Venkat Balasubramani writes:
Hoang alleged that IMDb improperly used her personal information to find out her real age and published her real age on its website. She argued that this harmed her employment prospects in the industry. The jury ruled for IMDb. Hoang appealed.
On appeal, Hoang raised two issues (1) the trial court abused its discretion in not granting Hoang additional discovery because her initial lawyer was sick and ultimately passed away, and (2) the jury instructions wrongly placed the burden on her to prove that she was not in breach of the IMDb subscriber agreement.
Read more on Technology & Marketing Law Blog. I found myself unhappy with the court’s seeming mind-reading of the jury and ruling that some of IMDB’s actions would be “harmless error.”