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Scarinci Hollenbeck

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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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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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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TweetShould lawyers be able to flex their creative muscles when naming their law firms, or should attorneys be forced to follow the standard Law Offices of Partner A & Partner B model? The Model Rules of Professional Conduct allow the use of trade names by law firms. The only requirement is that the name does […]

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TweetDisabled individuals hoping to attend law school are not given a fair chance to prove they have what it takes, according to the Department of Justice. The agency has joined a class-action disability discrimination lawsuit against Law School Admission Council (LSAC), which administers the law school entrance exam. Under the Title III of the American […]

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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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TweetA federal judge in Massachusetts is facing criticism after approving a request by a convicted murderer to undergo a sex-change operation while serving life in prison. The case highlights that breaking new ground in the law is sometimes extremely unpopular. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Robert Kosilek, who now goes by the name […]

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TweetTwo New Jersey lawyers recently learned a valuable lesson when it comes to social media. While sites like Facebook and Twitter can be an effective marketing tool for law firms, they should never be used as a weapon. John Robertelli and Gabriel Adamo are facing ethics charges after allegedly asking a paralegal to send a […]

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TweetNow that U.S. Olympic athletes are back at home, they have another job to do—turning their medals into cash. Unlike other athletes, Olympic athletes are not paid millions of dollars to perform. Therefore, they often have a small window of opportunity in which to capitalize on their success. In addition to lucrative endorsement deals, Olympians […]

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TweetCorporations have long relied on the ability to resolve regulatory enforcement actions by paying a monetary penalty and executing a settlement agreement in which they “neither admit nor deny” the government’s allegations. However, recent scrutiny of these settlement clauses suggests that they may be on the way out. Through the use of “neither admit or […]

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