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The California legislature has been busy, some might say spending California tax dollars on frivolous new laws that are muddied with ambiguity, unnecessarily over-burdensome, potentially violative of the First Amendment, and not likely to amount to significant consumer protection. Two new privacy laws, scheduled to take effect in 2014 and 2015 are likely to pose challenges for website owners, and – for at least one — face challenges in the courts.

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Last week, Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries admitted he didn’t make A&F clothes in larger sizes. His reasoning: beautiful – read thin – people attract other beautiful people to wear A&F’s clothing; and unattractive – read fat – people detract from his stores. Then came the immediate firestorm of fury on social media sites …

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Last week, Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries admitted he didn’t make A&F clothes in larger sizes. His reasoning: beautiful – read thin – people attract other beautiful people to wear A&F’s clothing; and unattractive – read fat – people detract from his stores. Then came the immediate firestorm of fury on social media sites …

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After filing over 275 lawsuits in almost 18 months, it seems as though Righthaven, LLC (“Righthaven”) may have run out of steam. Righthaven, a Nevada holding company, was founded in early 2010, for the sole purpose of filing copyright lawsuits on behalf of its clients, news content owners (such as Stephens Media).  Its methods involved …

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Last March, ICANN voted to approve .XXX as a new Sponsored Top Level Domain (sTLD) for the adult industry. The registry responsible for operating and managing the new sTLD is ICM Registry. During the Sunrise Period (known as “Sunrise B”), which will be open from September 7 to October 28, 2011, owners of registered marks …

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In a decision handed down by the Court of Justice of the European Union on July 12, 2011, eBay has been found to be potentially jointly liable for trademark infringement along with individuals selling infringing goods on the eBay auction site because it had prior knowledge of the infringement.  Paris-based cosmetics company L’Oréal brought the …

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The California State Senate votes today on the passage of SB761, introduced by State Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), that would require the state attorney general to adopt regulations allowing users to opt-out of programs that track online information and identifying user behavior on computers, smartphones, tablet computers, and any other device that accesses the …

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The California State Senate votes today on the passage of SB761, introduced by State Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), that would require the state attorney general to adopt regulations allowing users to opt-out of programs that track online information and identifying user behavior on computers, smartphones, tablet computers, and any other device that accesses the …

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The California State Senate votes today on the passage of SB761, introduced by State Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), that would require the state attorney general to adopt regulations allowing users to opt-out of programs that track online information and identifying user behavior on computers, smartphones, tablet computers, and any other device that accesses the …

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Kenneth M. Stern v. Does, et al., C.D.Ca., No. CV 09-01986 DMG (April, 2011) A single sentence sent to a list serve formed the basis of the copyright infringement action in this case. Specifically, an attorney sent a single sentence seeking information regarding a certified public accounting firm which he suspected had over-billed his client. …

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