Author Archives: Craig McLaughlin

About Craig McLaughlin

I am an intellectual property attorney and trial lawyer with an office in Southern California. I enjoy representing clients and also enjoy flyfishing, skiing, golf, writing this blog and photography (see blog header). My website is: http://www.smartpropertylaw.com

Yelp Appeals Order to Remove Defamatory Material to California Supreme Court

A California personal injury lawyer was unhappy with a review posted by his former client on Yelp.  The lawyer attempted to contact the client about it, but she refused to return his calls.  The lawyer thereafter sued the client in … Continue reading

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Amazon Sues 1,114 Unknown Defendants For Fake Product Reviews

Ever wonder whether the reviews that you read about a product come from real customers or whether they are conjured up to create a fake image of the product’s performance and customer satisfaction?  Amazon is concerned too and it is … Continue reading

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Photographer Sues Twitter for Wrongful Dissemination of Her Photograph

On July 27, 2015, lawyers for Kristin Pierson filed suit against Twitter, Inc. for copyright infringement in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.  In the Complaint, Ms. Pierson alleges that she is the holder, since 2012, of registered copyright … Continue reading

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LinkedIn Sued for Allegedly Ruining Employment Opportunities – Case Thrown Out . . . For Now

According to their class action complaint filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, plaintiffs Tracee Sweet, Lisa Jaramillo, James Ralston and Tiffany Thomas allege that LinkedIn provided access to information about them including identities of their former … Continue reading

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Michigan Prosecutor Goes Off On Facebook Rant Saying “Shoot ‘Em,” Then Resigns

According to Daily KOS, after watching images of protesters and rioters in Baltimore following the homicide of Freddie Gray, Teana Walsh, an assistant Wayne County, Michigan prosecutor posted this on her Facebook page: “So I am watching the news in … Continue reading

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Brew HaHa Over IPA Trademark Results in Social Media Backlash and Withdrawal of Lawsuit

On January 14, 2015, Lagunitas Brewing Company, a Petaluma, California craft brewer, filed a lawsuit in federal court for trademark infringement and unfair competition against competitor and Northern California neighbor, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, California.  In the lawsuit papers, Lagunitas alleged … Continue reading

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Facebook Exchange Advocating Employee Insubordination Was Not Protected Activity

The Richmond District Neighborhood Center (“Richmond”) is a non-profit corporation that operates the Beacon Teen Center at San Francisco’s George Washington High School, which provides after-school activities to students.  For the 2011–2012 school year, Ian Callaghan was one of the … Continue reading

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Sign Here For Your Room and, As Our Agreement States, If You Rate Us Poorly, You’ll Be Punished

As the nation’s first its kind, on September 9, 2014, California passed AB 2365, a law that now prohibits businesses from including provisions in contracts in which a consumer will waive his or her “right to make any statement regarding … Continue reading

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Employer Violated Rights of Employees By Firing Them For Engaging In Facebook Exchange About Employer

As set forth in a decision by the National Labor and Relations Board (NLRB) on August 14, 2014, two employees of a sports bar were fired for being involved in an off-duty, off-site Facebook exchange that included customers and regarded … Continue reading

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The Pull of Facebook Leads to Arrests

In one case, on June 19, 2014, a 26-year-old thief broke into a house in South St. Paul, Minnesota, stole some credit cards, some cash and a watch.  While still in the house, the thief spotted a computer and couldn’t … Continue reading

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