Ninth Circuit Turns Out The Lights on California 'Shine the Light' Case

Ninth Circuit Turns Out The Lights on California ‘Shine the Light’ Case

California’s “Shine the Light” statute is designed to facilitate transparency about the information collection and marketing practices of companies. The statute requires companies to disclose to customers the types of consumer information a company discloses to third parties for direct…

Revenge Porn Prosecution Stumbles In New York

Revenge Porn Prosecution Stumbles In New York

The defendant: Posted naked pictures of Adriana Batch, who was then his girlfriend, on his Twitter account, and also sent those pictures to Ms. Batch’s employer and sister. Defendant was charged with (1) aggravated harassment; (2) dissemination of “unlawful surveillance…

Revenge Porn Threat Justified Injunction

Revenge Porn Threat Justified Injunction

Clark and McLane engaged in a several month-long relationship, which ended when Clark notified McLane’s wife of the affair. McLane threatened Clark: He informed her that he had created a website in her name on which he planned to post…

TCPA Claim Over Yahoo!'s IM to SMS Messaging Survives Summary Judgment

TCPA Claim Over Yahoo!’s IM to SMS Messaging Survives Summary Judgment

Yahoo! offers instant message users the ability to receive a text message notification of an instant message. A customer received two messages, and sued for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The court denies Yahoo!’s motion for summary judgment….

Law Student Can't Enforce Defense Lawyer’s “Prove-Me-Wrong” Promise in TV Interview

Law Student Can’t Enforce Defense Lawyer’s “Prove-Me-Wrong” Promise in TV Interview

This is a fun case! Serrano was accused of murdering (in 1997) four people in central Florida. The trial attracted publicity, and his defense lawyer Mason fought the case in the court of public opinion as well as in court….

Demoting Police Officer for Posting Confederate Flag to Facebook Isn't First Amendment Violation

Demoting Police Officer for Posting Confederate Flag to Facebook Isn’t First Amendment Violation

Duke was a police officer who was Deputy Chief of the Clayton State University Police Department. He had received uniformly positive job reviews. In the wake of the 2012 presidential election, he posted a confederate flag image along with the…

Court Declines to Review LRO to [.delmonte], Saying gTLDs Aren't 'Domain Names' for Cybersquatting Purposes

Court Declines to Review LRO to [.delmonte], Saying gTLDs Aren’t ‘Domain Names’ for Cybersquatting Purposes

A Swiss Del Monte entity that had a license to use the “DEL MONTE” mark applies to operate the .delmonte generic top level domain (gTLD). Another Del Monte entity, based in Delaware, filed a “legal rights objection” (under WIPO-established procedures)…

9th Circuit Says Plaintiff Had Standing to Sue Spokeo for Fair Credit Reporting Violations

9th Circuit Says Plaintiff Had Standing to Sue Spokeo for Fair Credit Reporting Violations

Robins sued Spokeo alleging that Spokeo reported incorrect information about him—that he held a graduate degree and was wealthy—and this caused him difficulty in his job search and other harm. He alleged claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and…

Vague Takedown Notice Targeting Facebook Page Results in Possible Liability--CrossFit v. Alvies

Vague Takedown Notice Targeting Facebook Page Results in Possible Liability–CrossFit v. Alvies

Alvies ran a blog & community centered around CrossFit, a fitness program. CrossFit complainted about the name of the blog (crossfitmamas.blogspot.com). In addition to make demands to Alvies, a CrossFit paralegal talked to at least one reader, and decried Avlies’…

Sony PlayStation Data Breach Lawsuit Whittled Down but Moves Forward

Sony PlayStation Data Breach Lawsuit Whittled Down but Moves Forward

We blogged previously about the claims resulting from the breach of the PlayStation networks. The claims did not receive a warm reception. (“Sony Network Data Breach Class Action Suffers Setback — In re Sony Gaming Networks”.) Plaintiffs were given a…