Twitter for us is like a parliament, but not the kind of parliament that exists in this region. It’s a true parliament, where people from all political sides meet and speak freely.
- 22 Oct 2012 at 4:42 PM
- Free Speech, New York Times, Politics, Quote of the Day, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology, Twittering
- 08 Oct 2012 at 4:26 PM
- General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Privacy, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology, Twittering
No one wants a pen that’s going to rat them out. We all want pens that can be used to write anything, and that will stand up for who we are.
- 02 Oct 2012 at 1:26 PM
- Contests, Facebook, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology
When I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming president. When I got older and realized becoming president would require a ridiculous amount of work on my part, I settled on the only dream worth a damn in this country: I want to win the lottery. And not some rinkydink $1 or $2 million jackpot, either. I want to win a bunch of money. I’m an adult American and I daydream about winning the Powerball at least three times a week.
And I suspect that this does not distinguish me from many of my peers in the legal community. I don’t have hard stats on this, but anecdotal evidence gleaned from conversations with several of my friends who hate being lawyers suggests that ninety-seven percent of recent law school graduates want nothing more than to win the lottery and tell the miserable senior associate who made them work last weekend to get bent.
Theodore Scott knows what I’m talking about. He’s an attorney who spent 22 years getting beat down by the legal profession and thought he had found a way out….
- 26 Sep 2012 at 4:00 PM
- Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Twittering, United Kingdom / Great Britain
One of the best and worst things about modern social media is the ability to know exactly how many followers or Facebook “likes” you, your friends, your competitors, and your enemies have. It’s useful to be able to rank yourself among other people, but it’s not hard to get overly concerned with boosting your stats. But metrics quickly become muddled when one realizes the mere “following” numbers are not totally transparent.
Case in point: a midsize law firm was publicly called out for some sketchy Tweetness, now the firm is learning the hard way that not all Twitter followers are created equal…
- 19 Sep 2012 at 2:45 PM
- Education / Schools, Facebook, Free Speech, Kids, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology
After what feels like years of schools trying to regulate every aspect of children’s social media lives, it looks as though we may have finally hit a threshold. There may actually be an electronic bridge that schools cannot cross in their attempts to
spy on educate underage students.
In a particularly egregious case, a Minnesota federal court handed down a ruling that protects off-campus speech and prohibits schools from forcing students to hand over private login information. The ruling will hopefully put the kibosh on a practice that never should have been acceptable to begin with…
- 13 Sep 2012 at 6:20 PM
- Facebook, Lawyer of the Day, Murder, Rank Stupidity, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Trials
Standing trial for allegedly stabbing your significant other to death is not where anyone wants to be. Being unable to afford your own atttorney adds a whole new layer of stress to the whole “on trial for murder” issue. Now, add to the mix a public defender who takes a photo of the underwear your family brought you to wear during trial and posts it to Facebook.
Oh yeah, we should mention that the lawyer here is a woman, and the murder defendant is a man. And the underpants were leopard print.
CHECK YOU ineffective assistance of counsel….
Tags: Anya Cintron Stern, Carlos Martinez, Eunice Sigler, Facebook, Fermin Recalde, Florida, Hialeah, Judge Leon Firtel, Lawyer of the Day, Leon Firtel, Miami-Dade, Mistrials, Murder, Public Defender, Rank Stupidity, Social media, Social Networking Websites, This is why I love Florida, Trials, Underwear pictures
- 20 Aug 2012 at 3:09 PM
- California, Facebook, Federal Judges, Plaintiffs Firms, Privacy, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology
If you use Facebook, you’ve probably noticed the sponsored stories that periodically pop up within the site. These (IMHO annoying) ads are an important part of Facebook’s revenue strategy. But recently, the company got sued over the stories, for allegedly violating the law by publicizing — but not paying — users who “like” certain advertisers, and not providing a way to opt out of the program. A settlement plan was recently announced. But uh oh, the federal judge handling the case rejected the settlement on Friday. Why?
Maybe something to do with the plaintiffs attorneys getting $10 million, the actual plaintiffs getting nothing, and an overall sense that left the judge wondering if the terms were “merely plucked from thin air”….
- 16 Aug 2012 at 5:18 PM
- Blogging, Cars, Cheapness, Deaths, Insurance, Money, Reader Polls, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Traffic Accidents, Twittering
Yesterday we covered the internet brouhaha over Progressive Insurance. The insurance company caught a lot of internet flak after comedian Matt Fisher wrote this provocative blog post: My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court. Outrage against Progressive’s apparent provision of a defense to the driver who killed Katie Fisher — even though Katie Fisher was Progressive’s insured, not that driver — went viral over social media (especially after actor Wil Wheaton got involved).
Now Progressive is paying up. The company has reached a settlement with the Fisher family.
We recently heard from Progressive’s PR firm, which sent us a statement on the Fisher case. What does Flo have to say for herself?
- 16 Aug 2012 at 10:11 AM
- Benchslaps, DLA Piper, Facebook, Gibson Dunn, Kasowitz Benson, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology
Last time we checked in with Paul Ceglia — the Man Who Would Be King of Facebook — and his lawsuit claiming partial ownership of the social media giant, he was facing sanctions if he refused to provide Facebook with a very touchy document known as the Kasowitz letter.
Well, the production deadline has come and gone, and there’s no letter. You know what that means. All aboarrrd! Next stop, Benchslap City…
Tags: Attorney-Client Privilege, Benchslap, Benchslaps, DLA Piper, Facebook, Federal Judges, Gibson Dunn, Kasowitz Benson, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, Kasowitz Letter, Larry Stewart, Leslie Foschio, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, Litigation, Neil Broom, Orin Snyder, Paul Ceglia, Paul D. Ceglia, Privilege Logs, Sanctions, Social media, Social Networking Websites, Technology, U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Foschio
- 15 Aug 2012 at 10:10 AM
- Blogging, Cars, Cheapness, Deaths, Insurance, Money, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Traffic Accidents, Twittering
If you were on the internet at all yesterday, you likely heard about this. Your mom probably posted it on her Facebook wall and a thousand of your tweeps probably hit you up on the Twitter to register their outrage. On Monday, a comedian by the name of Matt Fisher wrote a post on his tumblr account titled “My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court.” What resulted was an outpouring of rage and hive-minded moralizing that has become the internet’s stock in trade. A great injustice had been done and, dammit, the internet was going to save the day. Or at least tweet about the day. Even Wil Wheaton made an impassioned cameo in the great shoutathon, presumably because a cameo is the best Wil Wheaton can hope for these days.
And this great unwashed mass of outrage went to sleep last night and slept like babies, secure in the smug knowledge that they had done good. Of course, the picture that was so broadly painted yesterday didn’t do justice to anyone. Progressive Insurance is not evil and the Internet remains a cesspool of pornography and legal blog posts. Matt Fisher did a pretty solid number on Progressive Insurance; this is true. They’ve taken a great PR hit, and most coverage of the whole affair has quickly moved on from any sort of analysis of the actual claim itself to a much easier consideration of how, and in which ways, Progressive Insurance is royally f**ked.
This is a shame….
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The last time I flapped my wings your way, I tried to make at least enough noise about your mobile phone to make you more than a little bit uncomfortable. I hope I did. If enough of us become anxious enough about the known and unknown unknowns and knowns in our mobile phones, then we can start making wise decisions about how to manage that information and its resultant investigations.
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