In this Newsletter;
Venable’s Advertising Practice Named “Law Firm of the Year”;“Company Doe” Lawsuit Challenges CPSC Database; Senate Unveils Bill to Revitalize USPS, Stave off Five-Day Delivery; Santa Monica, CA Files Criminal Charges Against Goldline International in Bait-and-Switch Case; Federal Court Tosses Facebook “Friend-Finder” Class Action; Veterans’Charity, Telemarketer Resolve Oregon AG Charges; and, The Legal Perils, Pitfalls and Puffery of Advertising Body Shaping Benefits.
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Federal Court Tosses Facebook “Friend-Finder” Class Action
Last week, a federal district court dismissed a putative class action against Facebook alleging that the Social networking site misappropriated the plaintiffs’ names and likenesses to promote Facebook’s Friend Finder feature. The plaintiffs argued that Facebook violated state and common law by placing notifications on user’s homepages stating that certain friends have used Friend Finder, which searches a user’s email accounts to identify persons who are not yet Facebook friends with the user. The California federal court granted Facebook’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, holding that the plaintiffs had failed to demonstrate any injury from the social media behemoth’s use of their names and pictures to promote the Friend Finder application.
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