Balough Law Offices, LLC

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

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

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

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

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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