You may have heard of the Web site DontDateHimGirl.com. The purpose of the site is to allow women to make anonymous postings about specific men. A defamation lawsuit was filed with respect to statements made on the site about a particular man. While the name of the case is Hollis v. Joseph, as owner and operator of DontDateHimGirl.com, et al., perhaps the case should be referred to as DontSueThere.Com.
In early cases involving online disputes, the plaintiffs all sued in their home states and the defendants didn't challenge personal jurisdiction. Now defendants are getting wise to spending time and money on out-of-state lawsuits, arguing that the plaintiffs have no personal jurisdiction over them in the plaintiff's home state. In other words, defendants are arguing, "You want to fight, you come to my backyard."
CIOs, webmasters and managers responsible for establishing and administering policies for websites, intranets and extranets should take note of a recent federal decision regarding the Stored Communication Act. The details of your online use policies could mean the difference between protection or exclusion from this federal law.
Congress and Clinton easily passed the Communications Decency Act (CDA) in February 1996 and championed it as the cure-all for concerns about children's access to adult online materials. However, a three-judge panel recently published a nearly two hundred page tome to smite the challenged clauses of the CDA.
It is an open secret: some Americans do visit pornographic Web sites as part of their use of the Internet. However, it is not well known whether there are differing degrees of online porn consumption based on U.S. geographic regions.
The stakes are enormous. The question is serious. Under what circumstances are interactive computer services liable for content posted by others on their sites?
The first tenet of the legal system is that the law is based upon wealth, not logic. The second tenet is that the law is a shape shifter, infinitely changing and variable.
Behavioral advertising seeks to target relevant content for individual Internet consumers, but to do so, it relies upon information specific to those individuals. As a result, there has been some concern about the proper handling of private information relating to Internet consumers.
In the course of investigating Daniel Berkos for failure to pay child support, federal investigators discovered that he operated two companies connected to websites hosted in Houston, Texas. The investigators applied for, and received, a search warrant from a district court judge in the Northern District of Illinois ordering the website hosting company to turn over electronic communications related to the two companies.
Learn more about how online legal education classes work in this interview with experienced educator Professor Candace Elliott Person, the Director of the Health Law LLM Program at Concord University School of Law.