2H 2015 Quick Links, Part 8 (Consumer Reviews, Google)

Consumer Reviews * In the hotel industry, “social media postings are resulting in additional capital expenditures as owners become more aware of and respond to criticisms and unfavorable comments. This effect became significant starting around 2012 and continues to increase.”…

2H 2015 Quick Links, Part 7 (Marketing, Advertising, E-Commerce)

Marketing/Advertising * Jezebel: The Big Bad World of Products Celebrities Promote on Instagram. Related blog post. * NY Times: Cool Influencers With Big Followings Get Picky About Their Endorsements * NY Times: Since signing with Brooks on Jan. 1, 2014,…

Big Fish's Virtual Casino Doesn't Violate Washington's Gambling Statute

Eric and Angie blogged about the Machine Zone slot machine ruling from Maryland. This is a similar lawsuit brought against Big Fish, alleging that Big Fish’s virtual casino violates Washington’s anti-gambling statute. (Here’s a Recorder article covering these and other…

2H 2015 Quick Links, Part 6 (Social Media)

* Burge ex rel. Burge v. Colton School Dist. 53, 2015 WL 1757161 (D. Or. April 17, 2015). 8th grader gets a C in a class and gets grounded. He vents about the teacher on Facebook: Braeden initially posted that…

Virtual Casino Doesn't Violate California's Gambling Law--Mason v. Machine Zone (Guest Blog Post)

By Guest Blogger Angie Jin [Eric’s note: Angie Jin is a Cornell Law 3L who volunteered to write up this post on a case that was festering in my queue for a few months.] Plaintiff, Mia Mason, filed a Class…

Shutterfly Can't Shake Face-Scanning Privacy Lawsuit

A putative class action accuses Shutterfly of violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. The plaintiff, who is not a Shutterfly user, alleges that, when an identified Shuttterfly user uploaded pictures of plaintiff, Shutterfly created a “face scan” using the…

2H 2015 Quick Links, Part 5 (Section 230, Pornography)

Section 230 * Backpage.com, LLC v. Dart, 2015 WL 7717221 (7th Cir. Nov. 30, 2015) In his public capacity as a sheriff of a major county (Cook County has a population of more than 5.2 million), Sheriff Dart is not…

2H 2015 Quick Links, Part 4 (Content Regulation & More)

* Miquel Peguera: “The man who won the right-to-be-forgotten case in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has now been denied the right to suppress links to comments about that case by the Spanish Data Protection Authority…

2H 2015 Quick Links, Part 3 (Trespass To Chattels, Privacy/Security)

Trespass to Chattels * Crapps v. State, 2015 WL 8114247 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. Dec. 8, 2015). This is a revenge porn case, and the defendant was convicted of violating an anti-stalking protection order. However, in this ruling, the court…

Online Dating Services Must Give California Users a "Cooling Off" Period--Howell v. Grindr

California has a statute applicable to dating contracts that gives consumers the right to cancel within 3 days of signing up. Companies must advise clients of this and provide a cancellation mechanism and a full refund. Grindr, an online dating…