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Williams-Sonoma Must Stop Asking Customers for Zip Code in California

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The California Supreme Court has ruled that Williams-Sonoma, and accordingly other retailers in the state, cannot ask for a customer’s zip code when handling an in-store credit card transaction. According to the decision, one’s zip code is considered “personal identification information” under the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971 — precisely the kind of information […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 4th, 2011 at 11:27 am

Facebook Sued to Remove Fake Profile

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What would you do if you discovered a fake profile of yourself posted on Facebook that included photos without your permission, and you couldn’t get Facebook to remove it? This is the situation facing Missouri resident Brieanne Weber, who found a fake profile of herself on Facebook. At that point, Weber had her lawyer Jeffrey […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 13th, 2011 at 7:07 am

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Real Estate Agents Lose Defamation Suit Against CBS Over CSI Episode

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If you do business with the writer of a television show, can the writer later use your name in a script without running afoul of defamation law? According to a three-judge panel of California’s second appellate district, the answer is yes — so long as the description of the character isn’t close enough to your […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 9th, 2011 at 9:54 am

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Updates on Courtney Love, ACLU-Amazon, and Taco Bell Lawsuits

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Legal news stories have a funny way of making headlines when they first happen and then quietly fading away — but here are three stories previously covered here with some noteworthy updates: Courtney Love to Pay $430,000 to Settle Twitter Lawsuit We first told you about this lawsuit in Courtney Love Sued Over Tweets. At […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 7th, 2011 at 3:13 am

JRR Tolkien’s Estate in Battle Over New Novel

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The author and publisher of a book in which JRR Tolkien appears as a character has filed a lawsuit in federal court asking for a declaration from the court that it doesn’t need permission from the estate to produce the novel. According to the plaintiffs’ complaint for declaratory judgment (PDF) filed in the Western District […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 24th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

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Can Judge Force Juror to Reveal Facebook Status Updates?

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California Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny believes that a juror in a recent gang-related attempted murder trial was posting to Facebook while serving on the jury, and he’s issued an order for that juror to consent to Facebook’s revelation of the activity. Juror Number One has responded by filing a complaint in federal court alleging […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 17th, 2011 at 9:39 am

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Will TSA Back Down on Pat-Downs & Full-Body Screens?

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With the holiday travel season kicking into high gear, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has come under increasing criticism from travelers as well as Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and President Barack Obama for its full-body screens and pat-down policies. While Obama has said he has asked the TSA to be sure the methods were […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 22nd, 2010 at 11:29 am

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Obama Administration Pushes for Internet Privacy Legislation

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The Obama Administration is taking some bold steps in the area of Internet privacy that would not only create new legislation but also a new position to oversee the changes, which would involve the dissemination of consumer data. Indeed, a task force headed by Cameron Kerry, brother of Sen. John Kerry, and Christopher Schroeder, assistant […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 15th, 2010 at 6:37 am

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No Google Street View Photos Without Three Days’ Notice in Italy

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We’ve talked about Google’s problems across the pond, including a French court’s ruling that the “suggest” feature pulled up defamatory words to an Italian court’s convicting three execs of a privacy violation. Well now Italy is at it again with a ruling from its Privacy Authority that will require Google Street View cars, which take […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 26th, 2010 at 9:41 am

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Amazon and ACLU Resist Release of Customer Information

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has entered the fray between the state of North Carolina and Amazon.com over the release of customer information. North Carolina wants sales tax money from purchases made through Amazon.com by state residents, but in order to collect, they’d need names, addresses, and a description of the items sold. Amazon.com […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 21st, 2010 at 1:14 pm