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Opinion analysis: Justices sidestep decision on propriety of “cy pres” class-action settlements

This morning the justices issued a per curiam opinion vacating the decision of the lower court in Frank v. Gaos. They had granted review in that case to consider the propriety of so-called “cy pres” settlements – settlements of class actions that distribute all or a part of the monetary relief to public-interest or charitable recipients instead of the named plaintiffs. In this case, for example, the lower courts awarded $8.5 million in monetary relief in a suit brought by plaintiffs alleging tha...
Tags: Google, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Robins, Frank, 9th Circuit, U S Court of Appeals, Clarence Thomas, Spokeo Inc, Merits Cases, Spokeo, Spokeo Today


A “view” from the courtroom: Trials of Mississippi

Today will bring an intense hour of argument about race in jury selection in the case of a Mississippi man who has been tried six times by the same prosecutor, which will culminate in a series of short questions by Justice Clarence Thomas, his first during oral argument in three years. But first, there are a couple of lighter moments. Justice Thomas questions petitioner’s lawyer in Flowers v. Mississippi (Art Lien) Chief Justice John Roberts announces that Justice Stephen Breyer has the co...
Tags: Google, Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Kentucky, Walmart, United States, New Jersey, Davis, Manhattan, Evans, Nielsen, Johnson, Flowers


Law enforcement needs to protect citizens and their data

Robert Anderson Contributor Robert Anderson served for 21 years in the FBI, retiring as executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. He is currently an advisor at The Chertoff Group and the chief executive of Cyber Defense Labs. Over the past several years, the law enforcement community has grown increasingly concerned about the conduct of digital investigations as technology providers enhance the security protections of thei...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Security, Facebook, Column, Human Rights, Privacy, Law, Australia, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption, Cryptography, Fbi


‘Case Status,’ App that Automates Client Communications, Receives Venture Funding

Case Status, a company whose product aims to improve the client experience by automating lawyer-client communications and case updates, has received venture capital funding from the Alabama Futures Fund. The amount of funding was not disclosed. Case Status allows lawyers to provide clients with real-time visibility into the status of their matter from their mobile devices. The platform also helps lawyers grow their firms by making it easy to obtain reviews and referrals from current clients. Fou...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, Alabama, Atlanta, Nba, Auburn, Aff, Charleston, Birmingham Al, Atlanta Ga, Bob Ambrogi, Sturdivant, Case Status, Cox Enterprises According, Lauren Sturdivant Lauren Sturdivant


‘Case Status,’ App that Automates Client Communications, Receives Venture Funding

Case Status, a company whose product aims to improve the client experience by automating lawyer-client communications and case updates, has received venture capital funding from the Alabama Futures Fund. The amount of funding was not disclosed. Case Status allows lawyers to provide clients with real-time visibility into the status of their matter from their mobile devices. The platform also helps lawyers grow their firms by making it easy to obtain reviews and referrals from current clients. Fou...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, Alabama, Atlanta, Nba, Auburn, Aff, Charleston, Birmingham Al, Atlanta Ga, Sturdivant, Case Status, Cox Enterprises According, Lauren Sturdivant Lauren Sturdivant, Raymond J Harbert G Ruffner Page Jr


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Edvard Pettersson and Bill Callahan: Qualcomm Wins First U.S. Jury Trial Against Apple (Source: Yahoo Finance) Manas Mishra and James Emmanuel: U.S. Court Rejects Alvogen’s Patent Challenge for Celgene’s Cancer Drug (Source: Yahoo Finance) Megan Rose Dickey: BlackBerry Sues Twitter for Patent Infringement (Source: Tech Crunch) Richard Borsuk, Christopher Cushing and Jonathan Oatis: Foxconn Rejects Microsoft Patent Lawsuit, Says Never Had to Pay Royalties (So...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Law, Wipo, Patent, Foxconn, Megan Rose Dickey, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Celgene, Jonathan Oatis, Yahoo Finance, U S Court, Bill Callahan, Alvogen, Edvard Pettersson, Bits and Bytes


Court Tosses Antitrust Claims That Internet Giants Are Biased Against Conservatives–Freedom Watch v. Google

Apologies if I’m not being appropriately empathetic, but I think lawsuits alleging that Internet giants are biased against conservatives are stupid and counterproductive. They are premised on factually unsupportable assertions of bias, and most of these plaintiffs would enthusiastically cheer such bias so long as it worked against minorities or the libs. Further, there is no viable solution to “fix” bias. “Bias” is intrinsic in every media ecology, so it’s impossible to eradicate. The closest “s...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Search Engines, Sony, Taylor, Brittain, US supreme court, Trump, Cox, Google Facebook, Google Inc, Second Circuit, Facebook Facebook, McFadden, Twitter Twitter


Agustin Huneeus Jr. — charged in the college admissions scandal — "has been a popular big money-political donor to California’s Congressional Democrats from the San Francisco Bay Area, and Napa Valley."

The California Globe reports:In 2016, his family hosted a Democratic mega-donor lunch and wine pairing at their Quintessa Winery for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, with Google’s executive chairman Schmidt as the luncheon speaker.... Huneeus has made seven contributions to House Speaker Nancy Pelois (D-San Francisco), totaling $18,300, and $10,000 to Pelosi’s political action committee, PAC to the Future....Agustin also made:six contributions to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-San Francisco), totaling $21,600.six lar...
Tags: Google, Law, California, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, House, PAC, Ethnicity, Nancy Pelosi, Globe, Campaign Finance, San Francisco Bay Area, Democratic, Democratic Party, Napa Valley


Apple ad focuses on iPhone’s most marketable feature — privacy

Apple is airing a new ad spot focused on privacy today in primetime. The spot is visually cued, with no dialog and a simple tagline: Privacy. That’s iPhone. In a series of humorous vignettes, the message is driven home that sometimes you just want a little privacy. The spot has only one line of text otherwise, and it’s in keeping with Apple’s messaging on privacy over the long and short term. “If privacy matters in your life, it should matter to the phone your life is on.” The spot will air t...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Human Rights, Privacy, Identity Management, Law, US, Tech, Ceo, United States, Digital Media, Tim Cook, Computing


Do Adjacent Organic Search Results Constitute Trademark Infringement? Of Course Not…But…–America CAN! v. CDF

One of the screenshots from the complaint A charitable fundraising organization, America CAN!, has a registered trademark in the phrase “Write off the car, not the Kid.” The organization purports to help the education of high risk youths, and it claims that “100% of the net proceeds go to the kids.” So the “kid” in the trademarked phrase appears to refer to disadvantaged youths, not tax writeoffs for being a parent. As a parent, the pun didn’t work for me. The lawsuit relates to Make-a-Wish Nor...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Florida, Yahoo, Law, California, Marketing, America, Search Engines, Trademark, BPI, Ftc, Weber, Florida Bar, Cooper, Abraham


A massive victory for fair use in the longrunning Dr Seuss vs Star Trek parody lawsuit

Back in 2016, the Dr Seuss estate won a preliminary court action against "Oh, The Places You'll Boldly Go!" a crowdfunded parody of Dr Seuss's "Oh the Places You'll Go!" and Star Trek, written by veteran Star Trek creator David "Tribble" Gerrold and illustrated by the comics giant Ty Templeton. In 2017, Comicmix, the publisher, secured a partial legal victory, but the Seuss estate wasn't done -- they have been litigating ever since, but now it appears the fight is done, and Comicmix has pr...
Tags: Google, Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Copyfight, News, Supreme Court, Law, Parody, Star Trek, Fair Use, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oracle, Timothy Geigner, Kirk, Mattel Inc


"Facebook removed several ads placed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants."

"But the social network later reversed course after POLITICO reported on the takedown, with the company saying it wanted to allow for 'robust debate,'" .“Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy. Facebook, Amazon, and Google," read the ads, which Warren's campaign had placed Friday. "We all use them. But in their rise to power, they’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field in their favor.”...“We removed the ads bec...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Censorship, Advertising, Elizabeth Warren, Antitrust, Warren, Logos, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Facebook Amazon, Ann Althouse


SDF Podcast 26: To regulate, or not to regulate, that is the question…

“We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.“ So the famous US Supreme Court Justice and ‘crusader for social justice’ and breaker-upper of Gilded Age monopolies, Louis D. Brandeis is said to have said, perhaps sometime in the early 1930s. Today, perhaps the best-known neo-Brandeisian anti-trust advocate is Tim Wu, Columbia law professor, ‘father of net neutrality’ and author of a series of books likening ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Technology, London, Social Networks, France, Germany, US, Communication, Public Relations, Eu


The EU’s plan to rein in Facebook and Google will do exactly the opposite | Carlos Fernandes

The proposed shake-up to copyright law will only entrench the dominance of tech giants. There are other, better waysThe growth of the internet and user-generated content in the past 15 years has been underpinned by speed and ease of use. The foundations for this are commonly referred to as “safe harbour” provisions in copyright law. This means that organisations that allow users to upload content to their websites – Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook et al – are not liable for copyright infringement o...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Law, Internet, Youtube, Wikipedia, Eu, European Union, World news, Alphabet, EU Continue, Carlos Fernandes


Business Disputes: Delaware Escheat Law – Dispute with Google

My question involves business law in the state of: Delaware I recently had money from a Google Payments account escheated to the state of Delaware, despite me having regularly (at least once per year since its creation and at least once per month during the 12 months preceeding the day of escheatment) logged in to that account. This account was created in 2013 and had less than a dozen transactions (income from Google Play sales) until April 2018. From then on, continuously multiple transactio...
Tags: Google, Law, Bank, Delaware, Business Law


SEO Efforts a Bust? Here are 10 Reasons Why

You know the importance of digital marketing for law firm business development. You realize that much of your online success — if and when it comes — depends on doing the right things SEO-wise so your law firm website shows up on the first page of Google. You know that you certainly do not have the time (nor the inclination, probably) to become an SEO expert. You did not go to law school for this. So you hire someone to take this on — either someone on your staff or an external resource. Because...
Tags: Google, Law, Seo, Google Analytics, Search Engine Watch, SEO for law firms, Seo For Lawyers, Seo For Law Firm Websites


New ‘LawZam Consults’ Allows Lawyers to Sell Text or Video Legal Consultations

A new service launching today, LawZam Consults, allows lawyers to provide 15-60 minute text and video client consultations for a fee via a mobile-friendly online platform. The new service is being introduced by LawZam, a company launched in 2012 to help consumers find lawyers and enable them to receive free legal consultations by videoconference. I previously wrote about LawZam when it launched and when it unveiled its video consultation app. While the original intent of the site was to help und...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, United States, RTC, Avvo Legal Services, Ludwick, Bob Ambrogi, Hermosa Beach Calif, LawZam, Brendan Ludwick, Claudio Dunkelman, Dunkelman, LawZam Consults


A brilliant, simple exercise to teach privacy fundamentals

Kate Klonick, an assistant professor at St John's Law School, teaches an Information Privacy course for second- and third-year law students; she devised a wonderful and simply exercise to teach her students about "anonymous speech, reasonable expectation of privacy, third party doctrine, and privacy by obscurity" over the spring break. Klonick's students were assigned to sit in a public place and eavesdrop on nearby conversations, then, using only Google searches, "see if you can de-anonymi...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Education, Privacy, Law, Pedagogy, Third Party Doctrine, Kate Klonick, Klonick, Norms, Occupy Law School, Re-identification Attacks, St John s Law School


Presumption of Nexus or “Presumptions All the Way Down”

by Dennis Crouch Xactware Solutions, Inc. v. Eagle View Techs., Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2019) Both of these companies use drones to measure houses — their reports are then used for roofing, solar, and insurance estimates. In 2015, Eagle View sued Xactware for patent infringement — that case is ongoing.  Meanwhile, Xactware filed a series of inter partes review petitions – the subject of the appeal here. For its part, the PTAB agreed to hear the IPRs — finding initially that the petitions had merit.  Ult...
Tags: Google, Law, Patent, Fed, Federal Circuit, Dennis Crouch, PTAB, Xactware, Xactware Solutions Inc, Eagle View Techs Inc Fed, Williamson Tobacco Corp, Philip Morris Inc


New ‘LawZam Consults’ Allows Lawyers to Sell Text or Video Legal Consultations

A new service launching today, LawZam Consults, allows lawyers to provide 15-60 minute text and video client consultations for a fee via a mobile-friendly online platform. The new service is being introduced by LawZam, a company launched in 2012 to help consumers find lawyers and enable them to receive free legal consultations by videoconference. I previously wrote about LawZam when it launched and when it unveiled its video consultation app. While the original intent of the site was to help und...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, United States, RTC, Avvo Legal Services, Ludwick, Hermosa Beach Calif, LawZam, Brendan Ludwick, Claudio Dunkelman, Dunkelman, LawZam Consults


Jupiter raises $23 million to tell businesses and governments how climate change will destroy them

Whether it’s by flood, fire, or the fury of a storm, climate-related catastrophes are now impacting most cities and towns across the country. As these natural disasters increase in frequency and severity, cities and the businesses that reside in them are mobilizing to understand how best to prepare for the climatological challenges they’re going to face — and increasingly they’re turning to companies like Jupiter Intelligence for information. From offices in San Mateo, Calif., Boulder, Colo., an...
Tags: Google, TC, Real Estate, New York, London, Colorado, California, Singapore, New York City, Insurance, Tech, New Jersey, President, Virtual Reality, Miami, Hacker


Viz Media Has Issued Over 200 Million Copyright Takedown Requests

American anime and manga distributor Viz Media has been revealed as one of the world’s most prolific when it comes to issuing copyright takedown requests, submitting over 200 million in its lifetime: the fourth-highest of any copyright holder. Google’s latest transparency report shows that Western anime and manga licensor Viz Media has requested the takedown […]
Tags: Google, Law, Copyright, Statistics, Piracy, Anime, VIZ Media


Amazon won’t sell porn, but will sell anti-vaxxer books

Tech companies like Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube have all recently moved to ban, demonetize or otherwise moderate content related to anti-vaccination causes.Amazon, which currently sells documentaries, books and merchandise created by anti-vaxxers, has offered no plans to do the same.How much responsibility private companies should take when it comes to keeping potentially dangerous information from the public remains an open question. None Amazon has no stated plans to moderate or remove ant...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Pinterest, Internet, Youtube, Government, Society, Cnn, Innovation, Philosophy, Philadelphia, Vaccines, Calif, Adam Schiff, Children s Hospital


Google v. Oracle Filings Thus Far

Google LLC, Petitioner v. Oracle America, Inc., SCT Docket No. 18-956 Questions Presented: Whether copyright protection extends to a software interface. Whether, as the jury found, petitioner’s use of a software interface in the context of creating a new computer program constitutes fair use. Party Documents Google: Petition for a writ of certiorari Oracle: Responsive Brief Due March 27, 2019 Briefs in Support of Google Brief amicus curiae of Developers Alliance Amicus brief of Eight Int...
Tags: Google, Law, Oracle, Patent, Red Hat Inc, Python Software Foundation, Oracle America Inc, Peter S Menell, Google LLC Petitioner, Eight Intellectual Property Scholars Amicus, David Nimmer Amicus, Sixty Five Intellectual Property Scholars Amicus, Tidelift Amicus, American Antitrust Institute Amicus, Microsoft Corporation Briefs


Why 65 Intellectual Property Scholars Filed an Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Google’s Petition for Cert in the Oracle Case

Guest Post by Pamela Samuelson, Berkeley Law School.  Prof. Samuelson has been involved with digital copyright law for the past 35 years. She recently led an amicus effort pushing against the Federal Circuit’s enforcement of Copyrights on the method call names (API) for Java. – DC [Read the Amicus Brief] In January 2018, Google filed a petition to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review two adverse rulings by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the Oracle Am. Inc. v. Google Inc. case. T...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Guest Post, Berkeley, Baker, Oracle, Patent, Catherine Crump, Altai, First Circuit, U S Supreme Court, District Court, Google Inc, Second Circuit


2H 2018 Quick Links, Part 7 (Content Moderation, Section 230, & More)

[ugh, somehow this got lost in my drafts folder. Sharing it now…] * Vice: “The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People.” If you read only one article on content moderation, choose this one. Things I learned included: Facebook has a policy for images depicting celebrities photoshopped with anus mouths/eyes. * New York Times: Inside Twitter’s Struggle Over What Gets Banned * Washington Post: Jack Dorsey says he’s rethinking the core of how Twitter works * Vice: In...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Law, Washington Post, Russia, Atlantic, New York Times, Islam, US Senate, Jack Dorsey, Sheryl Sandberg, Ny Times, Slashdot


WIRTW #543 (the “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at the office” edition)

What was your worst day at work? Does it top the day that Cleveland criminal defense attorney Aaron Brockler had this past Tuesday? I'll let Cleveland.com explain what happened: A Warrensville Heights man shocked a courtroom full of spectators Tuesday when he sucker-punched his own defense attorney after a judge sentenced him to 45 years in prison…. Cuyahoga County sheriff's deputies took down David Chislton after the 42-year-old struck lawyer Aaron Brockler in the face with both of his han...
Tags: Google, Minnesota, Law, Social Media, Mlb, Cleveland, Nlrb, Joe, Cuyahoga County, Robin Shea, Warrensville Heights, Eric Meyer, John Grisham, FLSA, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas


Avoid These SEO Mistakes to Improve Your Law Firm’s Search Ranking [Infographic]

Getting on the first page of Google is every law firm marketer’s mission.  That’s because current research shows that most people — 94%! — won’t look beyond the first page of their Google search results.  So acquiring that piece of rare real estate is key if you want to build a strong online presence for your law firm. Competition is fierce in the legal category and you need to use every weapon available to fight your way to the first page. Many of these are technical issues that are easily reme...
Tags: Google, Law, Seo, UCSD, SEO PPC, Michael Veinbergs, Local Marketing Geeks Michael, SEO for law firms, Seo For Lawyers, Seo For Law Firm Websites


The Right to Be Forgotten – Insights From Germany

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) have set the basic framework for the right to be forgotten. Recent case law from Germany offers an insight into its application on the ground. The right to be forgotten as initially created in the Google Spain case (C-131/12) and now further developed in art. 17 GDPR provides data subjects with the right to have their personal data erased by a data processing controller (most prominently search en...
Tags: Google, Law, Germany, Spain, University of Toronto, Legal Technology, Gdpr, Vi, ECHR, Court of Justice, Gsc, European Union CJEU, Google Spain, CJEU, Legal Information, German Constitutional Court


Collection Lawsuits: Appealing Judgement for Medical Debts Not Owed

My question involves collection proceedings in the State of: Michigan I'm trying to help my girlfriend figure out what to do next. She was sued by a law firm for medical debts in the amount of $700.00 dollars that should not be owed. Small back story, few years ago she had a credit check done and found some debt on her credit for medical related stuff from Spectrum Health related to her autistic son. She had no idea why this was on her credit so she disputed it wth the credit bureos and said t...
Tags: Google, Law, Michigan, Debts and Collections



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