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Social Links: SCOTUS strikes down law banning sex offenders from social media, denies cert in “dancing baby” case; Germany may...

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a North Carolina law that the state has used to prosecute more than 1,000 sex offenders for posting on social media is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment....more

Supreme Court Declares First Amendment Interest in Access to Social Networks

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The internet has become so essential to American public discourse that saying so is almost trite now. Members of Congress regularly use social media to engage with constituents. The President has turned Twitter into one of...more

In Landmark Decision, the Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision of the Lanham Act that Prohibits Registration of Disparaging...

by Payne & Fears on

On Monday, June 19, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court in Matal v. Tam, 582 U.S._ (2017), unanimously struck down the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C.A. § 1052(a), on grounds that it violates the Free Speech Clause...more

Social Media and Student Discipline – Where Are We?

The United States Supreme Court stated nearly 50 years ago that public school students do not shed their rights to free speech at the schoolhouse gate. In Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Cmty. Sch. Dist., the Court struck down...more

Ninth Circuit En Banc Panel Holds that Central Hudson Survives Sorrell

by Reed Smith on

Last week we bashed a Ninth Circuit Daubert decision. We feel a little bit bad about that, not because the decision wasn’t bashworthy – no, Wendell really is a rotten precedent – but because we hate contributing to the...more

Supreme Court Decides Packingham v. North Carolina, No. 15-1194.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 19, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided Packingham v. North Carolina, No. 15-1194, holding that a North Carolina statute that bars registered sex offenders from accessing social networking websites that...more

Carpenters, Carriers, and Cell-Sites (Oh My!): SCOTUS to Hear Mobile Locational Privacy Case

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On June 5, 2017, the United States Supreme Court granted cert in Carpenter v. United States, a case in the hotly contested area of mobile cellular location data privacy. The question before the Court is whether law...more

Are Anti-SLAPP Statutes The Elephant In the Room?

by LeClairRyan on

Last year, I noted that several judges around the country were expressing concern that state anti-SLAPP statutes were being applied to cases that did not appear intended to “chill” legitimate speech. For example, a Texas...more

Judge Bumb Answers Key Question That No One Asked: TCPA Plaintiff Lacks Standing to Recover on Unanswered Calls

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In Watkins v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 15-cv-5712 (RMB)(KMW), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84503 (D.N.J. June 2, 2017), the defendant challenged a plaintiff’s TCPA claim on MSJ, arguing that the plaintiff could not have revoked...more

Superior Court Suit Alleges Arbitration Claim Is a SLAPP

by LeClairRyan on

If a person believes that a defamation claim being asserted against him in a pending arbitration is a SLAPP, can he ask the Superior Court to issue a declaration and an order stopping the claim from being pursued? A new...more

Advertising Law - May 2017 #4

NAD Watches Paint Dry, Sides With Advertiser - The Sherwin-Williams Co. does not need to change the name of its “CoverMaxx” spray paints, the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau said after...more

The ABCs of Statutory Consumer Protection Liability

The number of consumer claims filed since the Great Recession has skyrocketed. These claims include alleged violations of an “alphabet soup” of federal and state consumer protection statutes. These statutes allow prevailing...more

Class Action Quarterly Update - Winter 2017

Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) cases have continued to dominate class action filings over the past quarter. Second in volume to TCPA cases are those alleging claims of false advertising. These cases are heavily...more

Executing a Contract Can Constitute Protected Conduct Under California’s Anti-SLAPP Scheme

In San Diegans for Open Government v. San Diego State University Research Foundation, et. al. (No. D069189, filed 5/3/17) the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District held the act of contracting to provide...more

Studios Fire Back: Fictional Publication Depicted in a Movie is Privileged Expressive Use

Following up a previous post about the February 2017 lawsuit filed by the Sporting Times against Orion Pictures for depicting a fictional magazine of the same title in a movie about the life of Bill “Spaceman” Lee, MGM has...more

Defamation Law Series: Texas Court Holds that “Rhetorical Flourishes” In Article Do Not Support Defamation Claim

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Texas Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas recently dismissed defamation claims against a Dallas magazine, finding that although a headline and article could be interpreted as criticism of a former symphony orchestra...more

Litigation Alert: Eleventh Circuit Expands Standing to Bring Video Privacy Protection Act Actions But Also Limits Their Scope

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that allegations that personally identifiable information was disclosed without consent in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act were sufficient to...more

Colorado Moves to Dismiss Suits Seeking Judgment That Bank-Originated Loans Facilitated and Serviced by Online Platforms Are...

As we noted in a recent Alert, WebBank and Cross River Bank filed separate federal civil actions to enjoin the Administrator of Colorado's Uniform Consumer Credit Code from enforcing state lending laws against Avant, Inc. and...more

The Trump Administration Retweets and Retreats

by Jackson Walker on

Perhaps now more than ever before, Twitter takes center stage for social and public discourse. Many have wryly commented that we elected a “Tweeter-in-Chief” with President Trump, due to his prolific tweeting about...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Lanham Act False Advertising

Summary Judgment Affirmed for Defendant in Lanham Act Challenge to Statements Concerning Popularity of Advertiser’s Product, Scarcity of Challenger’s Product: Verisign, Inc. v. XYZ.COM LLC, 848 F.3d 292 (4th Cir. 2017)...more

Spokeo Leaves Lower Courts to Wrangle With Article III Standing Issues

by Carlton Fields on

The United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins on May 16, 2016. At the time, the degree to which the decision was a punt was somewhat underreported. The five-judge majority opinion actually...more

Court Dismisses “Phantom Markdown” Suit against Saks

On March 22, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California dismissed a putative class action against Saks Inc. alleging that Saks advertised “phantom markdowns” of Saks-branded products. The Plaintiff...more

Michigan District Court Won’t Hear Lanham Act Claim Against Tinnitus Treatment Certifier

Last week, we covered a summary judgment decision holding that posts on the “Science-Based Medicine” blog were not “commercial speech” under the Lanham Act, and therefore the defendant in that case was not liable for false...more

Defamation Law Series: California Court of Appeal SLAPPS Several Claims Asserted Against Boxer Floyd Mayweather

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The California Court of Appeal recently dismissed several claims asserted against the famous professional boxer, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., by his ex-fiancé, Shantel Jackson. Mayweather and Jackson had been involved in an...more

Spokeo and the TCPA: Mere Receipt of Fax with Non-Compliant Opt-Out Notice is Not “Concrete Injury”

In ARcare v. Qiagen N. Am. Holdings, Inc., No. CV 16-7638 PA (ASX), 2017 WL 449173, at *1 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 19, 2017), the district court granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss a TCPA class action, finding that the simple...more

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