Unfair Competition – False Advertising – Scope of Federal Jurisdiction Under Section 43(a) of Lanham Act

Plaintiff brought suit in a state court seeking injunctive relief, alleging unfair competition by defendant in manufacturing and selling slavish copies of plaintiff’s swimsuits. One of the six causes of action alleged in the complaint was based on a violation of section 43 (a) of the Lanham Act. Defendant had the suit removed to federal district court. On motion to remand, held, denied. The alleged violation of section 43 (a) created a federal right of action within the original jurisdiction of the federal courts. Catalina, Inc. v. Gem Swimwear, Inc., (S.D. N.Y. 1958) 162 F. Supp. 911.