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No Fourth Amendment violation in transfer of laptop seized at border for forensic examination
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 5 2011

The transfer of a laptop seized at a border crossing to a facility 170 miles away for forensic examination was justified under the border search doctrine, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled


Posting entire news article on nonprofit organization's blog constitutes fair use
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 5 2011

The re-posting of an entire news article on the blog of a nonprofit organization is fair use as a matter of law where the purpose was to educate the public, a district court ruled


Cost of credit monitoring for victims of data security breach constitutes loss under CFAA
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 5 2011

The cost of providing credit monitoring for employees whose personal information was accessed as a result of unauthorized access by an inmate to a prison computer network constitutes a "loss" under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled


Google Books settlement would usurp congressional role in revising copyright law
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 5 2011

Judge Chin found that the settlement was not "fair, adequate and reasonable," as required by the federal rules, and suggested that it might be able to be approved if it was changed to an opt-in, rather than an opt-out, settlement


Employee violation of employer computer use policy can support CFAA criminal charge
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 5 2011

An employee's violation of an employer's computer use policy can support a criminal charge of exceeding authorized access under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a district court ruled


Wiretapping in child custody dispute results in civil damage award under federal Wiretap Act
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 5 2011

A spouse involved in a child custody dispute and her parents were assessed civil damages under the federal Wiretap Act in connection with the recording of conversations via a device hidden in a child's toy


Employer may have violated Lanham Act, state right of publicity, in impersonation of employee on social media
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 5 2011

An employer that is alleged to have posted messages impersonating an employee on her personal Facebook and Twitter pages while she was recuperating from an accident may be liable under the Lanham Act for false endorsement and under the Illinois right of publicity, a district court ruled


Decreased value of consumer personal information resulting from security breach confers standing in personal injury suit
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 5 2011

A plaintiff whose personal data was contained in a social network service online database copied by a hacker sufficiently alleged an injury-in-fact to support Article III standing, on the theory that the value of his personal information was diminished as a result of the breach, a district court ruled


CDA 230 protects blog owner from liability for third-party comment
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 5 2011

The court ruled the owner of a blog is not liable for an alleged defamatory comment even if the owner viewed and approved the comment prior to publication on the blog


Cable operator ordered to disclose subscriber information for 1,200 accounts
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 5 2011

Providing information on over 1,200 subscribers who are alleged to have downloaded and distributed unauthorized copies of a motion picture on a P2P file-sharing network is not an undue burden on an ISP, a district court ruled, also rejecting arguments that the order infringed the subscribers' right to anonymous communication