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Clickwrap user agreement bars claims against web site operator over fraudulent ticket sales
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

A clickwrap user agreement applicable to an online ticket exchange that contained broad disclaimers of liability, including disclaimers of express and implied warranties, bars claims by users of the site based upon their purchase of fraudulent ticket purchase options, a district court ruled


On remand from Supreme Court, Second Circuit reiterates ruling barring TCPA junk fax class actions under New York law
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

Class actions alleging violations of the "junk fax" provisions of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act may not be brought under New York law, because they are barred by N.Y.C.P.L.R. 901(b), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled


Browsewrap attorney fee provision between business parties violates Ohio public policy
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

An attorney fee provision in a browsewrap license agreement between commercial parties is unenforceable under Ohio law, even though a jury found that the agreement had been breached, because the attorney fee provision was not the product of "free and understanding negotiation," a district court ruled


No CFAA violation where software licensor with administrative password gave server access to licensor's competitor
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

Neither a software licensee, nor a competitor of the software licensor, violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act when the competitor accessed a server containing the licensor's proprietary files via a password supplied by the licensee who had been issued an administrative password by the licensor, a district court ruled


Identity of anonymous commercial speakers entitled to lower standard of protection
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

Anonymous speakers who posted statements and videos disparaging a business on a competitor's Web site are entitled to a lesser degree of First Amendment protection than that applicable to political speech, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled


Despite liability disclaimer, domain name registrar may be liable for social engineering hack of domain name
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

A domain name registrar may be liable for damages sustained by a search engine as a result of a social engineering exploit that enabled a hacker to obtain control of the search engine's domain name and redirect traffic to the hacker's political site, a district court ruled


Stored Communications Act bars civil discovery subpoena to e-mail service provider, absent consent of account holder
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

The federal Stored Communications Act bars the enforcement of a subpoena directed to an e-mail service provider to obtain the contents of an account-holder's e-mails, absent the consent of the account holder, a district court ruled


CDA Section 230 no bar to city enforcement of ticket tax remittance requirement on online vendor
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is not a bar to a municipality's requirement that an online ticket auction site collect and remit applicable local amusement taxes from ticket sales on its site, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled


Access to licensed software by attorneys acting for benefit of licensee breached license agreement
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

Use of licensed software by attorneys acting for the benefit of a licensee of the software breached the terms of the license agreement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled


Programmer's computer access to steal employer's stock trading code not "unauthorized" under CFAA
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

A programmer charged with stealing computer source code for a high-speed stock trading platform from his employer in order to benefit one of its competitors did not access the firm's computer network without authorization, or in excess of his authorization, within the meaning of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a district court ruled