Balough Law Offices, LLC

Cyberattacks on Cars Coming in 2016 and Beyond

Cyberattacks on automobiles will increase in 2016 and beyond, “likely resulting in lost lives” according to McAfee Labs’ 2016 Threats Prediction. The problem is acute because there has been a rapid deployment of hardware in…more

FTC Continues To Target Supplement Marketers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is continuing its crackdown on dietary supplement marketers who cannot substantiate their health claims. The latest target is Sunrise Nutraceuticals, LLC. The company markets supplements…more

New Defense: I Didn’t Write That Email Response, Google Did

Don’t have time to draft a response to your emails? No need to worry. Gmail will draft a response for you. Google is rolling out a new Gmail feature called Smart Reply, which determines what emails need an answer and then…more

Court Affirms Yoga Sequences Are Not Copyrightable

A sequence of twenty-six yoga poses and two breathing exercises by Bikram Choudhury is not copyrightable because it is an unprotected system or idea. The Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling throwing out a lawsuit…more

Judge Posner Won't Cut Down Chicago's Weed Ordinance

One man’s weed is another man’s native plant, which caused Appellate Court Judge Richard Posner to write a 16-page opinion on whether Chicago’s weed ordinance is unconstitutional. Discount Inn, Inc. sought to have the city’s…more

FTC Sues Weight Loss Supplement Marketer for Gag Clause

Customers who say anything negative about a weight-loss supplement marketer would find their wallets a lot thinner as a result of a gag clause in the sales contract—a deceptive practice according to the Federal Trade Commission…more

Selfie Monkey Files Copyright Lawsuit (With Human Help)

Naruto is not monkeying around with his famous selfie. The crested macaque who gained world-wide fame with his monkey selfies has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against David Slater, the photographer whose camera was…more

Blogger Made Fair Use of 'Ugly' Photo of Tycoon

The copyright holder of an unflattering and embarrassing candid photograph cannot stop the use of his image in several scathing blog posts because it is a fair use. Raanan Katz is a minority investor in the Miami Heat…more

Is Your Vehicle One of the Most Hackable Cars?

Here’s a top five list you probably don’t want your car to be in: the most hackable cars on the road. PT&C LWG Forensic Consulting Services compiled a list of cars with the highest risk of being hacked. The top five and the…more

Green Seal Certifications Must Include Statement Limiting Claims: FTC

To avoid being deceptive, green seal certifications need to prominently state what makes the product green, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned. The FTC sent letters to five providers of environmental certification…more

Copyright Holders Must Consider Fair Use Before Sending DMCA Notice

Copyright owners must consider whether a potential infringer’s use is a fair use before it can send a takedown notice or it may face potential liability for bad faith notification, the Ninth Circuit said. Under the Digital…more

Priest Ordered to Turn Over Letter Accusing Boy of Improper Sexual Conduct

A parish priest must reveal the name of the author and produce a letter from a religious education volunteer asking for advice regarding what to do if a named boy engaged again in alleged improper sexual conduct with other…more

FTC Says You Must Disclose If It's a Paid Video Endorsement

If you are posting videos on YouTube touting a product and being paid to do so, you better disclose it or you will be subject to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) action for deceptive advertising. That’s the lesson that an…more

Copyright Troll Attorney Hit with ARDC Complaint

One of the infamous copyright troll attorneys who sent thousands of shakedown letters to persons who allegedly illegally downloaded porn videos now faces an action brought by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary…more

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
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