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Threat or Theatre?

The Supreme Court issued its opinion in Elonis v. U.S., commonly known as the “Facebook threats” case, earlier this week.   The case involved charges under the federal “threats statute,” which criminalizes communicating “any threat to injure the person of another,” … Continue reading

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You Don’t Have to Friend Your Boss in Montana (Among Other States)

On April 23rd, Montana became the 20th state (joining Maryland, the first to pass such a law, as well as Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan , Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, … Continue reading

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New Facebook Message: You’ve Been Served

In a recent case, a New York judge authorized the use of Facebook as the only required means to deliver a summons to the defendant. The plaintiff brought a divorce action against her husband, but (a) the only address she … Continue reading

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Another Business Learns The Power of Social Media

Recently, Indiana passed a law called the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”.  Regardless of your views on that law, its propriety, and its purpose, its enactment empowered business owners to publicly express their religious beliefs.  One such business was Memories Pizza.  … Continue reading

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NLRB: Nice Companies Finish Last

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has decided that a policy encouraging employees of an Illinois BMW dealership to be courteous to one another violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  The NLRA prohibits punishing employees for discussing working conditions … Continue reading

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New Illinois Laws Affect Online Privacy

Recently enacted Illinois laws are intended to protect the online privacy of both public and private employees in the state. The Judicial Privacy Improvement Act (JPIA) is a legislative response to the 2005 shootings of relatives of a federal judge … Continue reading

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Plug or Perish

Entrepreneur Magazine’s Daily Dose recently spoke with Damon Dunn about two recent cases on First Amendment protection for public employees’ Facebook “likes”.  We previously discussed the cases here. Should a “Like” be protected as freedom of speech? Damon E. Dunn, … Continue reading

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Public Employees Sue After Being Fired for Facebook “Likes”

A federal judge in Virginia recently held that “liking” a Facebook post is not sufficiently expressive to warrant First Amendment protection.  One of the plaintiffs in Bobby Bland et al. v. B.J. Roberts alleged he lost his job with a … Continue reading

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Toll of “Facebook Victims” Mounts

Although social media is no longer a new phenomenon, evidently even people who should know better still have not grasped that nothing on the Internet is confidential.  What’s more, there is no sure demarcation between private postings and those that … Continue reading

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Maryland Takes Lead in Banning Employers from Demanding FB Access

Maryland recently became the first state to ban employers from requiring prospective employees to let them access their social media accounts.  The law was passed in response to protests after the state demanded corrections officers’ social media passwords to search … Continue reading

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Texas Court: Internet Not Just for Voodoo Anymore

A Texan appellate court affirmed a murder conviction in a 2007 freeway shootout after finding that postings to the defendant Ronnie Tienda Jr.’s MySpace page were properly admitted against him during the trial.   The case shows how far Texas judges … Continue reading

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Wine Expert Sued for Yelp Retaliation

Cecelia Groark took to Yelp to complain that Bottled Grape owner Krunch Kretschmar had given away her seat to a wine tasting, which she had purchased through Groupon.  Kretschmar responded on Yelp claiming that he had twice emailed Groark and … Continue reading

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Should Family Facebook Connections Disqualify Judge?

A judge denied a daycare operator’s request for a new trial in her child abuse case despite allegations that the trial judge’s kids were Facebook friends with the alleged victim’s relatives. The trial judge, Daniel Rozak, had replied in an … Continue reading

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Another Teacher Disciplined for Facebook Posts

A first grade teacher in Paterson, New Jersey who described herself online as “a warden for future criminals” should be fired, according to an administrative law judge.  The state’s education commissioner will decide whether to accept the ALJ’s non-binding ruling. … Continue reading

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Woman Charged for Faking Ex’s Facebook Page

Prosecutors continue to apply criminal statutes to online domestic disputes.  This time, the state of New Jersey is reportedly prosecuting a woman for setting up a fake Facebook profile about her ex-boyfriend under an identity theft statute.  The Facebook page … Continue reading

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