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29 Jan 2012, 7:56 am by Paul Levy
by Paul Alan Levy For some time, Facebook has been serving me an advertisement from Google’s version of Groupon.  The text promotes an offer for a meal at  a well-reviewed DC restaurant: “this special deal from Zaytinya, Washington’s Most Popular Restaurant as voted in Zagat. [read post]
24 May 2012, 1:54 pm by Paul Levy
by Paul Alan Levy   I will confess that, as a lawyer who has dedicated his career to the public interest movement, I was disappointed when Fred von Lohmann, one of the top lawyers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, left to work inhouse at Google.  [read post]
6 Jun 2008, 6:43 pm
by Paul Alan Levy After Lifestyle Lift sued Justin Leonard for allowing putting its name in the "path" for pages on his infomercialscams.com web site where consumers commented on the merits of Lifestyle's product, claiming trademark infringement and dilution, Leonard issued a warning that the case was so lacking in merit that attorney fees could be awarded if the suit proceeded. [read post]
21 Oct 2008, 2:49 pm
by Paul Alan Levy In an op-ed published today, Larry Lessig calls for reform of the Copyright Code to prevent the sort of political censorship that I discussed a few days ago here. [read post]
1 Sep 2011, 2:53 pm by Paul Levy
by Paul Alan Levy In a decision that apparently expands copyright law far beyond its intended scope, a federal judge has held that a company (in this case, Swatch) that conducts a newsworthy conference with security analysts of its own choosing can register a copyright in its statements, by the simple device of recording the conference, and then bring an infringement action against someone (in this case, Bloomberg) who makes its own record of the statements and provides too much of… [read post]
9 Sep 2011, 8:33 pm by Paul Levy
by Paul Alan Levy I blogged earlier this year about the sudden end of a mass downloading lawsuit that was brought by Texas lawyer Evan Stone against hundreds of individuals who allegedly downloaded his client's "adult" movie.  [read post]
9 Sep 2011, 8:33 pm by Paul Levy
by Paul Alan Levy I blogged earlier this year about the sudden end of a mass downloading lawsuit that was brought by Texas lawyer Evan Stone against hundreds of individuals who allegedly downloaded his client's "adult" movie.  I pointed out then that, after the trial judge appointed me and two EFF lawyers as counsel ad litem for the Doe defendants, and we caught Stone red-handed in a serious violation of the discovery rules, Stone dismissed the lawsuit with… [read post]
27 Sep 2011, 1:22 pm by Paul Levy
by Paul Alan Levy Earlier this month I blogged about the legal issues raised by a subpoena used by a religious cult, Art of Living, relying on a marginal copyright claim as a basis for identifying one of its former members.  [read post]
2 Dec 2011, 8:52 am by Paul Levy
by Paul Alan Levy Judge Carl Barbier has issued a significant decision construing and applying the Lousiana anti-SLAPP statute.  [read post]
19 Sep 2008, 8:21 pm
by Paul Alan Levy In a previous post, I discussed abusive trademark claims put forward by Jones Day seeking to suppress speech on the BlockShopper web site about two of its associates that it did not like. [read post]
5 Nov 2009, 9:36 pm
Paul Levy, Consumer Law and Policy: The Freehold School Board has subpoenaed New Jersey Online to identify several citizens who chimed in to discuss stories published in the Newark Star Ledger and New Jersey Online about several high administrators who got fake degrees from an online diploma mill, and hence received higher pay. [read post]
12 Mar 2012, 1:56 pm by Arthur Bright
And, as Public Citizen's Paul Alan Levy notes, "[i]mplicit in [Judge James'] ruling is . . . the warning that if the Paul campaign amends its complaint . . . and then renews its application for discovery, she will have to choose among standards and hence look at the evidence." [read post]
25 Aug 2009, 3:05 pm
by Paul Alan Levy    I got a call this afternoon from Michel Ishakian, the Chief for Public Access and Records Management at the Administrative Office of the United States courts. [read post]
6 Dec 2012, 7:18 am by Paul Levy
by Paul Alan Levy I am dealing with a case in which a company has sued investors for defamation, alleging statements made about shenanigans of some of the individuals employed by the company. [read post]
24 Jan 2013, 7:47 am by Paul Levy
by Paul Alan Levy The Times reports that the NAACP filed an amicus brief supporting the soft-drink industry in its opposition to the New York City rules barring super-sized sugary drinks. [read post]
13 Oct 2016, 4:50 am by Paul Levy
by Paul Alan Levy Profile Defenders, which has been linked to a pattern of defrauding courts to get material removed from the Internet altogether or, at least, suppressed in search engine results, has refused to comment directly on the spate of articles describing its modus operandi. [read post]
7 May 2014, 10:00 am by Paul Levy
by Paul Alan Levy   Yelp appears to be worried enough about the insistent campaign of businesses like Hadeed Carpet Cleaning that have received negative Yelp reviews to tell the press that they get punished for refusing to advertise that it is now including on every page of business reviews this line: "Your trust is our top concern, so businesses can't pay to alter or remove their reviews. [read post]
5 Jun 2019, 10:42 am by Paul Levy
by Paul Alan Levy Considering that it was the Colorado Supreme Court that pioneered the concept of the SLAPP suit with its path-breaking decision in Protect Our Mountain Environment, and that it was University of Denver professors Penelope Canan and George Pring whose scholarship developed the concept, it is astonishing that Colorado took so long to adopt anti-SLAPP legislation, but finally it has happened: Colorado has joined the many states that have such laws, and… [read post]
30 Oct 2007, 6:29 am
Don't miss this week's Grand Rounds hosted by Paul Levy of Running a Hospital. [read post]