W40Y23 Weekly Review: SEC v. Elon Musk, ROSS Intelligence AI, and More Elon Musk Lawsuits

+++ SEC Sues Elon Musk Over Twitter Purchase 
+++ College Graduate Sues Elon Musk For Defamation
+++ Update: Thomson Reuters’ Copyright Lawsuit Against Ross Intelligence Over Westlaw

SEC Sues Elon Musk Over Twitter Purchase 
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking a court order to compel Elon Musk to comply with an administrative subpoena. Musk had been scheduled to testify as part of an SEC investigation into his 2022 purchases of Twitter stock and his related statements and filings. However, he failed to appear for his scheduled testimony, citing various objections, including the location of the testimony. 

Read the full report on The Hill
Read the case SEC v. Elon Musk, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, No. Case 3:23-mc-80253-LB. 

College Graduate Sues Elon Musk For Defamation
Benjamin Brody is suing Elon Musk for falsely accusing him of being involved with a neo-Nazi group during a brawl between right-wing extremist groups at a Pride event in Portland, Oregon. The lawsuit claims that Musk has a pattern of making reckless false statements that harm innocent third parties and promote disinformation. The incident involves a viral video of the street fight, where Brody was wrongly identified as one of the participants. Musk’s tweets amplified these false accusations, causing panic, fear, and depression for Brody. He is seeking damages of at least $1 million, a jury trial, and a judgment to clear his name.

Read the full report on NPR.
Read the case  Benjamin Brody v. Elon Musk, District Court of Travis County.  

Update: Thomson Reuters’ Copyright Lawsuit Against Ross Intelligence Over Westlaw
Thomson Reuters accuses the now defunct AI startup, Ross Intelligence, of unlawfully copying content from its legal research platform, Westlaw, to train a competing AI-based platform. The case is moving forward to be heard by a jury to determine, among other allegations, whether scraping Westlaw’s “headnotes”, which are curated legal case summaries, without proper licensing or permission was a misuse of Westlaw. 

Read the full report on Reuters.
Read the case Thomson Reuters and West Publishing v Ross Intelligence, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, No. 1:20-cv-00613-SB.

More Headlines

  • Data Privacy: “UK Information Commissioner issues preliminary enforcement notice against Snap” (by ICO)
  • Data Privacy: “Australian federal police officers’ details leaked on dark web after law firm hack” (by Guardian)
  • Data Privacy: “Child online safety laws will actually hurt kids, critics say. Why child online safety is so complicated” (by MIT Technology Review)
  • Data Privacy: “The TikTok ban isn’t Montana’s only new tech privacy law” (by MTFP)
  • Social Media: “What’s at stake in the Supreme Court’s landmark social media case” (by TechCrunch)
  • Deepfakes: “Lawmakers question Meta and X on how they’ll police AI-generated political deepfakes” (by LA Times)
  • AI: “Governments race to regulate AI tools” (by Reuters)
  • AI: “Spotify boss urges UK to enact tougher regulation of tech gatekeepers” (by Financial Times)
  • AI: “Disney Has No Comment on Microsoft’s AI Generating Pictures of Mickey Mouse Doing 9/11.” (by Futurism)

In Other News (or publications you should read)

This post originated from my publication Codifying Chaos.

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