October 2008 Quick Links, Part 2

By Eric Goldman


* Kramer v. Perez. An Iowa court awards $236M in damages in a spam case. Venkat’s comments.

* After the government lost its jury trial against Impulse Media, the court denied Impulse Media attorneys fees.


* AT&T put its own emailed notice of amended contract terms into its spam folder. Whoops! Due to spam filters and other automated blocks, it is becoming almost impossible for websites to communicate with their users by email.

* An estimate of the massive “tax” imposed on consumers by reading privacy policies. Of course the financial drain is overstated because many people make a rational decision not to read every privacy policy, plus not every person has to read a privacy policy for marketplace responses to be effective.

* The Blizzard v. MDY WOWGlider case has reached a stipulated damages amount of $6M.

* Pulaski & Middleman, LLC v. Google Inc., 5:2008cv03888 (N.D. Cal. complaint filed August 14, 2008). The Justia page. Yet another me-too lawsuit against Google over serving ads to parked domains and error pages.

* An Israeli GPL enforcement action settled.

Trademarks/Domain Names

* Kentucky v. 141 Domain Names. Is a domain name property? Yes. See the Sex.com case. Can a plaintiff seize a domain name pursuant to a favorable judgment? Yes. Is it appropriate for Kentucky to seize domain names for gambling websites available in Kentucky? Of course not, because this would effectuate an extraterritorial reach by curtailing non-Kentucky residents from making possibly legal uses of the domain name. More recently, the seizure was stayed.

* Speaking of inappropriate seizures, the Feds are trying to seize the trademarks of the Mongols motorcycle group. DOJ press release. LA Times article.

* Best Western Intern., Inc. v. Doe, 2008 WL 4630313 (D. Ariz. Oct. 20, 2008). Prior blog post in this case. The judge is losing patience: “These filings are wasteful in the extreme. The Court is not a forum for the parties to expend every possible dollar seeking to litigate every conceivable issue, no matter how insubstantial. The Court will no longer tolerate the excesses of this case.”

* The Verizon v. Navigation Catalyst Systems domainer lawsuit settled.

* 50 Cent brings yet another questionable lawsuit. (1, 2).


* Goddard v. Google Inc., 2008 WL 4542792 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 10, 2008). The case against Google for deceptive mobile phone ads will stay in federal court.

* Eyeblaster, Inc. v. Federal Insurance Co., 2008 WL 4539497 (D. Minn. Oct. 7, 2008). This is a collateral lawsuit to Sefton v. Eyeblaster alleging that Eyeblaster distributed spyware. Eyeblaster tendered the claim to its insurer. This court holds that the CGL policy doesn’t apply because the claim relates to software problems, not physical damage to the users’ computers. Further the E&O policy doesn’t apply because Sefton alleges that Eyeblaster intentionally installed the spyware, bumping Eyeblaster into one of the policy’s exclusions.

* Are consumers becoming more tolerant of pop-up ads? For more on consumer acceptance of new advertising formats, see here.

* A big damages award in NetQuote v. Byrd.