Fair Housing Council Responds to Roommates.com’s En Banc Hearing Request

By Eric Goldman The Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley has submitted its response to Roommates.com’s request for an en banc rehearing by the Ninth Circuit. Other documents in the case: * Roommates.com’s En Banc Request * The original…

Credit Card Providers Aren’t Liable for Third Party Infringement–Perfect 10 v. Visa

By Eric Goldman Perfect 10, Inc. v. Visa International Service Association, No. 05-15170 (9th Cir. July 3, 2007) The Ninth Circuit has completed a hat trick of appeals involving Perfect 10’s litigation frenzy over online infringement of Perfect 10’s copyrighted…

June 2007 Quick Links

By Eric Goldman Email * Spam cases are coming at a regular clip, and it’s tricky divining the latest state of the law. Two recent cases that caught my attention: – US v. Impulse Media Group, 2007 WL 1725560 (W.D….

New Cyberlaw Fad–Real Estate Developers v. Griping Homebuyers

By Eric Goldman We appear to be seeing a mini-trend of homebuilders suing griping homebuyers. Overlawyered’s Walter Olson succinctly aggregated some cases, including: * RSA Enterprises v. Bad Business Bureau and Google, a lawsuit doomed to failure (at least in…

Tur v. YouTube SJ Motions Denied

By Eric Goldman Tur v. YouTube, # cv-06-4436 (C.D. Cal. summary judgment motions denied June 20, 2007). In the lawsuit by photojournalist Tur against YouTube, the judge has denied cross-motions for summary judgment based on 512(c). Tur’s motion (that YouTube…

Roommates.com Update

By Eric Goldman As I’m sure you know, I am not a fan of the recent Ninth Circuit hairball opinion in the Roommates.com case. In discussions since the opinion was issued, most of my lawyers I’ve spoken with have no…

Lawyer Rating Service Sued–Browne v. Avvo

By Eric Goldman Browne v. Avvo, CV7 920 (W.D. Wash. complaint filed June 14, 2007) You may have heard about Avvo, the latest entrant in the suddenly crowded field of lawyer ratings/rankings. Avvo pulls together a variety of third party…

AutoAdmit Fiasco Turns Into a Lawsuit–Doe v. Ciolli

By Eric Goldman Doe v. Ciolli, 307CV00909 CFD (D. Conn. complaint filed June 11, 2007) AutoAdmit is a message board for law students and related groupies. It’s a relatively untamed corner of cyberspace. The site owners have espoused a relatively…

More Defendants Lose 230 Defense

By Eric Goldman On the heels of the Roommates.com train wreck, two more defendants have had their 47 USC 230 defenses rejected. Interestingly, both cases come out of Tennessee federal courts in the Sixth Circuit–not normally known as a problem…

May 2007 Quick Links

By Eric Goldman Spam * MySpace Inc. v. The Globe.com Inc., No. CV 06-3391 RGK (C.D. Cal. Feb. 27, 2007). This case has some personal interest because theglobe.com was one of my flagship clients before I left the law firm…