 6 2d FILED "naReet Daniel A. Spa . BBR 100326), s ENDORSED E W OFFIC IANIEL A. STRE. . = f)' 55 University Ave., — “4 N22 PM 3: 03 ramento, CA 95825 - AT oF CALIFORNIA hone: (916) 920-900. seek SACRAMENTO Fy. ‘le: (916) 920-7951 Em. ‘[email protected] Attorne, Yefendants ELVIDG MILY LIMITEL TNERSHIP, RONAL ‘VIDGE, and PETER cK S IN a "JPERIOR COURT « 1E STATE OF CALL. TA ‘ ‘D FOR THE COUN 7 SACRAMENTO -00000- 7003S “T, LLC; and RAYM C

PHASE 2 TRIAL BRIEF REGARDING SET OFF (TRANSACTION ID # 64645305) FILED ...

= PAUL R. PERDUE, ESQ. (SBN 067105) e-mail: [email protected] Attorney at Law 369 Pine Street, Suite 820 San Francisco, CA 94104 Telephone: (415) 291-0474 Facsimile: (415) 732-0287 Attorney for Defendants ALL ANIMALS PROPERTIES, LP, 1333 NINTH AVENUE, LLC, ALL ANIMALS EMERGENCY HOSPITAL, INC., ROGER KUHN, SHERMAN WONG, MICHAEL INA, EUGENE LYNCH, JAMES MCINTYRE, JOSEPH LYNCH and LAWRENCE BENNETT ELLIS ROSS ANDERSON, ESQ. (SBN: 081156) e-mail: [email protected] JAMIE C. COUCH

REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE IN OPPOSITION TO MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT...

oem YN DAW BF WN | re gee RBNRRRBBERBEeFWTABDRESEKRES KAREN Y. UCHIYAMA (SBN 154414) LAW OFFICES OF KAREN Y. UCHIYAMA 733 Webster Street San Francisco, CA 94117 Telephone: (415) 563-9300 Facsimile: (415) 563-9304 Email: [email protected] Attorney for Defendant RENKA PROP, LLC and Defendant and Cross-Complainant ANNE KIHAGI aka ANNA KIHAGI SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO UNLIMITED CIVIL JURISDICTION ALLISON LESHEFSKY, Plaintiff vs. RE

DECLARATION OF KAREN Y UCHIYAMA IN OPPOSITION TO MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDG...

om ND HW RF WN RO eee RBNRRRPBRBRHRSGERSWRT_AAUDRSBEReS KAREN Y. UCHIYAMA (SBN 154414) LAW OFFICES OF KAREN Y. UCHIYAMA 733 Webster Street San Francisco, CA 94117 Telephone: (415) 563-9300 Facsimile: (415) 563-9304 Email: [email protected] Attorney for Defendant RENKA PROP, LLC and Defendant and Cross-Complainant ANNE KIHAGI aka ANNA KIHAGI SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO UNLIMITED CIVIL JURISDICTION ALLISON LESHEFSKY, Plaintiff vs. RENKA

DEMURRER TO CROSS COMPLAINT / NOTICE OF DEMURRER & DEMURRER TO DEFENDANT...

1 Leiann Laiks, SBN 218404 [email protected] 2 Jessica Juarez, SBN 269600 ELECTRONICALLY 3 [email protected] F I L E D FUSION LEGAL, P.C. Superior Court of Cali

Case Management Statement filed by SAS Farms, LLC, a limited liability c...

is “1, CM-110 "ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, end address): etn ddurfudepmy Michael J. Thomas (172326) Meghan M. Baker (243765 ‘ DOWNEY BRAND LLP . e 621 Capitol Mall, 18th Floor . 19 DEC 3 PROT: 35 Sacramento, CA 95814 O. " K vevepxoneno: (916) 444-1000 FAXNO.(Optionay: (916) 444-2100 E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optine): [email protected] com ATTORNEY FOR (Nome): Defendants SAS FARMS LLC and Arnaudo individuals SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN JOAQUIN srr

Case Management Statement filed by Arnaudo Bros. Inc., a California corp...

CM-110 "ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address): ‘FOR COURT USE ONLY George P. Rodarakis, SBN 222214 Kathryn L. Greene, SBN 294727 FILED! =e Rodarakis & Sousa, APC a 400 Sycamore Avenue, Suite 101, Modesto, CA 95364 49 DEC 30 PH 2: 18 TELEPHONE NO:: (209)554-5232 FAX NO. (Optional: (209)544-1085 ROSA JUNQUEIRO, CLERK E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optional: ATTORNEY FOR (Namo Arnaudo Bros., Inc, et al. BY. , SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF San Joaquin et streer app

REMITTITUR AFFIRMED A152023 DIV 1

COURT OF APPEAL, FIRST APPELLATE DISTRICT 350 MCALLISTER STREET SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102 DIVISION 1 —“ Office of the County Clerk ¥ 7 lL K D San Francisco County Superior Court - Main San Francisco County Superior Court Attention: Civil Appeals 400 McAllister Street, 1st Floor DEC 27 2019 San Francisco, CA 94102 CLERK OF co ay Zz SB ALLISON LESHEFSKY, Deputy Clark Plaintiff, Cross-defendant and Respondent, v. RENKA PROP, LLC et al., Defendants, Cross-complainants and Appellants. A152023 San

Declaration of Jennifer Peterson, Esq. In Support of Plaintiff's Ex Part...

10 14 12 13 a4 15 16 17 18 19 20 2. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 FILED Jennifer Peterson, Esq, #208858 119 DEC 27 PH &: 26 WOELFEL LAW FIRM 987 Edgewood Circle, Suite D South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 Phone: (530) 541-3470 Fax: (530) 541-3131 Attomey for Plaintiffs ALEXANDER BARSKY and C1D1 LABS, LLC IN AND FOR THE SUPERIOR COURT OF SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY STOCKTON DIVISION UNLIMITED CIVIL JURISDICTION ALEXANDER BARSKY, an individual, and ) Case No.; STK-CV-UD-2019-17223 C1D1 LABS, LLC

Complaint Unlimited Civil (over $25,000) filed by Barsky, Alexander; C1D...

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 x FILED Jennifer Peterson, Esq. #208858 NOEL 26 PH 3: WOELFEL LAW FIRM ROSA Ju 987 Edgewood Circle, Suite D 28 SHEUEIRO, CLE South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 af Phone: (530) 541-3470 re Fax: (530) 541-3131 i gr Attomey for Plaintiffs eR m ALEXANDER BARSKY and C1D1 LABS, LLC BA IN AND FOR THE SUPERIOR COURT OF SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY STOCKTON DIVISION UNLIMITED CIVIL JURISDICTION ALEXANDER BARSKY, an individual, and ) CaseNo.:

Memorandum of Points and Authorities filed.

a an ws w 22 23 24 25 26 Daniel A. Street, b 3N 100326) THE LAW OFFIC. —ANIEL A. STREE. FILEB, “ORSED BS University AV Se -amento, m “sone: (916) 920-9005 DEC 20. Fo *e: (916) 920-7951 , Em. ‘[email protected] ————£_Medina ey Cle NN Attorney Yefendants ELVIDGL ‘LY LIMITED "NERSHIP, RONALt ™DGE, and PETER ~K 3 9g _ IN. *@, ‘JPERIOR COURT © = STATE OF CALIF. \ L 1 FOR THE COUN’? SACRAMENTO -0o000- 7003s °T, LLC; and RAYMc a Ca 1; 34-2018-0023557. SAHAL “9 Plaintiffs, 3 MEMO: UM

Case Management Conference Statement -

ATTORNEYOR PARTYWITHOUTATTORNEY(Name, State Bar number, andaddress): CM-110

CONTRACT/WARRANTY, COMPLAINT FILED BY PLAINTIFF BAKER AVENUE ASSET MANAG...

SUM-100 SUMMONS FOR COURT USE ONLY (CITACION JUDICIAL) (SOLO PARA USO DE LA CORTE) NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): MARISA S. ROTHSTEIN Does f-10 YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: , (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): BAKER AVENUE ASSET MANAGEMENT, LP NOTICET You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you t

DECLARATION OF RANDALL D. MORRISON IN SUPPORT OF REQ/MTN FOR ENTRY OF DE...

Co mn DWH FF WN NNN NY YN NNN Be Be Be Be we we Be eB eR DAW KR YW YN EF Do we NIN DH BW NHK Randall D. Morrison Attorney at Law, SBN 54183 47 Harbor View Drive Richmond, CA 94804 510. 778-1389 510. 778-1544 Fax [email protected] Plaintiff Pro Se RANDALL D. MORRISON, an individual, Plaintiff, vs. ANNE KIHAGI, an individual; 1263 North Crescent, LLC, a California limited iability company; AQUAT 009, LLC, a California limited liability company; ZORIALL, LLC, a California limited iabil

CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT (TRANSACTION ID # 64299488) FILED BY PLAINTIFF...

CM-110 ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address): FOR COURT USE ONLY Ryan J. Meckfessel (SBN 215952) Skootsky & Der LLP 90 New Montgomery Street, Suite 600 San Francisco, CA 94105 teepHoneno: (415) 979-9800 FAX No.(Optional): (415) 979-9821 E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optona): [email protected] ATTORNEY FOR (Name): Plaintiffs John Flores, Patrice Speed Flores, Britelite Immersive Inc. ‘SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF San Francisco streetappress: 400 McAl

HRG 10/16/19 Opposition - Opposition filed

JUSTIN VECCHIARELLI 298684 PROPER DEFENSE LAW CORPORATION 2300 Tulare treet, Suite Fresno, California Telephone: (559) 825-3800 Facsimile: (559) 705-1870 SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF FRESNO JUAN CARLOS DURAN, an individual,

DEFAMATION, COMPLAINT FILED BY PLAINTIFF REED, NIKOLAUS W. AS TO DEFENDA...

SUM-100 sumone nc ag (CITACION JUDICIAL) NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: {AVISO AL DEMANDADO): Regina Jefferson a.k.a. Regina Anders; Does 1 to 50 YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): Nikolaus W. Reed NOTICE! You Rave been sued. The couit may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the Information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this c

Order Other -

John E. Fagan (SBN 107974) KristinM. Bohm (SBN 251092) DUANE MORRIS LLP FILED 11149 Brockway Road, Suite 100 SUPERIOR COURT Truckee, CA 96161-2213 COUNTY OF PLACE CNA

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ... 33     last » 

For full print and download access, please subscribe at https://www.trellis.law/.

Please wait a moment while we load this page.