Another Gambling Case Over Online Virtual Coins Proceeds--Wilson v. Playtika

Another Gambling Case Over Online Virtual Coins Proceeds–Wilson v. Playtika

I blogged about Big Fish, who had a trip to the Ninth Circuit and was denied a bid to arbitrate claims against it based on its waiver of the right to arbitrate. As a follow up, I also blogged about…

The EU Anti-Geoblocking Regulation Becomes Effective Today (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Marketa Trimble On December 3, 2018, the European Union’s Anti-Geoblocking Regulation enters into force. Its effects should be confined to the European Union’s internal market, yet the Regulation will also affect U.S. businesses serving customers in the European…

Failure-to-Warn Claim Against Match.com Fails–Beckman v. Match.com

The Ninth Circuit’s Doe 14 v. Internet Brands and Beckman v. Match.com rulings held that Section 230 immunity did not apply to failure-to-warn claims. Those rulings revived both cases and provided some encouragement to plaintiffs more generally. However, this hope…

Restricting Competitive Keyword Ads Is Anti-Competitive--FTC v. 1-800 Contacts

Restricting Competitive Keyword Ads Is Anti-Competitive–FTC v. 1-800 Contacts

Starting in 2002 and continuing for about a decade, 1-800 Contacts systematically locked up many of its online contact lenses retail competitors into settlement agreements that prohibited the parties from bidding on each other’s trademarks at the search engines. Perhaps…

Gambling App Fails to Create Binding Terms of Service--Wilson v. Huuuge

Gambling App Fails to Create Binding Terms of Service–Wilson v. Huuuge

I’ve blogged about the Big Fish gambling case before Judge Leighton. He declined to order arbitration in that case, finding that Big Fish waived its right to arbitrate by extensively litigating the case. Judge Leighton is hearing some other similar…

Angie’s List Defeats Lawsuit Over Alleged “Pay-to-Play” Rankings–Strauss v. Angie’s List

Strauss spent over $200,000 on Angie’s List advertising over about a decade. After he stopped advertising, he claimed Angie’s List treated him poorly, including deindexing him from its search, then degrading his positioning in search results, and other malfeasance. All…

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…

Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Airbnb Has the Potential to Change Online Marketplaces--Harrington v. Airbnb

Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Airbnb Has the Potential to Change Online Marketplaces–Harrington v. Airbnb

Airbnb has admitted that some of its vendors have engaged in racial discrimination. It really had no choice in this admission, after both empirical and anecdotal evidence demonstrated it. Plaintiffs sued Airbnb for violating Oregon’s discrimination law. The magistrate judge…

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…