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Airbnb had a bad day too: court rejects 230, First Amendment challenges to SF rental ordinance

Airbnb, Inc. v. City and County of San Francisco, 16-cv-03615 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 8, 2016) Airbnb and HomeAway sought to enjoin SF’s ordinance making it a misdemeanor to provide booking services for unregistered rental units.  The court denied a preliminary … Continue reading

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Republication of online articles was commercial speech and not protected by CDA

Western Sugar Coop. v. Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., 2015 WL 12683192, No. CV 11-3473 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 21, 2015) More belated blogging.  The sugar industry and the corn refining industry accused each other of falsely advertising  high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  Plaintiffs were … Continue reading

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ADR website was commercial speech for purposes of client’s false advertising lawsuit

JAMS, Inc. v. Superior Court of San Diego County, No. D069862, — Cal. Rptr. 3d —-, 2016 WL 4014068 (Cal. Ct. App. Jul. 27, 2016) Kevin Kinsella sued JAMS, an ADR provider, and the Honorable Sheila Prell Sonenshine (Retired), alleging … Continue reading

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Volunteer moderator plausibly alleged to be agent of ISP for 230 purposes

Enigma Software Gp. USA LLC v. Bleeping Computer LLC, 16 CV 57 (S.D.N.Y. Jul. 8, 2016) Eric Goldman probably won’t like this decision holding that a volunteer moderator may be treated as the ISP’s agent when the ISP gives enough … Continue reading

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Court upholds SF’s required warning on sugar-sweetened beverage ads, including pure logos

American Beverage Association v. City & County of San Francisco, No. 15-cv-03415 (N.D. Cal. May 17, 2016)   The court denied plaintiffs’ attempt to enjoin a sugar-sweetened beverage warning imposed on certain soda ads by San Francisco.  The warning is: … Continue reading

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First Amendment invalidates anti-solicitation ordinance in tourist district

FF Cosmetics FL Inc. v. City of Miami Beach, No.. 14-cv-22072, 2015 WL 5145548 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 31, 2015)   Plaintiffs run stores in Miami Beach, selling cosmetics, skin care, and beauty products on Lincoln Road, in the City’s historic … Continue reading

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DC Circuit panel doubles down on invalidating conflict minerals disclosure

Nat’l Ass’n of Mfgrs v. SEC, No. 13-5252 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 18, 2105)   After the AMI en banc decision, the panel granted rehearing of National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC, 748 F.3d 359 (D.C. Cir. 2014).  The panel, over … Continue reading

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