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Faculty Member’s Criticism of Community College Is Protected Speech

The president of a community college’s adjunct faculty union, who was fired after she sent a letter critical of the college, stated a cause of action for retaliatory discharge, the Seventh Circuit found. Robin Meade sent a…more

AT&T Mobility's Data Throttling Is Deceptive Practice, FTC Claims

AT&T Mobility throttled the data for millions of its customers who signed up for “unlimited” data plans even though the customers were told their use would not be limited, the Federal Trade Commission charged in a…more

Courts Must Look to Each Infringement for Copyright Statute of Limitations

Determining whether a copyright cause of action falls within the three-year statute of limitations requires looking to see if any infringement occurred during the three years prior to the filing date of the case, the Seventh…more

Failure to Take Steps to Protect Trade Secrets Fatal to Breach Claim

A company that designed an enclosure for electronic tablets cannot sue a manufacturer with whom it shared the design pursuant to a confidentiality agreement because the disclosing company failed to take reasonable measures to…more

Parents May Be Liable for Son's Fake Facebook Page

The parents of a 13-year-old may be liable for negligence by failing to compel their son to remove a fake Facebook page that remained online for nearly a year, when the Facebook page contained libelous, racist, and sexual…more

Company Says President Obama's MyRA Infringes on its Trademark

A company that markets self-direct individual retirement accounts has filed an unfair competition and trademark infringement action against the United States over the use of the term “myRA” for the starter savings account…more

No Privacy Expectation or Defamation for TV Reporter For Poolside Video

A television reporter videotaped in her halter top at the pool of a person of interest in a notorious missing person case cannot sue a rival station for defamation, invasion of privacy, or the loss of her job, an Illinois…more

Sirius XM Playing Pre-1972 Songs Violates California Copyright Statute

Two of the founders of The Turtles won a summary judgment on the issue of liability against Sirius XM Radio Inc., finding the satellite service liable because it did not have the right to broadcast the band’s original…more

FTC Shuts Down Bitcoin Mining Equipment Provider

For some miners of Bitcoins who got the shaft from Butterfly Labs, the Federal Trade Commission offered some solace by obtaining a court order to shut down the company and freezing its assets. The FTC sued BF Labs, Inc.,…more

CDA No Bar to Claim for Negligent Failure to Warn Website Users

A claim that a website negligently failed to warn users about sexual predators contacting and raping women who used the site is not barred by the Communications Decency Act (CDA), the Ninth Circuit found. The appellate court…more

TinyCo Violated COPPA with Its Kids' Mobile App

TinyCo, Inc. got into big trouble with the Federal Trade Commission for collecting email addresses from children under 13 who used the company’s kid’s mobile apps. The company, which offers mobile apps for free download from…more

What Was Left of Mayor’s Image Not Enough for Copyright Infringement

The image of the Madison, Wisconsin mayor on tee shirts and tank tops was so altered that not enough of the underlying photograph remained to support a copyright infringement lawsuit, the Seventh Circuit found. The tee shirts…more

Getty Hits Microsoft with Copyright Infringement Action for Bing Widget

The Bing Image Widget had a short fling on the Internet before a copyright infringement lawsuit by Getty Images caused Microsoft to take the widget down. The widget, which was released on August 22, 2014, allows website…more

Google Must Refund Unauthorized In-App Charges Made by Children

Google, Inc. must pay back to customers at least $19 million in unauthorized charges incurred by children using mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play app store for Android mobile devices. The payment settles a complaint…more

Brilliantly Drafted Contract Not Enough to Make Fed Ex Drivers Independent Contractors

FedEx Ground delivery drivers are employees, not independent contractors, under California’s labor laws, the Ninth Circuit found, reversing a summary judgment for the delivery service. The drivers filed suit for employment…more
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