Associated Press: Texas Sues Google Over Local Radio Ads for Its Smartphones

Associated Press: Texas Sues Google Over Local Radio Ads for Its Smartphones. “Texas’ attorney general on Wednesday sued Google, alleging the company asked local radio DJs to record personal endorsements for smartphones that they hadn’t used or been provided. In the lawsuit filed in Montgomery County, Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton said Google engaged in false and misleading practices in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices—Consumer Protection Act

Girard Sharp: TurboTax Users Reach $40 Million Settlement With Intuit

Girard Sharp: TurboTax Users Reach $40 Million Settlement With Intuit. “If approved, the settlement is expected to return between $15 and $75 to class members who make a claim. The settlement also requires Intuit to follow the FTC’s online marketing guidelines and disclose the Free File Program—along with a taxpayer’s qualifications to file for free—on the TurboTax website.”

ABC 7 Chicago: Illinois Facebook users can file claims as part of class action lawsuit settlement for up to $400

ABC 7 Chicago: Illinois Facebook users can file claims as part of class action lawsuit settlement for up to $400. “Facebook users in Illinois can now apply to collect from a settlement stemming from a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed over Facebook’s collection and storing of biometric data of Illinois users without proper consent. As part of the $650 million settlement, claimants may be eligible for payments of between $200-$400, depending on the number of valid claims filed.”

USA Today: Did you use Google+? You may be owed some money from class-action privacy settlement

USA Today: Did you use Google+? You may be owed some money from class-action privacy settlement. “If you used Google+, the now-defunct social network started by Google to take on Facebook, you may be eligible for a small piece of a court-mandated $7.5 million privacy settlement. However, before you get excited, know that all it’s worth to you is anywhere from $5 to $12. You’ll have to file for your piece, and in return, get a free, cheap lunch, or maybe a cup of coffee.”

Reuters: Google defeats conservative nonprofit’s YouTube censorship appeal

Reuters: Google defeats conservative nonprofit’s YouTube censorship appeal. “Google persuaded a federal appeals court on Wednesday to reject claims that YouTube illegally censors conservative content. In a 3-0 decision that could apply to platforms such as Facebook FB.O, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle found that YouTube was not a public forum subject to First Amendment scrutiny by judges.”

Ars Technica: Entire broadband industry sues Vermont to stop state net neutrality law

Ars Technica: Entire broadband industry sues Vermont to stop state net neutrality law. “The nation’s largest broadband industry lobby groups have sued Vermont to stop a state law that requires ISPs to follow net neutrality principles in order to qualify for government contracts. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in US District Court in Vermont by mobile industry lobby CTIA, cable industry lobby NCTA, telco lobby USTelecom, the New England Cable & Telecommunications Association, and the American Cable Association (ACA), which represents small and mid-size cable companies.”

Quartz: The family of a man whose killing was posted on Facebook is suing the company

Quartz: The family of a man whose killing was posted on Facebook is suing the company. “The family of Robert Godwin Sr., a 74-year-old man whose 2017 murder was posted on Facebook by the man who killed him, is suing the company in a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook was negligent, having knowledge about the shooter Steve Stephen’s intentions, and failing to alert law enforcement. It says the company had ‘more than sufficient’ time to prevent Godwin’s death.”

MediaPost: Google Hit With New Privacy Suit For Sharing Data With App Developers

Wandering by Santa Clara Law Digital Commons (as you do) and came across what looks like a class-action lawsuit filed against Google, one with which I was not familiar. The 72-page filing is available here, but MediaPost also has a writeup: Google Hit With New Privacy Suit For Sharing Data With App Developers. “Google is facing a new lawsuit over allegations that it shared the names and other personally identifiable information of people who purchased apps with developers. This latest complaint was brought by Minnesota resident Adam Gurno, who alleges that he purchased nine apps totaling more than $26 from the Google Play Store between 2012 and 2014. Gurno alleges that Google transmitted his name, email address and ZIP code to the developers without his consent.”

Washington Post: The Labor Department just lost a battle with Google over its alleged gender pay gap

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

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

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

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

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

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.”