Court Partially Enforces Amazon's Non-Compete Against Employee Who Joined Google--Amazon v. Moyer

Court Partially Enforces Amazon’s Non-Compete Against Employee Who Joined Google–Amazon v. Moyer

Moyer was employed at Amazon as its Director of Sales for AWS’ “global financial services” and signed a non-compete. He left Amazon and joined Google as its VP of “Healthcare, Google Cloud”. Amazon sought to enforce the non-compete lawsuit in…

Amazon Can’t Force Arbitration of Minors' Privacy Claims Based on Alexa Recordings--BF v. Amazon

Amazon Can’t Force Arbitration of Minors’ Privacy Claims Based on Alexa Recordings–BF v. Amazon

This lawsuit alleges that Alexa improperly stores the voiceprints of minor users. The trial court declines to order arbitration. (It’s the recommendation of a magistrate, so it will go to the district judge for adoption or modification of the order.)…

Ninth Circuit Declines to Shelve Lawsuit Alleging Facebook Violated Illinois Biometric Privacy Statute

Illinois enacted a biometric privacy statute which restricted the collection of biometric identifiers. Plaintiffs, Illinois residents and Facebook users, alleged that Facebook violated this statute by collecting, storing, and processing their face-scans without their consent and without establishing the requisite…

Ninth Circuit Says LinkedIn Wrongly Blocked HiQ's Scraping Efforts

Ninth Circuit Says LinkedIn Wrongly Blocked HiQ’s Scraping Efforts

Fans of scraping cases may rejoice. The Ninth Circuit issued its long-awaited opinion in the hiQ v. LinkedIn case (it was argued in March 2018, so the opinion took about 18 months). It rules in favor of hiQ. hiQ was…

Lessons from Bumble's Choice of Law Clause--King v. Bumble

Lessons from Bumble’s Choice of Law Clause–King v. Bumble

This is a lawsuit against the dating app “Bumble” challenging Bumble’s refund and renewal practices. Plaintiffs allege Bumble violated two California statues: (1) the Dating Service Law, and (2) the Automatic Renewal Law. The first requires dating services to give…

Pres. Trump Violates the Constitution By Blocking @RealDonaldTrump Followers--Knight First Amendment v. Trump

Pres. Trump Violates the Constitution By Blocking @RealDonaldTrump Followers–Knight First Amendment v. Trump

In the Knight Foundation’s First Amendment lawsuit against President Trump for blocking Twitter users, the Second Circuit says that his blocking of users based on their viewpoints violates the First Amendment. This is a resounding loss for the President. (Our…

Court Declines to Dismiss Data Breach Claims Against Facebook Based on Access Token Incident--Bass v. Facebook

Court Declines to Dismiss Data Breach Claims Against Facebook Based on Access Token Incident–Bass v. Facebook

This is a data breach lawsuit against Facebook. Judge Alsup denies Facebook’s motion to dismiss, although he does find that Facebook’s contract disclaimer (likely) neutralizes numerous contract-based claims. Background: Facebook announced a vulnerability that allowed third parties to obtain “access…

Court Rejects Service of Process Via Amazon Messaging--Noco v. Chang

Court Rejects Service of Process Via Amazon Messaging–Noco v. Chang

This is a trademark infringement lawsuit. Plaintiff alleges that defendant improperly uses plaintiff’s brand name to sell infringing or counterfeit products “entirely online through [an] Amazon merchant account.” Defendant used the merchant account named “Co2Crea,” and defendant also applied to…

Ex-Employee's Continued Use of Twitter Account May Be Conversion--Farm Journal v. Johnson

Ex-Employee’s Continued Use of Twitter Account May Be Conversion–Farm Journal v. Johnson

This is another ownership dispute over a Twitter account. We last blogged this topic several years ago, and none of the disputes we’ve seen have resulted in any definitive rulings. Plaintiff publishes trade publications in the agricultural sector, including “The…

Second Circuit Judges Brawl Over the Meaning of "Volition" in Copyright Cases--BWP v. Polyvore

Second Circuit Judges Brawl Over the Meaning of “Volition” in Copyright Cases–BWP v. Polyvore

This is an appeal of a summary judgment ruling in favor of Polyvore, an image clipping and sharing site, also known as a “mood board” app. (The site itself was acquired and, as the court notes, is now shut down.)…