The Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016

Every day it seems more consumers rely on and create online reviews for products and services businesses offer. Individuals might search for reviews on sites such as Yelp or TripAdvisor or through Google before they buy a product or book … Continue reading

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Keeping Private Public Records Private: Slater v. Arizona Board of Regents

When college or university faculty members are accused of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, the institution is tasked with assessing and investigating the allegations and responding appropriately. The goals may seem straightforward: address the situation, help remedy the effects, and … Continue reading

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Dani Mathers’ Snapchat Body-shaming Exposes Her to Civil Liability

Playboy model Dani Mathers faces criminal charges for privacy invasion related to a July 14, 2016, body-shaming incident. According to several news accounts, Ms. Mathers was at an L.A. Fitness gym on July 14, 2016. While in the gym locker … Continue reading

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Why Burke Ramsey Will Win His Defamation Lawsuit against Werner Spitz

On October 6, 2016, through a team of attorneys led by Lin Wood, Burke Ramsey sued Dr. Werner Spitz for defamation. He filed the lawsuit in Michigan’s Third Circuit Court for Wayne County. You may view the complaint here. If … Continue reading

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Data Breach Standing Developments in the Sixth Circuit: Galaria et al. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

Horror stories of what victims of identity theft go through routinely make headlines as large-scale data breaches have gained more attention. Victims may find their financial accounts unexpectedly frozen. They may have credit lines, even mortgages, opened in their names. … Continue reading

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Attias v. Carefirst August 10, 2016, Memorandum Opinion

This recent court decision adds to an increasing body of law that makes it harder for data breach victims to win against the companies from whom their data was stolen. According to the U.S. District Court for the District of … Continue reading

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FTC Holds LabMD Liable for Negligent Information Security

The Federal Trade Commission issued an opinion today that continues the discussion of what reasonable data security practices are and should be when it found a medical laboratory’s practices violated federal law. The case concerns a now-defunct medical testing laboratory, LabMD, … Continue reading

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Is It a Crime to Share Your Netflix Password? Case Brief: U.S. v. Nosal

“Is it a crime to share your Netflix password?”   If you’ve logged into any social media sites in the past few days, you might have seen headlines like this suggesting it is a criminal act to share a password … Continue reading

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Case Brief: Hassell v. Bird

Earlier this month, the Court of Appeal for the State of California decided an important issue involving popular consumer review website Yelp.com. It found that Yelp could be ordered to take down certain defamatory statements a Yelp user posted to … Continue reading

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Suing for Social Security Number Fraud in Colorado

The State of Colorado takes social security number fraud seriously. It has an important statute that entitles victims of social security number fraud to sue the people who harmed them, recover a minimum of $10,000 in damages, and recover their … Continue reading

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