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February 23, 2012 Radio New Zealand
-US abuse of power in taking down Megaupload
-No such thing as criminal secondary copyright infringement
-The Prosecution is politically motivated

September 26, 2012 NewstalkNZ
-Illegal Gov spying on Kim Dotcom
-Case should be dismissed in the interests of justice
-Trail of Gov illegality
-Hollywood's involvement
-Unfair procedures 

Ira Rothken presentation at e-discovery seminar (excerpt)
- discussion of technical-legal factors to consider in determining whether e-discovery related data is "not reasonably accessible"
- More information can be found here 
 

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    Our firm emphasizes intellectual property litigation (including trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and patents), internet law, complex business litigation, class actions, videogame law, business law, employment litigation, consumer protection litigation, and personal injury/tort litigation. We are actively involved in cutting edge electronic discovery ("e-discovery") matters and Ira P. Rothken is an active member of the Sedona Conference and maintains a blog at Moredata.com on electronic discovery and evidence issues for legal professionals. Here is a CNET News Story Profiling Ira P. Rothken's Career Protecting Internet Technology Companies.

    We Have Assisted in the Startup of Some of the Most Successful E-Commerce and Electronic Entertainment Companies in the World

    Ira P. RothkenIn addition to our robust litigation practice as evidenced in our "News" section below we assist electronic entertainment, high technology, and e-commerce companies in their business and legal transactions. For example, since the inception of the "commercialized" internet in the mid 1990s, we have represented some of the largest and most successful web sites in the world on a huge range of matters from startup issues to risk reduction strategies to e-commerce policies and agreements. In many instances we were called upon to handle issues where there was no clear precedent and thus we had to innovate a solution.

    We have also helped start numerous successful electronic entertainment and videogame companies including Nihilistic Software, Pandemic Games, Telltale, and Arenanet. Ira P. Rothken, a member of IGDA, has spoken multiple times on how to start a videogame development company at the Computer Game Developers Conference (CGDC). Here is a sample of videogame development transactions in which we assisted our clients:


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    Thursday
    Apr282011

    Important Message Regarding SONY Data Breach Class Action

    As we are sure you understand, given that over 70 million individuals are impacted by the Sony Playstation Network security breach or disablement, the Rothken Law Firm is receiving numerous calls and thousands of emails requesting information, offering assistance and/or providing further factual support. During this time period we urge you to continue to pay attention to directions from Sony.

    In the meantime we are continuing our investigation. To assist us in this process, you may (but are not required to) fill out the intake form on our Law Firm website.  This would expedite our ability to compile contacts and prepare communications in an efficient manner.  Please indicate “Sony Class Action” in the subject line, then use the text box for describing your experience, including, but not limited to, whether you have suffered any fraudulent use of your credit information you attribute to the Sony data breach, and stating any specific questions you may have. Do not include sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers, and security questions in your communications with us - we will never ask you for such information. You will also find links to news articles regarding the case on this page including below.

    There is nothing that you need to do at present to be involved with this litigation.  In the event we reach a settlement with Sony or obtain a judgment on behalf of the Class, there will be a notification process supervised by the Court, at which time all potential Class members will have the opportunity to consider the terms of the settlement or judgment and decide whether he or she wishes to be included or excluded or objects to the settlement. 

    Please take whatever steps you deem necessary and appropriate to protect your own personal and financial information and to guard against identity theft.  Some recommendations from PC WORLD include:

    1.    Be wary of people calling or e-mailing you asking for extra information such as your Social Security number or other personal information

    2.    Monitor your credit card for suspicious activity or consider canceling it and getting a new one

    3.    Review your online passwords to see whether you are using the same password and login ID across multiple accounts. If, for example, your PSN and e-mail logins are the same, change your e-mail address password immediately. Of course, for an extra layer of protection, you may consider changing your security questions and challenge responses on other sites.

    Wednesday
    Apr272011

    ROTHKEN LAW FIRM ANNOUNCES FILING OF CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST SONY FOR PLAYSTATION® NETWORK SECURITY BREACH

    San Francisco, California, April 27, 2011 – The Rothken Law Firm announces that it has brought a class action lawsuit against Sony PlayStation® Network to seek a remedy for over 70 million consumers arising out of one of the largest data breaches in the history of the Internet.

    According to the complaint entitled JOHNS v SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC, and SONY NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL LLC filed on April 27th, 2011 in Federal Court in the Northern District of California, Sony acknowledged that the personal information of its PlayStation Network customers has been compromised.

    The complaint alleges that Sony failed to take reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users which led to the intrusion that caused over 70 million customers the loss of their personal and private information, including customer names, addresses, e-mail addresses, birthdays, PlayStation Network and Qriocity passwords, and user names, as well as online user handles, and possibly credit card related data. The complaint also alleges "on information and belief, members of the Class have begun to experience losses from fraudulent use of credit card information believed compromised by the security breach alleged herein."

    The lawsuit seeks monetary compensation for the data loss and loss of use of the Sony PlayStation® Network, credit monitoring, and other relief according to proof.

    "We bought this lawsuit on behalf of consumers to learn the full extent of Sony PlayStation® Network data security practices and the data loss and to seek a remedy for consumers. We are hopeful that Sony will take this opportunity to learn from the network vulnerabilities, provide a remedy to consumers who entrusted their sensitive data to Sony, and lead the way in data security best practices going forward" says Ira P. Rothken an attorney who filed the class action complaint.

    Contact Information:

    If you are a subscriber to the Playstation Network and would like to tell us about yourself to assist in our investigation please fill out this form here.

    CNET News.com story here

    IGN News story here 

    G4 News story here

    Examiner News story here

    Copy of Filed Stamped Complaint here

    Wednesday
    Jan192011

    Federal Court Grants Preliminary Approval to Sidekick Class Action Settlement

    In December 2010 the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted preliminary approval to a class action settlement brought against T-Mobile, Microsoft, and Danger regarding allegations of Sidekick smartphone data interruption and loss arising out of an incident that occurred on or about October 2009. Class Action Notice, settlement, claims forms, and related documents can be found at the SidekickSettlement.com web site. If after reading the documents on the Sidekick Settlement website you believe you may be a class member and have further inquiries then please contact us.

    Friday
    Dec172010

    Isohunt Files Appeal to the Ninth Circuit

    Isohunt today filed its opening appellate brief to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals urging the court to provide better protection from mass copyright lawsuits to search engines, such as Isohunt, that do not store, touch, or distribute copyrighted works. "This case is about the freedom to search on the internet and whether web search engines have to preemptively censor user generated links and torrent data files or be subject to keyword filtering" says Ira P. Rothken counsel for the Isohunt defendants. Here is a news story at Techdirt and another news story on an industry site.

    Update from March 1, 2011 Isohunt filed its reply brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Saturday
    Oct022010

    Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Tosses False Endorsement Claim Against Search Engine and Adult Social Networking Site

    On the September 30, 2010 the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Stayart v. Yahoo et al found that the plaintiff did not have a protectable commercial interest in her name under certain sections of the Lanham Act and thus affirmed the trial court's dismissal of such claims against a major search engine and adult social networking site. The Seventh Circuit's opinion can be found here.