The year in review: developments in computer, internet and e-commerce law (2015-2016)

June 14th, 2016 by Barry Sookman Leave a reply »

I gave my annual presentation today to the Toronto computer Lawyers’ Group on “The year in review in Computer, Internet and E-Commerce Law”. It covered the period from June 2015 to June 2016. The developments included cases from Canada, the U.S. the U.K., and other Commonwealth countries.

The developments were organized into the broad topics of: Technology Contracting, Online Agreements, Privacy, Online/Intermediary Liability/Responsibility, Copyright, and Trade-marks and Domain names.

The cases referred to are listed below. My slides can be viewed after the case listing. These and many other cases will be added to my 7 volume book on Computer, Internet and E-Commerce Law (1988-2015).

Technology Contracting

State of Indiana v IBM 2016 WL 959806 (Sup.Ct.Ind. March 22, 2016)

Actuate Canada Corporation v. Symcor Services Inc., 2016 ONCA 217

Honda of Canada Mfg. v Micro Focus (Canada), 2015 ONSC 6264

Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. v. Schad, 2016 ONSC 2297

Online Agreements

Starkey v G Adventures, Inc. 796 F.3d 193 (2nd.Cir. 2015)

Long v Provide Commerce, Inc 245 Cal. App. 4th 855

James v Global Tel*Link Corporation2016 WL 589676 (D.N.J. Feb. 11, 2016)

Mohamed v Uber Technologies, Inc 109 F.Supp.3d 1185 (N.D. Cal.2015)

In Re Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litigation 2016 WL 2593853 (N.D.Cal.May 5, 2016)

Sgouros v TransUnion Corporation 817 F. 3d 1029 (7th.Cir.2016)

Dillon v. BMO HARRIS BANK (M.D. North Car. Mar 23, 2016)

Holdbrook Pediatric Dental, LLC v Pro Computer service, LLC 2015 WL 4476017 (D.N.J. Jul. 21, 2015)

Jim Schumacher, LLC v Spireon, Inc. 2015 WL 3949349 (E.D.Tenn.2015)

Darnaa, LLC v Google, Inc 2015 WL 7753406 (N.D.Cal. Dec 2., 2015)

St John’s Holdings, LLC v Two Electronics, LLC 2016 WL 1460477 (Mass.Land.Ct. Apr. 14, 2016)

Privacy

In Re Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litigation 2016 WL 2593853 (N.D.Cal.May 5, 2016)

Douez v. Facebook, Inc., leave to appeal granted to Supreme Court

Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner [2015] EUECJ C 362/14 (06 October 2015)

In the Matter of A Policy Grievance Concerning the Contracting Out of Email and Calendar Services and Violation of the Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act

Condon v. Canada, 2015 FCA 159

Lewert v P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. (7th Cir. Apr. 14, 2016)

Federal Trade Commission v Wyndham Worldwide Corporation 799 F.3d 236 (3rd. Cir. 2015)

Zuckerman c. Target Corporation, 2015 QCCA 1809

PIPEDA Amendments in S-4

John Stevens v Glennis Walsh, 2016 ONSC 2418

Chandra v CBC, 2015 ONSC 5303

John Doe v. Canada, 2015 FC 916

Ari v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2015 BCCA 468

Representative Claimants v MGN Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 1291 (17 December 2015)

Weller & Ors v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 1176 (20 November 2015)

PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 393 (18 April 2016)

PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd. [2016] UKSC 26 (19 May 2016)

Bollea v Gawker Media, LLC, (6th.Jud.Cir.Pine.Fla. June 7, 2016)

Online/Intermediary Liability/Responsibility

Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc.,  Sup. Ct. Case 36602 (Supreme Court of Canada Summary)

PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd. [2016] UKSC 26 (19 May 2016)

CNIL Decision March 24, 2016 imposing a fine of € 100,000 against Google

Association des Producteurs de Cinema (APC) v Orange SA, Paris Ct. App. 15 March, 2016

Nazerali v. Mitchell, 2016 BCSC 810

Niemela v. Malamas, 2015 BCSC

Hassell v Bird WL 2016 3163296 (CA.Cal.Jun. 7, 2016)

E-Ventures Worldwide, LLC v Google, Inc., 2016 WL 2758889 (M.D.Fla.May 12, 2016)

DUFFY v GOOGLE INC [2015] SASC 170 (27 October 2015)

Galloway v Frazer & Ors [2016] NIQB 7 (27 January 2016)

Pritchard v. Van Nes, 2016 BCSC 686

Kent v Martin, 2016 ABQB 314

Pritchard v. Van Nes, 2016 BCSC 686

Vancouver Community College v. Vancouver Career College (Burnaby) Inc., 2015 BCSC 1470

People v Lemons 30 N.Y.S3d 527 (Crim. Ct. City N.Y. 2016)

Crouch v. Snell, 2015 NSSC 340

Copyright

Canadian Broadcasting Corp. v. SODRAC 2003 Inc., 2015 SCC 57

The Authors Guild v Google, Inc. 804 F.3d 202 (2nd. Cir. 2015)

Oracle America, Inc v Google Inc. (Jury Verdict Form)

Bell Canada et al v ITVBox.net, 2016 FC 612

Blacklock’s Reporter v Canadian Vintners Association, 2015 CanLII 65885 (ON SCSM)

Commercial Radio Decision, Copyright Board April 21, 2016

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre v. Charbonneau, 2016 BCSC 625

Geophysical Service Incorporated v Encana Corporation, 2016 ABQB 230/

Keatley Surveying v Teranet, 2016 ONSC 1717

Biocad Medical Inc. c. Panthera Dental Inc., 2015 QCCS 6555

Red Label Vacations Inc. (Redtag.ca) v. 411 Travel Buys Limited 2015 FCA 29

Voltage Pictures LLC v. John Doe, 2015 FC 1364

Trademarks/Domain Names

Specialty Software Inc. v. BEWATEC Kommunikationstechnik GmbH, 2016 FC 223

Red Label Vacations Inc. (Redtag.ca) v. 411 Travel Buys Limited 2015 FCA 29

Vancouver Community College v. Vancouver Career College (Burnaby) Inc., 2015 BCSC 1470

Veda Advantage Limited v Malouf Group Enterprises Pty Limited [2016] FCA 255 (21 March 2016)

Michaels v. Michaels Stores Procurement Company, Inc., 2016 FCA 8

Kwan Lam v. Chanel S. de R.L., 2016 FCA 111

My “Year in review” presentations to the Toronto Computer Lawyers Group for prior years are also available at my site. My slides from the 2015-2016 talk given today can be found here and are shown below.

Sookman_TCLG_2016_year_in_review
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