More Section 230 Cases Than I Can Handle!

More Section 230 Cases Than I Can Handle!

My cup runneth over with Section 230 cases! This long blog post catches up on a few from the past couple months. Warning: there are some stinkers in this batch. Google, Inc. v. Hood, 2015 WL 1546160 (S.D. Miss. March…

Mixed Ruling in Competitive Keyword Advertising Case--Goldline v. Regal

Mixed Ruling in Competitive Keyword Advertising Case–Goldline v. Regal

The lawsuit’s principal participants are rivals in the precious metals and coin industry. The defendant organization, Regal, has an affiliate program, and it appears that some affiliates bought competitive keyword advertising using the plaintiff Goldline’s trademark. The ruling is on…

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 5 (Trademarks, Domain Names, Marketing)

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 5 (Trademarks, Domain Names, Marketing)

Trademarks and Domain Names * TheDomains: .Sucks Releases Pricing With “Premiums” For Trademark Holders Up To $2,499 A Year. A pox on the .sucks operator and on ICANN for permitting this pricing scheme. ICANN wants federal regulators to declare the…

Another Competitive Keyword Advertising Lawsuit Fails--Infogroup v. DatabaseLLC

Another Competitive Keyword Advertising Lawsuit Fails–Infogroup v. DatabaseLLC

The plaintiffs run several well-known databases, such as infoUSA and Salesgenie. The defendants are former employees of plaintiffs who split off and launched a competitive rival. The plaintiffs are upset that the defendants’ databases contain fake listings created by the…

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 4 (Potpourri)

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 4 (Potpourri)

Commerce * NAD tells CheapoAir that it can’t run keyword ads showing the lowest priced flight in its database if it can’t deliver that fare to the consumer. * United Airlines sues 22-year-old who found a method for buying cheaper…

Company's Social Media Accounts Transferred in Bankruptcy

Company’s Social Media Accounts Transferred in Bankruptcy

This case addresses whether social media accounts used in connection with a business become property of the bankruptcy estate. The debtor, known as “Tactical Firearms,” was formed by Jeremy Alcede. Originally it was owned by Alcede and his then-wife, but…

Adware Advertiser Sidesteps Liability

Adware Advertiser Sidesteps Liability

This case involves a browser plug-in from IMS, whose affiliates allegedly surreptitiously installed the plug-in on users’ computers. The plug-in allegedly caused pop-up ads to appear when users visited designated websites. Reed Elsevier allegedly advertised via these pop-up ads, triggering…

Damages from Competitive Keyword Advertising Are "Vanishingly Small"

Damages from Competitive Keyword Advertising Are “Vanishingly Small”

Competitive keyword advertising lawsuits typically lose on their merits, but in this particular case, the defendants conceded that their AdWords campaign contributed to trademark infringement. Nevertheless, the defendants contested damages, and the court tells an oh-so-familiar story: Apparently, Defendants bid…

More Defendants Win Keyword Advertising Lawsuits

More Defendants Win Keyword Advertising Lawsuits

I’m reporting results in keyword advertising lawsuits as I see them. TL;DR: defendants keep winning. Two more rulings supporting that proposition: CollegeSource, Inc. v. AcademyOne, Inc., 2015 WL 469041 (3d Cir. Feb. 5, 2015). (some citations ommitted) See my blog…

Google Isn't Liable For Including Unlicensed Locksmiths in Directories--Baldino's Lock v. Google

Google Isn’t Liable For Including Unlicensed Locksmiths in Directories–Baldino’s Lock v. Google

Some states, including Virginia, require locksmiths to obtain state-issued licenses. Baldino’s Lock & Key, a licensed locksmith, is unhappy about being on the same search results pages as unlicensed locksmiths. It sued Google and various business directory providers for commingling…