When Is It Appropriate To Monitor An Ex-Spouse's Email Account? Never

When Is It Appropriate To Monitor An Ex-Spouse’s Email Account? Never

Zaratzian and Abadir were married but divorced after a little over a decade. While the couple was married, Abadir opened a Cablevision account for internet and email service. He configured an account for Zaratzian and set the password. He also…

Court Denies AFP/Getty Bid to Set Aside Morel Copyright Verdict

Court Denies AFP/Getty Bid to Set Aside Morel Copyright Verdict

The dust is settling on AFP v. Morel, and the wreckage that emerges isn’t pretty. Following trial, a jury awarded Morel $1,503,889.77 in actual and statutory damages for infringement. The jury also found that defendants violated Morel’s rights under the…

Lawsuit Against Google Over In-App Purchases By Minors Squeaks Past Motion to Dismiss

Lawsuit Against Google Over In-App Purchases By Minors Squeaks Past Motion to Dismiss

This is a lawsuit against Google over in-app purchases made by minor children, reminiscent of a similar lawsuit against Apple. Plaintiff on behalf of a putative class alleged that, among other things, Google allowed someone to make a purchase for…

Judge Koh Dismisses the Bulk of the Yahoo Email Scanning Class Action

Judge Koh Dismisses the Bulk of the Yahoo Email Scanning Class Action

Plaintiffs are non-Yahoo email users who sent messages to Yahoo users. They allege that Yahoo’s email scans violate federal and state wiretapping laws and invade their privacy. ECPA: This claim alleges that Yahoo “intercepts” the emails. ECPA is subject to…

It's Not Possible To Steal Facebook 'Likes'--Mattocks v. BET

It’s Not Possible To Steal Facebook ‘Likes’–Mattocks v. BET

In 2008, Plaintiff Stacey Mattocks developed an (initially unofficial) Facebook page focusing on “The Game,” a television series initially aired on CW and later acquired by BET. In 2010, BET contacted Mattocks and hired her as a part-time worker, paying…

What's a Browsewrap? The Ninth Circuit Sure Doesn't Know--Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble

What’s a Browsewrap? The Ninth Circuit Sure Doesn’t Know–Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble

This is a lawsuit over Barnes & Noble’s alleged failure to honor its closeout advertisements for Hewlett-Packard Touchpads. (Coverage of the district court ruling here: “Barnes & Noble’s Online Contract Formation Process Fails–Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble.” Plaintiff (Nguyen) placed an…

Fair Use Likely Protects Discussion of Blog Post and Comments

Fair Use Likely Protects Discussion of Blog Post and Comments

This is a lawsuit between pro se parties. As the court notes, the feud between the parties largely took place online, but eventually “found its way into federal court”. Plaintiff is the publisher the “Hogewash!” blog. Defendant is a “retired…

Conviction for Posting Pages From Teenager's Diary Via Mail and Facebook Partially Reversed

Conviction for Posting Pages From Teenager’s Diary Via Mail and Facebook Partially Reversed

The defendant, Teri Buhl, was prosecuted under a bizarre set of facts. Buhl, a journalist, was in a relationship with P (the opinion does not identify him, but Buhl’s account of the case, linked below, does). P’s daughter kept a…

Employee's Discrimination Claim Can't be Salvaged by Coworker's Allegedly Inappropriate Facebook Post -- Brown v Tyson Foods

Employee’s Discrimination Claim Can’t be Salvaged by Coworker’s Allegedly Inappropriate Facebook Post — Brown v Tyson Foods

This is another firing-for-Facebooking case. Plaintiff was an hourly employee in Tyson’s Nashville facility. In September 2012 she was initially suspended after a video surfaced of her “shaking her tail” and placing money in the shirt of a male co-worker….

When Is It Appropriate For Teachers To Call Students "Rat-Like" or "Dunderheads" in a Pseudonymous Blog? Never.

When Is It Appropriate For Teachers To Call Students “Rat-Like” or “Dunderheads” in a Pseudonymous Blog? Never.

Natalie Munroe was a teacher in Central Bucks School District. She received good reviews over the years. In 2009, she started a blog, Where are we going, and why are we in this hand basket? (last post, April 2014) She blogged as…