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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Civil Remedies for Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

The issue of sexual assault on our college campuses and in our communities received a lot of attention in 2015 and is likely to garner more still in the coming months. In the many articles published online, commenters routinely ask … Continue reading

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Do Peyton and Ashley Manning Have a Case against Al Jazeera or Charlie Sly?

This past weekend, Al Jazerra published “The dark side: The secret world of sports doping,”[1] a forty-nine-minute news story. Relying on unsworn and dubious statements Charlie Sly made while he was allegedly being secretly recorded, Al Jazeera published Sly’s defamatory … Continue reading

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Title IX and Private Institutions

Does Title IX apply to a private college? Typically, yes. Private colleges, including for-profit colleges and online universities, must still comply with Title IX if they receive any federal funding. Title IX, a law receiving more attention for its relationship … Continue reading

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Using Civil RICO Statutes to Sue for Internet Extortion

Prospective clients regularly contact our firm asking for our help with the following scenario, one we categorize as extortion by threat of Internet defamation. A former customer, client, girlfriend, boyfriend, family member, spouse, independent contractor, employee, business partner, or business competitor … Continue reading

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Case Brief: Galper v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

A recent decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals brings hope and options to victims of identity theft. There are many stories of identity theft nightmares and the unfortunate reality is many victims of identity theft never discover who … Continue reading

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How Prevalent Is Sexual Misconduct on College Campuses?

It is commonly reported that one in five women is sexually assaulted in college. That statistic has been widely publicized but also widely criticized. As increasing awareness is raised about the problems of sexual assault in on college campus, more … Continue reading

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