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”)….

When Does A Parody Twitter Account Constitute Criminal Identity Theft?--Sims v. Monaghan

When Does A Parody Twitter Account Constitute Criminal Identity Theft?–Sims v. Monaghan

Plaintiff, while he was in custody, created a fake Twitter account in the name of “Frank Zamiara” with the user name “LitlZeezy”. The account “was meant to act as the voice and alter ego of [an] abusive deputy.” It was…

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…

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…

Another Murky Opinion on Lawyers Buying Keyword Ads on Other Lawyers' Names--In re Naert

Another Murky Opinion on Lawyers Buying Keyword Ads on Other Lawyers’ Names–In re Naert

I recently posted a co-authored article, Regulation of Lawyers’ Use of Competitive Keyword Advertising, discussing lawyers’ use of competitive keyword ads triggered by other lawyers’ names. That article examines both IP laws and attorney rules of professional conduct and explains…

Teacher Who Blogged Pseudonymously About Students Being “Rat-Like” or “Dunderheads” Loses Appeal

Teacher Who Blogged Pseudonymously About Students Being “Rat-Like” or “Dunderheads” Loses Appeal

This case involved a teacher who maintained a pseudonymous blog that, along with her personal observations and musings, chronicled some of her frustrations with students. One post in particular talked about her challenges with providing tailored feedback for her students,…

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…

In IMDb Privacy Case, 9th Circuit Rejects Hoang’s Appeal

In IMDb Privacy Case, 9th Circuit Rejects Hoang’s Appeal

Hoang alleged that IMDb improperly used her personal information to find out her real age and published her real age on its website. She argued that this harmed her employment prospects in the industry. The jury ruled for IMDb. Hoang…

Catching Up on Section 230 Cases From the Past 18 Months

Catching Up on Section 230 Cases From the Past 18 Months

I try to blog every Section 230 case I see. However, over the past year and a half, I’ve collected a few Section 230 cases that I had hoped to blog but that fell through the cracks for one reason…

Court Rejects VPPA Claim Against Viacom and Google Based on Failure to Disclose Identity

I blogged before about the privacy lawsuit against Viacom and Google over the disclosure of the viewing habits of minors. The court previously rejected the claims on the basis that the disclosure of user attributes (such as demographic information, unique…