Hoang v. IMDb.com, No. 11-1709, W.D.Wash. (Jury verdict April 11, 2013)
The case went to trial on the breach of contract claim. The jury returned a verdict in favor of IMDb.
Though we don’t know the jury’s thinking (we only have a simple verdict form), IMDb had argued, among other things, that its investigations of plaintiff’s birthday were in response to requests she had made. In 2008, plaintiff had asked IMDb to remove a false (1978) birthdate plaintiff had submitted a few years earlier. When IMDb conducted its own research, it found plaintiff’s real birthdate in public records, and published that. The jury found this did not violate IMDB’s Subscriber Agreement.