Online Fraud and Abuse

Overview

As the Internet’s role in business and communications expands, so too do the opportunities for people and companies to face piracy issues, online defamation suits and domain name infringement and other trademark violations. Ifrah Law has significant experience representing clients in these areas.

Online Piracy

Legislation surrounding online piracy has generated a lot of attention. While some people are understandably concerned about the reach of this legislation, for people involved in an online piracy dispute, the current laws that apply to your situation can have a significant impact on how well your rights are protected. Ifrah Law has extensive experience representing clients who are involved in Internet-related piracy issues.

Online Defamation

ISPs and other hosts of online communications enable countless individuals to communicate in real-time, from around the globe. Since monitoring the truth and legality of their users’ posts would be infeasible, Congress passed Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA 230). Ifrah Law has proven experience in applying CDA 230 to ISPs and other social networking hosts to protect them and their businesses from defamation suits.

Domain Name Monitoring and Infringement Enforcement

With so many commercial activities being driven by the Internet, it’s critical that companies constantly monitor their brands in the online space for cybersquatting and instances of domain name trademark infringement. Ifrah Law has over 20 years of involvement in the domain name arena and we understand the enforcement actions to use for each individual case, whether it be a UDRP proceeding, a suite under the ACPA, or some other option.

Publications + Presentations
August/September 2016 | Publication

Getting Real: What the Skin Betting Lawsuits Could Mean for Social Gaming

iGaming Business North America

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October/November 2014 | Publication

The Future of Mobile Gaming in the U.S.

iGaming Business North America

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Case Studies

Successful Use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

When a blogger posted email exchanges directly from a hacked computer, and the exchanges contained copyrighted material, Ifrah Law utilized the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). DMCA takedowns are a powerful tool in data piracy issues, providing a process for a copyright owner to give notification to an online service provider concerning alleged copyright infringement.

Ifrah Law sent DMCA notices to the two web hosting services in California and Pennsylvania, requesting the immediate takedown of the sites due to copyright infringement. Almost immediately upon receiving the request, the web hosts took down the site or the offending material. We sent a similar notice to Facebook, which took down the offending material, as well.

Copying and stealing of content does not have to be taken for granted on the Internet. Trademarks and intellectual property can and should be protected. You can stop it, and Ifrah Law can show you how.

Blog Posts
March 27, 2014

Herbalife Hit with Civil Investigative Demand – Is the FTC Finally Turning up the Heat on Multi-Level Marketers?

Herbalife Hit with Civil Investigative Demand – Is the FTC Finally Turning up the Heat on Multi-Level Marketers?

For many, the announcement two weeks ago that the Federal Trade Commission has commenced a formal investigation into Herbalife was not terribly interesting.  After all, nutritional supplement company Herbalife has been the focus of intermittent media attention since December 2012 when Wall Street hedge fund manager Bill Ackman claimed that it was  an illegal pyramid… Read More

January 9, 2014

Industry, Members of Congress Take Action on FTC Process

Industry, Members of Congress Take Action on FTC Process

As the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) continues to flex its consumer protection muscles by bringing numerous administrative lawsuits, industry and members of Congress are questioning whether there is a level playing field that allows companies to properly defend themselves against FTC charges.  Or, as some say, does the FTC have the “home court advantage” in… Read More

January 8, 2014

New Year Brings New Plans by the FTC to Take Down Deceptive Weight Loss Advertisers

New Year Brings New Plans by the FTC to Take Down Deceptive Weight Loss Advertisers

New year, new resolutions.  Yesterday, the FTC announced a resolution of its own: to undertake a nationwide enforcement effort to protect consumers against deceptive weight loss claims.  Dubbed “Operation Failed Resolution,” the FTC’s latest enforcement effort seeks to protect consumers who face a barrage of “opportunistic marketers” promising quick ways to shed pounds. According to… Read More