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When Is Using a Computer a Crime? Rehearing Sought on Ninth Circuit’s “Distressingly Unclear” Answer

Facebook recently won a landmark victory in the Ninth Circuit against a company that accessed Facebook’s computers to help users manage their social network accounts. Now the company, Power Ventures, Inc., says that the...more

Higher ed faces ADA challenges over accessibility of university websites

Websites are vitally important to institutions of higher education for a variety of reasons. They serve as a real-time brochure for prospective students, provide important academic and administrative resources to students and...more

The Ninth Circuit Holds That Accessing a Website After Receiving a Cease & Desist Letter Is a Violation of the Computer Fraud and...

Last week, the Ninth Circuit limited the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in affirming a grant of summary judgment against the defendant in Facebook, Inc. v. Power Ventures, Inc., et. al. and affirmed the rule...more

Trade secrets law in the Internet age

How do you maintain a trade secret in the Internet age? As in the punch line to an old joke, “VERY CAREFULLY.”...more

Design Patents and Trade Dress

I often get asked by clients to discuss the differences between design patents and trade dress. Both are intellectual property protections that protect similar aspects of a product—the appearance and aesthetic features. Last...more

Craigslist Files Another Suit against Data Scraper

For years, craigslist has aggressively used technological and legal methods to prevent unauthorized parties from scraping, linking to or accessing user postings for their own commercial purposes. In a prior post, we briefly...more

The Supreme Court Sends Spokeo Back

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided one of the Term’s most closely watched cases: Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins. The 6-2 decision, while far from sweeping, creates a hurdle for plaintiffs in “no-injury” class actions....more

Congress acts on opioid drug epidemic as judge unseals OxyContin files

Here are some developments worth watching in the nation’s battle against the epidemic of opioid drug misuse that killed 28,000 Americans in 2014 alone...more

OCR Investigating Accessibility of State and Local Government Websites

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reportedly opened as many as 350 recent nationwide complaint investigations into whether educational agencies’ websites are accessible to individuals with...more

Another Successful First Amendment Challenge to the Prohibition of Off-Label Promotion for FDA-Approved Drugs: Part Two

The Free Speech Clause notched another victory in the latest and, perhaps, final chapter of the lawsuit between the FDA and Amarin Pharma, Inc. concerning off-label marketing of an FDA-approved drug. On March 8, 2016, the FDA...more

California Court Rules That Retailer Must Make Its Website Accessible For Users With Visual Disabilities Under the ADA

In a significant decision for all businesses that maintain an online presence, a California court recently ruled that a luggage retailer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and California state law by failing...more

Federal Court Issues $1 Million Contempt Award for Repeated Cell Phone Unlocking Misconduct

On March 18, United States District Judge Ursula Ungaro of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered an order against a Hong Kong-based company that was improperly distributing prohibited...more

Abstract Ideas Cannot be Permitted to Burden the "Basic Tools of Modern-Day Commercial and Social Interaction"

In a case originally filed in 2012, Judge Amy Totenberg granted Judgment on the Pleadings in favor of United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”), and against Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC (“MTel”), relating to U.S....more

When the cost of default is $1.2 million | World Trademark Review

In Neutron Depot, LLC v Bankrate Inc the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas entered judgment in plaintiff Neutron Depot’s favour, enjoining defendant Insurance Depot Marketing Corporation from any activity...more

Off-Label Enforcement Developments (Vascular Solutions, Inc. Acquittal and Amarin Settlement)

Two important cases involving the permissible scope of speech regarding off-label marketing recently resolved in ways that should bolster efforts by drug and device manufacturers to secure their First Amendment rights to make...more

Amarin Settles Off-Label Promotion Case Against the FDA

The Amarin settlement represents another important development in the FDA’s enforcement of off-label promotion. On March 8, 2016, US District Court Judge Paul A. Engelmayer entered a Stipulation & Order of Settlement in...more

Amarin/FDA Settlement: A Significant First Amendment Victory for Off-Label Marketing

On March 8, 2016, Amarin Pharma, Inc. and FDA entered into a formal settlement, close to a year after the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a preliminary injunction against FDA’s threats to...more

Amarin Pharma Settles First Amendment Claims Against FDA: Potential Implications

Irish drug company Amarin Pharma, Inc. (Amarin) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed, on March 8, 2016, to settle claims that FDA regulations barring Amarin from making “truthful” and “non-misleading”...more

A Proposed End to “Amarin Pharm v. FDA” has FDA Agreeing to Abide by District Court’s Order

We have been closely following Amarin Pharm, Inc. v. FDA with respect to the preliminary injunction granted by the Southern District of New York that prohibited the FDA from taking action against Amarin over truthful,...more

Virtual Learning: The Scope of Preemption Under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act

Companies seeking protection under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“CUTSA”) should consider the effects of CUTSA preemption on their litigation strategy. Under the well-known Silvaco Data System v. Intel Corporation...more

Dialing-In: TCPA Hot Issues for 2016

The year 2015 saw a continued wave of class action filings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). However, unsettled law continues to place a compliance burden on companies that communicate with consumers by...more

Ninth Circuit Poised to Address the “Without Authorization” Debate under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Action Again

Imagine if you could manage all of your social media platforms on one app. Believe it or not, there was an app for that (or, at least a website), created by a company named Power Ventures (“Power”). Back in 2008, Power...more

Mobile Apps Like Uber and Airbnb Raise Novel ADA Title III Issues

Last week, Buzzfeed reported that the United Spinal Association opposed Uber’s CEO’s nomination for Time Magazine’s Man of the Year award because Uber cars are allegedly not wheelchair accessible. This controversy raises an...more

Landmark Decision of German Federal Court of Justice on Blocking of Copyright-infringing Websites

On 26 November 2015, the German Federal Court of Justice ruled that Internet access providers (IAP) can be liable for copyright infringements on third parties’ websites and can thus be ordered to block access to such...more

TCPA Connect - September 2015

No Need to Wait for the U.S. Supreme Court—Seventh Circuit Rules on Mooting Offers in TCPA Suits - The latest court to weigh in on an offer of judgment in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act Suit: the Seventh Circuit...more

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