The Dangers of Overbroad Social Media Policies: Lessons Learned from Twitter and Facebook

The role of social media in the workplace has taken center stage over the past couple months as the National Labor Relations Board has issued numerous complaints against union and non-union companies alleging violations of Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. The complaints clearly signal the...

Does Web 2.0 Favor the Strengths of Women Attorneys?

Many women attorneys who have seized the benefits of social media to market their skills are seeing big benefits. The ABA Journal recently interviewed Sports Law practitioner Carla Varriale who says she could not have built up her national presence in the male-dominated field of sports law without the...

Flash Mob Riots: Crime in the Age of Twitter

Crime, in the age of Twitter, comes to appear as a form of cartel - that needs busting. - Will Davies, Research Fellow at Oxford University, in reference to the on-going riots in London . Much has already been written about the role of social media in the riots in London, now on their third...

How Employers and Firms are Using Social Media when Hiring

Are you curious how companies are using social media to screen and hire employees? Mindflash shares the latest data (via Eve Tahmincioglu on Google+ ). 45% of employers use social sites to vet potential hires: 29% use Facebook 26% use LinkedIn 11% use blogs 7% use twitter ...

Social Media Use Skyrockets Over the Past Five Years

Only 5% of all adults used Social Media in 2005 when Pew Research first asked, and as of August 2011 Pew now reports more than 65% of all adults use Social Media . To be more precise about what going on with online adults here's the daily breakdown from another Pew report : 92% use search engines...

A Practical Guide to Social Media Issues: McGrady on Social Media

McGrady on Social Media provides a framework to help you understand important questions in this rapidly-evolving area of law, covering the impact of various laws on social media, such as copyright and communications, to aid the creation of social media policies. Designed to provide an appreciation...

What Are the Latest Trends in Social Media and Litigation?

This week I plan to dedicate a few blog posts to highlighting some of the latest trends in social media and [fill in the blank]. Last month, the good folks at Fulbright & Jaworski , released their 2011 Litigation Trends Survey . The 2011 survey gathered input from 405 in-house counsel, including...

Service Of Process Through Facebook

Courts are increasingly willing to accept service through Facebook and other social media platforms when other methods fail. United States Mpafe v. Mpafe , Hennepin County, MN No. 27-FA-11-3453: Authorized service of divorce proceedings on defendant, who was believed to have left the country, by...

Social Media Privacy and Intellectual Property Issues Podcast

Paul D. McGrady Jr. of Greenberg Traurig LLP discusses some of the major concerns that have arisen with the growth of social media, including privacy, employment, cyberbullying and intellectual property issues. Mr. McGrady is author of McGrady on Social Media, available from LexisNexis. Copyright©...

Who "Owns" Your Social Media Accounts? You or Your Employer?

There is a time bomb in your company that you had better defuse. This is true whether you are employee or employer, because when it blows, both sides will be out lots of time and money, including plenty in attorney's fees. Not that we attorneys don't want your money; it's just that some of...

Want a Job? Clean up Your Online Image

Quick question: What comes up when someone searches for your name in Google? Go ahead, try it. (For an accurate look, open up a different browser from the one you normally use, so you're not "contaminating" your results with personalized Google results.) What do you see? Are these results...

Support Us in the finals of the Social Madness Corporate Challenge!

LexisNexis Makes It to the Next Round! Social Madness Corporate Challenge LexisNexis has made it to the second round in the social media competition that is pitting Dayton-area companies against each other to establish social supremacy. The field has been narrowed to eight companies competing head...

The Duty to Preserve Electronic Social Media Evidence

By David M. Governo and Corey M. Dennis In this age of social media, many companies maintain pages on Facebook®, Twitter®, and other similar websites. Company information on such websites may be discoverable under the broad rules of discovery imposed by state and federal rules of procedure...

The Chick-fil-A YouTube Firing--Will it Pass Legal Muster?

Wow! This story has it all Bullying! Chick-fil-A! Social media! Was this guy's YouTube post "protected concerted activity"? You decide. Adam Smith (no relation to that "invisible hand" guy ), chief financial officer of biotech company Vante, went to a drive-through...

10 Tips for Navigating Defamation Issues in Social Media

By Mary Gately and Victoria Bruno Online and social media have revolutionized the way companies interact with their customers - allowing them to target customer interests and engage customers much more directly. Entering into the world of social media, however, may pose reputational challenges. On...

Can using social media really help you get a legal job or clients?

I am not an expert on social media, but I can share what I have learned and observed. I first got on Twitter when my assistant at my first firm job said I would be good on it and set me up an account (thanks Morgan) and thus as @CEFIPLaw I began connecting with referral sources, collaborators, current...

Widespread Use of Social Media Creates Risks for Companies

Because of their nature, the use of social media websites increases a company's exposure to cyber threats such as malware and phishing attacks. With many users accessing their social networks from computers in the workplace, often these issues are simply caused by an unaware employee clicking on...

Be Sure to "Spin" Your Own Story

As a third year lawyer I found myself assisting with a weeks-long trial in California that centered around two power-house Hollywood types, both out for blood (breach of contract case, but yes, blood). The opposing party, Michael Sitrick, is known as the "king of crisis PR" and a master of...