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Free Speech Group Fights Lawsuits Against News Sharers

LAS VEGAS - (AP) A San Francisco group that defends online free speech is taking on a Las Vegas company it says is shaking down news-sharing Internet users through more than 140 copyright infringement lawsuits filed this year. The Electronic Frontier Foundation's counterclaim represents the first...

Feds Settle Case Of Woman Fired Over Facebook Site

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Employers should think twice before trying to restrict workers from talking about their jobs on Facebook or other social media. That's the message the government sent on Monday as it settled a closely watched lawsuit against a Connecticut ambulance company that fired an employee...

$430,000 Settlement Reached In Courtney Love Twitter Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Courtney Love's 140 character Twitter rants against a fashion designer are costing her more than $430,000, an attorney says. The singer has settled a lawsuit filed by Dawn Simorangkir, who sued the Hole frontwoman in March 2009 accusing her of making false statements about the...

$430,000 Love Settlement Shows Tweets Can Be Costly

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Courtney Love's settlement of a case sparked by online attacks on a fashion designer show that while Twitter posts may be short, they can also be costly. The singer has agreed to pay Dawn Simorangkir $430,000, plus interest, to settle a lawsuit the designer filed in March 2009...

Damages Being Paid In UK Twitter Defamation Case

LONDON - (AP) A British politician has agreed to pay damages for an inaccurate comment he made about a rival on his Twitter account. It appeared to be the first defamation case in Britain involving a comment made on Twitter. To settle the case, Colin Elsbury has agreed to pay 3,000 pounds ($4,825) ....

NBA Ref Sues AP, Sports Writer Over Twitter Post

MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) An NBA referee has sued The Associated Press and one of its sports writers over a Twitter message suggesting he intentionally made a bad call to make up for a previous bad call that went against the Minnesota Timberwolves. In a federal lawsuit filed Monday in Minneapolis, veteran NBA...

Associated Press Reporter Accused Of Libel By Tweet

Did an Associated Press reporter commit a foul against an NBA referee earlier this year by defaming him on Twitter during a league game? On March 14, 2011, National Basketball Association official Bill Spooner filed a federal defamation case against Associated Press sports beat reporter Jon Krawczynski...

Twitter Feed Lawsuit Underscores Power Of A Tweet

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) When Adorian Deck was home sick from high school, he entertained himself like countless other teenagers have in recent years: He started a Twitter account. Unlike other teenagers, Deck's account became a sensation. Deck, under the handle (at)OMGFacts, tweeted random bits of celebrity...

Pittsburgh Steeler Sues Champion Over Tweet Dispute

RALEIGH, N.C. - (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is suing the parent company of the Champion sports apparel maker, calling the decision to drop his endorsement deal over his tweets about the death of Osama bin Laden and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks a breach of contract. Mendenhall's...

Kim Kardashian Sues Old Navy Over Lookalike in Ads

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Kim Kardashian wants Old Navy to stop using a lookalike to advertise its clothing. The reality show starlet and model on Wednesday sued the clothing store and its parent company, The Gap Inc., in a Los Angeles federal court alleging their ads violated her publicity rights with ads...

Fulbright Survey Highlights Latest Trends In Social Media, 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...

You May Occupy Your Twitter Account, But Do You Own It?

If recent developments in New York Criminal Court are any indication, your social media, email and SMS texts are just as vulnerable to exposure as everyone has been saying they are. Such a trend is bad news for bloggers, tweeters and texters, but may be good news if you are a litigant trying to gain...

Bullivant Houser Bailey PC: Why Defense Lawyers Should Care About Social Media, Part 1

By Andrew B. Downs Over the past several years, the use of social media has expanded dramatically to the point where it now can have a significant impact on business decisions, corporate public relations and how litigants are perceived. For those reasons, defense lawyers need to be social media...

Bullivant Houser Bailey: Why Defense Lawyers Should Care About Social Media, Part 2

By Andrew B. Downs Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Blog This is the last post in a two part series from the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel's (FDCC) Blog on social media and what defense lawyers need to be aware of. In Part 1, we discussed the mob rule...

William A. Ruskin: Pharmaceutical Failure to Warn.... On Facebook?

By William A. Ruskin The Facebook page of Switzerland-based drug maker, IBSA Institut Biochimique S.A . (“IBSA”), appeared innocent enough: If you have just been diagnosed with hypothyroidism or are having difficulty controlling your levothyroxine blood levels, talk to your doctor about...

This is Real Law: The Future of Law Librarianship: An Interview with Mike Timpani

Technology is changing the role of law librarians. That reality recently prompted LexisNexis to hold a Twitter contest asking law librarians 10 questions about their profession for the chance to win a trip to the Presidential Library of their choice. We received many insightful answers from law librarians...