Techdirt: Techdirt Sues ICE After It Insists It Has No Records Of The 1 Million Domains It Claims To Have Seized. “There’s a pretty long backstory here, so let’s go back about a decade. In the summer of 2010, we found it somewhat disturbing that ICE had ‘seized’ a bunch of websites and was announcing this from Disney’s headquarters. It raised all sorts of questions, starting with the big First Amendment questions. There are a whole bunch of cases making it clear that prior restraint is not allowed under the First Amendment. ”
The Hindu: Sexual abuse victims sue to open Vatican archives. “The lawsuit in a U.S. federal court, which will be formally announced in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday, aims to compel the Vatican to open its archives and ‘release all the identities of thousands of offenders known exclusively by the Vatican and held in strict secrecy,’ lawyer Jeff Anderson said in a statement. “
Lincoln Journal-Star: UNL project illustrates history of slaves suing for their freedom. “UNL’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities have compiled and digitized court documents from more than 500 freedom suits and published them in an online database titled ‘O Say Can You See: Early Washington, D.C., Law and Family,’ through a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project focuses on slavery in the 1820s and 1830s, said project manager Kaci Nash, when African-Americans were held as property by a wide strata of Washington society.”
CNET: Facebook sues South Korean social media analytics company Rankwave. “Facebook alleges in the lawsuit — filed in California Superior Court in San Mateo County — that Rankwave breached a contract with the social network and violated a California law that prohibits unfair, unlawful or fraudulent business acts.”
Lexology: Obituary Piracy Assessed. “Thomson v. Afterlife Network Inc., 2019 FC 545, is a Federal Court decision in which the Court considers the existence of copyright in obituaries used in an e-commerce context. DT was the representative plaintiff in a class action lawsuit claiming that posted obituaries and photographs, that were authored and taken by the plaintiff and other class members without their permission and thereby Afterlife infringed the copyright and the moral rights of the class members.” This was in Canada.
Ars Technica: Refunds for 300 million phone users sought in lawsuits over location-data sales. “The four major US wireless carriers are facing proposed class-action lawsuits accusing them of violating federal law by selling their customers’ real-time location data to third parties. The complaints seeking class action status and financial damages were filed last week against AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint in US District Court for the District of Maryland.”
Techdirt: Texas Senator Pushing A Bill That Would Allow The State To Sue Twitter For Banning Conservatives. “…a member of the Texas Senate has decided he’s going to force social media platforms to be neutral. Bryan Hughes has crafted a bill that would allow the state’s attorney general to sue Twitter, etc. for booting people off their platforms. There’s a big ‘if’ in the bill that pretty much ensures it will never be enforced, even if it somehow manages to survive a Constitutional challenge.”