Facebook Gets Counterclaims Trimmed In Data-Use Dispute

Law360, Los Angeles (February 5, 2014, 9:36 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday trimmed several of app developer Profile Technology Ltd.'s counterclaims from Facebook Inc.'s breach-of-contract suit accusing the developer of improperly retaining user data, while finding the relationship between the parties was governed by Delaware law.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal granted Facebook's motion to dismiss New Zealand-based Profile's California Unfair Competition Law and breach-of-contract counterclaims, but denied the motion with respect to Profile's counterclaim for interference with a prospective business relationship.

Judge Grewal determined that Facebook's relationship with Profile Technology and its managing partner Christopher Claydon was governed by the social media giant's developer terms...

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