Insights
Firm News

Major Victory for hiQ Labs, 9th Circuit Upholds Right to Access Publicly Available LinkedIn Data

September 9, 2019 Announcement

In a blockbuster ruling, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed startup hiQ Labs, Inc.’s preliminary injunction (PI) against LinkedIn granted by Judge Edward Chen of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in August 2017. The PI prevents LinkedIn from restricting hiQ’s access to publicly available LinkedIn profile information and allows hiQ to continue serving its clients.

“This case presented issues of first impression and the ruling sets an important precedent for data analytics companies who rely on access to publicly available data for the services they provide,” said Farella Partner Brandon Wisoff, who argued the appeal on behalf of hiQ. “While the ruling was on the preliminary injunction issues and not on the merits per se, the court’s analysis should send a message that large companies cannot use the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act with impunity as a tool to stifle competition from innovative startups.”

The Farella team representing hiQ also included Deepak Gupta, Rebecca Stephens, and Jeffrey Lau.

Read the opinion, here.

Firm Highlights

News

Benchmark Litigation Honors Farella’s Doug Young With Hall of Fame Award

Farella Braun + Martel’s Douglas R. Young was honored with Benchmark Litigation ’s Hall of Fame award at its annual awards ceremony on March 5th at the St. Regis in San Francisco. According to...

Read More
Publication

Facebook Suspends Apps That Scrape Data From Its Platform Following Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Read More
News

Farella Braun + Martel Shortlisted for Benchmark Litigation 2020 San Francisco Firm of the Year Award

Farella Braun + Martel has been shortlisted for two 2020 Benchmark Litigation US West Coast awards. The firm was shortlisted for “San Francisco Firm of the Year” and Partner Douglas R. Young was shortlisted...

Read More
News

Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys, Practices Recognized by Chambers USA 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel announces that Chambers USA has recognized 12 lawyers and five practice areas in the legal directory’s 2020 edition. Individual Rankings: Tyler Gerking – Insurance: Policyholders...

Read More
Publication

Testing California’s Price Gouging Statute

Pandemic-related price spikes in consumer goods have attracted the attention of both government enforcers and private plaintiffs. In California, Attorney General Xavier Becerra has issued two admonitions against price gouging – one focused on online...

Read More
News

Farella Braun + Martel Announces 2020 Partner Elevations

SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, Calif., January 21, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce the election of senior associates Evan Abrams, Lauren Galbraith, and Alex Reese to the partnership...

Read More
Publication

Force Majeure and Contractual Non-Performance During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Never in the experience of most of us has an event so thoroughly interrupted business as usual as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Everywhere, contract parties facing severe stress in their businesses are reassessing their contractual...

Read More
Publication

Litigation Management Checklist in the Time of COVID-19

We are all experiencing unprecedented challenges right now, both personally and professionally. To ease some of your legal team’s anxieties, we have put together a litigation-specific checklist with the measures we recommend taking, which...

Read More
Publication

7 Ways to Check If Coronavirus Triggers ‘Force Majeure’ Clauses in Your Wine Business Contracts

Never in the experience of most of us has an event so thoroughly interrupted business as usual as the coronavirus pandemic. The wine business runs on contracts: grape purchase agreements, event hosting contracts, vineyard...

Read More
News

Farella Braun + Martel’s Jerome Braun Honored With Bill Edlund Award for Professionalism in the Law

Read More