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Supreme Court Searches for Fourth Amendment Line for the Digital Economy

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Carpenter v. United States. The Court’s decision could have critical implications for companies operating in the digital economy and their ability to limit...more

Ninth Circuit Makes it Easier to Sue for Video Privacy Protection Act Violations But Harder to Win

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held in Eichenberger v. ESPN that allegations that the Video Privacy Protection Act was violated are sufficient to establish Article III standing, but that the definition of...more

US Supreme Court Evaluates Privacy of Cell Phone Data

Last Thursday, the United States Supreme Court heard argument in Carpenter v. United States. At issue was whether the FBI violated the Fourth Amendment when it obtained the cellphone location records of the Timothy...more

Companies Outside Retail And Financial Industries May Have Additional Arguments To Challenge Standing In Data Breach Cases

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management was one of the most serious and possibly one of the top ten largest data breaches of the 21st century, compromising background investigation records for some 22...more

Can You Find Me Now? U.S. Supreme Court Considers Cell Phone Location Tracking Data In The Digital Age In Landmark Privacy Case

by King & Spalding on

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in United States v. Carpenter, a case that could fundamentally change the way the government collects, uses, and tracks individuals’ location information...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Grand Jury Subpoena for Identity of Glassdoor Users

by Reed Smith on

A November 2017 decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has weighed in on the expectation of privacy and First Amendment rights afforded to anonymous contributors to online content, finding that a subpoena issued by a...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument Today in Major Case Regarding Cell Phone Location Privacy

In Carpenter v. United States, federal investigators sought cellphone location data for a set of persons suspected in a series of robberies. The Fourth Amendment prevents the government from conducting unreasonable searches...more

Good News for Game Developers: Court Extends Protections for Using Others’ Trademarks in the Advertising of Artistic Works

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a move that will likely benefit game developers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit explicitly held that First Amendment protection extends to use of third-party trademarks in the commercial promotion of an...more

'Zeran v. AOL': The Anti-Circumvention Tool

by Jaburg Wilk on

If I were an expert survivalist who was offered one tool to survive alone in the elements, I would probably choose a fire starter … but maybe a knife, a pot, or duct tape. Really, I would want all of those items because no...more

“A Gronking To Remember” Plaintiffs Lose Right Of Publicity Appeal

For those of you in desperate need of Christmas present ideas for a New England Patriots fan, you can rest assured that your ironic backup option – a copy of the romance novel, A Gronking to Remember – is still available for...more

Social Links: Proposed legislation to outlaw “catfishing” & protect young Web users; blockchain technology’s impact on marketing

The government in Indonesia has warned the world’s biggest social media providers that they risk being banned in that country if they don’t block pornography and other content deemed obscene....more

Court Says Glassdoor Must Disclose Anonymous Reviewers’ Information in Grand Jury Proceedings

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a case with free speech implications, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on November 8, 2017, affirmed the denial of Glassdoor, Inc.’s motion to quash a grand jury subpoena for the identities of the Glassdoor...more

Judge Bencivengo Refuses to Change Her Stripes - District Court Doubles Down on Romero and Again Dismisses TCPA Claim for Lack of...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

She may be the only judge in the country still actively dismissing TCPA claims for lack of Article III standing following Spokeo, but Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo demonstrated on Thursday that she is not going to change her...more

Ninth Circuit: Let’s Talk About Comic-Con

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a protective order in the dispute over the “Comic-Con” trademark, finding that a prohibition on the defendants from discussing the case on social media was...more

Is the Reproduction of a Branded Product in a Depiction of Real Life an Infringement?

AM General LLC, maker of HUMVEE®-branded vehicles, has sued Activision Blizzard, Inc., Activision Publishing, Inc., and Major League Gaming Corp. in the Southern District of New York for using AM General’s trademarks and...more

California Court Holds That Orders Demanding Global De-indexing Threaten Free Speech

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a lower court order ordering Google to de-index a website from its global search results. In its decision, the Canadian high court rejected Google’s arguments that such an...more

SCOTUS Denies Review of Indiana Anti-Robocall Law

by Reed Smith on

The U.S. Supreme Court denied nonprofit Patriotic Veterans, Inc.’s petition for review of Indiana’s ban on the use of technology that automatically dials residential phone numbers and plays prerecorded messages. Patriotic...more

California Court Enjoins Canadian Court’s Global De-listing Order to Google as Contrary to CDA

In a decision that sets up a potential international comity showdown, a California district court granted Google’s request for a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement in the U.S. of a Canadian court order that...more

Trademark Case Too “Banal” To Justify Social Media Gag Order

Before the social media era really kicked into gear, I was representing a defendant in a defamation case who was being sued by a very wealthy plaintiff. Because of his charitable generosity, the plaintiff’s name was on...more

The Google Injunction: US Federal Court Responds to Supreme Court of Canada

by Field Law on

As noted in our recent summary of the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision in the ongoing fight between Google and Equustek Solutions, Google lost in Canada’s top court. Google promptly filed an application in US Federal...more

Flipping Out Over Flipping Off: What Are the Limits on Regulating Employee Political Speech?

Around the end of October, a photo of a government contractor employee flipping the bird to President Trump’s motorcade went viral after the woman made it her profile picture on Facebook. She was subsequently fired for a...more

See You In Court! – November 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

As the football season wound down in Nutmeg, Bob Bombast went on a Facebook rant against the players in the NFL who take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. Coach Rock, veteran coach at Nutmeg Memorial High...more

Microsoft Claims Victory in Challenge to DOJ’s Practice of Seeking “Gag Orders” under the Stored Communications Act

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new policy that significantly restricts its practice of seeking non-disclosure orders under the Stored Communication Act (SCA), 18 U.S.C. § 2705(b), in connection with...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 5

In this post, I will be focusing on the intersection of off-label communications with government enforcement of health care fraud through the False Claims Act. Over the past eight years, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”)...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | October 2017

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

The use of beauty products is “an understudied source of environmental chemical exposures” with a disparate effect on women of color, George Washington University and Occidental College researchers argue. Ami R. Zota, et al.,...more

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