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Avatars, Facial Scans & Virtual Basketball: Second Circuit Tosses Biometric Privacy Case

A recent federal appellate ruling delivered a significant blow to invasion of privacy claims based on facial recognition technology used to scan users’ faces that are then put on their personalized players “in-game,” allowing...more

Court dismisses NYDFS lawsuit challenging special purpose national bank charter for fintech companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A New York federal district court has dismissed the lawsuit filed by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) challenging the OCC’s authority to grant special purpose national bank (SPNB) charters to nondepository...more

Oral Arguments Summary: Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC

by Fish & Richardson on

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on November 27, 2017, in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, where the petitioner challenged the constitutionality of inter partes review (IPR) proceedings....more

Suppes v. Katti (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Earlier this fall, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District Court for the Western District of Missouri dismissing a complaint filed by Galen J. Suppes for lack of jurisdiction. In dismissing Mr. Suppes'...more

U.S. v. Coinbase: Virtual Currency Holders Not Outside the IRS’s Reach

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, on November 28, 2017, ordered the international digital currency broker, Coinbase, Inc., to produce to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the records of...more

Third Circuit Splits with the Seventh Over Standing To Sue For Alleged Inefficient Design of Eye Drop Dispenser

In a surprising decision and split with the Seventh Circuit, the Third Circuit recently held that plaintiffs have standing to sue for unfair trade practices under the theory that a manufacturer is obligated to optimize the...more

The Second Circuit Provides A Roadmap For Employers Defending Claims Under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act

by Littler on

While the emergence of biometric technology in the workplace is not a new phenomenon, employers being sued for utilizing this technology is a new trend. Over the past three months, more than 30 class action lawsuits have...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

Spokeo Strikes Again – Biometric Data Privacy Class Action Fails On Its Face (Scan)

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On November 21, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a plaintiff bringing a putative class action under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) could not establish an injury-in-fact...more

Sixth Circuit Suggests Liability for Copyright Infringement May Justify Reduced First Amendment Protection for Anonymous Speech,...

by Reed Smith on

Ruling on what it characterized as an issue of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit suggested that a judgment of liability in a copyright infringement case may be a tipping point justifying the...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

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - November 2017

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we discuss a Washington state court decision allowing a data breach lawsuit to move forward on a negligence claim, a Ninth Circuit ruling regarding releasing...more

Can an Industry Group Appeal an Unfavorable IPR Decision?

by WilmerHale on

Patent owners, both those practicing their invention and nonpracticing entities (NPEs), often approach companies they believe are infringing their patent rights. The patent owners threaten lawsuits if the companies do not...more

Is a Patent a Private or Public Right? -- Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC. v. Greene's...

Leading up to the Supreme Court oral argument for Oil States Energy Services, LLC. v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC on November 27, 2017, there was a lot of discussion regarding whether patents were a private or public right. ...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

Federal Court finds PMPRB unreasonable in finding Galderma patent 'pertains to' medicine in DIFFERIN

by Smart & Biggar on

In a November 9, 2017 decision, Justice Phelan of the Federal Court found that the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Panel (Board) was unreasonable in its assessment that a patent ‘pertained’ to Galderma Canada’s DIFFERIN...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

Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal on Standing Grounds of Biometric Privacy Suit over Videogame Facial Scan Feature

With the flood of Illinois biometric privacy suits lodged against employers in recent months, and multiple biometric privacy suits against social media and other mobile platforms currently pending over the use of photo...more

The Second Circuit Weighs In On Tidal Wave Of Class Actions Under The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As biometric technology has become more advanced and affordable, more companies and employers have begun implementing procedures and systems that rely on biometric data. ...more

A Torrent of Anti-SLAPP Motions in DC Federal Court Cases

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After the DC Court of Appeals essentially invited a party to file an anti-SLAPP special motion to dismiss in a DC federal court diversity case, it took seven months for the Associated Press to accept the invitation. That...more

Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the IPR statute

by Goodwin on

The Supreme Court today considered the constitutionality of the IPR statute in a lively hour-long oral argument before a packed courtroom. The case, Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, asks whether...more

Third Circuit’s Spokeo Decision Applied by Alabama District Court

The Third Circuit’s standing opinion in Sussino v. Work Out World Inc. might be having a ripple effect at the district court level, most recently in an opinion issued in a putative Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)...more

Supreme Court Justices’ Questions in Oil States Suggest Inter Partes Review Will Be Upheld as Constitutional

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, No. 16-712. The case presents a direct challenge to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s...more

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