From the monthly archives:

April 2012

TweetAs reported previously here, here, and here, the big guns in the tech industry such as Facebook and Google have been gathering personal information from users of their apps and using that information for their own personal financial gain.  Users are often not even aware that their personal information is being collected and used that way. […]

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TweetU.S. consumers purchase $100 billion in stored value cards (gift cards) each year. However, a significant number of those cards are never used. According the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, approximately $6 billion in gift cards go unspent each year, with the majority of the funds reverting back to the card issuer. With this […]

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TweetSocial media has arguably transformed the way many companies do business, particularly how they interact with the public. However, as the business advantages of this new technology continue to grow, so do the legal risks. Many of these risks can be traced back to the novelty of the social media phenomenon. While social media issues […]

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TweetThe Second Circuit recently concluded that parts of a New York rule requiring attorneys who claim to specialize in a certain field make certain disclosure statements are unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment. Michael Hayes, a Buffalo-based personal injury attorney, had claimed that Rule 7.4 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct did not contain […]

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TweetThe American Bar Association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar recently preliminarily approved a new accreditation standard for law schools.  The new standard would require law schools to report more information about the jobs their students receive upon graduation as well as scholarship retention rates.  However, the council would […]

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TweetOne of the stranger twists in the aftermath of the collapse of the Madoff Ponzi Scheme involved the efforts of the Madoff trustee, Irving Picard, to recover over $300 million from the New York Mets owners.  As a result of this lawsuit, Major League Baseball had to lend the New York Mets money to cover […]

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TweetOn March 16, a New Jersey jury sent a strong message to potential bullies when it convicted Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi on several criminal charges related to secret recordings he made of his gay roommate’s sexual encounters. Ravi later used social media and text messages to invite other students to watch the videos. After […]

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TweetThe Southern District of New York recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by the well-known law firm Jacoby & Meyers (memorable, at the very least, for its ubiquitous t.v. ads) in which the firm challenged New York Rule of Professional Conduct 5.4.  That rule prohibits non-lawyers from investing in law firms.  The firm claimed that the […]

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Tweet Shortly after expressing his hope  that a federal judge would encourage the use of predictive coding for e-discovery, U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck did so himself.  In fact, he has ordered it in Da Silva Moore vs. Publicis Groupe et. al., a Second Circuit Title VII gender discrimination class action case. And, more […]

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