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…

P2P Swarm Defendants Can’t Be Joined in the Same Lawsuit — Pac. Century Int’l Ltd. v. Does

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] Pacific Century International Ltd. v. Does, C-11-02533 (DMR) (N.D. Cal. July 8, 2011) There have been a slew of recent procedural rulings in mass copyright cases, with plaintiffs mostly getting smacked down by courts. Plaintiffs have…

Judge Ware OKs Immediate Appeal of Street View ECPA Ruling — In re Google Inc. Street View Electronic Communications Litigation

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] In re Google Inc. Street View Electronic Communications Litigation, 2011 WL 2571632 (N.D. Cal. July 18, 2011) (Order granting Google’s request to certify and staying case) [pdf] Judge Ware recently denied Google’s request to avail itself…

Court Denies Injunction in Webcam Case Against Aarons — Byrd v. Aarons, Inc.

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] Byrd, et al. v. Aaron’s, Inc., et al., 11-cv-00101-SJM-SPB (W.D. Pa. July 8, 2011). Magistrate report. Judge’s approval. Plaintiffs leased (and then purchased) their computer from Aspen Way, a franchisee of Aaron’s. Many of the computers…

Coventry First Withdraws Twittersquatting Lawsuit Against @Coventryfirst — Coventry First, LLC v. Does

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] Coventry First, LLC v. Does, 11-cv-03700-JS (voluntarily dismissed) I previously posted about Coventry First’s lawsuit against the operator of the @coventryfirst Twitter account. (“Trademark Owner Sues Over Alleged Twittersquatting–Coventry First, LLC v. Does.”) I did not…

Court Orders Plaintiff to Turn Over Facebook and MySpace Passwords in Discovery Dispute — Zimmerman v. Weis Markets, Inc.

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] Zimmerman v. Weis Markets, Inc., CV-09-1535 (Pa. Ct. Common Pleas; May 19, 2011) Courts continue to struggle with the discoverability of social network evidence in civil cases and the logisictal problems posed by these discovery disputes….