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Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc. - U.S.D.C., C.D. California, September 22, 2014

Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc. - U.S.D.C., C.D. California, September 22, 2014 : District court grants partial summary judgment in favor of plaintiff on copyright claims against Sirius XM Radio, holding that...more

Website Marketing Statements: The Achilles’ Heel to CDA Protection?

It’s no secret that local directory/consumer review websites are popular among consumers looking for recommendations before dining out, hiring a contractor, or even picking a dentist or day spa. Yelp reported around 138...more

Lawsuit Against Medtronic Alleges Racketeering Over Infuse Bone Graft

When one big industry sues another we learn a lot about how business as usual is conducted. In this case Humana, a giant health insurer, has sued the medical device company Medtronic, maker of the Infuse bone graft. ...more

FTC v. Jerk.com: Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms into Federal Law?

The Federal Trade Commission’s announcement earlier this week that it had filed a complaint against Jerk, LLC and its websites like “jerk.com” (“Jerk”) looks at first glance like a run-of-the-mill FTC Section 5 enforcement...more

Legally Compliant Online Promotions - Doing Online Promotions Without Getting Sued

In This Presentation: - User Generated Content ..What, Me Worry? What could go wrong with UGC? - The Communications Decency Act ..Section 230 - The DMCA ..Safe Harbor - Sweepstakes, Contests and...more

Commercial Disparagement An Increasing Concern In The Age Of Social Media

Companies are turning to social media with increasing frequency to directly communicate with customers and potential customers. T-Mobile USA is no exception. Not only did the company release an astonishingly snarky press...more

Why a Class Action Lawsuit Against 23andMe? Quick Hit Q&A With Audet & Partners

The bad news for 23andMe keeps coming. In late November, we learned that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had ordered the company to stop selling its $99 DNA testing kit owing to a number of accuracy and validity...more

23andMe Named in Class Action Lawsuit

Things are getting worse for genetic diagnostics company 23andMe. On the heels of receiving a Warning Letter from the FDA over its Personal Genomic Services (PGS) test (see "FDA Threatens Agency Action Against 23andMe Over...more

Defeating Economic Loss Claims In Pharma Class Actions

Where product liability actions or government investigators have targeted a prescription drug, class actions follow alleging that patients are entitled to a refund of what they paid for the medicine. The theory of these...more

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Limitations Accrued With Awareness of Unauthorized Access–Not Identity of Perpetrator

SUMMARY: The two year statute of limitations for Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claim began to run when the plaintiff had an awareness of an unauthorized access into its computer system even if the plaintiff did not know the...more

Public Website May Block Individual Access to Site

A publicly accessible website may selectively block users from using the website, and attempts by a blocked user to access the site may be a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). A federal district court...more

Cloud Computing, Risk Management and Corporate Insurance

The cloud is all the rage these days. Cloud computing, that is. When a business uses a cloud computing service, its data storage and application server needs are handled by a third party provider that it can connect to via...more

Campmor, Inc. v. Brulant, LLC

Opinion Denying Daubert Motion in Limine to Exclude SEO Expert at Trial

Defendant Brulant moves in limine to preclude the testimony of Brian Cooper, Plaintiff Campmor’s expert witness on search engine optimization (“SEO”). The Court held a Daubert hearing on April 10, 2013. The motion is denied....more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- March 28, 2013

In This Issue: - Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., U.S. Supreme Court, March 19, 2013: In a 6-to-3 decision with far-reaching implications, U.S. Supreme Court holds that copyright “first sale” doctrine...more

SEC Speaks: Agency Takes Back-To-Basics Approach In Face Of Changing Leadership, Congressional Mandates And New Technologies

The annual “SEC Speaks” conference, in which Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) representatives review the agency’s efforts over the past year and preview the year to come, was held on February 22-23, 2013. A...more

Who’s Liable For Vendor’s CAN-SPAM Violation?

The CAN-SPAM act sets legal rules for commercial E-Mail and includes various provisions that apply to “any electronic mail message the primary purpose of which is the commercial advertisement or promotion of a commercial...more

Dispute over Ownership of Ex-Employee's LinkedIn Account Highlights Significance of Robust Social Media Policies

This case underscores the significance for employers to create and maintain social media policies that address the control and ownership of company-sponsored social media accounts. ...more

Employer Takeover of Employee's LinkedIn Account Does Not Violate Federal Computer Hacking Law, Question of Ownership Remains

Given the popularity of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, more and more organizations are resorting to social media sites to promote their brands and manage their public profiles. Employers are also encouraging employees to...more

Travel Website Rankings of "Dirtiest Hotels" Based on User-Generated Content May Be Flawed, But Are Not Defamatory As a Matter of...

In Seaton v. TripAdvisor, LLC, 2012 WL 3637394 (E.D. Tenn. Aug. 22, 2012), a Tennessee district court held that an online travel ratings site that created a Top Ten Dirtiest Hotels list based upon user comments and data is...more

Viacom Gets a Second Bite at YouTube

In one of the most closely followed cases involving the digital millennium copyright act (DMCA), an appeals court punted one of the key issues back to the lower court. The key issue left open relates to what constitutes...more

Update: Who Owns a Company's Twitter Account?

On January 5, we posted a blog entry about the case of PhoneDog v. Kravitz, pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.  In short, during his employment with PhoneDog, Kravitz...more

Your business needs a social media policy and this is why

It is foolish to not have one. Having a social media policy is like having a Will for your businesses’ branding and marketing efforts and the cost of getting that policy will likely be less than the bill for the first day in...more

VO Group, LLC v. Opinion Corp. et al.

Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim Upon Which Relief Can be Granted (CPLR sec. 3211(a)(7))

Motion to dismiss complaint filed in New York Supreme Court (trial level), Kings County (i.e., Brooklyn), by timeshare sales company seeking to censor criticism of the company found on PissedConsumer.com....more

Service Provider's Intent in Removing Positive Reviews Irrelevant in Assessing Availability of CDA Section 230 Protection

A lawsuit against consumer review site Yelp! has yielded an opinion that demonstrates the breadth of the protection afforded interactive service providers under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. In Levitt v....more

Using UDRP Arbitration to Squash Typosquatters

An introduction to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. This article originally appeared in the Maryland Bar Association Bar Bulletin....more

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