Lawsuit Fails Over Ridesharing Service's Disclosures To Its Analytics Service--Garcia v. Zimride

Lawsuit Fails Over Ridesharing Service’s Disclosures To Its Analytics Service–Garcia v. Zimride

Plaintiff sued Lyft (and others) over privacy violations based on the allegedly improper disclosure of user information by the Zimride service. He alleged that he used the Zimride service, once owned by Lyft and now owned by Enterprise Holdings, and his…

Court Rejects VPPA Claim Against Viacom and Google Based on Failure to Disclose Identity

I blogged before about the privacy lawsuit against Viacom and Google over the disclosure of the viewing habits of minors. The court previously rejected the claims on the basis that the disclosure of user attributes (such as demographic information, unique…

Vonage Isn't Liable For Disclosing 'Unlisted' Phone Number

Vonage Isn’t Liable For Disclosing ‘Unlisted’ Phone Number

Miller is a psychologist who undertakes efforts to keep his phone number unlisted. As part of his work, he evaluated the mental health of criminal defendants. (For various reasons, his family wished to keep the number unlisted as well). He…

Police Officer’s Facebook Post Criticizing Chief’s Budget Decision Justified Termination--Graziosi v. Greenville

Police Officer’s Facebook Post Criticizing Chief’s Budget Decision Justified Termination–Graziosi v. Greenville

This is an appeal involving a police officer who was fired for criticizing the chief and a budget decision he made. Specifically, the chief decided to not make available official transport so that officers could travel to attend the funeral…

Safeway Can't Unilaterally Modify Online Terms Without Notice

Safeway Can’t Unilaterally Modify Online Terms Without Notice

This is a lawsuit against Safeway alleging that it charges slightly different (and higher) prices for items ordered online than purchased in-store. The court previously denied Safeway’s motion to dismiss and now grants summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs on…

Employee Terminated For Ill-Advised Facebook Post Gets Unemployment Benefits

Employee Terminated For Ill-Advised Facebook Post Gets Unemployment Benefits

This is an unemployment benefits case. Sarah Black, who was employed by Puget Sound Security Patrol made the following post to her Facebook account in February 2012: u kno wat, I do not give a f[* * *] about a…

Facebook May be On the Hook for Scanning Private Messages for Links

Facebook May be On the Hook for Scanning Private Messages for Links

This is a privacy lawsuit against Facebook: Plaintiffs allege that Facebook scans the content of their private messages, and if there is a link to a web page contained in that message, Facebook treats it as a “like” of the…

Tweeted Article About Law Grad's Suit Over Stalking Investigation Isn't Defamatory

Tweeted Article About Law Grad’s Suit Over Stalking Investigation Isn’t Defamatory

This is a defamation lawsuit brought by a law grad (Enjaian) against the legal press based on a story involving Enjaian’s own (personal) legal matter. (I blogged about the most recent example here: “Legal Blog Faces Defamation Liability for Mischaracterizing Prior…

Criminal Harassment Charges Survive First Amendment Challenge, Even Without The Threat of Personal Injury

Criminal Harassment Charges Survive First Amendment Challenge, Even Without The Threat of Personal Injury

This is a criminal harassment case. As recounted by the court, the Johnsons lived on the same street as the victims, the Lyonses. The Johnsons acquired some land adjacent to the Lyonses and sought to develop it, but ended up…

Facebook Putdown Leads to Lawsuit Between Sorority Sisters--Grimes v. Saban

Facebook Putdown Leads to Lawsuit Between Sorority Sisters–Grimes v. Saban

This is an assault case brought by Sarah Grimes against her sorority sister, Kristen Saban. Grimes and Saban went out for a night of partying. Afterwards, Saban and Grimes were allegedly arguing, with Saban telling Grimes “no one liked her…