Defendant Can’t Send Virtual Gambling Claims to Arbitration

Churchill Downs’ Big Fish Casino is accused of violating Washington’s gambling statute. It moved to dismiss and was successful in district court. On appeal, the Ninth Circuit said that the Big Fish casino may violate Washington’s anti-gambling statute. (Previous blog…

Video Advertising Contract Descends Into Possible "Cyberattack"--Radian Weapons v. GY6Vids

Video Advertising Contract Descends Into Possible “Cyberattack”–Radian Weapons v. GY6Vids

This is a lawsuit between Radian Weapons and GY6Vids, a company that Radian hired to promote Radian’s products on YouTube. (GY’s YouTube channel currently has almost seven hundred thousand subscribers. Press coverage of the lawsuit from The Bulletin here.) The…

Ninth Circuit Interprets Autodialer Broadly For TCPA Purposes

Marks signed up for a gym membership with Crunch Fitness. He received three text messages. He sued on behalf of a putative class. The key question is whether the messages were sent using an “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS) under…

Departing Employee Required to Transfer Social Media Accounts–Hyperheal Hyperbarics v. Shapiro

This is an ownership dispute over a departing employee’s right to use social media accounts and trademarks of an employer. The facts are somewhat atypical. Shapiro founded a company called Hyperheal Hyperbarics to provide “hyperbaric oxygen therapy”. In 2014, the…

IP Address Subscriber Isn’t Liable for Copyright Infringement by Users Sharing That IP Address–Cobbler v. Gonzales

Plaintiff owns copyrights to “The Cobbler” movie and is trying to enforce its rights via litigation in courts around the country. Eric previously blogged about another The Cobbler enforcement suit that didn’t turn out well for the plaintiff. In this…

Amazon Again Avoids Liability for Defective Marketplace Item--Fox v. Amazon

Amazon Again Avoids Liability for Defective Marketplace Item–Fox v. Amazon

This is a product liability lawsuit against Amazon due to a hoverboard purchased via Amazon that caught on fire. Plaintiffs bought the hoverboard from the Amazon site in November 2015 as a Christmas gift for their son. The son used…

Uber’s Contract Formation Process Fails (Again)--Cullinane v. Uber

Uber’s Contract Formation Process Fails (Again)–Cullinane v. Uber

The plaintiffs allege Uber made overcharges or improper surcharges. Uber moved to compel arbitration. The district court granted the motion, despite the lack of a leakproof contract formation mechanism. (Blog post mentioning the district court ruling here: “Courts Approve Terms…

Court Dismisses Privacy Claims Against Email Subscription Management Tool--Cooper v. UnrollMe

Court Dismisses Privacy Claims Against Email Subscription Management Tool–Cooper v. UnrollMe

UnrollMe provides a service allowing users to opt-out of unwanted emails. It does this by getting its users’ email account login credentials, which allows UnrollMe to access users’ email inboxes. This lawsuit alleges that UnrollMe sold users’ data. (🚨 Irony level:…

Appeals Court Curbs FTC's Enforcement of Security Standards--LabMD v. FTC

Appeals Court Curbs FTC’s Enforcement of Security Standards–LabMD v. FTC

This is an FTC enforcement action against LabMD. A LabMD billing manager installed a peer-to-peer file-sharing application called LimeWire and designated the “my documents” folder on her computer for sharing. This folder contained a 1,718 page file with names, dates…

Court Allows "Battery by GIF" Claim to Proceed--Eichenwald v. Rivello

Court Allows “Battery by GIF” Claim to Proceed–Eichenwald v. Rivello

Journalist Kurt Eichenwald suffered a seizure after seeing a tweet with a strobe GIF. The sender tweeted the GIF allegedly knowing Eichenwald suffered from epilepsy. The sender was charged criminally, and Eichenwald also filed a civil suit. Defendant moved to…