Appeals Court: Accepting Lawyer's Prove-me-Wrong Challenge Does not Form a Contract

Appeals Court: Accepting Lawyer’s Prove-me-Wrong Challenge Does not Form a Contract

This is a great case where a defense lawyer made a passing statement that his client could not have committed a murder he was charged with due to the sheer impossibility of traveling logistics. The Defendant was spotted via surveillance…

First Amendment Bars School Discipline For Student's Rap Video About School Coaches

First Amendment Bars School Discipline For Student’s Rap Video About School Coaches

Bell was a student at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi. A few female students told Bell that two male athletic coaches had made inappropriate comments toward them. Bell, an aspiring rapper, made a video about the two coaches….

Lawyer Disciplined for Sending Facebook Message to Adverse Party

Lawyer Disciplined for Sending Facebook Message to Adverse Party

An 18 year old had sex with a co-worker and ended up pregnant. She gave up the baby for adoption, but the biological father did not consent. The mother had signed an adoption consent form. Prior to the date of…

Legal Blog Faces Defamation Liability for Mischaracterizing Prior Legal Proceedings--Huon v. Above the Law

Legal Blog Faces Defamation Liability for Mischaracterizing Prior Legal Proceedings–Huon v. Above the Law

Plaintiff, a lawyer, was charged with assault in 2008 and charged in 2009 for cyberstalking and witness harassment (based on one of his blog posts?) involving the same alleged victim. He was acquitted of both charges. His charges and trial…

Appeals Court Affirms Harassment Order Based on Vague Testimony of Indirect Contacts

Appeals Court Affirms Harassment Order Based on Vague Testimony of Indirect Contacts

This is a civil harassment case. Kwan and Murcia both worked at CVS but at different stores (both as managers). Kwan filed a request for a harassment restraining order against Murcia, alleging that he was cyber harassing her and texted…

Creditors Can't Seize Country Code Top Level Domains

Creditors Can’t Seize Country Code Top Level Domains

This is a ruling addressing plaintiffs’ ability to levy against a country code top level domain (TLD). Plaintiffs obtained judgments against the Islamic Republic of Iran, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Syrian Arab Republic. They sought to attach defendants’…

LinkedIn Can't Shake Publicity Rights Claims Based on Reminder Emails

LinkedIn Can’t Shake Publicity Rights Claims Based on Reminder Emails

This is a lawsuit against LinkedIn alleging that LinkedIn wrongly sent out repeated invites to users’ contacts. In an initial ruling, Judge Koh denied LinkedIn’s request to dismiss on the grounds of standing but dismissed the federal claims for alleged violations of…

Bad Idea: Overdisclosing People's Positive STD Status--Doe v. Successfulmatch

Bad Idea: Overdisclosing People’s Positive STD Status–Doe v. Successfulmatch

This is a privacy lawsuit brought by people who signed up for a dating site (Positive Singles) for people with STDs. Plaintiffs allege that Successfulmatch, the company that operates the site, made numerous privacy representations stating in its website copy…

Are Parents Liable For Their Children's Online Pranks?--Boston v. Athearn

Are Parents Liable For Their Children’s Online Pranks?–Boston v. Athearn

Dustin Athearn, who was 13, decided to “have some fun” at a “friend’s” expense. He did what any modern teenager does to poke fun at someone: he created a fake Facebook page in their name. Along with a friend Melissa,…

California Anti-Spam Law Doesn't Require Sender's Name In The 'From' Line or Domain Name

California Anti-Spam Law Doesn’t Require Sender’s Name In The ‘From’ Line or Domain Name

While spam litigation generally has diminished, plaintiffs continue to push claims under California’s anti-spam statute. Federal court decisions were mixed on what types of California’s anti-spam claims are preempted by CAN-SPAM (whether plaintiffs had to allege fraud or merely misleading…