Outdated Whois Information Might Lead to False Light Tort–Meyerkord v. Zipatoni

By Eric Goldman Meyerkord v. The Zipatoni Co., 2008 WL 5455718 (Mo. App. Ct. Dec. 23, 2008) It’s a late entry, but this opinion may be a dark horse candidate for the most bizarre case of 2008. Meyerkord was a…

December 2008 Quick Links, Part 2

By Eric Goldman Social Networking Sites/Cyber-Bullying/Sexual Predation * More on the Lori Drew conviction: – Wired has a tough behind-the-scenes look at the Lori Drew jury deliberations. – The jury instructions – In case you missed it, my special three…

December 2008 Quick Links, Part 1

By Eric Goldman Copyright * Stockwire Research Group, Inc. v. Lebed, 577 F .Supp. 2d 1262 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 18, 2008). $2.5M default judgment for violation of anti-circumvention provisions. * The RIAA announced that it is shifting away from suing…

OnlineNIC Loses One Lawsuit and Gets Sued in Another

By Eric Goldman Two anti-domainer developments involving OnlineNIC occurred over the holidays. Yahoo! Inc. v. OnlineNIC, Inc., 5:08-cv-05698-PVT (N.D. Cal. complaint filed Dec. 19, 2008) Yahoo has sued domain name registrar OnlineNIC and some Does for cybersquatting, trademark infringement, trademark…

Doe v. SexSearch Affirmed by 6th Circuit, But Not on 230 Grounds

By Eric Goldman Doe v. SexSearch.com, 2008 WL 5396830 (6th Cir. Dec. 30, 2008) I previously summarized this case as follows: Defendants operate a website that helps people hook up to have sex. Roe posted a profile saying that she…

Lawsuit Over Google Ads for Mobile Services Dismissed Per 230–Goddard v. Google

By Eric Goldman Goddard v. Google, Inc., 2008 WL 5245490 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 17, 2008). My initial post when the complaint was filed. The Justia page. Goddard sued Google because Google displayed third party AdWords ads for allegedly fraudulent mobile…

Vulcan Golf v. Google Class Certification Denied

By Eric Goldman Vulcan Golf, LLC v. Google Inc., 1:07-cv-03371 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 18, 2008). Previous blog posts: initial complaint filed, ruling on motion to dismiss This is a complex lawsuit by trademark owners attacking domaining and the role of…

Google’s Latest Attempt to Kill the CLRB Hanson Lawsuit Fails

By Eric Goldman CLRB Hanson Industries, LLC v. Google, Inc., NO. C 05-03649 JW (N.D. Cal. Dec. 16, 2008) CLRB v. Google is the long-running lawsuit (3 1/2 years and counting) over Google’s adherence to advertising limits that advertisers set…

Keyword Ads and Other Marketing Supports Remote Jurisdiction–Market America v. Optihealth

By Eric Goldman Market America v. Optihealth Products, Inc., 2008 WL 5069802 (M.D.N.C. Nov. 21, 2008) This lawsuit involves the trademark “OPC-3.” “OPC” is the generic term for “group of antioxidant bioflavonoids” that companies sell as dietary supplements. The plaintiff…

Search Engines Aren’t Liable for Gambling Ads Per 230–Cisneros v. Yahoo

By Eric Goldman Cisneros v. Yahoo, CGC-04-433518 (Cal. Superior Ct. “Tentative Trial Decision” Nov. 6, 2008) I am frequently asked if 47 USC 230 protects websites for claims based on the ads they run. My answer is emphatically “yes” unless…