Balough Law Offices, LLC

No Privacy Expectation When Your Phone Pocket-Dials

You have no reasonable expectation of privacy for conversations overheard when you make a pocket-dialed or butt-dialed call. As a result, the Sixth Circuit partially affirmed the dismissal of a civil case involving the…more

Uber Drivers Employees or Contractors? Uber Pleadings Say Yes

Are Uber drivers independent contractors or employees? Apparently, the answer depends upon which Uber pleading you read. In an effort to dismiss a lawsuit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA),…more

Neiman Marcus Card Holders May Proceed with Hacking Lawsuit

Neiman Marcus credit card holders whose accounts were hacked will be able to proceed with a federal class-action lawsuit against the luxury brand retailer. The Seventh Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal, finding…more

Amazon Search for MTM Watches May Confuse Customers

Amazon’s search results are creating enough confusion over a high-priced watch to require a jury to decide if there is trademark infringement, the Ninth Circuit found, reversing the trial court’s dismissal of the case. MTM…more

If It's On Google Earth, It Must be True

If Google Earth says you’re north of the border it’s not “hearsay.” The Ninth Circuit found that a “tack” placed on a Google Earth map is not hearsay because the rule applies only to out-of-court statements by persons. “Here,…more

Labor Ruling Could Jeopardize Uber’s Business Model

Uber’s business model may be in trouble if a California Labor Commission’s finding that Uber drivers are employees, not independent contractors, is followed by California courts. Uber, the ride sharing service, has maintained…more

McAfee Sees Dramatic Increase in Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks spiked in 2015’s first quarter as new “families” of the malware have appeared. The new ransomwares have more evasive techniques to avoid detection and now also are targeting mobile platforms, McAfee Labs…more

FCC Warns PayPal Its New User Agreement May Violate Autodialing Law

PayPal, Inc.’s new User Agreement may violate federal laws concerning the use of autodialed, prerecorded, and artificial voice calls, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) warned. As of July 1, 2015, PayPal’s users must…more

Misuse of Funds Dooms Crowdfunding Board Game Project

For those participating in the crowdfunding for The Doom That Came to Atlantic City, their investment was doomed by the promoter who used the funds for himself. In its first crowdfunding case, the Federal Trade Commission…more

FTC Requests Protection of RadioShack Customer Personal Data

The court handling the bankruptcy of RadioShack Corp. should place conditions on the sale of personal consumer information to honor the privacy policies of the now defunct company, the Federal Trade Commission said in a letter…more

Actress Can't Force YouTube to Take Down Anti-Muslim Film

The actress who sought to have her five-second appearance in a controversial anti-Muslim movie removed from YouTube does not have a protectable copyright interest to support her request for an injunction, an en banc ruling from…more

Putting Personal Information on Parking Ticket on Window Is OK

Writing a person’s personal information on a parking ticket and leaving it face down on the vehicle’s windshield does not run afoul of the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act. Jason Senne parked his car on a village…more

Decision on Nomi Listen Service Privacy Policy Splits FTC

Retailers are listening to their customers’ smart phones, and that’s a problem, the majority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found. The issue concerns a company that provided a program that secretly tracked customer…more

Class Action for Aaron’s Spyware May Continue

Customers whose images were captured by spyware put on their rental computers from a franchisee of Aaron’s, Inc. may file a class action, the Third Circuit ruled, reversing a trial court’s decision. The appellate court found…more

Phishing Campaigns Snare Victims Quickly, Data Breach Report Finds

Phishing is reeling in more victims than in previous years, a new report found. In 2014, 23 percent of phishing email recipients open up the message, up from earlier yearly averages of 10 to 20 percent. In addition, 11…more
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