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1. Initial Text:Dana and Ronnie operate a Web-based business, TraderRon.com, an Internet swap site that uses a Dutch auction system pioneered by Priceline.com. TraderRon.com allows customers to make ofers to other customers to swap such items as their unused Frequent ±yer miles For other customers' unwanted merchandise, including DVDs, music CDs, used books, and any other merchandise customers might want to trade. No sales involving payment oF money are made on the site. Some oF the merchandise that has been ofered on the site and swapped consists oF bootleg or pirated merchandise, as well as designer knockofs. All oF TraderRon.com's income derives From advertising. TraderRon's website and advertising use a black and grey symbol to represent its swapping service. It has used this symbol consistently and registered it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark O²ce. The symbol is very similar to the Nike swoosh symbol, except it Fades From black to grey From leFt to right. TraderRon.com uses a multimedia presentation to explain its operation to users. The multimedia presentation was created by a Friend oF Dana's as his senior portFolio project at school, where he was majoring in website design and multimedia. Dana paid him with a Free trip to the Caribbean, which she had won in a contest. No copyright was registered in connection with the multimedia presentation. TraderRon.com sends a weekly e-mail update to customers who have registered on the site. The e-mail is sent via an e-mail address Ronnie established at Yahoo.com. TraderRon.com's customers are located throughout the U.S. and some are overseas. What intellectual property and Internet law issues are raised by TraderRon.com's business model? What sort oF liability is the business risking? 2. Joel, a Former employee oF NetworkBank, an online bank, decided to exact some revenge. Though his o²cial access to the bank's records was removed, he was able to hack into the bank's database oF customer inFormation, obtaining passwords associated with customer debit cards. Using debit card numbers and passwords, he purchased merchandise online From various venders, including online auction sites, such as eBay. Among the bank customers whose accounts he raided was Elle, a consumer, and Pet Products, Inc., a business that sells pet products online. Joel took $85 From Elle's checking account the ³rst time, which she didn't notice until a week later, at which point she noti³ed NetworkBank. Joel took $350 From Elle's account a Few weeks later, which she noticed the next day and immediately reported to the bank. Joel accessed Pet Products, Inc., just once, For $3,450, which the company noticed the next day and reported to NetworkBank. Joel also wanted revenge against a Former NetworkBank employee, Gwen, who he believed to be responsible For his ³ring. She leFt the bank and was working elsewhere. Using Internet search engines, he Found postings that Gwen had made to chat rooms on various Internet sites. Using this inFormation, Joel contacted PrivateI.com, an Internet based inFormation and investigation service. He paid the Fee required For an investigation on Gwen, and obtained her home and work addresses and telephone numbers. PrivateI.com did not inquire why Joel wanted the inFormation about Gwen. Joel Followed Gwen as she exited her workplace one night and attacked her, injuring her severely. Joel is now under arrest.
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What remedies do Elle and Pet Products, Inc. have against NetworkBank for the unauthorized fund transfers? What law applies? What is the extent of liability for the consumers in this scenario? May Gwen hold PrivateI.com liable for her injuries? Why or why not? 3. Initial Text:Duchess Cruise Lines, Inc. dry-docked a ship, intending to have maintenance done. Melinda, the ship's supply manager, decided to purchase some needed supplies from Marine Equipment Services, Inc., on the ship's behalf while it was in dry-dock. She charged the supplies to her personal credit card. The supplies were delivered and used, but the cruise line refused to reimburse Melinda for the cost of the supplies because she hadn't obtained the required approvals before making the purchase. Melinda takes the position that doing so would have delayed the purchase of the materials, because the person who normally grants approvals was on leave for several weeks. The cruise line takes the position that someone else would have handled the matter promptly if Melinda had simply followed company procedure. Melinda is threatening to sue to obtain reimbursement. Meanwhile, Steve, a member of the ship's maintenance crew, on shore leave for a day, came back to the ship late, after drinking to excess. Before retiring for the night, Steve turned several wheels on the dry-dock's wall, which resulted in a Fooding of the tanks on one side of the dry-dock. The ship listed, slid o± the blocks holding it up, then crashed against the dry-dock wall, ruining much of the dry-dock. The dry-dock owner is suing Duchess Cruise Lines, Inc., for reimbursement of the damages to the dry-dock. Paul was hired by Duchess Cruise Lines, Inc. as an independent project manager to coordinate the dry-dock maintenance project. He was not an employee of Duchess Cruise Lines, Inc. and was not authorized to make any purchases or enter into any contracts on the cruise line's behalf. All of his proposals were to be submitted to a management team for approval. After Steve caused the ship to slide o± the blocks and crash into the dry-dock wall, Paul met on the site with a crane company owner, Al, telling Al that he was Duchess' project manager and requesting a bid from Al's company to move the ship to a new dry-dock facility for repair. At the time, Paul was wearing a Duchess Cruise Lines, Inc. jacket and directing various employees on the dock. Al provided a bid, Paul accepted it, and Paul signed a services contract with Al's company, signing his name followed by the words, "Project Manager, Duchess Cruise Lines, Inc." Duchess Cruise Lines, Inc. did not approve the hiring of Al's company and refuses to pay Al's company on the contract. Paul claims he has no personal liability because he was acting on Duchess' behalf in an emergency. What agency law issues does this scenario raise? How should the courts decide these disputes? Why? 4. A Sweet Business Idea (graded) Initial Text:Dan and Carla met as employees at a candy company and later married. Carla went on to study accounting and Dan earned a business degree. After working for various businesses and raising $10,000 to open their own business one day, Dan and Carla have
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