Self-Help Legal Sites No Match for Real Lawyer, Consumer Reports Says

Media Law

Self-help legal websites such as LegalZoom , Nolo and Rocket Lawyer are no match for a real lawyer, Consumer Reports concludes in an evaluation of the three sites published in its September issue. Silber , an expert in consumer and commercial law at Hofstra and Yale.

LawyerCams.com Uses Google Hangouts to Help Consumers Find Lawyers

Media Law

Last year, I wrote here about LawZam, a website (and, later, an iPhone app) that aims to connect consumers with attorneys by facilitating free, face-t0-face consultations via live videoconferencing. Now there is another site that does something similar, only this one uses Google Hangouts for lawyers and clients to meet by video. This new site, LawyerCams.com, is [.]. General video

Estate Map Returns, in a Consumer-Facing Beta

Media Law

In its place, he said then, he planned to launch a new site, to be marketed directly to consumers, […]. The post Estate Map Returns, in a Consumer-Facing Beta appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Remember Estate Map? It launched just over a year ago as a cloud-based tool for estate planning lawyers and their clients. Then, last April, its founder, Minneapolis lawyer Joseph Henderson, announced he was closing it down.

Switching Consumer Device to Ad-Supported Environment Is Not Deceptive under New York Law

New Media and Technology Law

If your company sells a smart device to a consumer, can it later turn the device into a paid advertising platform? 12, 2016), consumers who purchased a “Slingbox” claimed they bought the device solely to “sling” their cable television service from one place (their home) to another device located anywhere (e.g., The court also found that the consumers failed to allege “injury.” Is there evidence about whether consumers view the addition of ads as a benefit?

Hot Topic: Do Consumers Have a Right to Re-Sell Copies of Movies, Songs and Books?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

From the highest court to the lowest district court, ownership is being put to the test. read more. The Business Music Movies THR, Esq. Tech Business

Balancing Commercial Speech and Consumers' Right To Know

Media Law Prof Blog

Jessie Smith Nibley, University of Pennsylvania Law School, has published Commercial Freedom of Speech vs. Consumers' Right to Know: Milking the First Amendment for All It's Worth. Here is the abstract. The FDA's antagonism toward mandatory disclosure by food producers

Kardashians in Kourt: Sisters Win Injunction in Cosmetics Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Haven Beauty's use of the Kardashian trademarks likely confuses consumers, a judge rules. read more. THR, Esq. Style Style THR Online Khloe Kardashian Kim Kardashian Kourtney Kardashian

9th Circuit: Consumer Sophistication is an important determinant for AdWord bidding cases

The Legal Satyricon

by Jason Fischer For some time now, it has been a legal gray area whether bidding on a competitor’s trademarks as Google AdWords constituted infringement. Google has taken a neutral stance on the matter, only removing ads that actually make use of the mark in ad copy and directing unhappy trademark owners to take their [.]. advertising law internet law tech news trademark

Judge Wingate to Rule on Whether Federal Government Protects Google or States Protect Consumers

Music Technology Policy

Right on cue, Jeff John Roberts gave his usual Googley spin to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s investigation into Google: Google and Mississippi meet in court over secret MPAA lobbying.

Internet Cooking Channel Can't Trademark 'Jaws,' Says Board

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Patent and Trademark Office thinks consumers might confuse a streaming 'Jaws' cooking program with the silver-screen shark of the same name. The U.S. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Judge Rules 'Krusty Krab' Restaurant Violates Viacom's 'SpongeBob' Rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

According to opinion, consumers would likely be confused that the defendant's joint is officially licensed like the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Kur on Brand Symbols, the Consumer, and the Internet

Media Law Prof Blog

Annette Kur, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, is publishing Brand Symbols, the Consumer, and the Internet in NZCIEL Workshop at Wellington, New Zealand, 19-20 February, 2015, Conference Volume (Forthcoming) and Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition Research

Elvis Presley Estate Fighting Sony Over Royalties

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

million buyout, but then copyright was extended, and consumers moved to digital outlets like iTunes and Spotify. In the 1970s, the King and the Colonel got a $5.4 read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

Hollywood Docket: WME-IMG Sued Over Canceled Super Bowl Event

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Plus CNN is suing a consumer drone company for trademark infringement and The Blaze and Tomi Lahren have reached a settlement. read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online Glenn Beck IMG Super Bowl 51

CNN 25

Protecting Consumers

Media Law Prof Blog

From the FCC The FCC has issued a Notice of Inquiry on whether there are additional opportunities to protect and empower American consumers by ensuring sufficient access to relevant information about communications services. As communications technologies and services become more

FCC 0

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Puts Forward Big Proposal to Reshape Access to TV Programming

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Pay-TV providers to be required to give consumers free apps with extensive functionality in a proposal to be voted on Sept. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Moviegoer Files Class Action Lawsuit Over High Cost Of Food and Drinks At Theaters

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

One consumer has had it. Eriq Gardner Movie theaters make $3000 on every bag of raw popcorn that costs them $30. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business

New Site Launches for Consumers to Bid on Legal Services

Media Law

The post New Site Launches for Consumers to Bid on Legal Services appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. In the legal-startups category of “here today, gone tomorrow,” lawyer-bidding sites rank right at the top. Just last year, in a single post here, I wrote about the demise of one such site, Shpoonkle, which had launched in 2011 to much fanfare, and the debut of another such site, Lawtendr. A year later, Lawtendr too […].

Scardamaglia @abscard on Google, Online Search, and Consumer Confusion in Australia

Media Law Prof Blog

Amanda Scardamaglia, Swinburne University of Technology, has published Google, Online Search and Consumer Confusion in Australia at 42 International Journal of Law and Information Technology 203 (2016).

FCC Chair's Statement On Broadband Consumers and Internet Congestion

Media Law Prof Blog

From the FCC news release: “For some time now we have been talking about protecting Internet consumers. At the heart of this is whether Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that provide connectivity in the final mile to the home can advantage

ISP 1

Fox, CBS, NBC Sue Dish Network Over AutoHop Ad-Skipper

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

At issue is PrimeTime Anytime, a service that allows consumers to skip television ads. Matthew Belloni UPDATED: Dish also files suit in New York against all four broadcast networks. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Television Television

FCC Chair Proposes Action To Address Consumer Complaints On Robocalls, Marketing Calls

Media Law Prof Blog

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is proposing new ways to protect consumers against unwanted phone calls, including robocalls and sales messages. In a proposal he began circulating today, Mr. Wheeler listed a number of actions which would allow consumers to protect

Adler on Compelled Commercial Speech and the Consumer's "Right to Know"

Media Law Prof Blog

Adler, Case Western Reserve University School of Law and PERC (Property and Environment Research Center), is publishing Compelled Commercial Speech and the Consumer 'Right to Know' in the Arizona Law Review (2016). Jonathan H.

Canadian Radio-Telecommunications Commission Reports That Canadian Consumers Have Lots of Complaints About TV Services

Media Law Prof Blog

The Canadian Radio-Telecommunications Commission reports that consumer complaints about tv services account for two-thirds of complaints about telecom services, although complaints overall are down compared to this time last year.

Debuting Tomorrow: A Keyboard Designed Just for Lawyers

Media Law

The lawyer and founder of Pro-Boards LLC was explaining why he has developed the LegalBoard, a computer keyboard designed specifically for lawyers, which he will formally introduce tomorrow at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Brian Potts had me at the section symbol.

Consumers and Their Cell Phones

Media Law Prof Blog

The Obama Administration is taking up the cause of cellphone customers who want to keep their cellphones after their contracts have run out. Some of these customers would like to "unlock" their phones and switch to another mobile phone provider

How Broadcasters Could Have Big Liability For Texts And Calls under The FCC’s Recent Order on The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC recently issued a Declaratory Ruling and Order on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) – and that order highlights many issues with broadcasters who use texts or outbound automated calls to the mobile devices of viewers and listeners. The Order makes clear that these restrictions also apply to texts that originate with an online interaction with a website or app, and end up with a text being sent to a consumer.

Estate Map Returns, in a Consumer-Facing Beta

Media Law

In its place, he said then, he planned to launch a new site, to be marketed directly to consumers, […]. The post Estate Map Returns, in a Consumer-Facing Beta appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Remember Estate Map? It launched just over a year ago as a cloud-based tool for estate planning lawyers and their clients. Then, last April, its founder, Minneapolis lawyer Joseph Henderson, announced he was closing it down.

Johnny Football vs Juanito Futbal Trademark Likelihood of Consumer Confusion

Current Trends

We’ll focus on the two big ones: 1) the mark is not functioning as a trademark; and 2) likelihood of consumer confusion with trademark applications for JUANITO FUTBAL and JOHNNY BASKETBALL and JOHNNY BASEBALL.

Warner Bros. Beats Louis Vuitton in 'Hangover 2' Knockoff Handbag Dispute

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A federal judge dismisses the case after finding that fashion label hadn't plausibly made the case that the knockoff bag in a brief scene confused consumers. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Style Business The Hangover Part II

User of Free App May Be “Consumer” under the Video Privacy Protection Act

New Media and Technology Law

The opinion, which reversed the dismissal of the case by the district court, took a more generous view than the lower court as to who is a “consumer” under the statute. There, the district court ruled that a user of a free app was not a “consumer” under the VPPA and that the collection of the user’s anonymous mobile phone MAC address and associated video viewing history did not qualify as “personally identifiable information” that links an actual person to actual video materials.

GPS 0

User of Free App May Be “Consumer” under the Video Privacy Protection Act

New Media and Technology Law

The opinion, which reversed the dismissal of the case by the district court, took a more generous view than the lower court as to who is a “consumer” under the statute. Subject to certain exceptions, the VPPA prohibits “video tape service providers” from knowingly disclosing, to a third-party, “personally identifiable information concerning any consumer.” Consumer” under the VPPA. When is the user of a free app a “consumer” under the VPPA?

GPS 0

Avvo CEO Says New Legal Forms Offering Will Help Steer Self-Help Consumers to Lawyers

Media Law

The post Avvo CEO Says New Legal Forms Offering Will Help Steer Self-Help Consumers to Lawyers appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. After reporting yesterday on Avvo’s launch of Avvo Legal Forms, I had an opportunity to speak today with the company’s CEO, Mark Britton, who is in Las Vegas, where he is attending Avvo’s annual Lawyernomics conference.

Browsewrap Agreement Held Unenforceable Against Consumer Due to Insufficient Notice

New Media and Technology Law

In a significant decision, the Ninth Circuit found that the presentation of a browsewrap agreement on a popular consumer e-commerce site provided insufficient notice of that site’s terms of use, and therefore were not enforceable against a user of the site. It should be noted that no link to the terms of use, nor reference to them, was presented to the consumer as part of the online transaction].

Startup Uses Algorithms To Grade Attorneys And Judges In Florida DUI Cases

Media Law

The purpose of the site is to help consumers find the right attorney by providing a more-granular analysis of their records than simple win-loss rates. […]. A new website called LegalOptics is using an algorithm to analyze driving-under-the-influence cases in Florida and identify the attorneys who get the best results for each judge and case type.

Over the Counter but Under the Radar: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests and FDA Regulation of Medical Devices

JetLawBlog

Look for Over the Counter but Under the Radar: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests and FDA Regulation of Medical Devices in the Spring 2009 issue (Vol. They typically do not require a prescription or any other involvement from a consumer’s health care provider.

Sprint Signs Consent Degree, and To Stop Calling Consumers On Do Not Call Lists

Media Law Prof Blog

Treasury for violating the FCC''s Do Not Call rules and for continuing to call and/or send texts to consumers who had specifically told the company they did not want any Sprint has agreed to pay $7.5 million to the U.S.

FCC 1

Taxes On Consumer Electronics and Telecommunications

Media Law Prof Blog

Thierer and Berin Michael Szoka, the Progress & Freedom Foundation, have published The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 1: Taxes on Consumer Electronics, Mobile Phones & Broadband, in volume 17 of the Progress & Freedom Foundation on Adam D.

Justice Toolbox Lets People Pick Lawyers Based On Win Rates

Media Law

A recently launched company helps consumers find lawyers based on their win rates for particular types of cases. Called Justice Toolbox, the startup uses data mined from official state court records to compute and display how many cases a lawyer has won and lost and the lawyer’s approximate win rate. Founder Bryant Lee Continue reading […]. The post Justice Toolbox Lets People Pick Lawyers Based On Win Rates appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General

NY Bakery Owner Sues Scripps Network Over Food Network Show

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner “One Tough Cookie” owner Gail Dosik says the reality show “Tough Cookies” will confuse consumers. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television