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Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

In Landmark Case Utah Jury Decides in Favor of FTC, Against Companies for Violations of the Telemarketing Sales Rules and Do Not...

A Utah federal court jury decided last week that the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) claims against Forrest S. Baker, and his film firms, Feature Films for Families, Inc., Corporations for Character, L.C., and Family Firms...more

Private Bankrolling of Defamation and Privacy Suits

The New York Times recently reported that famed Silicon Valley investor and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has been secretly bankrolling “Hulk Hogan’s” (real name Terry Bollea) invasion of privacy suit against Gawker Media....more

Privacy in a Connected World: The Celebrity Threesome Injunction

In January, a celebrity applied for an injunction against an English tabloid newspaper that wished to publish an article about a three-way sexual encounter. This case subsequently went all the way to the Supreme Court, and in...more

Sentencing of Keys, Responsible for 2010 LA Times Data Breach, Should Remind Companies to Fortify Cybersecurity and Plan Response...

A federal judge in California recently sentenced a former employee of KTXL Fox40, a Tribune Company-owned television station, to two years in prison for three felony convictions relating to his assistance to the “hacktivist”...more

Consumer VPPA Class Action Against CNN Dismissed

The Northern District of Georgia recently granted CNN’s motion to dismiss a consumer class action that alleged CNN committed a violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”), 18 U.S.C. § 2710. Perry v. Cable News...more

Laremy Tunsil’s Draft Slide May Result in Criminal or Civil Liability

If you watched the first round of the NFL Draft, the big story was the sliding of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil out of the top five to number 13. As the draft was unfolding, someone released a video of him smoking...more

Self-Publishing Platforms Deemed Distributors, Not Publishers in Privacy Suit over Unauthorized Book Cover

We live in a world that has rapidly redefined and blurred the roles of the “creator” of content, as compared to the roles of the “publisher” and “distributor” of such content. A recent case touches on some of the important...more

Hulk-Sized Damages in Sex Tape Privacy and Publicity Case

In 2006, Terry Gene Bollea, better known as “Hulk Hogan,” had sex with his best friend’s wife, Heather Clem. Apparently unbeknownst to either of them, his best friend Todd Alan Clem, now legally known as “Bubba the Love...more

The Law Behind the Hulk Hogan $140 Million Verdict Against Gawker

A few days ago, a jury in Florida awarded Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea)  $140 million because Gawker posted a leaked sex video of the former wrestler. Rather than focus on the lurid details (which you can Google), let’s...more

Hulk Hogan Wins Big Verdict

In what might be a cautionary tale of the privacy risks for organizations who do business in buying and selling information, last Friday, a Florida jury awarded Hulk Hogan, whose true name is Terry Bollea, $115 Million in...more

Andrews and Hogan verdicts demonstrate disgust against invasion of privacy

Just this month, two large jury awards were given to celebrities in their respective civil suits alleging amongst other things, invasion of privacy: First, FOX sportscaster Erin Andrews was awarded $55 million in her...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 3/18/16

Intel and Sony give us an idea of the future of virtual reality; Google goes shopping in the cloud; the FBI warns consumers about car hacking; the Internet of Thing’s language problem; and more…...more

Advertising Law - March 2016 #2

SPECIAL FOCUS: Lord & Taylor Settles With FTC for Not Disclosing Native Ads - Less than three months after the Federal Trade Commission issued its December 2015 Policy Statement and Business Guide on native advertising...more

Erin Andrews Is Good Example of Fighting Back

A jury just awarded Erin Andrews $55 million against the man that filmed her without permission through the peephole of her hotel room and the hotel where they both stayed. The videos of a nude Andrews that were...more

Class action against Reader’s Digest for selling subscribers’ personal information

Reader’s Digest, owned by Trusted Media, was hit with a class action in New York federal court alleging that the magazine sells its subscribers’ personal information, including names, addresses, and demographic information,...more

Jason Pierre-Paul sues ESPN and Adam Schefter for tweeting photo of medical records

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has filed suit against ESPN and ESPN reporter Adam Schefter for violations of Florida Statute § 456.057 and for invasion of privacy arising from a tweet containing a photo of...more

Three Point Shot - February 2016

Copyright Suit Alleges Huckabee Campaign Lacks "Eye of the Tiger" - Mike Huckabee's poor performance in the Iowa caucuses – leading to his subsequent withdrawal from the race – isn't his only concern lately....more

Litigation Alert: Hurt Locker Decision Clarifies Differences in First Amendment Interests and Personal Interests Protected by the...

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the right of filmmakers and writers to use the story of Army Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver, an Army bomb disposal technician in Iraq, in the creation of the film The Hurt Locker. Sarver v. Chartier, 16...more

Actor James Woods Defeats Anonymous Tweeter’s Special Motion to Strike Defamation Suit

In July 2015, renowned film and television actor James Woods filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against anonymous Twitter user “Abe List,” alleging that Abe List falsely accused Woods of being a cocaine addict. The...more

The biggest surveillance and national security event of the year: Super Bowl 50

While you are dipping chips and pulling apart BBQ wings, over 60 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies will be combining their efforts to survey the nearly one million people who will travel to the San Francisco...more

Advertising Law - December 2015

New York AG Asks Court to Bench DFS - In the continuing drama surrounding Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman responded to lawsuits by DraftKings and FanDuel by seeking a...more

Advertising Law - November 2015 #4

Sharing Is Caring? New Report Documents Apps Sharing User Data at High Rates - A new report has revealed that Apple and Android apps share information with third parties at high rates. Testing 55 of the most popular...more

Advertising Law - November 2015 #3

FTC Flushes Claims for "Flushable" Wipes - Reminding advertisers about the importance of environmental marketing claims, the Federal Trade Commission approved a final consent order in an enforcement action against...more

Advertising Law - November 2015 #2

It’s a FACT(A): Record Deals Reached Under the Statute - Two record-setting deals were recently reached in Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA) cases, where the Laboratory Corporation of America and Spirit...more

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