LinkedIn now has 90 million users and the IPO information about the Social Media site is
most interesting, including revenue over $161 million for the first 9 months of
2010 which was twice the total revenue for 2009. The current estimated IPO
value of $2.51 billion is pretty astonishing with only...
You represent the
defendant in a personal injury case in which the 20-year-old plaintiff claims
that she can no longer enjoy the pleasures of life and is confined to her home.
During the course of examining plaintiff's witness in deposition, the witness
mentions communicating with the plaintiff...
International courts increasingly willing to accept service
through Facebook when other methods fail.
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...
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...
Microsoft's Bing search engine is
trying desperately to keep up with Google and its approximate 70% of the US
search market. Bing recently added links to Facebook and Twitter from
search results with the hope that these Social Media links will impact search
traffic. Since Microsoft does not have...
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,
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...
VOIP is likely headed in a new
direction now that Microsoft agreed to pay $8.5 billion for Skype .
It was reported that Facebook and Google's offers were in the $3 to 4 billion
range , while at the same time Skype was still considering an
IPO later this year. As a result of this purchase, Microsoft...
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...
With 2010 revenue of about $240 million
IPO $9.1 billion foreshadows an unbelievable value for Facebook when it has
an IPO. Particularly since Facebook had 2010 revenue of about $2 billion, and
most recent report of the Top Ten Social Networking Sites listed Facebook...
Two recent Pennsylvania State Court
rulings only make things more confusing as Social Media privacy disputes become
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...
In April 2011, Paul Ceglia brought suit against Facebook for a second time, but this time with bigger and better representation. He says he has solid evidence in the form of emails from Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg, and that the emails will show that he that he owns 50% of Facebook. His claim is...
Within 10 days of the riots in the
UK a judge sentenced two young men, 20
and 22, to 4 years in jail for using Facebook. Without question Social
Media has transformed communications and impacted the UK riots, but one might
wonder if the courts may have acted too swiftly. Here's
what the Guardian...
The June 2011 issue of Consumer
Reports included an article that Facebook
has more than 7.5 million children as users which apparently is violating
the 1998 Children's Online Privacy
Protection Act (COPPA) which precludes children under 13 from using
websites and in particular to join Facebook...
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After the US government filed
charges that Facebook violated US privacy law, Facebook finally
confessed that it failed to protect the privacy of its 800 million active
users. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) welcomes the public to submit comments
on the settlement through December 30, 2011 .
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Facebook users on May 23 filed an amended consolidated class action complaint in federal court here in the case In re: Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation (No. 5:12-md-02314-EJD, N.D. Calif. [San Jose]).
The class action asserts federal statutory and California State causes...
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...
From the state that just loves our sloppy seconds -- out-of-work wide receiver who cries about a fumbling quarterback say, "What. It's unfair. That's my quarterback." -- comes this case about a Facebooking emergency medical technician from Texas.
To protect the innocent -- in the...
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'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...
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...
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...
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...
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...