Online attorney directories like Avvo protected under the First Amendment, a federal court held

On September 12, 2016, an Illinois District Court ruled that the publication of online attorney directories is fully protected under the First Amendment and does not violate an Illinois law that prohibits the use of someone’s identity for commercial purposes without permission. In this putative class action, Plaintiff alleged that defendant violated the Illinois Right […]


Former employee who used a colleague’s password to access employer’s data convicted

On July 5, 2016, the Ninth Circuit  affirmed a conviction for “knowingly and with intent to defraud accessing a protected computer “without authorization”. The former employee had his computer access credentials revoked and used the login credentials of a current employee to gain access to data owned by the former employer. The court found the […]

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Dynamic IP addresses are personal data if additional information allowing identification of users can reasonably be obtained from third parties, Advocate General of ECJ opines

On May 12, 2016, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) Campos Sánchez-Bordona presented his conclusions in Patrick Breyer v. Bundesrepublik Deutschland (case C‑582/14). The case deals with dynamic IP addresses, i.e. those IP (“Internet Protocol”) addresses dynamically assigned to a device by an access provider (usually a telephonic carrier). Mr. Breyer […]


Illinois lawyer faces a 3-year suspension for blogging with reckless disregard of the truth

On November 21, 2014 the hearing board of the Illinois Registration and Disciplinary Commission has recommended a 3-year suspension for an Illinois patent lawyer who blogged about corruption in the probate court.  In re JoAnne Marie Denison. Among the others, she was charged with “making a statement the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless […]


California attorney disciplined for photoshopping pictures in her website

In the matter of Svitlana E. Sangray, Case Ns. 13-O-13838-DFM A California lawyer kept a website featuring a large number of “publicity” photos showing herself and several celebrities. Many of these pictures were not genuine: the attorney had created them by taking original celebrity photos and overlaying her own image. According to the court these […]

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A federal court’s discovery order contains interesting points on production regarding social media and material possibly covered by foreign privacy

In Melian Labs Inc. v. Triology LLC, case number 4:2013cv04791, a trademark infringement action, plaintiff objected to defendant’s non responsive responses to some of its requests for production. The order of the court (NDCA) is interesting (at least) under two perspectives. First, the order is interesting for the part in which it deals with the […]

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