Missouri Federal Court Says LegalZoom Could be Engaged in the Unauthorized Practice of Law — Janson v. LegalZoom

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] Janson v. LegalZoom, Inc., 2:10-CV-04018-NKL (W.D. Mo. Aug. 2, 2011) Background: LegalZoom offers “blank legal forms that customers may download.” In addition, LegalZoom makes available an internet portal. Here’s how LegalZoom describes this aspect of its…

The 9th Circuit Tackles a Pair of Internet Jurisdiction Cases

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] I’m inclined to agree with Eric that internet personal jurisdiction cases are not the most exciting. The resolution of a question over whether personal jurisdiction is proper often has more to do with whether the court…

Zynga Wins Arbitration Ruling on “Special Offer” Class Claims Based on Concepcion — Swift v. Zynga

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani with comments from Eric] Swift v. Zynga, 2011 WL 3419499 (N.D. Cal.; August 4, 2011) The US Supreme Court decided AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion earlier this year, and a question left open in that decision is…

South Dakota S.Ct Recognizes the Obvious: a Happy Birthday Message on Facebook Doesn’t Mean Much — Onnen v. Sioux Falls Independent School Dist.

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] Onnen v. Sioux Falls Independent School Dist., 2011 S.D. 45 (South Dakota; Aug. 3, 2011) If any modern day communication is more inconsequential than a “happy birthday” post on Facebook, I’m not sure what is. We’ve…

Sixth Circuit: Email and Phone Advocacy Campaign Can Violate the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act — Pulte Homes v. LIUNA

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] Pulte Homes, Inc. v. Laborers’ Int’l Union, et al., 09-2245; 10-1673 (6th Cir. Aug 2, 2011) I blogged about a case involving a labor dispute between Pulte Homes and Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)….

Logging Into Someone Else’s Facebook Account and Posting Messages on Their Friends’ Walls Could Be Identity Theft — In re Rolando S.

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani, with comments from Eric] In re Rolando S., 2011 WL 3212879 (Ca. Ct. App.; July 21, 2011) Background: Rolando was a juvenile who received an unsolicited text message with the victim’s email password. According to the…

Court Smacks Down Koch Industries’ Attempt to Shut Down Satirical Website — Koch Industries v. Does

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] Koch Industries, Inc. v. Does, 10CV1275DAK (D. Utah; May 9, 2011) [.pdf] [This is one of those cases that I intended to cover when it came out, but it got lost in the shuffle. Eric talks…

Power.com Up For Auction — Facebook v. Power Ventures

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] Facebook v. Power Ventures, Case No. 5:08-cv-05780 JW (N.D. Cal.) [Update/Clarification: I received an email from the CEO of RokMe Inc. (who is handling the power.com auction) to this effect: Power.com is being sold by its…

Court Rejects First Amendment Challenge to CAN-SPAM Indictment — US v. Smallwood

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani, with comments from Ethan Ackerman] US v. Smallwood, 09-CR-00249 (N.D. Tex.; July 15, 2011) First Amendment challenges to spam statutes are long shots at best, with Jaynes v. Virginia being the big exception. In this case,…

Employee Terminated for Accessing ‘Inappropriate’ Websites not Entitled to Unemployment Benefits — Berglund v. ITI

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] Berglund v. Industrial Tech. Institute, No. 298227 (Mich. Ct. App. July 21, 2011) Berglund worked at Industrial Technology Institute and was terminated for “using his computer to access inappropriate websites” (and for printing materials unrelated to…