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I’m being sued and I’m representing myself in court. How do I fill out the form called “answer to complaint”?
You can represent yourself. Each form is different per state or county but generally an answer is simply a written document which presents a synopsis of your story to the court. The answer is not your defense, just written notice to the court that you intend to contest the suit. The blank forms are available at the court clerk’s office and are pretty much self explanatoryThere will be a space calling for the signature of an attorney. You should sign your name on the space and write the words “Pro se” after your signature. This lets the court know you are acting as your own attorney.
How did the FTC find out that Facebook was lying about privacy?
It is relatively easy to prove. If you have privacy settings that restrict the sharing of information but you are seeing the information shared anyway, then they are violating their own privacy policy. The document states, "Despite this fact, in many instances, Facebook has made profile information that a user chose to restrict to “Only Friends” or “Friends of Friends” accessible to any Platform Applications that the user’s Friends have used (hereinafter “Friends’ Apps”). Information shared with such Friends’ Apps has included, among other things, a user’s birthday, hometown, activities, interests, status updates, marital status, education (e.g., schools attended), place of employment, photos, and videos."So what they are essentially saying is despite a user's chosen privacy settings, other people were still able to view certain information that the user chose to hide. This is my commentary (not fact, just what I am infering from the FTC's claim): It sounds to me like there are certain applications (not created by FB but allowed on the FB platform developed by 3rd parties) that had permission to take information from someone's profile and display it even if the person's FB settings were set to hide those details. For example, there may be a calendar application that allows you to ask FB friends for their birthday. If the person you ask, adds that application to their FB profile and gives the application persmission to access their data, then the data becomes public despite the fact that their FB profile settings were set to not allow this information to be shared.To answer your question, the FTC wouldn't have to do too much research to find out if FB was violating their own privacy policy. They would just have to setup an account, set their privacy settings, and test it. They probably received numerous complaints before making this accusation.
How will the FTC complaint being launch by YouTube Laws affect Patreon and Paypal?
Should the action go through I’d hope that the two entities are taught a lesson. It’s one thing to not like an opponents ideology and speak out against it. But it’s unethical, immoral and un-American to take detrimental actions against other to silence them and try to negate their right to free speech.If nothing else happens I hope people will contact there congress and senate representatives and have them pass legislation. Any company that refuses service to other members of society may not use the banking system. Banks are required to serve many they would probably not wish to serve. I think PayPal should be required to operate under the same set of rules.
Which industries do the FTC and DOJ tend to specialize in for merger review?
Mergers are the FTC's bailiwick, not DOJ. And it's unfair to suggest that they "specialize" in specific industries. Certain industries come to be dominated by a few very large players, usually because they were once government-sanctioned monopolies, like telecommunications, or faced extremely high barriers to entry, like airlines or global freight services. Extreme consolidation in other industries, like news media and some technology and Internet sectors, have also led to situations that demanded the focus of antitrust regulators.It's very difficult to say where that focus will be next. For example, who would have guessed in the 1960s, when there were stationers and office supply stores everywhere, that the industry would be dominated by just three players and the focus of an antitrust action just 30 years later?
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