Minors' Privacy Claims Against Viacom and Google Over Disclosure of Video Viewing Habits Dismissed

Minors’ Privacy Claims Against Viacom and Google Over Disclosure of Video Viewing Habits Dismissed

Plaintiffs alleged that Viacom and Google violated the Video Privacy Protection Act and other federal and state privacy laws by improperly collecting and passing along information when end users (kids) viewed videos or games at Viacom-owned websites (nick.com, nickjr.com, and…

Lawsuit Over Google’s Unified Privacy Policy Pared Down, But Two Claims Survive

Lawsuit Over Google’s Unified Privacy Policy Pared Down, But Two Claims Survive

This is a lawsuit against Google for “commingling user data across different Google products.” Under the policy in effect before March 2012, information collected in one particular Google product was not automatically combined with information from another product. This changed…

TCPA Claim Against Taco Bell Fails For Lack of Agency

TCPA Claim Against Taco Bell Fails For Lack of Agency

I mentioned before that a court said Taco Bell wasn’t liable for texts sent on its behalf because the plaintiff didn’t adequately allege the sender was Taco Bell’s agent (See “Franchisor Isn’t Liable Under the TCPA for Franchisees’ Text Message…

Lawyer’s Suit Over “Professional Recognition” Spam Flops

Lawyer’s Suit Over “Professional Recognition” Spam Flops

Say you’re a lawyer and you receive a promotional email intimating that you’re one of the “Top Lawyers in California.” You probably just delete it and move on, right? That would be too easy. Nicholas Bontrager sued Showmark alleging that…

First Amendment Precludes Disorderly Conduct Conviction for Ranting on Police Department Facebook Page

First Amendment Precludes Disorderly Conduct Conviction for Ranting on Police Department Facebook Page

Smith was convicted following a jury trial of disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a computerized communication system. His charge stemmed for comments to the local police department’s Facebook page (access the town’s webpage here). The police department initially posted…

Criminal Cyberbullying Statute Violates First Amendment--New York v. Marquan

Criminal Cyberbullying Statute Violates First Amendment–New York v. Marquan

Albany County enacted a criminal cyberbulling statute, which defined cyberbulling as: any act of communicating or causing a communication to be sent by mechanical or electronic means, including posting statements on the internet or through a computer or email network,…

Stalking Conviction For Friending a Prosecutor's Facebook Friends?--State v. Moller

Stalking Conviction For Friending a Prosecutor’s Facebook Friends?–State v. Moller

Online stalking and threats are hot topics today, especially in light of the Supreme Court granting cert in US v. Elonis (we plan to recap that case before oral arguments). Today’s case highlights the grey area between veiled threats and…

Email Harvesting: Repeated Emails From LinkedIn May Violate Publicity Rights

Email Harvesting: Repeated Emails From LinkedIn May Violate Publicity Rights

This is a lawsuit alleging that LinkedIn improperly mined users’ contact lists and sent them repeated invitation emails. While Judge Koh eliminated the Stored Communications Act and California anti-hacking statute claims, a chunk of the lawsuit remains. Harvesting contact lists…

Revenge Porn/Cyberstalking Conviction Doesn't Violate First Amendment--US v. Osinger

Revenge Porn/Cyberstalking Conviction Doesn’t Violate First Amendment–US v. Osinger

V.B. and Osinger had a relationship. When it terminated, he continued to contact her in a variety of ways (email, text, etc.). They originally lived in Illinois, but V.B. moved to California, where she accepted a job. Before she moved,…

Path May Be Liable for Text-Spamming Users' Contact Lists

Path May Be Liable for Text-Spamming Users’ Contact Lists

Sterk, of Sterk v. Redbox fame, sued Path, alleging that he received unsolicited marketing texts from Path. The court declined Path’s request to stay the case in favor of FCC proceedings, and the parties filed summary judgment motions on the…