512 Safe Harbor Applies to Content Submitted By Independent Contractors--BWP v. Examiner

512 Safe Harbor Applies to Content Submitted By Independent Contractors–BWP v. Examiner

BWP owns the rights to various celebrity photos. Examiner.com is a “entertainment, news and lifestyle network” that relies on content submitted by independent contractors confusingly called “examiners.” The Examiner’s written agreement specifies that “the examiners” are contractors, not employees. The…

Important and Troubling Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) Ruling From First Circuit--Yershov v. Gannett

Important and Troubling Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) Ruling From First Circuit–Yershov v. Gannett

This is a Video Privacy Protection Act case alleging that Gannett, the owner of USA Today, improperly disclosed personally identifiable information to Adobe. Adobe offers analytics services to its clients by collecting user information and building user profiles. As alleged…

Evidentiary Failings Undermine Arbitration Clauses in Online Terms

Evidentiary Failings Undermine Arbitration Clauses in Online Terms

Earlier this week, we posted about a Seventh Circuit case where an ambiguous user call-to-action undermined an online contract formation procecss. (See “Defective Call-to-Action Dooms Online Contract Formation–Sgouros v. TransUnion“.) Recently, a couple of trial courts issued rulings denying companies’…

Defective Call-to-Action Dooms Online Contract Formation--Sgouros v. TransUnion

Defective Call-to-Action Dooms Online Contract Formation–Sgouros v. TransUnion

Another terms of use case,* this one involving the sale of a credit package from TransUnion. TransUnion’s terms of use contained an arbitration clause and class action waiver. The district court ruled that the parties did not form a binding…

Homeowner's Insurance Policy Doesn't Apply To Cyberharassment Campaign Allegations--State Farm v. El-Moslimany

Homeowner’s Insurance Policy Doesn’t Apply To Cyberharassment Campaign Allegations–State Farm v. El-Moslimany

This is an insurance coverage dispute arising out of a defamation lawsuit. Sindi sued El-Moslimany in Massachusetts alleging that El-Moslimany engaged in a campaign to “embarrass, humiliate, and destroy” Sindi through perpetuating falsehoods. Sindi describes herself as a scientist, entrepreneur,…

Does Two-Factor Authentication Violate the TCPA?--Duguid v. Facebook

Does Two-Factor Authentication Violate the TCPA?–Duguid v. Facebook

Plaintiff sued Facebook alleging TCPA claims on behalf of a putative class. Facebook sends text messages when someone logs in to their account via a new or unrecognized device. Plaintiff was a non-Facebook user who received these messages. Unfortunately, despite…

Court Rejects "Browsewrap." Is That Surprising?--Long v.  ProFlowers

Court Rejects “Browsewrap.” Is That Surprising?–Long v. ProFlowers

Plaintiff ordered “completed assembled” flowers from ProFlowers.com. Rather than being fully assembled flowers, he received a “do-it yourself kit in a box”. He brought a putative class action for unfair competition and CLRA violations. ProFlowers moved to arbitrate based on…

Buyer Wins Dispute Over Earnout For Purchased Websites

Buyer Wins Dispute Over Earnout For Purchased Websites

This is an earnout dispute arising out of Internet Brands’ purchase of the “doityourself.com” website. The website was launched in 1995. By 2006, it averaged 1,770,000 unique monthly visitors and earned almost $1 million in revenues. In December 2006, Internet…

Customer Loses Suit Over Employees' Disparaging Facebook Posts--Howard v. Hertz

Customer Loses Suit Over Employees’ Disparaging Facebook Posts–Howard v. Hertz

This is a case involving allegedly discriminatory and disparaging Facebook posts made by a Hertz employee. A customer (Maurice Howard) alleged that he was the subject of a Facbook posts and comments by Hertz employees. The initial post, by Shawn…

CSS and HTML Code May Be Copyrightable--Media.net v. Netseer

CSS and HTML Code May Be Copyrightable–Media.net v. Netseer

Media.net and Netseer both offer contextual advertising services. Their clients place ad units on their website and, when visitors click on ads, they are taken to a “search results” page. Media.net accused Netseer of copyright infringement and various state law…