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.
- 08 Oct 2012 at 4:26 PM
- General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Privacy, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology, Twittering
- 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, Facebook, 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….
- 02 Aug 2012 at 9:21 AM
- Abortion, Biglaw, Facebook, Intellectual Property, Labor / Employment, Morning Docket, Murder, Privacy, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, State Judges, Technology
* Global agribusiness group Monsanto Co was awarded $1 billion in a patent infringement case against DuPont for improperly duplicating some kind of crazy seed technology. [New York Times]
* For particularly thick-headed employers who don’t understand it’s a bad idea to ask employees for Facebook passwords, now Illinois will fine them $200 for doing so. [Chicago Tribune]
* A federal judge in Washington sanctioned well-known plaintiff’s attorney Joy Ann Bull for filing grossly inflated fee statements. She was consequently asked to resign her partnership at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd. Welcome to the breadline! [LegalNewsline]
* Should a trial judge who is a Brooklyn Law grad recuse himself from a case against Brooklyn Law filed by Brooklyn Law alumni? Meh… [National Law Journal]
* As Ralph Baxter nears retirement, who will be chosen to lead Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe? [Am Law Daily]
* The Ninth Circuit already issued an injunction against Arizona’s new late-term abortion ban. Like they say, it’s all about shakin’ hands and
killing kissin’ babies. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]
* The psychiatrist James Holmes was seeing at the University of Colorado was so alarmed by his behavior sometime before his alleged shooting spree that she notified the school’s “threat assessment team,” but apparently nothing was done. Looks like someone missed the assessment boat, by like, and ocean or two. [Denver Post]
Tags: Abortion, Arizona, Biglaw, Brooklyn Law School, DuPont, Facebook, Intellectual Property, James Holmes, Joy Ann Bull, Labor / Employment, Monsanto, Morning Docket, Murder, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Privacy, Ralph Baxter, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, State Judges, Technology, University of Colorado
- 01 Aug 2012 at 5:22 PM
- Cyberlaw, Facebook, FTC, Kids, Privacy, Quote of the Day, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology
Before you could turn a little bit of a blind eye (to children on websites like Facebook) but if this rule is adopted as proposed it will be significantly harder to do that.
– an anonymous privacy attorney, discussing the FTC’s proposed revision to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. The revision would explicitly make websites, mobile apps, and data brokers all responsible for third-party data collected about children.
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