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No expansion of CFAA liability for monetary exploit of software bug
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • November 13 2013

In the game Monopoly, lucky players landing on Community Chest might turn over the highly desirable "Bank Error in Your Favor, Collect $200&Prime


Cost of examining third-party computers to locate and delete misappropriated files not compensable under CFAA
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2010

A plaintiff who claimed that his files were copied without authorization from a purloined "thumb drive" and onto various third-party computers failed to show a compensable loss under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because he failed to show that the thumb drive was somehow damaged or impaired by the defendant's act of accessing the drive, a district court ruled


Allegations of increased exposure to identity theft risk insufficient to maintain negligence, breach of contract claims
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2010

A complaint alleging negligence, breach of contract and other claims stemming from a breach in the security of personal information in the hands of a retailer was legally insufficient because the plaintiff failed to show that the loss of his personal information harmed him in a legally cognizable way, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled


Third-party civil discovery subpoena to web mail and social networking providers unenforceable under Stored Communications Act
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2010

A third-party civil discovery subpoena issued to providers of Web mail services and social networking services is unenforceable under the Stored Communications Act, a district court ruled


Damage, impairment or interruption of service required to show compensable loss under CFAA
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2010

A compensable "loss" under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is not established by an allegation that a company spent in excess of $5,000 to investigate unauthorized access to its computerized data, where the company failed to show any underlying damage, impairment or interruption of service to a computer or a computer system, a district court held


Oracle v. Google judge writes the book on software programming copyright for now, anyway
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • June 6 2012

The trial in the dispute between Oracle and Google over the use of Java technology in the Android operating system is over, and the greatly anticipated ruling on copyright in the Java Application Programming Interface (API) has issued


Jury picked and trial commences in SCO v. Novell UNIX code copyright ownership dispute
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • March 10 2010

The back story to the dispute between The SCO Group and Novell, Inc., over the ownership of copyrights to UNIX source code is lengthy indeed


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


Bankruptcy court approves destruction of personal information gathered on gay teen site
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

The judge presiding over the bankruptcy proceeding of the operator of a Web site and magazine aimed at gay teens has approved a settlement allowing the destruction of personal information of users rather than a sale to creditors as part of the bankruptcy estate


Virginia privacy law unconstitutional as applied to advocate's online posting of SSNs
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

A Virginia statute prohibiting the public disclosure of Social Security Numbers is unconstitutional as applied to a privacy advocate who posted publicly available land records containing unredacted Social Security Numbers as part of a privacy lobbying effort, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled