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Who Owns the LinkedIn Account You Maintain for an Employee?

Yesterday , we looked at a recent federal-court decision to determine whether LinkedIn connections are considered trade secrets. Let's run down the facts one more time... The case is Eagle v. Morgan . You can find a copy of Ms. Eagle's complaint here . And the defendants' counterclaim...

E.D. Pa. Rules on Ownership of LinkedIn Account in Eagle v. Morgan

Ownership of employees' social-media accounts was my pick for "hottest topic facing employers in the next 12 months" when I spoke to the Labor & Employment Section of the Delaware Bar Association back in April. A decision issued by the Eastern District of Pennsylvania last week on this...

What is main reason to limit access to social media profiles in hiring? EEO information, of course.

In Neiman v. Grange Mutual Casualty Co. (C.D. Ill. 4/26/12) [ enhanced version available to Lexis.com subscribers ], the plaintiff claimed that he was not hired for a position because of his age. The employer argued that it could not have considered the plaintiff's age because it had no idea how...

Pennsylvania Law on Ownership of LinkedIn Accounts - COTW #136

The latest Case of the Week is the resolution of a case I've covered previously . The case is Eagle v. Morgan (memorandum with findings of fact and conclusions of law here) from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania federal court, applying Pennsylvania state law. You can read the Court's...