SAN FRANCISCO — An advertising company’s counterclaims of intentional interference and violation of California’s unfair competition law (UCL), which were filed in response to a computer fraud and breach of contract lawsuit filed by Facebook Inc. over the firm’s data-gathering practices, were dismissed Feb. 19, with a California federal magistrate judge finding the claims to be insufficiently supported but granting leave for some of them to be amended.
SAN FRANCISCO — The same two Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel members who ruled against Google LLC in a breach of contract lawsuit over Google LLC’s AdWords online advertising program voted on Feb. 12 to deny the tech firm’s motion for rehearing in which it raised questions of standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Facebook Inc. was hit with an antitrust class complaint on Feb. 15 when one of its users filed suit in California federal court alleging that the social network wielded its valuable and voluminous trove of user data to maintain its dominance in the social media market by eliminating potential competitors.
SAN FRANCISCO — One day after a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel stayed the appeal of an injunction preventing implementation of former President Donald J. Trump’s ban of the WeChat social networking app, the trial court where the case was originally filed followed suit on Feb. 12, holding the case in abeyance pending review of the underlying executive order by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), per a stipulation by the parties.
By Sean McElaney
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — On the heels of a judge’s staying execution of a $1 billion judgment against Cox Communications Inc. in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against it by a group of record labels and music publishers, the internet service provider (ISP) filed a notice on Feb. 10 informing a Virginia federal court that it had appealed the judgment and underlying rulings to the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Citing its commencement of “a review of certain recently issued agency actions,” the Biden administration on Feb. 10 filed a motion in the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals seeking to hold in abeyance the government’s appeal of a trial court’s injunction preventing implementation of the Trump administration’s ban on the TikTok social media app within the United States.
SAN FRANCISCO — An electronic storage company that uses gigabyte (GB) when advertising its products to mean the decimal definition rather than the binary definition is protected from claims filed under California consumer protection statutes by the state’s safe harbor doctrine, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 10, affirming dismissal of consumers’ putative class complaint.
NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York on Feb. 4 dismissed claims brought by a lead plaintiff in a securities class action lawsuit alleging that FedEx Corp. and several of its current and former executive officers failed to disclose the true impact that a massive cyberattack on FedEx’s European operations had on the company’s business and financial condition, ruling that the lead plaintiff failed to properly plead any actionable misrepresentation or scienter in bringing it federal securities law claims.
SAN FRANCISCO — Citing issues of convenience and efficiency, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) on Feb. 5 consolidated nine antitrust lawsuits against Google LLC over its online Google Play Store in California federal court, including suits brought by consumers and developers of applications for the Android operating system (OS).
BURLINGTON, Vt. — A federal judge in Vermont on Feb. 8 ruled that class plaintiffs who are suing a plastics company alleging drinking water contamination from perflourooctanoic acid (PFOA) do not need to take down a website and a video posted to a social media platform that provide information about the class “vilifying the defendant” because they “may open the door to a freer presentation by the defendant” as the case proceeds.
SAN FRANCISCO — In a Feb. 4 holding, a federal judge in California deemed a plaintiff likely to succeed on the merits of its claim that the University of Rhode Island (URI) circumvented various technological measures “to gain unauthorized access” to copyrighted design automation software.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two Mexican companies in a Jan. 14 petition for a writ of certiorari urge the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a district court split over whether service by email to a foreign entity’s U.S. counsel violates the Hague Service Convention or, in the alternative, to grant certiorari and vacate the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling affirming the confirmation of a more than $36 million award against them based on its allegedly improper application of the forum contacts test to establish personal jurisdiction.
PHOENIX — Partially reversing a lower court, an Arizona appeals court panel on Feb. 4 held that cyber fraud against an insured constituted three “occurrences” under a business property insurance policy’s “Computer Fraud” endorsement and, therefore, the insured is entitled to recover the $10,000 limit for each occurrence.
SAN FRANCISCO — Princeton University and Facebook Inc. on Feb. 2 filed a motion to dismiss copyright infringement claims brought by a Lithuanian company over a collection of its three-dimensional scenes and objects, telling a California federal court that the twice-dismissed claims merit yet another dismissal because the plaintiff has not yet registered his works with the U.S. Copyright Office.
NEW ORLEANS — The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 4 affirmed a federal court’s ruling in favor of an insurer, finding that a silicon metal manufacturer insured is not entitled to coverage under a commercial crime insurance policy’s Computer Transfer Fraud provision for its losses arising from cyber fraud.
MARSHALL, Texas — Assertions by Apple Inc. that a patent owner is barred by estoppel from asserting that its encryption technology was infringed by the “Fair Play” digital rights management program were stricken Feb. 3 by a federal magistrate judge in Texas.
SAN FRANCISCO — Opposing a motion by former President Donald J. Trump to dismiss claims brought against him over an executive order that banned the WeChat social media application, a group of the app’s users argue in a Feb. 1 brief in California federal court that the court has authority to review and enjoin actions by the president that are deemed unconstitutional.
OAKLAND, Calif. — In a Jan. 26 ruling that addressed three discovery motions in three lawsuits accusing Apple Inc. of anti-competitive behavior regarding its App Store, a California federal magistrate judge required the defendant to make its Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and two of its senior vice presidents (SVPs) available for depositions.
CHICAGO — The city of Chicago on Jan. 29 filed a lawsuit accusing two Minnesota-based companies of selling flavored e-liquids to Chicago residents in violation of a recently passed city ordinance that prohibits the sales of any flavored e-liquid in Chicago, and of selling tobacco products to customers under 21 and marketing their products to youth on social media.