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Ninth Circuit Rejects Claim That Amazon’s Terms and Conditions Are an Unconscionable Contract

In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that had sent a putative class action against Amazon over its pricing practices to arbitration, as per Amazon’s terms of service. (Wiseley v....more

Relevant Social Media Posts are Fair Game for Discovery in the IVC Filter MDL

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A couple of weeks ago, we reported that, under pressure from the Drug and Device Law Rock Climber, we were headed to New York to see the Broadway production of Orwell’s 1984. Publicity surrounding this spectacle focused on...more

LinkedIn Files Opening Brief with Ninth Circuit in Closely-Watched Data Scraping Dispute with hiQ

In a new development in an important scraping dispute, LinkedIn appealed the lower court’s decision to grant a preliminary injunction compelling LinkedIn to disable any technical measures it had employed to block the...more

Justice Department Accuses Google of “Alarming” Tactics in Fight over SCA Search Warrant

The ongoing dispute between the government and Google concerning the company’s refusal to hand over customer data stored on foreign servers has taken an odd twist. Now, the Justice Department is demanding that Google be...more

Cloud Computing: A New Target for Uniloc

As Cloud IPQ will continue to demonstrate, a growing but often overlooked trend of NPE patent litigations against cloud computing providers and users has emerged in recent years. While many NPEs target big technology...more

Ninth Circuit Examines VPPA Standing

After concluding that the plaintiff in Robins v. Spokeo has Article III standing to pursue his case, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit may be considering a similar issue in the context of the Video Privacy Protection...more

TCPA Connect - September 2017

A Winner for the Defense - Judge Padova in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently granted a motion by Kohl’s to dismiss a putative Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action for lack of standing in Winner v....more

Supreme Court to Discuss Granting Review in Microsoft E-Mails Case October 6

The U.S. Supreme Court recently indicated that it will consider the federal government’s petition for a writ of certiorari in United States v. Microsoft Corp. at its conference scheduled for October 6, 2017. United States v....more

Sling TV Sued on Use of H.264 Standard in Streaming Media Services

While much of the attention on NPE patent litigation centers on the big technology players like Google and Apple, literally hundreds of other technology companies face these lawsuits, and more and more of that litigation...more

A Spam Story - How One Law Firm's Spam Blocker Proved Costly to Them and to Their Client

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The Mailbox Rule is a contract law principle concerning acceptance of an offer. The rule relies on the concept that once a party places a legal document in the postal system, it will arrive at its destination and be read by...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | September 2017

Shook Partners Lindsey Heinz and Katie Gates Calderon, with Associate Hillary Nicholas, have authored an article for Law360 discussing regulations related to the use of photography during a U.S. Food and Drug Administration...more

Zazzle Fizzles: Website Operator Denied Copyright Safe Harbor Protection for Its Sale of Physical Products Featuring...

We discussed last year the trend toward companies seeking to monetize user-generated content. A recent Central District of California decision in Greg Young Publishing, Inc. v. Zazzle, Inc. serves as an important reminder of...more

TCPA Connect - August 2017

Lacking List of Recipients, Sixth Circuit Denies Class Certification - Finding that the question of consent in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action requires an individualized inquiry and without a list...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | August 2017

"Miracle Gel" Not a Salon Gel Manicure, Ad Board Says - In an appeal from a ruling by the National Advertising Division (NAD), the National Advertising Review Board (NARB) upheld a recommendation that Coty discontinue...more

Court Denies Plaintiff’s Request for Defendant’s Source Code Production: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Congoo, LLC v. Revcontent LLC, et al, No. 16-401 (MAS) (D.N.J. Aug. 10, 2017), New Jersey Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni, finding that the plaintiff “has not met its burden of demonstrating that production of the...more

Apple Takes Bite From Data Security False Ad Suit

Apple scored a victory in a data security suit when a California federal court judge denied a plaintiff’s motion to certify a class of consumers asserting false advertising claims....more

Key SCOTUS Decisions in Tech – First Half 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Despite being short one justice for much of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down multiple significant decisions this past term that can unsettle long-standing legal understandings in multiple technology fields. These...more

Follow the Money and Beware the Extra “L”: First Department Sustains Claims against Fund Administrator After Hackers Grab Millions

A legal feud is underway between the world’s biggest hedge fund administrator and a former client over an email scam that resulted in hackers stealing millions in client funds. And not surprisingly, the time-honored...more

Down, but not out – initial adverse decision not a bar to future recovery of .ca domain name

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A pair of recent decisions under the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (“CIRA”) Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“CDRP”) demonstrate that a trademark owner who fails to obtain a domain name transfer at a first...more

TCPA Connect - July 2017

Yet Another Blow to Spokeo Strategy in TCPA Cases - Consistent with the growing trend among lower federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit recently reversed a district court order in Susinno v. Work Out...more

Protecting Communications From PR Privilege Issues

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Two recent cases in state appellate court show the risks of sharing privileged communications with public relations consultants. But they also provide practical guidance on how to protect the confidentiality of...more

VTech Escapes Class Action Case Over Breach of 11 Million Toy Users’ Information

In November 2015, VTech Electonics North America LLC (VTech) announced that an unauthorized party infiltrated its network and gained access to the personal information of 5 million adults and 6.5 million children through its...more

Solicitor General Urges Supreme Court Review of Second Circuit Microsoft Decision

On June 23, 2017, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court requesting reversal of a 2016 decision in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Global injunctions available against search engines, rules Supreme Court of Canada

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The Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision on June 28, 2017 in which a broad worldwide injunction was upheld restraining Google from including certain websites in its search results anywhere in the world....more

Digital Media Technologies, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc. (N.D. Fla. 2017)

When a district court judge states that "[o]ne could say this case is about a patent that claims too much and a legal test that provides too little," it is not hard to guess which way the case is going to go (the patent gets...more

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