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August 2010 Archives

Paul Allen Sues Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix...

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Interval Licensing, LLC sued AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo! and YouTube today, alleging infringement of patents covering technology basic to e-commerce and search companies.

The patents allegedly infringed include:

  • One covering an "Attention Manager for Occupying the Peripheral Attention of a Person in the Vicinity of a Display Device" (6,263,507);
  • Two regarding a "Browser for Use in Navigating a Body of Information, With Particular Application to Browsing Information Represented By Audiovisual Data"(6,034,652 and 6,788,314); and
  • One for an "Attention Manager for Occupying the Peripheral Attention of a Person in the Vicinity of a Display Device"(6,757,682).

Facebook Class Action over Use of Minors in Social Advertising

Yesterday, plaintiffs' attorneys filed a class action in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Facebook, Inc. over the use of names and likenesses of California minors in advertising on the social networking website. When a Facebook user "Likes" an advertisement, that user's name and likeness may appear within advertisements on Facebook as an endorsement for commercial products or services. California law requires parental consent to use a minor's name or likeness "for purposes of advertising or selling, or soliciting purchases of, products, merchandise, goods or services". The complaint also alleges violations of California privacy and unfair competition laws.

Roger Clemens Obstruction Indictment

Ex-pitcher Roger Clemens was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington D.C. on counts of obstruction of the U.S. Congress, perjury and false statements related to testimony he gave concerning performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball.

Ninth Circuit Grants Stay in Prop 8 Litigation

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay in the Prop 8 same sex marriage litigation. The order prevents enforcement of the District Court's order striking down Prop 8, until the Ninth Circuit hears appeals in the case. The Ninth Circuit set a briefing schedule for October and early December, and specifically requested that Prop 8 sponsors address the question of whether they have standing in the case. (See Professor Vikram Amar's commentary in FindLaw's Writ for more on the issue of standing in the Prop 8 litigation.)

Prop 8 Order Denying Stay

Denial of Prop 8 supporters' request to stay the court's judgment that Proposition 8 violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples . The judge in the case did impose a limited stay of the judgment until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether to issue its own stay, however. If the 9th Circuit also denies a stay, same-sex couples will once again be able to marry in California.

Judge Overturns California's Proposition 8

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that California's Proposition 8, a voter-approved amendment to the state constitution that prohibited same-sex marriage, violated the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the United States Constitution.

Amicus Brief of Mormon Church in Ramani v. Segelstein

In an amicus brief, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints argues that recognized religious institutions cannot be held liable for the sexual abuse of their clergy because of the protections contained in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.