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Early termination fee in contract for internet access not an invalid liquidated damages clause under California law
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

An early termination fee contained in a contract for Internet access services for a defined period is not an invalid liquidated damages clause under Cal. Civ. Code Section 1671, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled


California anti-spam law claims brought in federal court must satisfy pleading standards for fraud claims
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

A federal district court properly dismissed a claim under the California anti-spam law, California Business and Professions Code 17529


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


Web site addition of hyperlinks to a previously posted online article does not restart defamation statute of limitations
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The addition of hyperlinks to an allegedly defamatory online article does not restart the statute of limitations for defamation, a district court ruled


Limited damages available under DMCA 512(f) for wrongful takedown notice
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

Although DMCA 512(f) allows an award of "any damages" for wrongful removal of alleged infringing material as a result of misrepresentations to a service provider, such damages "must be proximately caused by the misrepresentation to the service provider and the service provider's reliance on the misrepresentation," a district court ruled


Online clickwrap agreement unenforceable where customer warned company that non-executives had no contractual authority
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

A forum selection clause in an online clickwrap agreement is not enforceable against a customer that warned the Web site owner that it would not assent to such agreements, and that the customer's employees who accessed the site were not authorized to enter agreements on the customer's behalf, a district court ruled


CDA Section 230 protects online business review site from liability for refusing to remove negative reviews
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 5 2011

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects the provider of an online business review site from liability for refusing to remove negative reviews, a district court ruled


Adverse effect for CAN-SPAM standing shown by cost of processing spam e-mails
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2010

An ISP that had less than 1,000 customers for its Internet access and e-mail services established standing under the federal CAN-SPAM Act with evidence that it received 200,000 spam e-mails a day, that it spent $3,000 a month in fees to process the e-mails, and that it experienced occasional network slowdowns as a result of spam traffic, a district court ruled


No violation of California anti-spam law in transmission of commercial e-mail from multiple domains to bypass spam filters
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2010

A marketer did not violate California anti-spam laws when it sent e-mails from multiple domains in order to bypass spam filters, the California Supreme Court ruled


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