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New York Appellate Court Rejects Demand for Facebook Records By Irina Oberman – Edited by Ian C. Wildgoose Brown McCann v. Harleysville Ins. Co. of N.Y., No. 10-00612, 1179 (N.Y.A.D. 4 Dept. Nov. 12, 2010) Slip Opinion The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York affirmed the Supreme Court’s denial of defendant’s motion to compel disclosure of photographs on Facebook and defendant’s motion for authorizedaccess to plaintiff’s Facebook account. The Supreme Court had ruled that defendant’s first request was “overly broad,” ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 28 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
District Court Dismisses Facebook User’s Claims that Account Termination Violated First and Fourteenth Amendments and Various State Laws By Samantha Kuhn – Edited by Matt Gelfand Young v. Facebook, Inc., 5:10-cv-03579-JF/PVT (N.D. Cal. Oct. 25, 2010) Opinion hosted by Justia.com On October 25, 2010, the U.S District Court for the Northern District of California granted Facebook’s motion to dismiss Karen Beth Young’s complaint that, in terminating her account, Facebook violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments as well as state contract ... Read More...
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By Esther Kang Google Settles Buzz Class Action Suit for $8.5 Million The New York Times reports that Google has settled a class action suit over privacy violations related to its release of the Buzz application last February.  The settlement stipulates that Google will set up an $8.5 million fund for Internet privacy organizations and will educate users about Buzz’s privacy features.  Google chose not to compensate individual users because few class members suffered actual damages, and because pro rata ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 6 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Sonia McNeil Myriad Genetics Appeals Ruling on Patentability of Isolated Genes Myriad Genetics has appealed the Southern District of New York’s ruling in Association for Molecular Pathology v. USPTO. The district court invalidated seven Myriad Genetics patents relating to the human Breast Cancer Susceptibility Genes 1 and 2 (collectively, “BRCA1/2”), finding that the claimed isolated DNA is not markedly different from native DNA as it exists in nature and therefore constituted unpatentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 29 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Copyright Troll Righthaven Experiences Setback due to District Court’s Grant of Dismissal Motion to Defendant Claiming Fair Use By Jonathan Allred – Edited by Cary Mayberger Righthaven v. Realty One Group, 2:10-cv-1036-LRH-PAL (D. Nev. Oct. 18, 2010) Opinion hosted by the Las Vegas Sun In one of the first rulings to come down in plaintiff Righthaven’s many copyright suits, the District Court of Nevada granted defendant Michael Nelson’s motion to dismiss. Righthaven’s lawsuits are notable because they represent a new ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 28 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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