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Service of Process through Facebook

International courts increasingly willing to accept service through Facebook when other methods fail. Australia Rule 116(1) of the Australian Uniform Civil Procedure Rules permit substituted service "where, in effect, there is a practical impossibility of personal service and that...

Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege or Work Product Doctrine through Social Media

Social media provides the potential for both client and attorney to waive work-product doctrine protection and attorney-client privilege by publicly disclosing confidential information. Voluntary disclosure of the content of a privileged attorney communication constitutes waiver of the privilege...

Jump In! The Social Media Waters are Not (that) Cold

There's been so much press about Facebook privacy of late that it makes even the average Joe consider hitting the "Deactivate" link. As an attorney or anyone related to the legal industry, you may feel a greater degree of responsibility regarding what you post and tweet. In fact, the...

California Court Considers Facebook Privacy for Juror

In recent weeks, the issue of the right to privacy has been ever-so-slightly tipping the scales against just about any other right. One of the latest cases stems from what would normally be deemed as juror misconduct. In California, an appellate court judge is facing the challenge of balancing a defendant's...

Divorce, Facebook-style

Divorce attorneys are seeing more and more social media involvement, in particular Facebook, in the cases they take on. Sure Facebook might not be the reason the marriage ended but as an ever-increasing source of evidence of infidelity, it might deserve its title of "marriage killer." Last...

Courts Give Mixed Signals about Privacy in Social Media

Two recent Pennsylvania State Court rulings only make things more confusing as Social Media privacy disputes become more prevalent. Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Albert J. Cepparulo ruled in Piccolo v. Paterson denied a motion to require the Piccolo to accept Patterson as a Facebook friend...

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR: Social Media in the City

Starts: Wednesday November 16, 2011, 09:00AM GMT Ends: Wednesday November 16, 2011, 12:30PM GMT Event Type: Training/Seminar Location: One America Square London, GREATER LONDON GB Price: ...

Pennsylvania's Pending Privacy Protection Act Would Prohibit Disclosure of Access To Social Media Accounts

The Social Media Privacy Protection Act (available here) is new legislation pending in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The proposed legislation is a response to the near-universal outrage over employers requesting Facebook and other social media passwords from job applicants . The Act is short and...

Troutman Sanders LLP: 'Facing' Reality: Facebook Knows What You Look Like

It's a bit odd to think that about whether you have a privacy right in what you look like. But as companies continue to gather enormous amounts of all kinds of data - including faces - and wrestle with whether they can monetize that data, the fear of "Big Brother" continues to spark debate...

Delaware Workplace Privacy Act Protects Student Facebook Posts' Privacy

Delaware's Workplace Privacy Act (H.B. 308) , died with the end of the legislative session. As readers know from my several prior posts, I won't exactly be mourning the loss. The Bill's companion legislation, H.B. 309, did survive, however, passed by the State Senate during its final session...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Maryland User Name and Password Privacy Protections Take Effect October 1

By Timothy F. McCormack and Michelle M. McGeogh Beginning October 1, 2012, employees and job applicants' personal e-mail accounts, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, Pinterest pages, and similar accounts will gain more protection from Maryland employers. Under the new law, employers in Maryland...

Free Download: White Paper Explores Insurance Coverage Implications of Social Media

With social media pervading most aspects of society and business, are you up to date on the changes that it brings to the insurance industry? Download a complimentary white paper covering insurance implications of social media . Social media presents a whole new set of exposures and liabilities that...

California AB 1844: Limiting Employers' Access to Employees' Social Media

Whether you "like" it or not, social media is changing the legal landscape of employee privacy rights at a rapid pace. On September 27, 2012, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1844 , which prohibits employers from requiring (or requesting) employees or applicants to divulge their...