Employee Kvetching About Job On Facebook Still Entitled To Unemployment Benefits

Employee Kvetching About Job On Facebook Still Entitled To Unemployment Benefits

Martinez worked at Yours Truly Consignment Shoppe. One of her co-workers was fired (along with another person) and posted the news on Facebook, adding how she hated working at Yours Truly for some time now. Martinez “liked” this post and…

Third Circuit Revives a Sliver of Plaintiff’s Cookie-Blocking Circumvention Claims Against Google

Third Circuit Revives a Sliver of Plaintiff’s Cookie-Blocking Circumvention Claims Against Google

This is a lawsuit alleging that Google and others circumvented cookie-blocking settings of popular browsers. Our blog post on the district court ruling here: “Google Wins Cookie Privacy Lawsuit”. Plaintiffs asserted federal and state claims. The court affirms dismissal of…

Woman That Rapper 2 Chainz Called a "THOT" In Viral Video Loses Lawsuit--Chisholm v. Epps

Woman That Rapper 2 Chainz Called a “THOT” In Viral Video Loses Lawsuit–Chisholm v. Epps

Tauheed Epps is a rapper known as “2 Chainz”. While backstage at one of his concerts, he allegedly filmed plaintiff while walking around backstage with his entourage, and repeatedly called her a “THOT” (which stands for “That Hoe Over There”)….

Google Play Defeats Lawsuit Over Unauthorized Bank Charges--Harvey v. Google

Google Play Defeats Lawsuit Over Unauthorized Bank Charges–Harvey v. Google

In March 2013, Susan Harvey bought a game via Google Play, which required her to electronically link her bank account. She alleges that hundreds of unauthorized charges hit her bank account, totaling thousands of dollars. Google allegedly offered to make…

Hackers Could Take Control Of Your Car, But You Can't Sue Carmakers For That Risk (Forbes Cross-Post)

Hackers Could Take Control Of Your Car, But You Can’t Sue Carmakers For That Risk (Forbes Cross-Post)

Cars contain millions of lines of software code, which makes them tempting targets for hackers. Further, with the increased automation of cars, we face growing risks that malicious hackers will remotely take control of cars and cause significant personal or…

Disney Not Liable For Disclosing Device IDs And Viewing Habits

Disney Not Liable For Disclosing Device IDs And Viewing Habits

This is another VPPA case grappling with the question of how the statute defines “personally identifiable information.” A recent key VPPA ruling addressed the issue of whether someone who downloads an app is a “subscriber” (answer: no), but the PII…

Facebook Beats Privacy Lawsuit Alleging Persistent Tracking

Facebook Beats Privacy Lawsuit Alleging Persistent Tracking

This is a lawsuit against Facebook alleging that it tracked people visiting websites throughout the web even if they were not logged on to Facebook. As the court describes the allegations, Facebook uses a persistent cookie that tracks a person’s…

Anti-Employer Chatter On Facebook Protected By NLRA--Triple Play v. NLRB

Anti-Employer Chatter On Facebook Protected By NLRA–Triple Play v. NLRB

We previously blogged about this case, which involved employees who were discharged by Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille (the employer) for their Facebook activity: “NLRB Invalidates Employer’s Blogging Policy And Reverses Firing Based On Facebook Posts“. On appeal, the…

App Users Aren't "Subscribers" Under the VPPA--Ellis v. Cartoon Network

App Users Aren’t “Subscribers” Under the VPPA–Ellis v. Cartoon Network

Many VPPA cases involve free online streaming services. Here, plaintiff alleged that he downloaded the Cartoon Network app, and Cartoon Network then disclosed to Bango, an ad network, plaintiff’s device ID and the videos he viewed. Plaintiff also alleged that Bango…

The Perkins v. LinkedIn Class Action Settlement Notification Was Badly Bungled (Forbes Cross-Post)

The Perkins v. LinkedIn Class Action Settlement Notification Was Badly Bungled (Forbes Cross-Post)

Recently, millions of LinkedIn users received an email titled “LEGAL NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION.” The email told recipients about a proposed class action settlement in Perkins v. LinkedIn, involving “LinkedIn’s alleged improper use of a service called ‘Add…