Practice Areas

About Our Practice

At the Rivera Law Group Internet Law practice, we have a vast amount of experience in Internet Law cases and litigation. We are a pioneering Cyber Law firm that knows when to fight for our client and when to make the absolute best of an already difficult situation. Sometimes, an Internet attorney has to be prepared to make recommendations to a client regarding the client’s legal situation. As a result, we have won online defamation cases under circumstances that fellow attorneys thought were impossible. We have obtained acquittals in cases involving complex allegations of computer crimes. Similarly, we have obtained pioneering court decisions in cases involving unauthorized computer access (hacking) between family members. We have also assisted clients in difficult cases of trademark infringement and domain name disputes. Some of these would have been almost impossible to win at trial, but we settled with the opposing side without the need for our client to pay anything to the other side. We have been criticized for our methods to uncovered the identity of anonymous creators of defamatory posts. Sometimes we follow traditional legal approaches, such as subpoenas, but always craft methods based on our superior technical understanding of Internet technology. We understand that it is easy to criticize things you don’s know enough about and that most attorneys are not trained as Computer Engineers. However, that is our advantage and we have an obligation to use our skills to our client’s benefit.

Cyber Forensics and Investigations

We frequently assist attorneys with computer forensics matters. As computer forensics experts, we assist in the investigation of unauthorized access to computer systems, business fraud, employee computer fraud and theft, employee theft, Intellectual Property disputes, recovery of digital data, wrongful termination cases, criminal cases involving computer crimes or digital evidence (such as hacking, child pornography cases and Internet solicitation), divorce and other domestic disputes, and uncovering of illegal activity.

Cyber Crimes and Cyber Security Investigations

We have assisted clients in both the civil prosecution of conduct that falls within the computer crimes statutes and have also defended clients accused of computer crimes. We have assisted our client in identifying individuals who have unlawfully accessed their computers or email accounts, whether the unauthorized access involved a network, gmail, yahoo mail, hotmail, or any other email service, we have identified the attackers and assisted our clients in obtaining proper legal relief. We also have a stellar record in cases involving computer crime defense. In fact, we were the first law firm in the United States to obtain a jury “Not Guilty” verdict against the FBI and the DOJ in a case involving allegations of criminal conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. Our client was alleged to be the leader of the world’s most prolific Internet piracy group. Our cyber crime expert and forensic investigators can protect your rights when you are a victim of or accused of (or if you are an attorney representing a client who is facing any cyber crime issues): An Internet crime, Computer hacking, computer cracking, or violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Whether the case or investigation involves Computer trespass, Criminal Internet copyright infringement, Access Device Fraud, Unsolicited email and SPAM, Identity Theft, Trafficking in passwords Access Device Fraud, Civil liability resulting from the Internet crimes discussed above; Contact us to obtain professional assistance. This part of our practice includes legal risk, compliance, incident management, government regulations, and more. With our unique cybersecurity experience, we can assist businesses with cybersecurity issues without the need to have the in-house technical people go through the Herculean effort of trying to train a lawyer in matters related to technology. Our Internet crimes defense attorneys can protect your rights when you are a victim of or accused of: An Internet crime Computer hacking, computer cracking, or violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Computer trespass Criminal Internet copyright infringement Access Device Fraud Unsolicited email and SPAM Identity Theft Trafficking in passwords Access Device Fraud Civil liability resulting from the Internet crimes discussed above and more…

Internet Defamation

We frequently assist clients and attorneys in the investigation of the authorship of defamatory posts in online sites, Internet blogs or Internet forum. These posts are damaging to your reputation and legitimate businesses. Further, some of these websites leverage the Communications Decency Act to mask unlawful actions by the site owners themselves. Libel being spread through the use of the Internet affects you. Also, competitors attempt to gain an advantage by defaming you online. The defamatory statements on the Internet prevent you from advancing your career. We assist clients and attorneys in investigating the authors of the posts. We are one of the few law firms that can say that we have obtained both damages and injunctive relief during hotly litigated cases involving Internet defamation. Because of Free Speech considerations, injunctions are not ordinarily easy to obtain. We have done it! We specialize in identifying the authors of anonymous Internet posts. Even when the identity of the author is known, we assist our client in protecting their reputation within the confines of the law. Sometimes, it takes an amicable settlement, sometimes it takes aggressive litigation. It always takes skill and understanding of cutting edge technology and its application to our client’s case. Owners of websites promoting defamatory content go through a lot of effort to disguise their identity, it takes both traditional and non-traditional methods to identify the individuals. Our Internet defamation attorneys can provide expert assistance when: Defamatory posts in and Internet blog or Internet forum damage your reputation or your business Libel being spread through the use of the Internet affects you Competitors attempt to gain an advantage by defaming you online Defamatory statements on the Internet prevent you from advancing your career Internet defamation litigation False and libelous statements posted in online “ratings” websites and more….

Internet Copyright Infringement

We represent clients in enforcing their copyrights against infringement on the Internet. On the other hand, we also represent clients that are being attacked by copyright trolls. Many copyright trolls are filing mass litigation on behalf of record companies, motion picture companies, and even pornographers. We have assisted our clients in stopping this unlawful use of copyright litigation to extort money from individuals being accused of using bit torrent or other P2P software to download contents from the Internet. Our Internet copyright Infringement attorneys can assist you if: Your website contents are stolen You received a copyright infringement cease and desist letter You need a copyright infringement cease and desist letter sent Your website is taken down as a result of a DMCA takedown request You are be involved in copyright infringement litigation You are arrested and accused of criminal violations of copyright laws, including conspiracy to commit copyright infringement

Internet Trademark Infringement and Trade Secrets

This type of infringement involves the use of trademark in a manner that is confusing in terms of designation of origin. It could be based on the use of meta-tags, domain names, and other situations. We have prevailed after hotly contested litigation and have secured orders on behalf of our clients forcing the opposing party to stop using our client’s trademarks online. We have even won as a matter of law during the Summary Judgment stage. We have also represented clients being bullied into handing over a domain name under false trademark infringement allegations. As an Internet Law firm, we are experts in trademark infringement matters, and can assist you with matters involving: Bad faith domain name registration in violation of trademark rights Cybersquatting issues Cyber piracy Internet trademark infringement in website meta-tags Internet trademark Infringement in search engine advertisement keywords Internet trademark infringement litigation Use of your trademark to defame your business commercially or to promote a competitor

Domain Name Law

Closely aligned with the Trademark Practice is the domain name practice. We have assisted clients with many issues involving domain names. Some of these have included the recovery of stolen domain names, stopping trademark infringement through unlawful domain name use, UDRP arbitration, and more.

Additional Internet Law Practice Areas

Internet Website Audit – We frequently assist clients interested in our review of their site for compliance with legal obligations. Internet law is a minefield of traps and there are simply too many trolls out there trying to make quick money out of Internet website owners. We review an existing site or can assist you in making sure that a new site will be legally compliant before launch. Due diligence during the initial stages of development can prevent substantial costs in the future. Other Internet Legal Issues: Domain Name Disputes and UDRP Arbitration CAN-SPAN issues Hacking and unauthorized access Trade secret misappropriation Internet Privacy Issues and more…