August 2008 Quick Links, Part 1

By Eric Goldman

eBay

* Mazur v. eBay Inc., 2008 WL 2951351 (N.D. Cal. July 25, 2008). See my previous blog post on the case. Some commentators are excited about this ruling because it rejects eBay’s motion to dismiss a RICO claim.

* Missing Link, Inc. v. eBay, Inc., 2008 WL 3496865 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 12, 2008). This is a lawsuit by eBay sellers complaining that eBay didn’t immediately index their listings in its search engine and eBay raised the price on “Good Until Cancelled” listings. This is the second time the court has dismissed some claims, but even so some claims have also survived the motion to dismiss process.

* As expected, Tiffany appealed the eBay ruling. My initial post.

Google

* Vulcan Golf, LLC v. Google Inc., 2008 WL 2959951 (N.D. Ill. July 31, 2008). The court dismisses a few claims made in the plaintiff’s third amended complaint. My post on the initial complaint.

* JIT Packaging v. Google (E.D. Ill. complaint filed Aug. 11, 2008) A third lawsuit against Google over the placement of AdWords ads on parked domains and other putatively undesirable pages.

* A heavily redacted version of the Google/Yahoo agreement. The SEC examiner who let the agreement go through with this many redactions was asleep at the wheel!

47 USC 230

* Bauer v. Glatzer (N.J Superior Ct. July 21, 2008). Wikimedia easily wins a lawsuit against it alleging that a Wikipedia entry was defamatory.

* Capital Corp. Merchant Banking, Inc. v. Corporate Colocation, Inc., 2008 WL 4058014 (M.D. Fla. Aug 27, 2008). 47 USC 230 defense denied against allegations that “Leonard Norwich posted defamatory statements about [the plaintiff] on three websites and Francesca Norwich allowed Leonard to use “a computer registered in her name” to make the defamatory statements.” The denial makes sense for Leonard but seems clearly erroneous with respect to Francesca.

* Vanginderen v. Cornell (S.D. Cal. June 3, 2008). CMLP page. This isn’t specifically a 230 case but it’s still relevant. Interesting lawsuit against Cornell and related entities for electronically posting a school newspaper story from 1983 that was allegedly defamatory. The court dismisses the lawsuit on an anti-SLAPP motion.

Blogging

* A Las Vegas nightclub loses its cool and sues a blogger for, among other things, including its logo in the blog post.

* As part of the fallout from the Troll Tracker blog, Dennis Crouch, of PatentlyO fame, has received a subpoena for communications related to his blog. Dennis’ comments and LegalWatch. In a related lawsuit, Frenkel (a/k/a Mr. Troll Tracker) was dismissed from a lawsuit again. Ward v. Cisco Systems, Inc., 2008 WL 4079286 (W.D. Ark. Aug 28, 2008)

Content Restrictions

* Kings English, Inc. v. Shurtleff, 2008 WL 3285898 (D. Utah Aug. 8, 2008). The judge denied the plaintiffs’ motion to reconsider its highly unfavorable prior ruling. My initial post on the lawsuit.

* Reisinger v. Perez (E.D. Wis. complaint filed Aug. 18, 2008), First amendment lawsuit against the City of Sheboygan for intimidating a woman into removing a website link to the city’s police department.

* National Federation for the Blind v. Target has settled, with Target paying $6M and redesigning its site.

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