First Circuit Rejects Copyright Workaround to Section 230--Small Justice v. Ripoff Report

First Circuit Rejects Copyright Workaround to Section 230–Small Justice v. Ripoff Report

[It’s impossible to blog about Section 230 without reminding you that it remains highly imperiled.] Goren runs a law firm, Small Justice. DuPont, a defendant in a case Goren brought, posted two negative reviews about Goren to Ripoff Report. Goren sued DuPont, who…

Hyperlinking to Sources Can Help Defeat Defamation Claims–Adelson v. Harris

An activist group posted an online petition urging then-Presidential candidate Mitt Romney to reject Nevada billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s campaign contribution. The petition linked to an AP story, which in turn linked to a court filing alleging that Adelson OKed his hotel empire…

App Listening For Audio Beacons May Be Illegal Wiretapping--Rackemann v. Colts

App Listening For Audio Beacons May Be Illegal Wiretapping–Rackemann v. Colts

This is a lawsuit against the Colts and app developers, alleging that the Colts’ app activates a device’s microphone and temporarily records portions of audio, for advertising purposes. The app monitors the audio for “beacon tones” which are then used…

Nigerians Phish a B2B Transaction & Steal $736k. Who Bears the Loss?--Beau Townsend Ford v. Don Hinds Ford

Nigerians Phish a B2B Transaction & Steal $736k. Who Bears the Loss?–Beau Townsend Ford v. Don Hinds Ford

This case could be a law school exam. Beau Townsend Ford (the seller) was looking to unload Ford Explorers in bulk. Their sales guy connects with a person at Don Hinds Ford (the buyer). They had transacted with each other…

Ninth Circuit Blesses Amazon's Terms of Service

Ninth Circuit Blesses Amazon’s Terms of Service

Plaintiff appealed from a district court order granting Amazon’s motion to compel arbitration based on an arbitration clause in its “Conditions of Use.” My blog post on the trial court ruling: “Court Enforces Arbitration Clause in Amazon’s Terms of Service–Fagerstrom…

No "Contract By Tweet" for Plaintiff Who Pitches Movie Idea via Social Media

No “Contract By Tweet” for Plaintiff Who Pitches Movie Idea via Social Media

This is an idea theft case based on the idea behind “Creed” the movie, a spinoff of the famous Rocky movies. Jarrett Alexander alleged that he came up with the idea for Creed, drafted the screenplay, and put together a…

Catching Up on Ninth Circuit CFAA Jurisprudence (Internet Law Casebook Excerpt)

[Eric’s note: this is another excerpt from my Internet Law casebook. Venkat and I couldn’t blog last year’s chaotic and messy Ninth Circuit’s CFAA jurisprudence in real time. I nevertheless took one for the team and tried to make sense of the…

Non-Compete Applies To Facebook Page for Unlaunched Business--Joseph v. O'Laughlin

Non-Compete Applies To Facebook Page for Unlaunched Business–Joseph v. O’Laughlin

This is another case where the defendant allegedly solicits customers or employees over social media in the face of a restrictive covenant. We recently blogged a couple of cases involving solicitations over LinkedIn. This case involves solicitations over Facebook. O’Laughlin…

Browsewrap/Clickwrap Distinction Vexes Another Court--Nevarez v. Ticketmaster

Browsewrap/Clickwrap Distinction Vexes Another Court–Nevarez v. Ticketmaster

We just blogged about online contract formation yesterday, but it’s worth revisiting the topic so quickly because this case demonstrates another crash-and-burn failure of the browsewrap-clickwrap dichotomy. How many times must the “wrap” categorization fail before judges recognize that it’s…