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    • 19 Nov 2012

    Favorite Legal Apps

    Here are a few of my favorite legal apps for handheld devices and tablets: 1. LinkedIn I am a big advocate of lawyers using LinkedIn as a networking and resume building tool. The LinkedIn app makes it easy to access your profile from anywhere, as well as keep up with the great dialogue that goes on in the LinkedIn legal forums. 2. Sign Now This app allows you to sign PDF and word documents from your phone. Simple...
    • 31 Oct 2012

    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 the wrong link or unknowingly downloading a malicious file. This is an obvious liability risk for companies who can, and...
    • 4 Sep 2012

    Handheld Device Etiquette and How to Whip your Device into Professional Shape

    I came across some interesting Internet dialogue about handheld device etiquette. Apparently, it is offensive to sign off on an email with "Sent from my iPad 2." You see, the pre-programmed iPad 2 insignia does not actually contain the "2," so in this case the user is typing the "2" in manually to ensure you know he or she is not using a first generation iPad. It is also impolite to sign...
    • 7 Aug 2012

    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-line stores and e-commerce platforms encourage customers to post reviews about the products they offer. Numerous companies...
    • 7 Aug 2012

    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 at a Tucson Chick-fil-A on Wednesday morning , ordered a free water, confronted the drive-through girl* about Chick...
    • 27 Jun 2012

    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. It is well-established jurisprudence that a party to a lawsuit has a duty to preserve evidence that is potentially relevant...
    • 27 Jun 2012

    The Unique Challenges of Social Media in Court

    Trying a case in today's increasingly connected society-due to the proliferation of social media as well as the ease of accessing information via mobile devices-has become a challenge for attorneys and judges alike, and was the topic of discussion during a recent Webinar sponsored by LexisNexis. The Webinar, entitled "Juries, Social Media and the Court: What You Need to Know About this Intersection" featured...
    • 27 Jun 2012

    Stemming Digital Piracy through New Legislation and Consumer Education

    As the entertainment and software industries struggle with the widespread problem of digital piracy, the U.S. government is wrestling with ways it can address the epidemic without infringing on free speech. Recent attempts to address the problem-including the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA)-were met with widespread disapproval. The acts would have curbed access to foreign websites that traffic...
    • 20 Jun 2012

    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-to-head, and in this round, we are up against Emerson Climate Technologies. Please vote for LexisNexis in the large...
    • 12 Jun 2012

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    Stay current with the latest developments in your practice area by setting up newsletter alerts in order to receive an e-mail when new articles are posted. It just takes a moment. Start on the main page of your favorite LexisNexis Community. Be sure you are signed in using your username and password. You will see a section on the right side of the page below your registration profile called "Services Quicklinks...
    • 21 May 2012

    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 us would rather get a little to prevent a problem, instead of a lot to clean it up. The bomb is your failure to be...
    • 13 Apr 2012

    Social Media and Your Job Search

    We've talked before about using social media tools to find a job. But usually, that means the Big Three: Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace. Just kidding! Of course, the (arguably) best site for job search social media is LinkedIn. And it's undoubtedly the best place for explicating posting your resume and qualifications, since you're not likely to have any photos of you drinking nearby, and you have more than...
    • 10 Apr 2012

    Sharing Your Facebook Password with Your Firm or Employer

    Should you share your Facebook password? There's only really one answer to that question ... right? Most people wouldn't dream of handing the keys to their Facebook profile-or any of their other social media profiles-to anyone, let alone an employer. That's why Facebook has privacy settings in the first place, however maligned they may be. But that doesn't mean your employer-or an interviewer...
    • 9 Apr 2012

    Can We All Agree that Requiring Facebook Passwords Is a Bad Idea, and Move On?

    A lot of ink has been recently spilled in both the popular media and the blawgosphere over the apparent trend of employers requiring job applicants to turn over their Facebook passwords as part of the hiring process. The coverage has been so thick and the outrage so great that United States Senators are calling for action to outlaw this supposed practice, and Facebook officially weighed in, via a post on its blog by its...
    • 1 Feb 2012

    Trying to Make Sense of the NLRB’s Lastest Social Media Missive? Good Luck!

    I've now had a few days to digest the NLRB's latest foray into regulating social media in the workplace . I can sum up the NLRB's report in three words: What a mess. In a mere 35 pages, the NLRB appears to have ripped the guts out of the ability of employers to regulate any kind of online communications between employees. The NLRB found the following facially neutral, boilerplate policies to be unlawful...
    • 14 Nov 2011

    6 Things You Must Know About Social Media & Your Workforce

    Cisco just completed this study , which shows just how much social media, device freedom, and mobile work means to the next generation. Thinking about banning social media in the workplace? Before you flip the kill switch, read on.... More than half of students (55%) and an even larger proportion of end users (62%) indicate they could not live without the Internet; and one-third of respondents in each subgroup...
    • 9 Nov 2011

    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 email, "Facebook, Myspace or any other social networking site." The order stated that while the court allowed...
    • 9 Nov 2011

    Is There A Social Media Privilege?

    Courts faced with ruling on discovery requests involving social media sites are forging new law. Courts can and do issue discovery orders compelling a party of a lawsuit to grant an opposing party access to his or her Facebook page or to permit in camera review of social media sites set to private settings. Rules of Civil Procedure in most states provide for liberal discovery, e.g., "Generally, discovery is...
    • 7 Nov 2011

    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 275 U.S. respondents. Launched by Fulbright in 2004, the survey canvasses corporate counsel on litigation issues and trends...
    • 21 Oct 2011

    Protecting Your Privacy on the Internet

    Many Internet users- even relatively sophisticated ones-tend to think that surfing the Web is like surfing the channels on the tele-vision, but there is a significant difference. When people watch television, their particular viewing habits are not recorded without their knowledge. When they surf the Internet, their surfing habits can be and probably are. Often without fully realizing it, Internet users are exchanging...
    • 13 Oct 2011

    Social Media and Privacy Cannot Coexist

    During my appearance on The Sound of Ideas to discuss social media in the workplace , NLRB General Counsel Lafe Solomon made an interesting point about the accessibility of employees' social media by employers. The question arose as to whether employees can short-circuit workplace problems by locking employers out via available privacy settings on sites such as Facebook. Lafe observed that in every social media case...
    • 14 Sep 2011

    No Lawyers, No Forms: Just Data and Algorithims

    As I've written about before , there is growing pressure on the legal industry from large companies that are producing standardized "form" documents for consumers at much lower costs than obtaining such documents from a traditional law firm. Yet somewhere in that process, a lawyer was at least involved in the creation of these form documents. But there are forces at work that are attempting to replace lawyers...
    • 30 Aug 2011

    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 92% send or read email 76% get news online 71% buy a product online 65% use Social Media So even though 65% of users...
    • 10 Aug 2011

    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 18% of employers discovered social content that influenced them to hire a candidate: 50% - personality...
    • 9 Aug 2011

    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 day. P ublicity of the riots has spread on Twitter, Facebook, and other publicly open social media platforms. Meanwhile...