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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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Tweet- From LexisNexis® Mealey’s™ Daily Legal News. A federal judge on May 13 filed an order granting an agreed motion by Facebook Inc. and the operators of a history-themed website, ending an almost 18-month dispute over alleged infringement of the “timelines” trademark by the social networking giant (Timelines Inc. v. Facebook Inc., No. 1:11-cv-06867, N.D. […]

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TweetUnfortunately, what people think should happen and what the law requires are not always the same. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently made headlines when it ruled that an Indiana statute that bans most registered sex offenders from using social networking websites, like Facebook, was unconstitutional. The controversial law specifically prohibits […]

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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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TweetA prisoner serving time in a Philadelphia prison is making a novel legal argument after being denied access to popular social media website Facebook. He claims his First Amendment rights have been violated. The prisoner did not seek to log on to Facebook, but rather received printouts from the site through the U.S. Mail. After […]

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TweetThe Federal Trade Commission recently proposed stricter online privacy rules to make PDA’s, tablets and smartphones safer for children to use and to bar advertising networks and websites from collecting information on children without their parents’ consent. This represents the latest in a string of updates to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 […]

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TweetIn Fortunato v. Chase Bank, 11 CV 6608 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) the court had to decide the relatively novel issue of whether to allow service of a complaint via Facebook. BACKGROUND In the underlying lawsuit, plaintiff alleged that someone opened a credit card account in her name and proceeded to incur debt without her knowledge and […]

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TweetIn our increasingly social media savvy age,this was bound to occur sooner or later–a recent federal district court decision entitled Lyons v. Rienzi & Sons, Inc. et al.,  09 CV 4253 (E.D.N.Y. 2012) grappled with the issue of whether a Facebook page can be considered a contact with New York for purposes of exercising long-arm […]

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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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