VPPA Still Doesn't Protect App Downloaders--Perry v. CNN

VPPA Still Doesn’t Protect App Downloaders–Perry v. CNN

Plaintiff sued CNN under the Video Privacy Protection Act, alleging that CNN wrongly disclosed plaintiff’s viewing records without plaintiff’s consent. The allegation is that plaintiff used the CNN app, which records viewing history, and CNN sent this information to Bango, a…

You Can't Be Fired For a Facebook Post Calling Your Boss a "LOSER"--NLRB v. Pier Sixty

You Can’t Be Fired For a Facebook Post Calling Your Boss a “LOSER”–NLRB v. Pier Sixty

This is a Facebook firing case. The employee worked at Pier Sixty, which operated a catering company in New York. In early 2011, its employees became involved in a union organizing campaign, ultimately voting to unionize. Hernan Perez worked as…

Faulty Mobile Device User Interface Jeopardizes Uber’s Contract Formation--Metter v. Uber

Faulty Mobile Device User Interface Jeopardizes Uber’s Contract Formation–Metter v. Uber

This is a lawsuit against Uber alleging that it improperly assessed a cancellation fee without advising the rider in advance. Uber sought to compel arbitration. The court declines. The arbitration clause is contained in Uber’s terms of service, and the…

Retailer's TOS Fails, But New Jersey Warranty Notice Claim Loses Anyway

Retailer’s TOS Fails, But New Jersey Warranty Notice Claim Loses Anyway

Plaintiff alleges that she purchased a cosmetic product from Lush Internet. While she did not allege anything was wrong with the product and does not appear to have any other qualms with the transaction itself, she alleged that Lush’s terms…

Appeals Court Affirms Rejection of Gambling Claims Against Machine Zone

Appeals Court Affirms Rejection of Gambling Claims Against Machine Zone

This is a lawsuit against Machine Zone relating to the “Game of War” in-app game of chance mechanics. Players download GoW—an online strategy game—for free. However, they can purchase virtual gold at prices ranging from 4.99 to 99.999. They can…

Adding Derogatory Caption to Photo Meme Can Be False Light--S.E. v. Chmerkovskiy

Adding Derogatory Caption to Photo Meme Can Be False Light–S.E. v. Chmerkovskiy

S.E. has Down Syndrome. The complaint alleges that in 2008, S.E. attended a baseball game (at the age of 8) in Nashville and was photographed standing outside the stadium near a concession stand. The photographer posted the photo to his…

Deleting Comments to County Facebook Page May Violate First Amendment--Davison v. Loudoun County

Deleting Comments to County Facebook Page May Violate First Amendment–Davison v. Loudoun County

This is a case study on the problems that can arise when public records requirements meet modern forms of communications. On July 15, 2016, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors held a public meeting. One of the supervisors elected to…

Federal Court Rejects Online Gambling Lawsuit Against Valve--McLeod v. Valve

Federal Court Rejects Online Gambling Lawsuit Against Valve–McLeod v. Valve

This lawsuit alleged that Valve “allowed an illegal online gambling market” based on its videogame Counter Strike Global Offensive (CSGO) and its Steam platform, an online marketplace where players can buy and sell virtual items and make payments. This lawsuit…

Overly Broad Arbitration Clause Fails--Wexler v. AT&T

Overly Broad Arbitration Clause Fails–Wexler v. AT&T

Plaintiff signed up for wireless service from AT&T Mobility. The operative agreement contained an arbitration clause that covered: 1) claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of the relationship between us, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud,…

Federal Court Authorizes Service of Process via Twitter

Federal Court Authorizes Service of Process via Twitter

Federal courts have long authorized service via email under Rule 4(f) for foreign defendants. The rule says that an individual in a foreign country can be served by (1) internationally agreed upon means such as the Hague Convention; (2) if…