Courts Approve Terms of Service-Based Arbitration Clauses for Uber and Groupon

Courts Approve Terms of Service-Based Arbitration Clauses for Uber and Groupon

[Note: this is part 2 of TOS Arbitration Day. You can access Eric’s post from this morning here.] Online terms, and in particular arbitration clauses, have been subject to attack by plaintiffs’ lawyers. News reports have also raised the specter…

"Manufactured" TCPA Suit Fails For Lack of Standing

“Manufactured” TCPA Suit Fails For Lack of Standing

This is a TCPA lawsuit over unsolicited calls. Although plaintiff resided in Pennsylvania, she purchased 35 pre-paid phones with Florida area codes. The area codes were selected because they are comparatively economically depressed and thus more likely to get collection…

Preemption Dooms Suit Over LinkedIn Group Spam

Preemption Dooms Suit Over LinkedIn Group Spam

This is a lawsuit over spam sent to the member of a LinkedIn group. The common sense failings underlying the claims speak for themselves, but the court ends up dismissing on preemption grounds. Plaintiff was a member of the “C,…

County Attorney’s Deletion of Constituent's Facebook Comment May Violate First Amendment

County Attorney’s Deletion of Constituent’s Facebook Comment May Violate First Amendment

Governments have embraced social media with zeal, from politicians and police departments taking to Twitter, to cities releasing apps designed for citizens to report potholes. A direct and instant communication link between the citizenry, and those governing it, can only be…

State Sup. Ct. Affirms Harassment and Breach of Peace Conviction for Posting Pages from Diary to Facebook

State Sup. Ct. Affirms Harassment and Breach of Peace Conviction for Posting Pages from Diary to Facebook

I blogged about this case a few years ago at the appeals court stage. (“Conviction for Posting Pages From Teenager’s Diary Via Mail and Facebook Partially Reversed“.) In a nutshell, the defendant was accused of taking, without permission, pages from…

North Carolina State Supreme Court Strikes Down Cyberbullying Statute

North Carolina State Supreme Court Strikes Down Cyberbullying Statute

Dillion Price, the putative victim, was the subject of Facebook discussions by his high school peers. A classmate of Price’s posted a screenshot of a sexually themed text message Price allegedly sent him. Commentary ensued, and defendant Robert Bishop commented…

'Badass Lawyer' Loses Lawsuit Over Parody Twitter Account--Levitt v. Felton

‘Badass Lawyer’ Loses Lawsuit Over Parody Twitter Account–Levitt v. Felton

This is an awesome parody account/First Amendment case. Todd Levitt is a self-described “badass lawyer” (this description comes from his since-deleted Twitter account) and an adjunct instructor at Central Michigan University (CMU). His Twitter account looked interesting, to say the…

Will the Spokeo v. Robins Supreme Court Ruling Favor Plaintiffs Or Defendants? Uh...

Will the Spokeo v. Robins Supreme Court Ruling Favor Plaintiffs Or Defendants? Uh…

The Supreme Court issued its opinion in Spokeo v. Robins. A six Justice majority reversed the Ninth Circuit’s decision on the basis that the Ninth Circuit did not sufficiently consider whether Mr. Robins’s alleged harms were “concrete.” On the question…

Judge Scolds Litigant For Making Facebook Account "Private" During Litigation--Thurmond v. Bowman

Judge Scolds Litigant For Making Facebook Account “Private” During Litigation–Thurmond v. Bowman

This is a social media evidence ruling. Plaintiff filed a Fair Housing Act lawsuit alleging that a prospective landlord decline to rent an apartment after learning that two of plaintiff’s children would be living with her. The lease denial allegedly…

FTC Wins Deception Case Over Faux User-Generated Content--Fanning v. FTC

FTC Wins Deception Case Over Faux User-Generated Content–Fanning v. FTC

John Fanning challenged the FTC findings that the website he developed, named Jerk.com, materially misrepresented its attributes. On appeal, the First Circuit affirms. Jerk.com resembled Ripoff Report, but for people. The court’s description of the site and its offerings are…