Disparage Me Not: Maryland Federal District Court Finds No Coverage for Phone Unlocking Suit

In Wireless Buybacks, LLC v. Hanover American Insurance Co. (D. Md. Dec. 8, 2016), the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland held that an insurer had no duty to defend its insured against claims stemming from the company’s unauthorized acquisition and resale of Sprint phones. As background, Sprint accused Wireless of illegally acquiring Sprint phones, unlocking them so they could function on non-Sprint wireless networks, and reselling the phones overseas. Sprint filed a sixteen-count suit against Wireless, alleging
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Northern District of Illinois Draws Line Between Trademark Infringement and Trade Dress Infringement

In AU Electronics, Inc. v. Harleysville Group, Inc., No. 13 C 5947, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2887 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 10, 2015) the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of Harleysville Group, Inc. and Harleysville Lake States Insurance Co. (collectively Harleysville), finding, in pertinent part, that the underlying complaint did not allege “personal or advertising injury.” AU Electronics, Inc. was sued by Sprint and T-Mobile for allegedly buying cellphones in bulk, unlocking
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