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Hair Stylist Sued for Friending Former Employer’s Clients on Facebook

According to a decision of a Massachusetts Superior Court, one day after beginning work in 2010 as a hair stylist for Invidia, LLC, a Sudbury, Massachusetts hair salon, Maren DiFonzo signed an agreement containing non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality provisions in … Continue reading

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Court Can Require Social Media Records To Be Produced, But Request Should Be Narrowly Tailored

A recent decision by an appellate court in New York reversed an order by a lower court that required disclosure of social media information of an injured party involved in a motorcycle accident and subsequent lawsuit over alleged defects in … Continue reading

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Johnny Northside and His Truth Prevail On Appeal

On March 29, 2011, I posted an article about a neighborhood blogger, Mr. John (“Johnny Northside”) Hoff, who got whacked with a $60,000 judgment by a Minnesota jury for interfering with a contract between one Jerry Moore and the University … Continue reading

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Bank Sues Former Employee Over Rants on Craig’s List and Pays For It

Summit Bank, a community bank headquartered in Oakland, California, sued Robert Rogers, its former vice president and chief credit administrator, for defamation alleging that he published false statements about the Bank with the intent to defame the Bank‘s “good name … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Rules that “Liking” Facebook Page is Not Constitutionally Protected Speech

After winning re-election for Sheriff of Hampton, Virginia in November of 2009, Sheriff B.J. Roberts decided not to retain a dozen employees of the Sheriff’s Office because, as to three of them, he wished to replace civilian employees with sworn … Continue reading

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Posting Pictures on Her Facebook Wall Lands Nursing Assistant in Jail and More

Late last month, an Oregon jury found Nai Mai Chao, 26, guilty of invasion of the personal privacy of elderly or disabled patients after finding that she took graphic photographs of them with the contents of bed pans at the … Continue reading

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Media Frenzy Suddenly Erupts Over PhoneDog Suing Ex-Employee for Absconding with Twitter Account

As an intellectual property attorney, I too am surprised at times by the issues that arise in the context of social media and how they are reported. Here, according to the lawsuit allegations by PhoneDog, the novel legal issues appear … Continue reading

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Yelp Sued for Allegedly Manipulating Ratings to Extort Advertising Revenue, but Lawsuit was Tossed Because Even Wrongful Motive Does Not Defeat Immunity of ISP Under Statute

In the third amended complaint (“TAC”) of a consolidated class action, Plaintiffs Boris A. Levitt and Wheel Techniques (“Wheel Tech.”) et al. alleged that Wheel Tech. noticed negative reviews on its Yelp page which did not correspond with its records … Continue reading

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New California Statute Prohibits Jurors’ Use of Social Media

On August 5, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed California Assembly Bill No. 141 which expands the duties of the California trial courts to admonish jurors to refrain from communicating, researching or disseminating information about any subject of the trial.  … Continue reading

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Couple Sued For Negative Review of Hotel on Travel Website

A hotel company near Chicago has sued Michael Gladstone and Liora Braun, a Massachusetts couple, for posting a negative review of its Carleton Hotel on Tripadvisor.com, a popular website dedicated to lodging reviews and booking travel arrangements.  According to the … Continue reading

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