A Tale of Two Spokeos

A Tale of Two Spokeos

The Supreme Court provided important guidance about Article III standing, especially what constitutes an injury sufficient to satisfy Article III, in the Spokeo v. Robins ruling from May 2016. At the time, it was unclear whether the ruling was more…

Want An Enforceable Online Contract? Don't Use A Footer Link Called "Reference"--Zajac v. Walker

Want An Enforceable Online Contract? Don’t Use A Footer Link Called “Reference”–Zajac v. Walker

This lawsuit involves the purchase of items I don’t understand. Let’s just call them “thingies.” The buyer Zajac needed thingies with an appropriate rating. It bought the thingies from a distributor, Walker, then realized the thingies didn’t have the appropriate…

Message Board Operator May Be Liable For Moderator’s Content–Enigma v. Bleeping

It’s been a brutal year for Section 230 jurisprudence, and the hits keep coming. In today’s case, the parties ran into a judge who seemed unshakably determined–for reasons I can’t determine–to deny the motion to dismiss. This produces an outlier…

Twitter May Be Liable for Sending Texts to Recycled Cellphone Numbers--Nunes v. Twitter

Twitter May Be Liable for Sending Texts to Recycled Cellphone Numbers–Nunes v. Twitter

This is a TCPA lawsuit against Twitter. The claims are based on text messages sent to phone numbers where the subscriber was a Twitter user and signed up to receive text updates but later the phone number got recycled to…

Yelp Isn't Liable For User-Submitted Photos Of Businesses--Albert v. Yelp

Yelp Isn’t Liable For User-Submitted Photos Of Businesses–Albert v. Yelp

The last time I blogged about a lawyer who sued Yelp for defamation, I spilled 3,000 words (and shed many tears). Fortunately for my mental health and your reading queue, I’m pleased to report that today’s case has better–and more…

Ted Cruz’s Presidential Campaign Apparently Committed Copyright Infringement. Oops.

I know it may be my own idiosyncratic and romanticized view of governance, but I hold politicians to a higher standard when it comes to knowing, and complying with, the law. After all, if the people in charge of making…

Q2 2016 Quick Links, Part 4 (Marketing, Privacy, Contracts)

Advertising/Marketing * Google will no longer run ads for payday lenders. * GALA: Brazil Enacts New Ambush Marketing Laws in Advance of Rio 2016 Olympic Games * Slate: The Do Not Call list was supposed to defeat telemarketers. Now scammy…

"Manufactured" TCPA Suit Fails For Lack of Standing

“Manufactured” TCPA Suit Fails For Lack of Standing

This is a TCPA lawsuit over unsolicited calls. Although plaintiff resided in Pennsylvania, she purchased 35 pre-paid phones with Florida area codes. The area codes were selected because they are comparatively economically depressed and thus more likely to get collection…

Preemption Dooms Suit Over LinkedIn Group Spam

Preemption Dooms Suit Over LinkedIn Group Spam

This is a lawsuit over spam sent to the member of a LinkedIn group. The common sense failings underlying the claims speak for themselves, but the court ends up dismissing on preemption grounds. Plaintiff was a member of the “C,…

Review Website Gets Hammered In Court–Consumer Cellular v. ConsumerAffairs

This is not a good opinion for the review website industry. However, the court’s harshest treatment turns on the idiosyncratic practices of ConsumerAffairs.com, which set a key Fourth Circuit Section 230 precedent in 2009 but whose current business practices probably…