AdWords Buys Using Geographic Terms Support Personal Jurisdiction–Rilley v. MoneyMutual

This is a personal jurisdiction case, so I’ll get right to the point. If an AdWords advertiser buys keywords that contain geographic terms, the advertiser might face a greater risk of personal jurisdiction in those geographies. It’s likely that buying…

Handicapping the Olympic Committee's Quest to Control Tweeting (Guest Post)

Handicapping the Olympic Committee’s Quest to Control Tweeting (Guest Post)

By guest blogger Prof. Alexandra Jane Roberts [Eric’s intro: the Rio Summer Olympic games may be over, but the legal wranglings from the games will keep going and going–even longer than the bike road race (and perhaps with as many…

Court Benchslaps Trade Secret Plaintiff and Counsel For Bad Faith Litigation–RBC Bearings v. Caliber

As you know, for the past year I’ve been railing against the Defend Trade Secrets Act’s unprecedented and ill-advised ex parte seizure provision. The good news is that, as far as I know, there’s only been one request for a…

Talk on Trends in Online Trademark and Marketing Law

In April, I gave a talk in Israel at an inaugural event to celebrate the life and work of Avron Gabrieli, one of Israel’s most venerable and well-known IP lawyers who died in 2015. Initially, the talk topic was styled…

Copyright Owner Denied Attorneys' Fees In Suit Against Popcorn Time User--Cobbler v. Doe

Copyright Owner Denied Attorneys’ Fees In Suit Against Popcorn Time User–Cobbler v. Doe

This lawsuit involves the unauthorized download of a 2015 Adam Sandler movie, The Cobbler. The court says The Cobbler has been illegally downloaded 10,000 times in Oregon alone. WTF? I can’t wrap my head around the fact *anyone* chose to…

Section 230 Immunizes Twitter From Liability For ISIS’s Terrorist Activities–Fields v. Twitter

Abu Zaid, an alleged “lone wolf,” killed two American contractors in Jordan. ISIS claimed responsibility for the deaths, but “Plaintiffs do not allege that ISIS recruited or communicated with Abu Zaid over Twitter, that ISIS or Abu Zaid used Twitter…

FTC Sues 1-800 Contacts For Restricting Competitive Keyword Advertising

FTC Sues 1-800 Contacts For Restricting Competitive Keyword Advertising

For over a decade, I’ve blogged about 1-800 Contacts’ campaign to suppress competitive keyword advertising, including its legislative games (e.g., those times when 1-800 Contacts asked the Utah legislature to ban competitive keyword advertising) and at least 15 lawsuits against…

Repeat Plaintiff Can't Sue Search Engines Because Employers Won't Hire Him--Despot v. Baltimore Life Insurance

Repeat Plaintiff Can’t Sue Search Engines Because Employers Won’t Hire Him–Despot v. Baltimore Life Insurance

The plaintiff, David Despot, has “filed many cases in various courts over the years.” Apparently there is some disagreement about the exact number: “Casetext indicates that its own website reveals 10 lawsuits, BLIC refers specifically to 5, Google states that…

An Assessment of the Anthem Data Breach Litigation Rulings (Guest Blog Post)

By guest blogger David Silverman [Eric’s intro: this blog post helps distill Judge Koh’s two rulings, In re Anthem Inc. Data Breach Litig., No. 15-MD-02617 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 16, 2016) (“Anthem I”) and In re Anthem Inc. Data Breach Litig., No. 15-MD-02617 (N.D….