Balough Law Offices, LLC

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
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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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Fifth Circuit Should Know: Bead Dogs Can't Be Trademarked

You can’t trademark Mardi Gras Bead Dogs for jewelry, pastries, and clothing because the phrase is merely descriptive of traditional Mardi Gras beads (used in New Orleans) which are shaped into dogs. As a result, the Fifth…more
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Judge Admonishes Parties to Keep Pleadings Short

Bigger is not necessarily better and longer is definitely not preferred—at least when it comes to pleadings before one New York U.S. District Court judge. When confronted with a 175-paragraph complaint with 1,400 pages of…more
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QVC Showed No Damages from Resultly’s Web Crawler Slowdown

QVC, Inc. is not entitled to an injunction against a small start-up that sent web crawlers to the online retailer giant, overloading QVC’s servers for two days and impairing consumers’ ability to use the site. QVC alleged…more
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Justice Kennedy Wants Case to Allow States to Collect Internet Use Tax

One Supreme Court Justice is ready to hear a case on whether online purchasers should pay a use tax regardless of where the seller is located. Currently, states can collect taxes only if the seller has a “presence” in the…more
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Mississippi AG's Subpoena to Google Put on Hold by Court

Google, Inc. won a preliminary injunction stopping the Mississippi Attorney General from enforcing a 79-page subpoena or bringing a civil or criminal charge against Google under Mississippi law for making accessible third-party…more
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Potential for Hacking into Cars Puts Drivers at Risk, Senator Says

Today’s technology-advanced cars are vulnerable to hacking, which can result in the theft of personal driving information and control of the vehicle taken over by hackers, a new report issued by Sen. Ed Markey’s office…more
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No First Amendment Protection for Unlawfully Obtained Information

The First Amendment does not guarantee the right of the press to publish unlawfully obtained sensitive information of marginal public value, the Seventh Circuit found. The opinion in Dahlstrom v. Sun-Times said it answers the…more
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FTC Report Urges Security by Design for Consumer Internet of Things

As the internet of things (IoT) affects more consumers, businesses must build security into the devices at the outset rather than as an afterthought, a report by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff recommends. The…more
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Weight Loss Claims for Green Coffee Bean Extract Were Deceptive

Lindsey Duncan, a purported expert on health foods and nutrition, who touted on the Dr. Oz Show a green coffee bean weight loss supplement, which he sold without credible studies supporting the claims, has agreed to pay a $9…more
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DISH’s Technologies Not Infringing But Do Breach Fox’s Contract

DISH Network’s DVR technologies do not infringe on Fox Broadcasting Company’s copyrights, but provisions in a 2002 contract prohibit some of DISH’s activities, a federal district court found in ruling on cross-motions for…more
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FAA Seeks Local Law Enforcement Help to Control Unauthorized Drone Use

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reached out to local law enforcement to help pursue operators of unauthorized commercial drones. Current FAA regulations prohibit the commercial use of drones, formally known as…more
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Jury Should Decide if Heinz Dip & Squeeze Container Is Novel

The question of who came up with the idea for Heinz Ketchup’s “Dip & Squeeze” packaging will be left to a jury, a Pennsylvania U.S. District Court judge said. The court denied H. J. Heinz Company’s motion for summary…more
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Revenge Porn Becomes Illegal in Illinois

Revenge porn will be illegal in Illinois as a result of a bill signed into law by out-going Governor Pat Quinn. Revenge porn occurs when one person posts or otherwise disseminates intimate images of a former partner without the…more
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Chicago, IL 60602, United States

Contact: Richard Balough

  • 312-499-0000

Areas of Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Privacy
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
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