Ripoff Report Gets Easy Section 230 Win In Third Circuit--Obado v. Magedson

Ripoff Report Gets Easy Section 230 Win In Third Circuit–Obado v. Magedson

This was a really interesting pro se challenge to Section 230. The lower court opinion contained all kinds of gems, including holding that Section 230 applies to Google’s autocomplete and to allegations of search engine manipulation. The Third Circuit’s opinion…

A Fishy Jurisdiction Ruling Involving Mobile Apps--Tomelleri v. MEDL

A Fishy Jurisdiction Ruling Involving Mobile Apps–Tomelleri v. MEDL

For those of you who teach the Zatarain’s v. Oak Grove Smokehouse trademark case, you know how much I wanted to stock this blog post with fish puns. Joseph Tomelleri draws fishes, and he sells his illustrations via his website…

California’s Resale Royalty Statute Violates the Dormant Commerce Clause—In Part (Guest Blog Post)

California’s Resale Royalty Statute Violates the Dormant Commerce Clause—In Part (Guest Blog Post)

By guest blogger Tyler Ochoa On Tuesday, May 5, an eleven-judge en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit held that California’s Resale Royalty Statute, Civil Code § 986, could not Constitutionally be applied to sales of works of art that…

Some Specific Problems With The Proposed Federal Trade Secret Law (Comments From a Reader)

Some Specific Problems With The Proposed Federal Trade Secret Law (Comments From a Reader)

Recently, David Levine guest-blogged a bibliography about a new federal trade secret law. In response to that post, a reader emailed me the following comments (which, as usual, I’m sharing with permission): __ First, the initial problem is that an…

Blogger Isn't Liable For Anonymous Reader Comments--Mezzacappa v. O'Hare

Blogger Isn’t Liable For Anonymous Reader Comments–Mezzacappa v. O’Hare

Bernie O’Hare ran a blog called “Lehigh Valley Ramblings.” I’m focusing on the court’s treatment of four anonymous comments posted in response to O’Hare’s blogging about Tricia Mezzacappa. In general, bloggers aren’t liable for reader comments per Section 230. See…

Burlap Flower Wraps  Aren't Protectable Trade Dress--Farmgirl v. Bloom That

Burlap Flower Wraps Aren’t Protectable Trade Dress–Farmgirl v. Bloom That

Farmgirl sells flowers in San Francisco. It wraps its flower arrangements in recycled coffee burlap sacks. Here is an example I found on their website: Farmgirl spurred competition from Bloom That, which replicated Farmgirl’s use of recycled coffee burlap sacks…

Details on the Celebration of Dr. Gail Schlachter Hauser’s Life (Cross-Post From Personal Blog)

[My apologies for cross-posting this from my personal blog, but it’s such an important matter to me that I wanted to share it here as well.] Last week, my mom, Dr. Gail Schlachter Hauser, died tragically and unexpectedly. On May…

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 8 (Copyright, Media)

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 8 (Copyright, Media)

Copyright * Comments on Blurrred Lines jury verdict. NY Times. Raustiala & Sprigman. The defense attorney. Tim Wu. Eriq Gardner. Wendy Gordon. Judith Finell musicologist’s expert report.  NY Times: “Owing to the specifics of copyright law, the jury was instructed to base…

More Section 230 Cases Than I Can Handle!

More Section 230 Cases Than I Can Handle!

My cup runneth over with Section 230 cases! This long blog post catches up on a few from the past couple months. Warning: there are some stinkers in this batch. Google, Inc. v. Hood, 2015 WL 1546160 (S.D. Miss. March…

Mixed Ruling in Competitive Keyword Advertising Case--Goldline v. Regal

Mixed Ruling in Competitive Keyword Advertising Case–Goldline v. Regal

The lawsuit’s principal participants are rivals in the precious metals and coin industry. The defendant organization, Regal, has an affiliate program, and it appears that some affiliates bought competitive keyword advertising using the plaintiff Goldline’s trademark. The ruling is on…