By Jake McGowan Choice Escrow and Land Title, LLC v. BancorpSouth Bank, 10-03531 (W.D. Miss. Aug. 20, 2012) Last month, we blogged about Patco v. Ocean Bank, where the First Circuit held that the bank may bear the loss of fraudulent ACH transfers because its security procedures were not “commercially reasonable” under the Funds Transfers […]

By Jake McGowan Branca v. Mann, CV 11-00584 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 10, 2012) When a celebrity goes bankrupt or forgets to pay a bill for his/her physical-space storage locker, opportunists may swoop in and purchase the goods so they can try and turn a profit reselling them. But sometimes, these buyers get a little overzealous–they […]

By Jake McGowan Rogers v. Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Houston, H-10-3741 (Aug. 15, 2012) In the realm of copyright law, evolving technological perceptions have led to doctrinal questions that have the potential to determine the outcome of a case. One of these questions is whether posting content to a website amounts to “publishing” the […]

By Jake McGowan United States v. Skinner, 09-6497 (6th Cir. August 14, 2012) If the name Stringer Bell means anything to you, you probably know what a “burner” is. The third season of The Wire saw aspiring drug runner Bernard tasked with purchasing unregistered pre-paid cellphones from various corner stores in Baltimore. The Barksdale crime […]

By Jake McGowan (with input from Venkat Balasubramani) Patco v. Ocean Bank, 11-2031 (1st Cir. July 3, 2012) When a scammer siphons money from a customer’s online bank account, should the bank or the customer bear the loss? Last year, we blogged about a pair of cases that considered this question and came to differing […]