December 6, 2023

US Judge throws out ‘Monkey Selfie’ Case

By Scott Graham, From The Recorder U.S. District Judge William Orrick has made it official: A crested macaque who allegedly snapped photos of himself does not have standing to bring a copyright suit over the renowned “monkey selfie.” Orrick dismissed a lawsuit brought by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Dr. Antje Englehardt on […]

Facebook to defend $20 Million ‘Sponsored Stories’ settlement

By Ross Todd, From The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc. has already faced a lot of flack over the settlement it reached in the privacy class action over a short-lived advertising feature that promoted brands with user photos. It took two attempts—and an extra $10 million—to get signoff from U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg, […]

Inherent risk of going wild

By Amanda Bronstad, From The National Law Journal Who’s to blame if goats, grizzlies or floods kill? Summer vacations have turned tragic this year at national parks, with visitors killed by grizzly bears and falling tree limbs, and campers sickened by an outbreak of the plague. This year’s misfortunes follow last year’s total of 164 […]

Battle takes shape over $324 Million ‘No Poach’ Deal

By Marisa Kendall, The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Devine, former named plaintiff in the “no poach” antitrust suit, has enlisted Girard Gibbs in his fight against the settlement made public this week. The tentative $324.5 million pact, which frees Google Inc., Intel Corp., Adobe Systems Inc. and Apple Inc. from allegations they kept down […]

Secret takedown order in YouTube case sets off frenzy

By Scott Graham, The Recorder Controversy has followed “Innocence of Muslims” ever since the 14-minute video was uploaded to YouTube and dubbed into Arabic. After provoking violent and sometimes deadly protests around the world, the film is now setting off a legal firestorm at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The combination […]