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Actress Katherine Heigl Sues Duane Reed For Tweeting Photo, Implying Endorsement

Apr 24, 14 Actress Katherine Heigl Sues Duane Reed For Tweeting Photo, Implying Endorsement

Posted in Litigation

Now that everyone has a camera and an Internet connection in their pocket at all times, it is easier than ever to immediately share photos to the world. Additionally, the allure of celebrities, and the demand for photos of famous people, is higher than its ever been. Combine these two facts, and complications can arise. We saw it...

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Metadata Search Reveals That Attorney Falsified Documents; Leading To His Suspension

Apr 24, 14 Metadata Search Reveals That Attorney Falsified Documents; Leading To His Suspension

Posted in Best Of The Rest, Litigation

By IT-Lex Intern Kristin Bergman (Twitter / LinkedIn) Trying to deceive a judge just is not a good idea. It doesn’t take a law degree to know this—Law and Order and other legal TV shows should suffice. Today’s cautionary tale comes from Iowa, where the state’s Supreme Court upheld the suspension of an attorney’s license for...

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NC Court Considers Whether LegalZoom Constitutes Unauthorized Practice Of The Law

Apr 23, 14 NC Court Considers Whether LegalZoom Constitutes Unauthorized Practice Of The Law

Posted in Odds & Ends

By IT-Lex Intern Amber Williams (LinkedIn) Last month in a case out of North Carolina, a court found that it needed more information to determine whether LegalZoom is engaged in the unauthorized practice of the law. In case you’re unfamiliar, LegalZoom is an online service that offers users the chance to draft legal documents...

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Another School Gets Into Trouble After Disciplining A Student For Off-Campus Facebook Post

Apr 23, 14 Another School Gets Into Trouble After Disciplining A Student For Off-Campus Facebook Post

Posted in First Amendment, Litigation, Litigation, Privacy

By IT-Lex Intern Kristin Bergman (Twitter / LinkedIn) How far exactly do those “schoolhouse gates” from Tinker reach? With social media, this line can be blurry, as we’ve recognized before. Minnesota student Riley Stratton’s story began in 2012, when she was 13 years old and—from home, on her own computer—complained about a school...

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Two Companies Settle With The FTC Over Allegations Of Security-Related Deception

Apr 22, 14 Two Companies Settle With The FTC Over Allegations Of Security-Related Deception

Posted in General, Privacy, Security

Last month, a couple of companies settled with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that their mobile apps misrepresented user security and “failed to secure the transmission of millions of consumers’ sensitive personal information”. The companies were Credit Karma and Fandango; the latter’s app is one our...

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Facebook Photos Ordered In New York Injury Case

Apr 22, 14 Facebook Photos Ordered In New York Injury Case

Posted in Best Of The Rest, eDiscovery, Litigation

By IT-Lex Intern Amber Williams (LinkedIn) In a recent case from New York, a judge ordered a plaintiff to produce Facebook photos to be used as evidence. The plaintiff was injured after falling off of defendant’s horse and is suing for damages related to her subsequent injuries.  Defendant moved to compel plaintiff to produce her...

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Former Reuters Journalist Fails to Get Evidence Suppressed In CFAA Case

By IT-Lex Intern Kristin Bergman (Twitter / LinkedIn) We return today to the case of Matthew Keys, former employee of Reuters and the L.A. Times, who was indicted last year under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for providing account information that allowed Anonymous to hack the Los Angeles Times’ website. Most recently, Keys...

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Fourth Circuit Vacates DuPont Verdict, Leaves eDiscovery Sanctions Untouched

Apr 21, 14 Fourth Circuit Vacates DuPont Verdict, Leaves eDiscovery Sanctions Untouched

Posted in eDiscovery, Preservation, Spoliation

By Philip J. Favro (bio / Twitter / LinkedIn) The Fourth Circuit made waves earlier this month when it vacated a $919 million judgment issued in favor of manufacturer DuPont in a trade secret dispute against one of its competitors. In 2011, the jury in E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co. v. Kolon Industries, Inc. found that Kolon had...

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