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Sixth Circuit Vacates Lower Court Judgment and Awards Website Operator Immunity

In August of 2013, this blog wrote about the case Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment Recordings, LLC, 965 F. Supp. 2d 818 (E.D. Ky. 2013) ("Jones I"). As described then, Jones I dealt with the following set of facts...more

Nevada Federal District Court Stays Discovery Based On Lack Of Jurisdiction Over Foreign Website Operator

On May 15, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada granted a motion to stay discovery pending adjudication of the motion to dismiss on the grounds that it likely lacked personal and specific jurisdiction over the...more

A “Dirty” Lawsuit: How a Sex Scandal Could Impact Online Defamation Law

A former high school teacher and NFL cheerleader sleeps with her student. She faces widespread scorn, including scathing Internet comments. Despite the scorn, she becomes engaged to the student....more

Major Changes to Defamation Law in the UK to Take Effect 1 January 2014

An announcement from the UK justice minister has confirmed that the new Defamation Act ("the Act") will take effect from 1 January 2014.1 The Act makes major changes to existing defamation laws in the UK and will seek to curb...more

Warning: Upcoming Enforcement Action – CBBB Announces Compliance Deadline for Web Publishers

The Council of Better Business Bureaus (“CBBB”) has issued a Compliance Warning letter announcing that, beginning January 1, 2014, the CBBB will commence enforcement actions against website publishers, operators, and other...more

Two Federal Cases Hold Website "Responsible" for Postings on thedirty.com

Courts in Kentucky and Maryland — in a pair of cases involving the saucy website thedirty.com — have broken new ground by suggesting that website operators can waive immunity under the Communications Decency Act (CDA) for...more

Business Law Newsletter - January 2013

In This Issue: - Written Contracts and the Statute of Limitations...Page 1 - Website Owners: Who is Liable for Third Party Postings on Your Website?...Page 2 - Business Tort Brings Sanctions...Page 3 -...more

Website Owners: Who Is Liable For Third Party Postings On Your Website?

A recent Fairfax County defamation case involving a consumer’s scathing postings against a contractor on Yelp and Angie’s List raises the issue as to who can be held liable for postings made by third parties. Can the...more

Operation Pangea V: A Global Attack on Online Prescription Drug Pharmacies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in partnership with multiple international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, targeted over 4,100 internet pharmacies that allegedly sell potentially dangerous, unapproved...more

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