A 512(f) Plaintiff Wins at Trial! 👀--Alper Automotive v. Day to Day Imports

A 512(f) Plaintiff Wins at Trial! 👀–Alper Automotive v. Day to Day Imports

Background A refresher: in 1998, Congress created a notice-and-takedown scheme for user-submitted items that allegedly infringe copyright. Copyright owners send takedown notices, and service providers either remove the items or lose the safe harbor. Congress recognized how much power it…

Comments on HB 5502, the "INFORM" Act

Comments on HB 5502, the “INFORM” Act

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is marking up the INFORM Act (I think this is the latest version but who knows). The INFORM Act is like a “know-your-customer” (KYC) law for sellers in online marketplaces. It iterates on…

Eighth Circuit Says a Browsewrap Might Form a Contract (and It Wasn't Even a "Browsewrap")--Foster v. Walmart

Eighth Circuit Says a Browsewrap Might Form a Contract (and It Wasn’t Even a “Browsewrap”)–Foster v. Walmart

This is the latest dubious Internet Law ruling from the Eighth Circuit. (Other dubious rulings in 2021 include Select Comfort v. Baxter and Campbell v. Reisch). In this ruling, the court says Walmart may have imposed a binding arbitration clause…

Lawsuit Still Goes to Arbitration, Even Though Amazon Has Since Removed Its Arbitration Clause--Nicosia v. Amazon

Lawsuit Still Goes to Arbitration, Even Though Amazon Has Since Removed Its Arbitration Clause–Nicosia v. Amazon

This is the latest update in Nicosia’s multi-year lawsuit against Amazon. That lawsuit has already resulted in two Second Circuit opinions (and three blog posts). The district court found Nicosia was bound by the arbitration agreement in Amazon’s terms of…

Privacy Lawsuit Based on Website Tracking by Service Provider Trimmed

Privacy Lawsuit Based on Website Tracking by Service Provider Trimmed

This is a lawsuit against Nike and its service provider (FullStory), which provides Nike with “session replay” functionality for its website. FullStory’s software allows Nike to capture information regarding website visitors: (1) mouse clicks, (2) keystrokes, (3) payment card information,…

Peloton Can't Bind All Family Members To Its Arbitration Provision--SS v. Peloton

Peloton Can’t Bind All Family Members To Its Arbitration Provision–SS v. Peloton

This case involves the Peloton treadmill (“Tread+”). The treadmill has caused numerous personal injuries, and Peloton has recalled it. In this case, a 3 year old boy suffered personal injuries due to a Tread+ his dad bought. The dad, mom,…

Section 230 Protects Securities Exchange--Saveene v. Remo

Section 230 Protects Securities Exchange–Saveene v. Remo

This case involves an alleged case of corporate hijacking. The plaintiff alleges that it bought a controlling interest in a corporate entity opaquely named American Diversified Holdings Corp. (“ADHC”) from Remo. Remo then allegedly dissolved the Nevada entity and, without…

TOS Supports Injunction Against Web Scraping--Southwest Airlines v. Kiwi

TOS Supports Injunction Against Web Scraping–Southwest Airlines v. Kiwi

This is a scraping lawsuit brought by Southwest airlines against Kiwi.com. The court issues an injunction restricting Kiwi from scraping Southwest’s website. Southwest does not allow online travel agencies to sell Southwest flights without the approval of Southwest. Its terms…

The SHOP SAFE Act Is a Terrible Bill That Will Eliminate Online Marketplaces

The SHOP SAFE Act Is a Terrible Bill That Will Eliminate Online Marketplaces

[Note: this blog post covers Rep. Nadler’s manager’s amendment for the SHOP SAFE Act, which I think will be the basis of a committee markup hearing tomorrow. If Congress were well-functioning, draft bills going into markup would be circulated a…

My Declaration Identifying Emoji Co. GmbH as a Possible Trademark Troll

My Declaration Identifying Emoji Co. GmbH as a Possible Trademark Troll

There are dozens of federal lawsuits captioned “Emoji Company GmbH v. The Individuals, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule A Hereto.” Last month, in one of them, I filed a declaration stating that “Emojico appears…