Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006

By Eric Goldman No one is better at coughing up legislative hairballs than Congress. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (grafted to the end of the SAFE Port Act) was passed over 2 months ago, but my repeated…

Barrett v. Rosenthal–California Issues Terrific Defense-Favorable Interpretation of 47 USC 230

By Eric Goldman Barrett v. Rosenthal, S122953 (Cal. Supreme Ct. Nov. 20, 2006) The California Supreme Court issued a tremendous defense-favorable opinion today interpreting 47 USC 230. This opinion makes two principal points. First, it defines the word “user” in…

Craigslist Wins 230 Defense in Fair Housing Case–Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under the Law v. Craigslist

By Eric Goldman Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under the Law, Inc. v. Craigslist, Inc., 1:06-CV-00657 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 14, 2006) A group of lawyers sued Craigslist for displaying user-submitted classified ads that putatively violated the federal Fair Housing…

KinderStart v. Google Oct. 27 Hearing Transcript

By Eric Goldman KinderStart.com LLC v. Google, Inc., No. C 06-2057 RS (N.D. Cal. hearing on motion to dismiss Oct. 27, 2006) [Some other newly posted resources: Google’s motion to dismiss the second amended complaint, and KinderStart’s opposition to that…

October 2006 Quick Links

By Eric Goldman * All the media wants to do is talk about Google. All Google, all the time. Three major pieces in the span of three days: The NYT on lawsuits against Google. The WSJ on Google’s hiring practices….

Keyword Law and Blog Law Presentations

By Eric Goldman I took a lovely (but wet) 30 hour trip to Portland to give 2 talks: * Keyword Law talk (substantially revised from my last talk on the topic August 2005) * Blog Law talk (modestly revised from…

Steinbuch v. Cutler Update

By Eric Goldman Steinbuch v. Cutler, 2006 WL 3060084 (D.D.C. Oct 30, 2006) Steinbuch v. Cutler has the attributes of a modern cyberlaw classic–it’s got sex, power, politics, blogs, and sex. You may recall the story. Jessica Cutler was an…

Google Wins Keyword Lawsuit–Rescuecom v. Google

By Eric Goldman Rescuecom Corp. v. Google, Inc., No. 5:04-CV-1055 (N.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2006). You can find the ruling here (WARNING: 1.7MB file) Introduction and the 1-800 Contacts Precedent Last year, the Second Circuit issued a major ruling in the…

Texas Assistant Principal Sues Students and Parents Over Defamatory Profile on MySpace.com

By John Ottaviani High school students have been battling with and lampooning their assistant principals for generations. Last Spring, students in San Antonio, Texas, applied 21st century technology to the practice, when they allegedly set up a profile for their…

eBay User Agreement Upheld–Nazaruk v. eBay

By Eric Goldman Nazaruk v. eBay, 2006 WL 2666429 (D. Utah Sept. 14, 2006) Another lawsuit involving the eBay feedback forum. In this case, the pro se plaintiff alleges that eBay and the feedback submitter deprived her of her civil…