Seventh Circuit Tosses Beverly Stayart’s False Endorsement Claims–Stayart v. Yahoo

By Eric Goldman Stayart v. Yahoo! Inc., 2010 WL 3785147 (7th Cir. Sept. 30, 2010). I have previously blogged about Beverly Stayart’s lawsuits against Yahoo and Google for apparently sploggy (and possibly cloaked) objectionable search results delivered when she searched…

Scribd Can’t Shake Copyright and Publicity Rights Lawsuit on Motion to Dismiss–Williams v. Scribd

By Eric Goldman Williams v. Scribd, 3:09-cv-01836-LAB -BGS (S.D. Cal. June 23, 2010). Larry Williams has written several books on commodities trading (their titles suggest they fit into the “Make Money Fast” genre). He alleges that rogue Scribd users, including…

No Wrath in this Quon–Ontario v. Quon

The Supreme Court passes on almost every issue before it in City of Ontario v. Quon. By Ethan Ackerman (with comments from Eric below) On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion in City of Ontario v. Quon, a…

MySpace Photo and Internet Gang Roster Evidence Improperly Admitted — People v. Beckley

[Post by Venkat] People v. Beckley, Case No. B212529 (Cal. Ct. App. June 9, 2010) Two defendants were convicted of a gang-related homicide in this case. MySpace Photos: The girlfriend of one of the defendants offered an alibi that one…

Updates to the Outed Judge-Commenter’s Lawsuit Against the Plain Dealer — Saffold v. Plain Dealer

[Post by Venkat] I posted a while ago on the lawsuit brought by Judge Saffold against the Plain Dealer newspaper where she alleges the newspaper improperly outed her as a commenter in breach of its privacy policy. A few updates:…

Beverly Stayart Strikes Again! This Time, Stayart Sues Google

By Eric Goldman Stayart v. Google, Inc., 2:10-cv-00336-LA (E.D. Wis. complaint filed April 20, 2010) I’ve previously blogged about Beverly Stayart (a/k/a Bev Stayart) and her mockable lawsuit against Yahoo. She has repeatedly declared that she is the only Beverly…

Google Sued for Publishing Home Address–Harris v. Google

By Eric Goldman Harris v. Google, Inc., 1:10-cv-21119-AJ (complaint removed to S.D. Fla. April 8, 2010). The original complaint filed in state court. Google’s removal to federal court. Jonathon Harris sells rare coins. His business office is in Stuart, Florida,…

Unmasked Judge/Commenter Sues Newspaper for $50mm — Saffold v. Plain Dealer

[Post by Venkat] Saffold v. Plain Dealer Publishing Co., Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (filed April 7, 2010) [scribd] A judge/commenter who was unmasked by the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reportedly suing the newspaper for 50 million dollars. (h/t…

Google Street View Lawsuit Revived, But Only on Trespass Grounds–Boring v. Google

By Eric Goldman Boring v. Google Inc., 2010 WL 318281 (3rd Cir. Jan. 28, 2010). You may recall the book project A Day in the Life of America [Amazon affiliates link], which published what 200 photojournalists saw on May 2,…

January 2010 Quick Links

By Eric Goldman Copyright * An English translation of Google’s December loss in France on a Google Book Search lawsuit. * Ed Felten reports on a survey of files available via BitTorrent. Acknowledging some methodological limits, he estimates ~99% were…