FTC Brings Charges Against Company’s Non-Disparagement Clause

Roca Labs, a Florida-based company that sells a weight loss product it describes as an “alternative to gastric bypass surgery,” has come under fire by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) for its use of a non-disparagement clause. The FTC filed … Continue reading

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Jury Instructions for Arizona’s False Light Invasion of Privacy Claims

In 1989, the Arizona Supreme Court expressly held that Arizona recognizes the version of the false light invasion of privacy tort described in the Restatement (Second) of Torts § 652E (1977). See Godbehere v. Phoenix Newspapers, 162 Ariz. 335, 783 … Continue reading

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Colorado’s Harassment Law Expanded to Protect People on Social Media

On June 21, 2015, the Internet news hit “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” highlighted the phenomenon of cyber harassment. The program detailed the use of anonymous, and sometimes not-so anonymous, threats and campaigns of obscenities to both men and … Continue reading

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Title IX Violations at Colleges and Universities

  More than 120 Colleges and Universities are Under Investigation for Possible Violations of Title IX. Title IX Applies to Almost Every College and University in the U.S. Title IX is a law of equity that prohibits sex and gender … Continue reading

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Title IX, Faculty Members, and Academic Freedom

Title IX (of the Education Amendments Act of 1972) is a federal equity law that prohibits sex and gender based discrimination in educational institutions of higher education. Since most colleges and universities participate in the federal student aid programs, they … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court Defamation Holdings Judges Should Read

  Judging is difficult work, especially when busy judges are unfamiliar with the legal issues they are asked to judge. Below are a few U.S. Supreme Court holdings that I recommend trial and appellate judges tasked to analyze and rule … Continue reading

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Zueger v. Goss, 2014 COA 61

  I. CASE CITATION Zueger v. Goss, 2014 COA 61. II. FACTS The Defendant, Lou Lou Goss, was a widow and personal representative of the estate of a renowned Native American artist Earl Biss. The Plaintiffs were Paul J. Zueger, … Continue reading

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University Student, Faculty, and Staff Title IX Rights

Title IX has been making its rounds in the news headlines over the last couple of years but the law itself is often referenced without any explanation. What is Title IX? Title IX is a portion of the Education Amendments … Continue reading

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Federal Take-Down of Revenge Porn Kings

  On February 18, 2015, Hunter Moore, the owner and operator of now infamous revenge porn site IsAnyoneUp.com, pleaded guilty to unauthorized access to a computer, aiding and abetting unauthorized access of a computer, and identity theft. The charges against … Continue reading

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Sony Data Breach Lawsuit Properly Alleges Negligence

  On December 15, 2014, two former employees, Michael Corona and Christina Mathis, filed a lawsuit against Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. See Complaint, Michael Corona et al v. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. The Complaint initiating the lawsuit properly alleged the facts … Continue reading

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