Internet, Advertising and Data Privacy Litigation

TLG attorneys have substantial experience dealing with the novel liability issues and litigation arising in areas such as internet search and display advertising, U.S. and EU statutory schemes to enforce data privacy and security, copyright and other third-party intellectual property rights to on-line content, domain names and trademarks, click-through and special on-line contract issues, and application of traditional doctrines to on-line business activities, such as defamation and trade libel to on-line speech and user-provided content. The head of the TLG internet practice group is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, was named to the “Best Lawyers in the Bay Area” list published by Bay Area Lawyer Magazine in the area of intellectual property, and is co-author of articles on various internet liability issues, including an award-winning article, “The World Wide Web and the New World of Litigation: A Basic Introduction” published in the Defense Counsel Journal.

The firm represents New Media companies, such as an industry leading Fortune 500 internet company, as well as traditional media companies, such as a multistate network of radio stations. Although common liability issues exist regardless of the medium, internet companies operate in a new and rapidly evolving legal environment, dealing with legal issues — for example, data privacy in the context of various types of targeted search activities — which have only recently arisen and are not fully settled. A familiarity with on-line businesses and the special legal environment they face is essential in dealing with litigation.

In many cases in this area, liability insurance is available, and the identification of potential coverage and implementation of an insurance strategy is critical to the legal and economic consequences of the litigation. TLG attorneys have substantial experience dealing with the complex insurance issues which arise in intellectual property cases and working with clients’ insurers to reimburse expenses and successfully resolve the matter.