YouTube Defeats Defamation Claim in 'Remove-and-Relocate' Case--Bartholomew v. YouTube

YouTube Defeats Defamation Claim in ‘Remove-and-Relocate’ Case–Bartholomew v. YouTube

YouTube has been sued numerous times for “removing-and-relocating” videos it thinks were promoted by spam. When it does a remove-and-relocate, YouTube takes down the video, discloses at the original URL that “This video has been removed because its content violated YouTube’s…

YouTube Defeats Another Remove-and-Relocate Case–Darnaa v. Google

YouTube has been sued a few times for removing a video based on its spam policies and then relocating it to a new URL because remove-and-relocate breaks in-bound links (and any associated marketing investments) and resets the view counter. This…

A Tale of Two Spokeos

A Tale of Two Spokeos

The Supreme Court provided important guidance about Article III standing, especially what constitutes an injury sufficient to satisfy Article III, in the Spokeo v. Robins ruling from May 2016. At the time, it was unclear whether the ruling was more…

Twitter May Be Liable for Sending Texts to Recycled Cellphone Numbers--Nunes v. Twitter

Twitter May Be Liable for Sending Texts to Recycled Cellphone Numbers–Nunes v. Twitter

This is a TCPA lawsuit against Twitter. The claims are based on text messages sent to phone numbers where the subscriber was a Twitter user and signed up to receive text updates but later the phone number got recycled to…

"Manufactured" TCPA Suit Fails For Lack of Standing

“Manufactured” TCPA Suit Fails For Lack of Standing

This is a TCPA lawsuit over unsolicited calls. Although plaintiff resided in Pennsylvania, she purchased 35 pre-paid phones with Florida area codes. The area codes were selected because they are comparatively economically depressed and thus more likely to get collection…

Preemption Dooms Suit Over LinkedIn Group Spam

Preemption Dooms Suit Over LinkedIn Group Spam

This is a lawsuit over spam sent to the member of a LinkedIn group. The common sense failings underlying the claims speak for themselves, but the court ends up dismissing on preemption grounds. Plaintiff was a member of the “C,…

Does Two-Factor Authentication Violate the TCPA?--Duguid v. Facebook

Does Two-Factor Authentication Violate the TCPA?–Duguid v. Facebook

Plaintiff sued Facebook alleging TCPA claims on behalf of a putative class. Facebook sends text messages when someone logs in to their account via a new or unrecognized device. Plaintiff was a non-Facebook user who received these messages. Unfortunately, despite…

YouTube Wins Another Case Over Removing And Relocating User Videos (Forbes Cross-Post)

YouTube Wins Another Case Over Removing And Relocating User Videos (Forbes Cross-Post)

I recently blogged about a lawsuit against YouTube for taking down a user’s video and relocating it to a different URL. Users get upset when their videos are removed-and-relocated because the process strips the video of its view count and…

TCPA Claim Against Non-Sender Fails

TCPA Claim Against Non-Sender Fails

Plaintiffs sued American Eagle Outfitters and Experian, alleging claims under the TCPA for unwanted text messages. American Eagle is the retailer, and Experian provides marketing services. But neither of these entities actually pressed the “send” button. We’ve seen disputes over…

Third Circuit Revives TCPA Case Against Yahoo

Third Circuit Revives TCPA Case Against Yahoo

A Yahoo user alleged that he purchased a phone that came with a preassigned telephone number. The previous subscriber of this number apparently set his account so emails sent to his Yahoo account triggered a text message to this phone…