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Ajemian v. Yahoo: One Small Step For The Family, One Giant Step For Fiduciaries

by Murtha Cullina on

Yahoo! On October 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued its long-awaited decision in Ajemian v. Yahoo!, Inc. (“Yahoo”), http://bit.ly/2zuW1T9, interpreting the federal Stored Communications Act (the “SCA”)...more

No Fairytale Ending for Unauthorized Movie Streaming

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a preliminary injunction against an online video streaming service, finding that the movie studio plaintiffs were likely to succeed on the merits for violations under the...more

Claim Dismissed Against Brand For Deceptive Label, But Retailer May Still Pay - Eidelman v. Sun Prod. Corp., No. 16-cv-3914 (NSR)...

by Carlton Fields on

A negligent misrepresentation claim against laundry detergent brand The Sun Products Corp., for an allegedly deceptive label was dismissed by a New York federal district judge, while an unjust enrichment claim against...more

Data Scraping, Bots and First Amendment Rights

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

A recent case involving a small workforce analytics startup fighting for its right to extract data from the largest professional networking site on the Internet may set a precedent for applying constitutional principles to...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

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 Blocks San Francisco’s Warnings Ordinance for Sweetened Beverages

by Bryan Cave on

In a decision likely to have important implications for regulation of commercial speech, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked a San Francisco ordinance requiring warnings about the health effects of certain...more

Record Jury Verdict for New Hampshire Defamation Plaintiffs

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

A New Hampshire jury has awarded nearly $275 million to three men publicly alleged to be drug dealers, money launderers and extortionists by local businessman and radio host Michael Gill. The verdict—thought to be the largest...more

Cutting the Cord: Can Courts Trim TCPA Statutory Damages?

Whether courts can reduce statutory damages awards under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is an ongoing issue because potential liability can be strikingly disproportionate given the lack of actual harm to class...more

No Free Ride for Copycat Perfume Company – Fair Use Rejected, False Advertising Found, Accounting of Profits Awarded

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Well-known perfume marketer Coty Inc. had a big win in New York federal district court, obtaining injunctive relief and $6.5 million dollars in an accounting of profits from copycat perfume seller Excell Brands, LLC. In an...more

Wow! Illinois Biometric Privacy Suits Proliferate

This month, in one of the many recently-filed Illinois biometric privacy suits, a class action complaint alleging violations of Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) was lodged against Wow Bao, a restaurant...more

WARNING! No warnings allowed to stop sales of sugary drinks

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

San Francisco’s ordinance that required warnings about the health effects of certain sugar-sweetened beverages was shut down by the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (see also, 9th Circuit rejects argument that ‘No Added...more

Ocwen Predictably Reaches High-Dollar TCPA Settlement Following Class-wide Preliminary Injunction

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

By the time the gavel struck back on June 26, 2017, another high-dollar TCPA settlement was inevitable. On that date, Judge Matthew F. Kennelly of the Northern District of Illinois entered an order preliminarily certifying a...more

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

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

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

9th Circuit’s VidAngel decision vindicates lawful video filtering service

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Some have cast the Disney v. VidAngel proceeding, decided August 24 by the 9th Circuit, as the “big studios” versus the “little guy”; the movie studios’ collective effort to kill filtering. This is far from the truth....more

Do Constitutional Protections Allow for the Reduction of TCPA Statutory Damage Awards? A Closer Look at Golan

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Sometimes the toughest job a court faces is finding a way to do the right thing. When it comes to the crushing damages afforded by statute for violations of the TCPA, the “right” thing is often to reduce the award to...more

Red Wings vs Right Wings: Copyright Tarnishment and Other Lessons

by Revision Legal on

We wrote recently about our outrage at white nationalists modifying and using the Detroit Red Wing’s famous “winged wheel” logo. Our outrage continues and we take a closer look at the potential lawsuit that might be in order....more

A Green Light for Screen Scraping? Proceed With Caution…

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Court Issues Injunction Barring Blocking of Scraping and Holds CFAA Likely Doesn’t Apply - Websites make information available to clients, users, customers and subscribers. Data aggregators, investors, competitors and...more

Jury Tests the Limits in AndroGel False Ad Verdict

In late July, an Illinois jury came to a bizarre verdict in a case over an alleged link between heart attacks and AndroGel, a gel product used for treating low testosterone (or “low T”). The jury found that AbbVie, Inc., the...more

Ninth Circuit Construes Family Movie Act and Affirms Injunction Against Streaming Service

by Snell & Wilmer on

In December 2016, a California federal court issued a preliminary injunction against VidAngel, Inc.’s custom-filtered video streaming service. Thursday, in Hollywood Studios v. VidAngel, Inc., a Ninth Circuit panel affirmed...more

A Bold Victory for Copyright Fair Use

Get your webcams ready: the reaction video genre got a huge shot in the arm from the Southern District of New York this week. h3h3 Productions, a popular YouTube channel with well over four million subscribers, has been...more

Ending Data Scraping Dispute, Craigslist Reaches $31M Settlement with Instamotor

Craigslist has used a variety of technological and legal methods to prevent unauthorized parties from violating its terms of use by scraping, linking to, or accessing user postings for their own commercial purposes. For...more

Eleventh Circuit Recognizes Partial Consent Revocation under the TCPA

by Goodwin on

On August 10, in Schweitzer v. Comenity Bank, No. 16-10498 (Aug. 10, 2017), a panel of the Eleventh Circuit expanded liability for companies under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 et seq. (TCPA)....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

Federal Appellate Court Enforces Terms of Use, Including Arbitration Provision, Entered During Mobile Application Registration...

On August 17, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an important decision in a high-profile case against Uber Technologies that has broad implications for the enforceability of terms of use entered on...more

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