Lori Drew Criminal Case Ends With a Whimper

By Eric Goldman United States v. Drew, 2009 WL 2872855 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 28, 2009) Almost 2 months ago, the judge presiding over the Lori Drew trial orally announced that he intended to rule in favor of Drew, but it…

Yahoo Subpoenas Expedia in American Airlines Lawsuit

By Eric Goldman Yahoo and American Airlines are still tussling over Yahoo’s sale of American Airlines’ trademarks as keyword triggers (see background at 1, 2, 3). According to Yahoo, American Airlines is arguing that online travel agencies such as Expedia…

Why More Wikipedia Editing Restrictions Are Inevitable, and Some Comments on Flagged Revisions for Living People’s Biographies

By Eric Goldman I have posted my latest article, “Wikipedia‚Äôs Labor Squeeze and its Consequences,” to SSRN. The article will be published in the Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law in the relatively near future. The article is still…

Online Retailer Isn’t Liable for User Comments–Cornelius v. DeLuca

By Eric Goldman Cornelius v. DeLuca, 2009 WL 2568044 (E.D. Mo. Aug. 18, 2009) DeLuca runs bodybuilding.com, a fitness website and online retailer. The plaintiffs sell dietary supplements (“syntrax,” whatever that is). The plaintiffs allege that their competitors posted shill…

Sedgwick Claims Management v. Delsman Appealed to Ninth Circuit

By Eric Goldman Put this one in the “Are you kidding me?” file. Last month I blogged about Sedgwick Claims Management v. Delsman involving a small-time griper who had the temerity to cut-and-paste some company executive headshots to create his…

Private High School Not Liable for Cyberbullying–DC v. Harvard-Westlake

By Eric Goldman D.C. v. Harvard-Westlake School, 2009 WL 2500343 (Cal. App. Ct. Aug. 14, 2009) Harvard-Westlake is a highly-regarded private school in the Los Angeles basin with an impressive alumni roster and a lot of very affluent parents. I’ve…

“Sources of Uncertainty in Patent Litigation” Conference, SCU, Sept. 25

By Eric Goldman I’m pleased to announce the upcoming conference, Sources of Uncertainty in Patent Litigation, co-sponsored by the High Tech Law Institute and the Federal Circuit Bar Association. The conference will be September 25, 1:00-6:15, on the SCU campus….

Flowbee Latest Trademark Owner to Sue Google–Flowbee v. Google

By Eric Goldman Flowbee International, Inc. v. Google, Inc., 2:09-cv-00199 (S.D Tex. complaint filed Aug. 13, 2009) [NB: the complaint is split into 2 PDFs totaling 8+ MB] After the Jurin and Ascentive lawsuits against Google dissolved, the Google lawsuit…

2009 Cyberspace Law Syllabus and Some Comments

By Eric Goldman I have posted my syllabus for this semester’s Cyberspace Law course. This blog post describes the changes from my 2008 course reader. For more on my pedagogical approaches to the course, see my Teaching Cyberlaw article. Trademark…

Nursing Student’s Blog Post Doesn’t Support Expulsion–Yoder v. University of Louisville

By Eric Goldman Yoder v. University of Louisville, 2009 WL 2406235 (W.D. Ky. Aug. 3, 2009). Yoder’s initial complaint. Nina Yoder was a University of Louisville nursing student. She posted a blog post to MySpace entitled “How I Witnessed the…