1998 Web Diary Patents Asserted against Facebook and AddThis

Rembrandt Social Media has sued Facebook and bookmarking service, AddThis, accusing them of infringing patents related to the early creation of a web-based personal diary page. The first patent, filed in 1998 and issued in 2002, claimed a novel technology that gave "ordinary people" ...

Merck Settle Securities Lawsuits for $688 Million, Facebook IPO Derivative Suits Dismissed

In what may be the largest settlement ever in securities class action litigation involving a pharmaceutical company, Merck has agreed to a combined settlement of $688 million to settle two related securities class action cases. The company's February 14, 2013 press release announcing the settlements...

Fulbright's 9th Annual Litigation Trends Survey: Litigation Bounces Back; Regulation Hits High

Companies in the United States and United Kingdom dealt with more litigation while regulatory investigations reached a five-year high, according to Fulbright's 9 th Annual Litigation Trends Survey . After a one-year decline, litigation rose to 2010 levels as businesses on both sides of the Atlantic...

Fulbright's 9th Annual Litigation Trends Survey: Litigation Bounces Back; Regulation Hits High

Companies in the United States and United Kingdom dealt with more litigation while regulatory investigations reached a five-year high, according to Fulbright's 9 th Annual Litigation Trends Survey . After a one-year decline, litigation rose to 2010 levels as businesses on both sides of the...

Fulbright's 9th Annual Litigation Trends Survey: Litigation Bounces Back; Regulation Hits High

Companies in the United States and United Kingdom dealt with more litigation while regulatory investigations reached a five-year high, according to Fulbright's 9 th Annual Litigation Trends Survey . After a one-year decline, litigation rose to 2010 levels as businesses on both sides of the Atlantic...

Facebook's Zuckerberg to Push CIR?

Mark Zuckerberg appears to have found his next venture: politics. The 28-year-old Facebook CEO and billionaire — after mostly staying out of the political fray while running his company’s day-to-day operations — is joining with other executives to form an issues advocacy organization...

The Week in Securities Litigation: SAC Capital, Insider Trading And Facebook Dominate

Speculation about SAC Capital and Steve Cohen, insider trading and Facebook dominated securities enforcement litigation this week. Although SAC Capital has tentatively resolved matters for the moment with enforcement officials, a ruling in private litigation involving Mr. Cohen sparked fresh speculation...

Facebook's Zuckerberg Promotes CIR with Advocacy Website

"We have a strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants. And it’s a policy unfit for today’s world. ... That’s why I am proud to announce FWD.us , a new organization founded by leaders of our nation’s technology community to focus on these issues and advocate a bipartisan...

California AG Advocates 'Surprise Minimization' to Protect Mobile Device Consumers from Unexpected Privacy Practices

Hailing her state as the "epicenter of modern innovation," California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued recommendations for app developers and providers, advertising networks and others as part of an effort to give consumers "meaningful information" about privacy choices...

Facebook Carve-Out Shows Tech Clout

"[B]ehind the scenes on Capitol Hill, Facebook lobbyists were engaged in another form of politics: pressing to insert a few new words helpful to Facebook’s business interests into a sprawling legislative proposal. The deft maneuvering came during the drafting of the new bipartisan Senate immigration...

The Week In Securities Litigation: Record Payments, Potentially Significant MOU

Record payments and a potentially significant MOU were the focus in securities enforcement litigation this week. French oil and gas giant Total paid the DOJ and the SEC $398 million to settle FCPA charges, the fourth largest sum paid in settlement of corruption charges. NASDAQ paid $10 million, the largest...

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Speaks Out for Immigration Reform

"Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took his first step on the national political stage Monday night when he joined publicly with tech leaders, civil rights activists and undocumented immigrants to call for a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration policies - an issue he said touches not...

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal over Facebook Beacon Privacy Settlement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) In its Nov. 4 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in a petition regarding the settlement of a privacy class action over Facebook Inc.’s short-lived “Beacon” program, with Chief Justice John Roberts noting that although there...

Ballard Spahr LLP: New Jersey’s New Social Media Privacy Law Takes Effect

By Donna D. Page and Mary Cate Gordon New Jersey is now among a growing number of states with social media privacy laws to protect personal social media accounts of current employees and applicants. On August 29, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill that prevents employers from requiring job...

EOIR Now on Facebook

"The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has opened a Facebook account to assist the agency in providing interested parties with information about news, events, and announcements through a second social media channel. Please note that EOIR’s website, www.justice.gov/eoir, will continue...

Bullivant Houser Bailey PC: Why Defense Lawyers Should Care About Social Media, Part 1

By Andrew B. Downs Over the past several years, the use of social media has expanded dramatically to the point where it now can have a significant impact on business decisions, corporate public relations and how litigants are perceived. For those reasons, defense lawyers need to be social media...

Bullivant Houser Bailey: Why Defense Lawyers Should Care About Social Media, Part 2

By Andrew B. Downs Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Blog This is the last post in a two part series from the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel's (FDCC) Blog on social media and what defense lawyers need to be aware of. In Part 1, we discussed the mob rule...

Abbey Spanier LLP: Social Media Accounts Are Fair Game in Discovery

A recent Pennsylvania State Court order granting a defendant’s motion to compel the production of one of the plaintiff’s Facebook log-in credentials found that social media accounts– even if set to private –are fair game in discovery. In Largent v. Reed , Case No. 2009-1823...

Peter S. Vogel: Parents Appeal Facebook’s Use of Pictures of Teenagers

By Peter S. Vogel A brief was filed challenging a $20 million settlement that “authorizes Facebook to continue to use minors’ images for advertising without parental consent — in direct violation of the laws of seven states, including California, where Facebook is located.”...

Social Media Blunders in Employment Law – How a Facebook Post Can Turn a Case Upside Down

Social media has forever changed how the world communicates. While many have cited the positive consequences of social media, employment law attorneys are discovering that a simple Facebook post can turn into a costly mistake. The latest social media blunder occurred in an age discrimination case...

William A. Ruskin: Pharmaceutical Failure to Warn.... On Facebook?

By William A. Ruskin The Facebook page of Switzerland-based drug maker, IBSA Institut Biochimique S.A . (“IBSA”), appeared innocent enough: If you have just been diagnosed with hypothyroidism or are having difficulty controlling your levothyroxine blood levels, talk to your doctor about...

Federal: Facebook Comment Regarding Injured Worker’s Medical Condition May Subject Employer to Liability under ADA

A federal district court has refused to dismiss a civil action filed against a company by a former employee who claimed that a former coworker, who processed workers’ compensation claims for the company, violated § 102 of the Americans With Disabilities Act’s by posting a derogatory...

Celebrity Endorsements on Social Media: 7 Tips for Navigating the Right of Publicity

By David M. Kramer and James Stewart Social media makes building a brand easy: the tools are laid out in front of you, ready to launch your company to worldwide fame with a click of the mouse. Craft a few irreverent tweets, refresh the company Facebook page and voilà: you instantly have the...

2014 Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues

The new edition of Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis (LexisNexis) is a veritable cornucopia of expert analysis, provocative commentary, and a 50 state survey of workers’ compensation legislation in 2014 As with last year’s inaugural edition, the 2014 Larson Series Workers’...

High Court Considers Whether Conviction For Threats Requires An Intent Showing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1 heard oral arguments over whether a conviction for making threatening communications under 16 U.S. Code Section 875(c) requires a showing of intent to harm by the speaker ( Anthony Douglas Elonis v. United States of America ,...