Washington Post: The Labor Department just lost a battle with Google over its alleged gender pay gap. “The Labor Department will not get access to the full details it has requested on 21,000 Google employees as part of its investigation of equal pay, an administrative law judge has ruled, saying that the agency’s demand for data is too broad and could violate workers’ privacy.”
The Hill: Trump sued for blocking Twitter users. “President Trump is getting sued for blocking dissenting Twitter users by a First Amendment group, which alleges his actions violate the Constitution. The case was filed Tuesday in a New York City court by the Knight First Amendment Institute, which represents seven Twitter users who claim to have been blocked by the president.”
Engadget: Judge sides with Twitter in lawsuit against the US government. “The lawsuit Twitter filed against the US government over the right to fully disclose national security requests hasn’t been resolved yet, but at least it isn’t dead. US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has allowed the case to go forward after the court deliberated the Department of Justice’s motion for summary judgment. The social network filed the lawsuit in late 2014, arguing that it should be allowed to post the exact number of national security letters and FISA court orders it gets in its transparency reports.”
The Telegraph: Price comparison site Kelkoo takes Google to High Court over abuse of search dominance. “Google faces a new front in its war with Europe over allegations of abusing its search dominance, with the price comparison website Kelkoo suing the internet giant in the High Court. Kelkoo claims Google has crippled its business by illegally exploiting its monopoly over internet searches, and is seeking damages that could run to millions of pounds.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Schools punish kids for crude social media posts and parents sue . “A lawsuit against a San Francisco area school that disciplined students after an offensive racist post highlights the challenges educators face in policing social media. Parents whose children are being bullied expect schools to take the lead, but the courts have given mixed signals on whether schools can punish students for ugly but constitutionally protected speech.”
CTV News: Facebook, Twitter, Google sued over San Bernardino attack. “Family members of San Bernardino terror attack victims are suing Facebook, Google and Twitter, accusing the companies of providing platforms to aid terrorists.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles said the companies allowed the Islamic State group to spread propaganda, recruit followers and raise money.”
Digital Trends: Is Embedding A Tweet Containing A Photo Theft? This Photographer Thinks So. “A lawsuit in the United Kingdom is raising questions about fair use and copyright laws after a freelance photographer sued a news publication for embedding a tweet within an article. Eddie Mitchell, a freelance photographer, is taking Sky News to court after the publication used a tweet containing his photo within an article. Mitchell gave permission to the original tweeter, the Station 43 Midhurst Fire Department, but said the news organization did not have permission to use the photo.”