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Botnet Extortion and Disparagement and Section 230: Do Businesses Have Any Recourse?

Program Number: 3037

Program Date: 01/28/2020

Description

Cybercriminals have presented targeted businesses with a frightening choice: pay up or have Botnets post thousands of negative reviews in a matter of minutes. Botnets, which are groups of computers controlled by a single person, have also famously flooded social media platforms with disparaging posts about politicians and political parties in the days before recent elections in the United States and other industrialized countries. Businesses, politicians, and other victims of Botnet-mediated disparagement seeking damages face a daunting obstacle in the form of Section 230, the controversial federal statute that immunizes computer service providers from liability for content provided by another person or entity. This program will examine the legal arguments regarding whether or not Botnet-mediated disparagement is subject to Section 230-a question which courts have yet to address. This program will also examine the intensifying debate in Congress regarding both the Botnet epidemic and Section 230 and how it could impact litigation by victims of Botnet-mediated disparagement.

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California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, New York - BOTH New and Experienced Attorneys, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50 minute credit hour
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60 minute credit hour

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Presenters


Bradford P. Meisel, Esq.

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP

BRADFORD P. MEISEL is an Associate in the Firm’s Transactional Group. He received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Vice President of the Legislative Law Society and Treasurer of the Georgetown Art Law Society, and his Bachelor of Arts in History from Dickinson College.

While at Georgetown University Law Center, Bradford served as a Senate Judiciary Committee Law Fellow to U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island during the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and Cybersecurity and Technology Law Clerk to U.S. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan and analyzed legislation regarding cybersecurity and data security in the financial services sector, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), and Section 230 immunity for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in addition to assisting with investigative hearings regarding cybersecurity. Bradford also served as a legal intern in the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division Public Integrity Section (PIN) and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA).

Before entering law school, Bradford worked as a research analyst for a real estate development firm in New Jersey and served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Dennis M. Cavanaugh, U.S.D.J. in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Honorable Brian R. Martinotti, J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division in Bergen County.

Prior to joining the Firm, Bradford served as the Law Clerk to the Honorable Diane Pincus, J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Criminal Division in Middlesex County.

 

Diane D. Reynolds, Esq.

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP

DIANE D. REYNOLDS has an extensive background in the representation of private and publicly-held entities in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, compliance, corporate governance, and strategic growth initiatives. She has also served as General Counsel to technology, financial services and consumer products companies and has extensive experience representing companies and investors in change-of-control transactions. Diane also possesses a unique depth of experience in privacy/data security combined with strong technology experience, due to her lengthy involvement in the technology sector.

Diane has served as advisor to, and as a director of, several public and privately-held companies.

 

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