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social media for lawyers

TweetIn a Sept. 25 order denying a social media aggregator firm’s motion to reconsider a 2012 ruling that found it guilty of spam and computer fraud violations against Facebook Inc., a California federal judge also determined that the company’s CEO “authorized and directed” the illegal activities, making him personally liable under the statutes (Facebook Inc. […]

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TweetThe relationship between employment agreements and social media continues to break new legal ground. In Oklahoma, a federal court recently considered whether a Facebook post violated a former employee’s non-solicitation agreement. The defendant, Todd Cahill, was a regional manager of Pre-Paid Legal Services. Because the position allowed Cahill to access trade secrets and other confidential […]

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TweetJudges need not be banned from sites like Facebook, but they also can’t friend, tweet, and post like the rest of us. According to a recent formal opinion by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, judges need to exercise caution when participating in electronic social media (ESM). As articulated by […]

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TweetLawyers, law professors, and others in the legal community are increasingly using legal blogs and other Internet platforms to comment on groundbreaking or otherwise interesting legal developments. However, as a recent defamation lawsuit highlights, writers always run the risk of becoming a topic of legal commentary themselves. Zachary Kramer, an associate dean at Arizona State […]

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TweetSocial media continues to wreak havoc in courtrooms across the country. Despite repeated warning from judges, jurors are continuing to comment on cases via social media, “friend” parties to the lawsuits, and conduct their own Internet research outside of the courtroom. All of these activities are strictly prohibited and threaten the validity of any resulting […]

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TweetAs we look back at 2012, it is clear that some of the most significant legal issues involved the intersection of the law and technology. Moreover, the impact of technology can be seen in nearly every area of law from criminal law to business law. In business law, the growing popularity of social media is […]

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TweetPublicly traded companies may be forced to reconsider their social media business practices or face penalties from the Securities and Exchange Commission. Netflix recently announced that it received a Wells Notice from the agency in connection with a social media post made by its CEO, Reed Hastings. The offending post stated: Congrats to Ted Sarandos, […]

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Tweet- From LexisNexis® Mealey’s™ Daily Legal News. A California federal judge on Dec. 3 granted preliminary approval of a class settlement and issued a provisional class certification order in a suit over a social networking website’s use of users’ personal information in paid advertising (Angel Fraley, et al. v. Facebook, Inc., No. 11-1726, N.D. Calif.). […]

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TweetThe new Google SEO algorithm, Penguin, gives a high ranking to social media use.  Businesses that seek to optimize their web site benefit by encouraging their employees to move their business content around the internet.  What happens when a business invests in an employee’s LinkedIn account and that employee leaves to take a job elsewhere? […]

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TweetThe use of social media over the last 5 years has become so widespread that many educators and lawmakers are considering whether social media deserves a place with math and geography school curriculums. In New Jersey, Angel Fuentes has introduced a bill in the state legislature that would include social media as a core curriculum […]

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