Another Messy Employee-Employer Dispute Over Facebook Page Ownership

Another Messy Employee-Employer Dispute Over Facebook Page Ownership

Courtney Austin managed the Preston County Animal Shelter. She was initially hired on an hourly basis but converted at her request to salary. Shortly after she was hired, she created a Facebook page for the shelter, and she sought and…

Venue Clause in YouTube Terms of Service Upheld--Song Fi v. Google

Venue Clause in YouTube Terms of Service Upheld–Song Fi v. Google

This is a dispute over YouTube’s takedown of a music video. Song Fi, along with Rasta Rock, Joeseph Brotherton, and his six year old son, sued YouTube for taking down their video titled “LuvYa LuvYa LuvYa.” YouTube said it removed…

Equivocal Email Exchanges Don't Transfer Copyright Ownership

Equivocal Email Exchanges Don’t Transfer Copyright Ownership

The Tjeknavorians collaborated with Mardirossian to make a film about the Armenian genocide. They never signed a paper agreement, although they had a bunch of correspondence regarding the film. Mardirossian contributed funds to the project on an ongoing basis (up…

Hertz Faces Negligence Suit For Employee's Facebook Bashing of a Customer--Howard v. Hertz

Hertz Faces Negligence Suit For Employee’s Facebook Bashing of a Customer–Howard v. Hertz

Maurice Howard is a Hertz customer who alleged that a Hertz employee (Shawn Akina) posted the following comment about Howard on Facebook: I seen Maurice’s bougie ass walking kahului beach road . . . n*** please! A number of Akina’s…

Android ID Isn't Personally Identifiable Information Under the Video Privacy Protection Act

Android ID Isn’t Personally Identifiable Information Under the Video Privacy Protection Act

This is another Video Privacy Protection Act lawsuit. The Cartoon Network has an app on the Android platform. Plaintiff (not a minor) downloaded the app. He complains that The Cartoon Network’s disclosure of his viewing history to a third party…

Court Rejects Argument That ECPA Does not Apply to Spousal Interception of Email--LaRocca v. LaRocca

Court Rejects Argument That ECPA Does not Apply to Spousal Interception of Email–LaRocca v. LaRocca

Eloisa LaRocca alleged that her former husband installed spyware on her computer and intercepted emails she sent. The ex-husband moved for summary judgment on the basis that ECPA did not apply to spousal interceptions of electronic communications. The ex-husband also…

When Does Online Criticism Become "Stalking"?--Ellis v. Chan

When Does Online Criticism Become “Stalking”?–Ellis v. Chan

This is an online harassment dispute. Ellis, the plaintiff/petitioner, is the author of a poem called “The Dash”. She has achieved some degree of public figure status through the poem’s notoriety. The poem is about a person who speaks at…

Shopkick Unable to Shake Text Spam Complaint -- Huricks v. Shopkick

Shopkick Unable to Shake Text Spam Complaint — Huricks v. Shopkick

Shopkick is a rewards-based app that shoppers use on their phone while they are in-store shopping. I’m not precisely sure how it works (you get points for trying on items or walking in certain parts of the store?) but it…

Lawsuit Against Adware Vendor Fails--Halperin v. Text Enhance

Lawsuit Against Adware Vendor Fails–Halperin v. Text Enhance

Text Enhance, a program developed by Affluent Ads, scans web page text for certain keywords. When the user mouses over any of those keywords, the adware serves up a pop-up ad on the user’s computer. Halperin ended up with Text…

Washington State Supreme Court Hears an Interesting Privacy Case: Dillon v. Seattle Deposition Reporters

Washington State Supreme Court Hears an Interesting Privacy Case: Dillon v. Seattle Deposition Reporters

This is a super interesting case that’s working its way through the courts in Washington. In a nutshell, T-Mobile was a defendant in a breach of contract lawsuit brought by NetLogix in the Western District of Washington. T-Mobile was represented…