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are struggling with the legal implications of social media across a
broad variety of topics. Working professionals and Bloomberg BNA
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to build a community of knowledge on this rapidly evolving topic.
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February 21, 2014
by Michael Loatman
Did a federal district court err in approving Facebook Inc.'s
Sponsored Stories class action settlement in August 2013? At least
two groups of objectors believe so.
November 1, 2013
Journalists covering trials used to dash outside the courthouse
and run to a TV camera or their computer during breaks to report on
prominent cases. Today, however, reporters can provide live updates
to readers by tweeting during a trial or uploading a new blog post,
so long as they are armed with a laptop or smartphone inside the
September 27, 2013
"I'd like to add you to my professional network." Did that
LinkedIn invitation come from the executive you traded business
cards with at a recent conference? Or did the professional social
networking company put you together with a prospective contact
after "hacking" into your friend's e-mail account, as was claimed
in a recent lawsuit?
September 20, 2013
Thanks, but no thanks.
That was the response of one of 14 organizations selected to
receive assigned percentages of the several million dollars
remaining in Facebook Inc.'s $20 million Sponsored Stories
June 13, 2013
In two opinions this
month—coincidentally both involving the alleged use of excessive
force by police—federal district courts came to opposite
conclusions regarding whether to permit broad social media
May 23, 2013
Under what circumstances can Twitter Inc. take away an account
holder's handle, particularly when a company desires the account
name? A lawsuit filed earlier
this month in an Idaho trial court may help answer that
May 17, 2013
Michael Loatman's write-up regarding a court's dismissal of a fraud lawsuit against a fired
employee over an alleged failure to update his LinkedIn profile, which
in BNA's Social Media Law & Policy Report, is available online to both subscribers and
January 15, 2013
BNA's Social Media Law & Policy Report launched in
2012, which was a busy year for social media law. This blog post examines three
major trends from last year.
July 27, 2012
Add a child's use of Facebook to the
list of topics dueling custodial parents might fight about. It also
might be an issue for a court's custodial decree.
July 26, 2012
Taco Bell wanted to argue that a
plaintiff's consumer protection lawsuit was "an utter contrivance
that is the classic example of a lawyer-driven strike suit." To
illustrate, the fast food company asked the court to take judicial
notice of the plaintiff's LinkedIn profile page showing he was a
paid extern at a law firm. The court refused.
June 15, 2012
What information can you really believe when looking over a
Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social media profile? That question
appeared to be at the heart of two recent cases that questioned the
accuracy of data on social media services.
#AskJPM? On Second Thought, Don't
Iowa Supreme Court Tackles Live Tweeting, Blogging
Teens Can Go Public on Facebook, Adults Can Appear in Ads Via Google
Facebook Addresses Violent Video Controversy
Broader Access to Social Media in Iran?