Police Officers Aren't Liable For Investigating Cyberstalking and Revenge Porn--Keaton v. Hannum

Police Officers Aren’t Liable For Investigating Cyberstalking and Revenge Porn–Keaton v. Hannum

Keaton is an Indiana lawyer who was charged with stalking and otherwise harassing his ex-girlfriend, Zook (then a law student). When she broke it off, Keaton continued to contact her. When she changed her phone number, he engaged a private…

CAN-SPAM Preemption Doesn't Apply To Fraud...And More

CAN-SPAM Preemption Doesn’t Apply To Fraud…And More

This a spam case. Plaintiff sued, alleging violations of California’s spam statute with respect to 49 emails. Plaintiff alleged that defendants: register[ed] its domain names used to send spams to unregistered fictitious business names claiming their addresses to be boxes…

Hulu Unable to Shake Video Privacy Protection Act Claims

Hulu Unable to Shake Video Privacy Protection Act Claims

Plaintiffs were Hulu Plus subscribers who alleged that Hulu improperly disclosed their personal information to third parties (comScore and Facebook) in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act. On Hulu’s motion for summary judgment, the court grants it as to…

Disclosing Unique User IDs In URLs Doesn't Violate ECPA--In re Zynga/Facebook

Disclosing Unique User IDs In URLs Doesn’t Violate ECPA–In re Zynga/Facebook

In separate lawsuits, plaintiffs alleged Facebook and Zynga violated the Stored Communications Act (in Zynga’s case, also the Wiretap Act). The crux of plaintiffs’ allegations was that when a Facebook user clicked on an ad or a link, the HTTP…

Facebook Post Isn't Good Reason To Remove Attorney From Probate Court Case Assignment List

Facebook Post Isn’t Good Reason To Remove Attorney From Probate Court Case Assignment List

Butler is an attorney licensed in Michigan. She enrolled on the list to receive case assignments from Washtenaw County Probate Court. While she was on the list and receiving assignments, she made a post to Facebook regarding the performance of…

Fair Use Protects Video Republication To Demonstrate Speaker's Inconsistent Statements--Caner v. Autry

Fair Use Protects Video Republication To Demonstrate Speaker’s Inconsistent Statements–Caner v. Autry

As recounted by the court’s order, Caner was raised in Ohio. His father was a devout Muslim. After his parents divorced, Caner “spent weekend visitation at the mosque in Columbus, Ohio.” At some point, Caner started attending a church and…

Apple May Be Liable For Privacy Violations by Third Party Developed Apps

Apple May Be Liable For Privacy Violations by Third Party Developed Apps

There are so many privacy lawsuits around the iOS ecosystem that it’s tough to keep track of them all. This particular (consolidated) lawsuit involves privacy claims against Apple and also against various apps, including Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Facebook,…

Dead Sea Scrolls Impersonation Case Convictions Partially Affirmed

Dead Sea Scrolls Impersonation Case Convictions Partially Affirmed

I previously blogged about the Dead Sea Scrolls impersonation and harassment case, involving some rather elaborate schemes implemented by the son of Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Norman Golb. (“Conviction Upheld for Impersonating Dead Sea Scrolls Scholars by Sending Out Emails…

Privacy Claims Based on LinkedIn’s Security Promises Survive Motion to Dismiss

Privacy Claims Based on LinkedIn’s Security Promises Survive Motion to Dismiss

This is a lawsuit filed in the wake of a widely reported data breach at LinkedIn. Plaintiffs alleged benefit-of-the-bargain type claims against LinkedIn, saying LinkedIn failed to live up to its security practices. The first time around, the court rejected…

Conviction for Cyberstalking & Revenge Porn Survives First Amendment Challenge

Conviction for Cyberstalking & Revenge Porn Survives First Amendment Challenge

There’s no way to look at what Shawn Sayer did and think that he should not suffer some criminal consequences. After breaking up with his girlfriend of a couple of years (Doe), he engaged in a vicious and ongoing campaign…