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Google Exec Convicted of Defamation for “Suggest” Feature

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A French court has found Google and its CEO Eric Schmidt liable for defamation because the search engine’s new “suggest” feature brought up “rapist” and “satanist” when users typed in the plaintiff’s name. The plaintiff in the case had been convicted for corruption of a minor, although it was on appeal when he discovered that […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 27th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

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California Seeks to Ban Violent Video Game Sales to Minors

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A California gaming law that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors is currently before the Supreme Court, and 11 states now stand with the Golden State in support. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the law in 2005, and it was immediately challenged by groups such as the Entertainment Software Association and Entertainment […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 22nd, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Massachusetts’ New Obscenity Law Challenged

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Massachusetts’ new obscenity provisions, which broaden an existing law to include text messages, e-mails, and other electronic communications, is already being challenged by bookstores, civil rights’ groups, and Internet providers. The law intends to protect minors from harmful content, and those who violate the law are subject to up to five years in prison and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 15th, 2010 at 10:08 am

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Lawsuit Alleges Defamation Through Facebook Group

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The other day we talked about possible defamation via eBay feedback, and now there’s another defamation suit based on comments made on the Internet. This time, T & J Towing in Kalamazoo, Michigan alleges that a college student’s Facebook group called “Kalamazoo Residents against T & J Towing” is costing the business lost contracts and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 3rd, 2010 at 10:44 am

Can Negative eBay Feedback Be Defamation?

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Online eBay seller Elliot Miller has sued buyer Michael Steadman for $15,000, alleging defamation based on negative comments Steadman left on Miller’s profile after what he considered a bad buying experience. The suit arose out of a disagreement over a clock Steadman bought from Miller for $44 in 2008; Steadman alleges that the clock came […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 26th, 2010 at 10:34 am