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Status Updates - July 2014 #7

..Since launching its Google+ social network three years ago, Google has insisted that Google+ users use only their real names on the network — no pseudonyms. Perhaps in an effort to attract more users to Google+, the...more

Week in Review

Some high profile companies, including two technology giants, made headlines this week after former employees filed lawsuits against them alleging discrimination and harassment. The case against Yahoo is likely to be...more

Copyright As An Online Reputation Management Tool: A Round Hole For A Square Peg

So, how is copyright law doing as an online reputation management tool? We have written many times recently about the use of copyright law to do what defamation law can’t: take stuff down from the internet. A...more

Status Updates - July 2014 #6

..A St. Louis juror’s use of Google to learn something about punitive damages during a trial, while qualifying as “knucklehead misconduct,” was not a sufficient basis for overturning the jury’s verdict, a judge has held...more

Digital Privacy’s New Age: Supreme Court Turns off Google’s Radio After Holding That We Are Our Cell Phones

In another installment of “Google does WHAT?!?,” the Supreme Court on June 30 rejected the Silicon Valley giant’s bid to stop a lawsuit accusing the search company of wiretapping. You read that right. Wiretapping....more

Online Privacy: Friend or Foe to the American Public?

A recent court ruling in Europe will present new challenges to online corporations such as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Not only will this directly affect their operations in the E.U., but it will also have implications...more

3 Questions to Ask About Free File-Hosting Services

The landscape of data storage and maintenance is shifting. Despite significant company investments in secure, onsite data storage systems, today’s data storage environment can create challenges for many of these extensive...more

Data Privacy Law in the UK, Part I: An Introduction for U.S. Employers

The recent high-profile decision by the European Court of Justice involving Google has highlighted the existence of stringent data privacy laws in the European Union (EU). However, although the Google decision was...more

Business Litigation Report -- June 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Tronox Inc. v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (In re Tronox Inc.) – Bankruptcy Court Takes Unusual Steps to Declare Corporate Restructuring a Fraudulent Transfer - Noted With...more

SimpleAir Wins a $85 Million Jury Verdict Against Google

A Texas jury has awarded SimpleAir, Inc. $85 million from Google for infringing the company’s patent generally relating to transmitting Internet-based data to computers and mobile devices. Google’s accused services included...more

Court Orders Google to Remove Site from Worldwide Search Results

In a recent decision by the British Columbia courts (Equustek Solutions Inc. v Jack , 2014 BCSC 1063), Google has been ordered to de-index a website selling goods that were the subject of intellectual property (IP)...more

Status Updates - June 2014 #7

..A Gallup survey found that a majority of Americans do not turn to social media when making purchasing decisions — but the survey appears to be flawed in several respects, especially because the information was gathered 18...more

Google Glass into Europe - A Small Step or a Giant Leap?

Google Glass (“Glass”) is the most high profile of the new wearable technologies that commentators predict will transform how we live and work. Until now, the Android-powered glasses were only available in the U.S....more

Week in Review

Technology's impact on privacy took center stage in news headlines this week. The New York Times and National Public Radio (NPR) both reported on alternative software tools to track employees in the workplace - one tool...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Promotion on Internet and Social Media Platforms

On June 17, 2014, the FDA issued long-awaited draft guidance documents addressing two challenges related to use of social media to communicate about FDA regulated products: dissemination of information in character-limited...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Drug and Device Information on Social Media

On June 17, 2014, the FDA issued two draft guidance documents relating to the use of social media and the Internet to promote prescription drugs and medical devices. The FDA described how a company should use a character...more

Status Updates - June 2014 #6

Debt collectors are using social media more and more frequently to try to track down people who owe money, but they are bound by restrictions in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act when they do so, just as if they used...more

What Marriage Equality Means for Your Employee Benefits

A frequent headline in the news as of late has been “Federal Judge in State X finds same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional” and then shortly thereafter “Hundreds of couples marry in State X” complete with a picture of a...more

EU: Update on Google’s Right to be forgotten

In an earlier blog post, Patrick Van Eecke and Anthony Cornette discussed the impact of the ECJ Case C-131/12. The authors now provide some further insight on the latest developments relating to the ECJ case on the ‘Right to...more

Manual Link Penalties are Temporary

If you received a manual action or unnatural links penalty on your website, it is not forever. The penalties, which may range from months to years, do have an intrinsic end date and are related, according to Distinguished...more

Battle of the ANDROIDS

Erich Specht, et al., v. Google, Inc. - In a decision that provides useful guidance on what constitutes abandonment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld a district court ruling that Google did not...more

15 Tips for Fostering a Diverse and Innovative Workforce

Google’s decision to make public its employee diversity data broadens the conversation on this important issue beyond Silicon Valley. On its blog, Google candidly states the company is “not where we want to be” and is...more

Second Circuit Hints At Possible Google Books Outcome In Finding HathiTrust Digital Library Project Protected As Fair Use

Earlier this week, the Second Circuit issued its ruling in the HathiTrust case, a potential precursor to the long-awaited resolution of the more prominent, and related, Google Books case. The decision upholds the district...more

Leave My Employees Alone! You Promised You Wouldn’t Hire/Solicit Them

With the antitrust class action against Google, Apple, Intel and other Silicon Valley heavyweights nearly in the books ($300 million plus in settlements and millions more in defense fees later), it is time once again to ask...more

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

The European Union recently decided that people have a right to be forgotten. The “right to be forgotten” provides Internet users in Europe the advantage to demand the erasure, removal or deletion of sensitive personal...more

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