Internet Law

1965 ABA Journal Internet Law articles.

Lawyer’s ‘glib’ coronavirus tweet spurs outrage and death threats
California lawyer Scott McMillan decided to weigh in after President Donald Trump tweeted about the need for Americans to get back to work.
Federal judge trims law firm’s suit that claims a rival firm hijacked website traffic
A federal judge in Chicago has trimmed some claims from an Illinois law firm’s suit that alleges that a rival hijacked its website traffic and copied some of its website content.
Lawyers can post ‘restrained’ responses to negative online reviews, proposed ethics opinion says
Lawyers may post “a proportional and restrained” response to negative online reviews by former clients, but they can’t reveal the client’s confidential information, according to a proposed North Carolina ethics opinion.
Afternoon Briefs: California bar seeks proposals on nonlawyer practitioners; online ‘sneak-in’ contracts abound

California bar working group to consider licensing nonlawyer practitioners

The State Bar of California is forming a working group to make recommendations on the licensing of nonlawyers to perform some…

Lawyer who created digital child porn to make a legal point can’t escape $300K judgment, court rules
An Ohio lawyer and expert witness who created digital child pornography in defense of his clients can’t escape a $300,000 civil judgment in bankruptcy, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Mike Huckabee files bar complaint against lawyer for Twitter ridicule, including ‘beach thief’ nickname
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has filed a bar complaint against a Florida lawyer for suggesting in a tweet that his nickname should be “beach thief” and otherwise ridiculing him on Twitter.
Afternoon Briefs: Alex Kozinski returns as litigator; judge blocks firm’s defamation suit against ex-partner

Alex Kozinski returns to the 9th Circuit on the other side of the bench

After retiring in 2017 amid allegations of sexual misconduct, former Judge Alex Kozinski is returning…

Child porn suspect can’t be forced to disclose computer password, state supreme court rules
The Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination protects a child pornography suspect from being forced to reveal his computer password, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.
Judge who shared ‘foreign mud’ article on Facebook is reprimanded for partisan posts
A Memphis judge who shared an article on Facebook calling some immigrants “foreign mud” has been publicly reprimanded for posting information that was partisan in nature.
Does adding ‘.com’ to generic name create protectable trademark? Supreme Court to decide
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether a generic word can be given trademark protection when it is part of a “.com” domain name.
Afternoon Briefs: Author sues Trump for defamation; court tosses bias suit by white male lawyer

Author files defamation suit against Trump for denying he raped her

Author and advice columnist E. Jean Carroll has filed a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of defaming her when…

Small claims program for copyright violations? ABA-supported legislation passes US House

The House of Representatives approved earlier this week a measure that would establish a copyright small claims program in the U.S. Copyright Office to address some of the violations of copyright and intellectual property.

Extraterritoriality, the internet and the right to be forgotten

From a legal policy point of view, the hottest issue might be that of territorial reach of content and privacy regulations.

The two main questions are to what extent laws…

European Union high court sends new signals on reach of internet regulation

A recent pair of cases out of the European Union have provided new insight into the reach of the EU’s regulation of the internet. Both cases revolve around whether an EU member state’s court can order an internet company to take down or de-list information online and whether that power extends beyond the EU.

SCOTUS rejects pizza delivery company’s appeal over web and mobile app accessibility
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear Domino’s Pizza Inc.’s appeal over its website and mobile app and whether they are required to comply with federal disabilities law.

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