9th Cir. to Hear Appeal after Facebook ‘Friend Finder’ Class-Action Dismissed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear arguments next year over the dismissal of a class-action by Facebook users who claimed they were hurt when Facebook promoted its “Friend Finder” by displaying their profile information. A briefing schedule is now listed on the court’s case docket. Last month, Judge Richard Seeborg granted Facebook’s motion to dismiss

Off We Go, Into the Wild Yonder Service Mark Feud

There’s a bitter legal feud in the Wild Yonder out West. The trademark fighter pilot litigators at two telecoms are fueling their IP jets, checking their legal payloads, and heading for a showdown over the clear blue skies of eastern California and northern Nevada. Carlsbad, California-based ViaSat®, owner of Yonder mobile broadband, fired the first salvo, launching a service mark

Facebook, FTC Privacy Settlement is Tentative; Public Comment Open ‘Till Dec. 31

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (‘FTC’) announced that it reached a tentative settlement with Facebook over charges that the social media company engaged in deceptive privacy practices with consumers. But will the proposed settlement (you can read it below) really protect users in an era when tech privacy law is constantly evolving? It’s not final yet; consumers have until the

UMG Copyright Lawsuit Charges Grooveshark Execs, Employees With Massive Uploads of Infringing Tunes

Record label UMG Recordings, Inc. sued Escape Media Group, Inc., the owner of online music streaming website Grooveshark, five of the company’s executives, and two other employees for alleged copyright infringement. UMG’s newest lawsuit contains purported email exchanges with company director Sina Simantob alleging, in part, that Escape “bet the company on the fact that it is easier to beg

Antitrust Lawsuit Over .XXX Domain Names Charges Price-Gouging, Registration Monopoly

Now that the flood gates for .XXX domain name registrations are open, one adult website company owner and manager chose to complain about registration fees by filing an antitrust lawsuit. Luxembourg-based plaintiff Marwin Licensing International SARL accused the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (‘ICANN’) and ICM Registry, LLC of engaging in “monopolistic conduct, price gouging, and anti-competitive and

Free Federal Rules E-Books from CALI and LII

Our friends at CALI [Computer Assisted Legal Instruction] and Cornell LII have issued a series of helpful e-books for lawyers, law students, and anyone else who wants quick and free access to the Federal Rules. The Federal Rules of Evidence, Civil Procedure, and Criminal Procedure are available for free download on CALI’s site. The book’s are based on Cornell LII’s

Suspect Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez Faces Charges for Assassination Attempt at White House

A 21-year-old man from Idaho, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, faces federal charges for attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama. Under 18 U.S.C. § 1751(c), Ortega-Hernandez could be sentenced for a term of up to life in prison if convicted of the charges. According to the FBI affidavit attached to the criminal charges (below) and reports, gunshots were heard in the vicinity

Back to the Basics: Why Quality Blog Content Matters

As cliché as it sounds, “content is king.” It goes without saying that content is one of the key elements in creating an effective and well-optimized legal blog. However, with the internet being an open forum that allows all forms of content—some quality, some not—the search engines have attempted to become smarter. When users search the web, the search engines

Public Domain Citation News: Colorado (re)-Joins the Band

A hat tip to our friend Ed Walters over at FastCase who alerted us to the news that Colorado has proposed adopting a public domain citation format for its Supreme Court and Court of Appeals published opinions. (Yay!)  By our count, this means there will now be seventeen states using some form of universal / vendor neutral citation for their