Pragmatus AV, LLC a company in the business of owning and managing its patent portfolio, brought a patent infringement suit in the Eastern District of Virginia against Facebook, LinkedIn, Photobucket and YouTube. Pragmatus AV, LLC v. Facebook, Inc., et al., 2011 WL 320952 (E.D.Va. Jan. 27, 2011). Pragmatus brought suit alleging that defendants’ video uploading and linking technology directly and indirectly infringes three patents owned by Pragmatus. Defendants brought a joint motion for transfer of venue to the Northern District of California. On January 27, 2011, the Honorable Judge Brinkema in the Eastern District of Virginia (“EDVA”) granted Defendants’ Joint Motion for Transfer of Venue, holding that the claims could have been brought in the Northern District of California, and the interests of justice and convenience of the of the parties justify transfer to that forum. 28 U.S.C. §1404(a).
Facebook pictures of a Mother drinking and socializing were properly admitted into evidence according to the Court of Appeals of Kentucky in an appeal from a divorce and custody order. LaLonde v. LaLonde, No. 2009-CA-002279-MR, 2011 WL 832465 (Ky. Ct. App. Feb. 25, 2011). The Court held that the photos posted on the social networking site were properly authenticated by testimony of the Mother and thus, properly admitted into evidence.