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Survey: Half of U.S. job seekers on the hunt because of coronavirus

As of August 2020, United States' unemployment rate remains at 8.4 percent, more than double February 2020's numbers. A new survey, commissioned by Amazon, found that roughly half of today's job seekers are looking as a result of coronavirus. Amazon released survey highlights in advance of its Career Day event, where it will seek to fill some of its 33,000 open corporate and tech positions. The United States economy added 1.4 million jobs this August, reducing the unemployment rate to 8.4 perce...
Tags: Amazon, Work, Education, Markets, Economics, Society, United States, Innovation, Universal Basic Income, Social Change, World Economic Forum, Industries, Andrew Yang, Kenzie Academy, Coronavirus, Beth Galetti Amazon


Amazon Is Strictly Liable for Marketplace Items, Reinforcing That Online Marketplaces Are Doomed–Bolger v. Amazon

This is another one of my overlong angsty posts about the death of Section 230. Today’s angst is about the liability regime for online marketplace transactions, the inevitable demise of online marketplaces, and how we’ll all end up poorer when that happens. The Bolger Decision The impetus for this blog post is last month’s ruling Bolger v. Amazon by the California Court of Appeals. That case involves an exploding battery sold by an impossible-to-sue vendor via Amazon’s Marketplace. In the lower ...
Tags: Amazon, Craigslist, Etsy, Law, Congress, California, Ebay, Walmart, E-commerce, California Supreme Court, WSJ, Legislature, FBA, Assembly, Amazon FBA, Amazon com Inc


Competitive Keyword Advertising Still Isn’t Trademark Infringement, Unless…. –Adler v. Reyes & Adler v. McNeil

Competitive keyword advertising lawsuits are still stupid, and they are still typically doomed in court. This is especially true in keyword advertising disputes between rival lawyers, something that I spoke out against in 2016. Despite that, one of these two companion cases survives a motion to dismiss, which might slightly encourage plaintiffs. Note that it took a combination of very specific facts and a sympathetic judge relying on very old law just to get past a motion to dismiss. YMMV. Adler...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Florida, Law, California, Marketing, Search Engines, Dallas, Trademark, BPI, Ftc, South Florida, Florida Bar, Moore, Reyes, Greenberg


"As a teenager, rambling the city with girlfriends, we preferred to shop in thrift stores downtown. But the couches and cavernous 'ladies’ lounges' of midtown department stores..."

"... were on a sacred list of places where we could sit and talk without being scolded, a list that also included dingier spots: the sticky vinyl booths of diners, coffee shops with armchairs, and the carpeted aisles of chain bookstores. Today all those places where we lingered might as well be from another world, they seem so inefficient and wonderful.... Department stores were the slick behemoths of their time, replacing tailors and specialty shops. Now we look back at them as homey and person...
Tags: Amazon, Shopping, Law, Taylor, Barnes Noble, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Sarah M Seltzer


AI experts doubt Amazon's new Halo wearable can accurately judge the emotion in your voice, and worry about the privacy risks

Amazon's wearable "Halo" wristband and accompanying app. Amazon Amazon launched its new wearable, Halo, on Thursday. It comes with a feature called "Amazon Tone" which analyzes the emotion in your voice to help users "better understand how they may sound to others."Amazon says Tone uses machine learning to analyze the users' voice and tell them how they sound throughout the day.AI experts told Business Insider it's bold of Amazon to claim an algorithm is capable of accurately interpreti...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Halo, Trends, Insurance, Mozilla, Ai, University of Oxford, Voice, Alexa, Amazon Amazon, John Hancock, Wachter, Majmudar, Tech Insider, Tone


Proposed UK law pushes accountability for Amazon products

People around the world have watched with increasing horror as Amazon forest destruction has accelerated in recent years. Now, U.K. officials have proposed a law to make large companies operating within the U.K. comply with environmental laws and show where their products originate.  The new law would cover soy, rubber, cocoa, palm oil and other commodities. According to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) survey, 67% of British consumers want more government oversight on companies, and 81% think busine...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Design, News, Law, Bbc, Deforestation, United Kingdom, Wwf, Amazon Rainforest, Glasgow, Chambers, Indigenous Amazon, Ruth Chambers


Guest Column: Utah, We are Going to Need a Bigger Sandbox

The Aug. 13 Utah Supreme Court decision intersected with the work of Reginald Heber Smith in a way I am certain he never expected. In 1919, Smith published Justice and the Poor. In it, he wrote, “Without equal access to the law, the system not only robs the poor of their only protection, but places in the hands of their oppressors the most powerful and ruthless weapon ever invented.” Smith’s next endeavor was to apply the same passion for fairness to the newly formed Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHal...
Tags: Amazon, Utah, Justice, Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Zappos, Smith, Baylor University, Costco, Seth Godin, Leigh, Dentons, Hale, Utah Supreme Court, Bob Ambrogi


Court Orders Rightsowner to Withdraw DMCA Takedown Notices Sent to Amazon–Beyond Blond v. Heldman

This case involves an Amazon seller, the plaintiff, who packages and republishes public domain cartoon videos, like Bugs Bunny, Popeye, and Mighty Mouse. The defendant is a rightsowner who claims that the Amazon seller infringes its rights. On that basis, the rightsowner sent multiple DMCA takedown notices to Amazon. The plaintiff counternoticed, but Amazon rejected the counternotices, so the plaintiff sued. It appears the rightsowner is claiming copyright and trademark rights in the term “carto...
Tags: Amazon, Law, E-commerce, Copyright, Dmca, Johnson, Smith, Trademark, Crossfit, Vodka, Usc, Viacom, Automattic, Shropshire, Umg, Dod


Morning Docket: 08.21.20

* The Pennsylvania Attorney General is taking action against an Amazon seller for allegedly selling hand sanitizer for $75 a bottle. Maybe it was made with top-shelf alcohol? [Philadelphia Inquirer] * A group of 100 New York City eateries are planning a lawsuit to allow indoor dining in the Empire State. [New York Post] * A judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at keeping a Chic-fil-A at a San Antonio airport. [San Antonio Express-News] * A Fort Worth, Texas, attorney who walked all the way t...
Tags: Amazon, New York Post, Law, New York City, Fbi, Austin, Pennsylvania, Bill Belichick, Fox News, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, Fort Worth Texas, Austin Texas, San Antonio Express News


"The Week Old Hollywood Finally, Actually Died/The streaming services are in charge, and bringing a ruthless new culture with them."

A NYT article by Ben Smith.[O]n Aug. 7...  WarnerMedia abruptly eliminated the jobs of hundreds of employees, emptying the executive suite at the once-great studio that built Hollywood.... In a series of brisk video calls, executives who imagined they were studio eminences were reminded that they work — or used to work — at the video division of a phone company. The chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, Bob Greenblatt, learned that he’d been fired the morning of the day the news broke.... Jeffr...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, TV, Hollywood, Movies, Video Games, Law, Netflix, Ben Smith, Jason Kilar, Bob Greenblatt, Casey Bloys, AT T U Verse, Ann Althouse, Jeffrey Schlesinger, WarnerMedia


The 14 best beach movies you can stream right now

  Though many beaches have opened for the season, those with COVID-related concerns are looking for summer entertainment from the safety of their homes, including films available for streaming. We compiled a list of award-winning and cult-favorite movies from a diverse range of directors and actors to replicate the experience of visiting the beach and inspire new bucket list travel destinations. Picks include coming-of-age dramas, queer love stories, and family-friendly animated films set on ...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, New York, Greece, Law, France, Singapore, Matt Damon, Cary Grant, Disney, Trends, Amazon Prime, Malaysia, Italy, New Zealand, Brazil


What Is Important In Defining Success At Your Firm? Tell Us In A Survey! [Sponsored]

Time is running out to win one of five $200 Amazon gift cards. Your opinion counts and will be incorporated into this year's Legal Trends Report.
Tags: Amazon, Law, Surveys, Clio, Sponsored Content, Small Law Firms, Legal Trends Report


At the Sunday Night Café...

... you can write about whatever you like.And thanks for using the Althouse Portal when you shop at Amazon. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


"Publishers Fret Over Obama’s ‘Failure to Perform’/Michelle finished her book. Why is Obama having trouble living up to his part of their lucrative contract?"

Headline at American Spectator.Contracts that come with a reported $65 million advance, such as the one signed by Barack and Michelle Obama in February 2017 with Penguin Random House (PRH), will inevitably include [a "failure to perform" clause].... At the time the Obama deal was made in early 2017, insiders were telling Publishers Weekly that books by both Michelle and Barack would be released in fall 2018. Michelle’s book, Becoming, was released by PRH’s Crown division on schedule in November ...
Tags: Amazon, Writing, Law, Obama, Bali, White House, Barack Obama, Chicago, New York Times, Michelle Obama, University Of Chicago, Penguin Random House, Random House, Contracts, Barack, Michelle


Blogging on Niches Growing During the Covid-19 Pandemic an Opportunity for Lawyers

I’ve been following stories about industries that are growing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. My thought is that such sectors may represent an opportunity for lawyers looking to build a name during the pandemic by covering legal issues related to such sectors in a blog. I read an article earlier this week about industry sectors in Boulder which are adding jobs while unemployment is increasing statewide as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Such as? A plaque and metal engrav...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Colorado, Uncategorized, Boulder


Blogging on Industry Niches Growing During the Covid-19 Pandemic an Opportunity for Lawyers

I’ve been following stories about industries that are growing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. My thought is that such sectors may represent an opportunity for lawyers looking to build a name during the pandemic by covering legal issues related to such sectors in a blog. I read an article earlier this week about industry sectors in Boulder which are adding jobs while unemployment is increasing statewide as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Such as? A plaque and metal engrav...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Colorado, Uncategorized, Boulder


At the Boardwalk Café...

... you can pace around all night.And thanks for using the Althouse Portal when you shop at Amazon. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Plants, Ann Althouse, Lake Wingra


What Drives Law Firm Success In Times Of Uncertainty? [Sponsored]

Survey findings will be incorporated into Clio’s Legal Trends Report, to help legal professionals make decisions about what to prioritize over the coming months and years. We need your help, and we're giving away five $200 Amazon gift cards to get it.
Tags: Amazon, Law, Surveys, Clio, Sponsored Content, Small Law Firms


At the Wednesday Night Café...

... you can write about whatever you want.And thanks for using the Althouse Portal when you shop at Amazon. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Flowers, Ann Althouse


At the Monday [I mean Tuesday] Night Café...

... have a seat at one of the socially distanced tables, enjoy the WiFi, and write about whatever comes to mind.And when you take breaks to shop, please think of using the Althouse Portal to go into Amazon. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


At the Monday Night Café...

... you can write about whatever you want.Not much sunrise on view this morning, but the photo was taken at 5:54 this morning. Actual sunrise time was 5:50.And thanks for using the Althouse Portal when you shop at Amazon. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Flowers, Ann Althouse


At the 5:46/6:03 Café...

... go ahead and write about whatever you want. And thanks for using the Althouse Portal when you shop at Amazon. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Data Center Avoids Copyright Liability By Forwarding DMCA Notices to Its Customer–ALS Scan v. Steadfast

Steadfast operates data centers. Imagebam is one of its customers. Imagebam provides image hosting services. Allegedly, Imagebam has “become an unauthorized hub of copyrighted adult material.” ALS Scan, which owns many copyrights in pornographic works, sent Steadfast DMCA takedown notices targeting images posted by Imagebam users. Steadfast forwarded the DMCA notices to Imagebam, which acted upon them. My blog post on a prior district court ruling. The court doesn’t mention this explicitly, but...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Copyright, Dmca, Ninth Circuit, Giganews, Derivative Liability, IAP, Imagebam, Flixya, ALS Scan Inc


Ten Cybersecurity Lessons Learned About Working From Home

The year 2020 will be remembered as the year that lawyers were catapulted into the future. As a result of COVID-19, the majority of law firms suddenly found themselves thrust into a work-from-home (WFH) environment. Some were prepared for working remotely, but many were not. We’ve helped a lot of lawyers transition to a different working environment by providing training and implementing new technologies in their practice. Along the way, we’ve learned some things about how lawyers have responded...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Vpn, RDP, Legal Technology, MFA, BitSight, Webex Zoom


Repeated Amazon Purchases Sufficient to Impute Notice of Arbitration Clause

We blogged Nicosia v. Amazon in 2015 and 2016. (See “The “Browsewrap”/”Clickwrap” Distinction Is Falling Apart”; “Anarchy Has Ensued In Courts’ Handling of Online Contract Formation (Round Up Post).”) A recent Second Circuit ruling in favor of Amazon, while unpublished, warrants a mention. This lawsuit involved weight-loss products, purchased on Amazon, which had been removed from the market at the FDA’s request. The district court initially found in favor of Amazon with respect to its argument...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Law, E-commerce, United States, Fda, Faa, Trudeau, Nicosia, District Court, Ninth Circuit, Second Circuit, Amazon com Inc, Nosal, Llewellyn, Reinhardt


Print-on-Demand Vendor Doesn’t Qualify for DMCA Safe Harbor–Feingold v. RageOn

This case involves two copyright-protected photos that users submitted to the RageOn print-on-demand service. Among other defenses, RageOn invoked the DMCA safe harbor. The Greg Young v. Zazzle case held that Zazzle qualified for the 512(c) safe harbor for displaying user-supplied photo on its site, but not for manufacturing and shipping the physical items contain the photos. This court says that RageOn disqualified for several of the DMCA safe harbor’s elements. The court says RageOn got financ...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Ebay, E-commerce, Copyright, Williams, Dmca, Atari, Smith, Ohio State, Zazzle, Trademark, King, Harley Davidson, Osu, Tiffany


"Kids are encouraged to express their own opinions. Everyone in the family, including the youngest, has a say."

"By the time Julius turned three, he had already developed adequate language skills to express what’s important to him. After that, it was all about teaching him how to formulate rational solutions. Negotiation-based parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. It can be exhausting, and your patience will be tested. But by allowing our toddler to negotiate, we were teaching him how to set his own boundaries. The notion was that each time Julius questioned our authority, he was simply trying to expres...
Tags: Amazon, Children, Law, Happiness, Netherlands, Chocolate, Cnbc, Julius, Ann Althouse


Amazon now sells auto insurance in India

Amazon’s India business said on Thursday it has begun offering auto insurance to cover two and four-wheeler in the country, marking American giant’s first foray into this financial services category globally. The e-commerce giant said it had inked a deal with Mumbai-headquartered Acko General Insurance to offer customers car and motor-bike insurance. Amazon is also an investor in Acko. Mahendra Nerurkar, chief executive and director of Amazon Pay in India, said on Wednesday evening at a fi...
Tags: Amazon, Apps, Asia, Finance, India, Insurance, Tech, Walmart, Automotive, Mumbai, Flipkart, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Amazon India, Paytm, ICRA, Paytm India


Advice for New Lawyers in a Changing Legal Market

The delivery of legal services is changing. Author Mark Cohen writes in “Big Money is Betting on Legal Industry Transformation” that law is a trillion dollar market with no Goliaths. The industry is fragmented and ripe for transformation. Law firms are becoming a smaller segment of the legal supply chain. Cohen predicts that “the hegemony of the traditional law firms is over.” He explains that “law firms have lost their hegemony over legal delivery. Their market share is eroding.” New legal prov...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Big Money, Mark Cohen, Cohen, Career Success, Practice Of Law, Robert Katzberg, Be Credible, Be Gracious, Interpersonal Skills Matter, Succeeding In The Business Of Law


Amazon-owned Whole Foods cracked down on staff wearing 'Black Lives Matter' apparel, class-action lawsuit claims

More than 12 workers at Whole Foods stores in 4 different U.S. states claim in a class-action lawsuit that the Amazon-owned retailer retaliated against them for wearing apparel associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. In the lawsuit, 14 employees at Whole Foods stores in California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Washington State claim the company was unjustly enforcing its dress code policy. In a statement, Whole Foods denies any employees were fired for wearing Black Lives Matter ...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Business, News, Justice, Law, Whole Foods, Massachusetts, US news, Racism, New York Times, Lawsuits, Washington State, Black Lives Matter, BLM, Cambridge Mass



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