Dial 1 For Housekeeping – Justia Weekly Writers’ Picks

Seaton v. TripAdvisor,  US 6th Cir. (8/28/13) Communications Law, Constitutional Law, Injury Law, Internet Law Grand Resort, which has operated in the Great Smoky Mountains since 1982, claims that TripAdvisor’s publication of a survey that concluded that Grand Resort was the dirtiest hotel in America caused irreparable damage to its business and that TripAdvisor used a flawed rating system that

EveryMD Sues Facebook Over Messaging Communications Patent

In a recent filing, EveryMD LLC—perhaps best known for its (in)famous lawsuit against Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and approximately four million Facebook business account holders—is suing Facebook for allegedly infringing on its patent on its system for online communication that underlies its model for allowing patients to email doctors directly. According to the complaint, the patent at issue is U.S. Patent

You Kids Turn Down that Noise! Justia Weekly Writers’ Picks

Shore v. Maple Lane Farms, LLC, Tennessee Supreme Court (8/19/13) Agriculture Law, Injury Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use Certain amplified music concerts were conducted on farm land in a rural county. The county board of zoning appeals later ordered the business owners who hosted the concerts to limit the concerts to one per year, but the business owners defied

Justia Weekly Writers’ Picks: Wake Me Up When the Law Suit Ends

Seltzer v. Green Day, Inc., et al., US 9th Cir. (8/7/13) Copyright, Intellectual Property, Trademark Plaintiff filed suit against Green Day and others, alleging violations of the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 101 et seq., and the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq., because Green Day used plaintiff’s illustration, “Scream Icon,” in the video backdrop of its stage show. On

Justia Weekly Writers’ Picks: Go Wide

Brown v. Electronic Arts, Inc., US 9th Cir. (7/31/13) Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Consumer Law, Entertainment & Sports Law, Intellectual Property, Trademark Retired Hall of Fame football player, James “Jim” Brown, filed suit against EA, alleging that EA violated section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1125(a), through the use of Brown’s likeness in EA’s “Madden NFL” series of