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    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...

    Court Skirts Free-Speech Issue in “Sexting” Decision

    A Third Circuit review of a "Sexting" case against a 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl does little to guide future prosecutions. The teen, accused of providing sexually explicit photos of herself, was prosecuted on child pornography charges, but...

    Using Technology to Effectuate Service of Process and Assure Against "Sewer Service"

    The city of New York is starting a trend by passing an ordinance aimed at holding process servers accountable. Recently, some process servers claimed they were delivering papers when they actually did not serve those documents. The ordinance would require...

    Is Social Media "Harvesting" or "Scraping" a Crime?

    Most of us are well aware that savvy computer people can use social media sites like Facebook to obtain information that members don't want them to have, or to use it in ways the members would not want it. But what can be done if that happens? Are...

    Internet Contracts

    The Internet has quickly become a vital marketplace for consumer and business commercial transactions. However, Internet electronic commerce could not become a successful marketplace unless it became possible to form binding electronic contracts between...

    How Technology Will Shape and Change the Legal Field Over the Next Decade

    "Innovation is crucial." This simple but important message was part of a larger presentation by technology guru and writer Michael Rogers, who gave Wednesday's Keynote Presentation at ALM's three-day legal-technology event Legal Tech...

    Validity of Electronic Communications and Employee Electronic Signatures

    Increasingly employees and employers prefer electronic communications (particularly electronic mail) over inefficient, slow, and often cumbersome transmission of paper copies of documents. But what about the legal validity of electronic communications...

    Government Involvement in Social Media: How Much Is Too Much?

    A recent Texas Senate review of social media regulation brings up many of the questions federal and state governments are considering as social media begins to play a larger part in our lives and communication methods. Texas senators are studying the...

    Facebook Terminations: Friends Don’t Let Friends Talk Smack About Their Jobs

    Written by Virginia Herschell, VP, Applied Discovery In a swirl of continuing controversy, a healthcare provider in Pennsylvania terminated an undisclosed number of its professional staff for Facebook postings that may, or may not have, violated...

    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...

    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...

    Legal Innovation: Make it Your Way

    There is a groundswell of evolution in the Legal Industry. Some Law Schools are changing the way they prepare students to practice law. Many firms are altering their billing practices to accommodate clients’ preferences. The number of available...

    So you want to practice Cyberlaw?

    Interested in practicing in the Cyberlaw area? Here’s what you have to look forward to… Type of Firms Practicing Cyberlaw Within the last decade, large and national law firms have been establishing electronic commerce law departments...

    Tools to Help Organize Your Firm and other Tech Tips

    A discussion and recommendations about practice management programs, back-up services, security encryption, time and billing and document creation. So, you've decided to strike out on your own or want to boost your small firm's efficiency. All...

    Things NOT to Include in an Email

    Roger Matus, CEO of InBoxer, Inc. of Concord, Mass. and a well-known commentator on the use of email, IM, and messaging technologies, has posted some great advice from Cataphora CEO Elizabeth Charnock on his Death by Email blog in 10 Things Never To Put...

    There’s an App for Bar Review

    I don't know about you, but the bar exam review course I took meant hours of classroom study and practice exams. Who knew you could jog, shop or lounge around and listen to a bar review course on your iPhone, iTouch or iPad. Well known bar review...

    The Legal Profession, Personal Responsibility, and the Internet

    Our law students are more tech-savvy than ever. Unfortunately, they occasionally lack sense. Some of them simply fail to realize that we -- professors, bar examiners, and law firms -- see material they post online. Others make a game out of being intentionally...

    Survey Reveals Substantial Growth in Online Social Networking by Lawyers Over the Past Year

    New survey data reveals that more than 70 percent of lawyers are members of an online social network – up nearly 25 percent over the past year – with 30 percent growth reported among lawyers aged 46 and over. The second annual Networks for...

    'Friending' Adverse Witnesses: When Does It Cross The Line Into Unethical Conduct?

    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...

    New Study Examines Technology Generation Gap in the Legal Workplace

    LexisNexis Technology Gap Survey Finds Impact on Workplace Etiquette and Blurred Boundaries Between Work and Home NEW YORK, NY, April 15, 2009 - A national survey of legal professionals found that while technology is widely embraced among attorneys...

    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...

    Native File Format and Metadata

    The 2006 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure answered many questions about the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI), but they left to case law development issues arising from the discovery and production of ESI in native...

    Facebook Surpasses Google in Visits

    Hitwise reports that Facebook became the most visited website in the US for the first time. Kind of takes your breath away that a social media site is getting more traffic than the largest search engine in the US. Since Facebook just went over 400...

    Using Social Networks for Due Diligence

    How do you perform your litigation background checks? Checking court records and even Googling subjects only gets you so far. As astutely noted by Tamara Thompson in Law.com’s Technology News, “Social networking activity can be quite revealing...

    Cyberspace Glossary

    Cyberspace is a metaphor used to describe the nonphysical, virtual terrain created by computer systems. (The prefix "cyber" means anything related to computers or to the Internet.) Like physical space, cyberspace contains objects (files, mail...