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All Good Things

Jun 20, 14 All Good Things

Posted in Uncategorized

For the past two years, IT-Lex has been honored to advance the dialogue on all matters concerning technology law.  Since our upstart beginning as a simple blog that could easily be confused for a college student’s tumblr feed, IT-Lex has published well over 1,000 blog posts, hosted the Innovate Conference in October 2013, awarded...

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Florida’s First Email Service Case – Strict Liability Service!

Jun 13, 14 Florida’s First Email Service Case – Strict Liability Service!

Posted in Litigation, Uncategorized

In Florida’s first appellate court case parsing the particulars of email service (now required in Florida state courts), earlier this week Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal issued its opinion in Matte v. Caplan, Case No. 4d13-903 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014).  The case dealt with the trial court’s denial of a...

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House Passes USA Freedom Act, But Nobody’s Very Happy With It

Jun 06, 14 House Passes USA Freedom Act, But Nobody’s Very Happy With It

Posted in Legislation, Privacy, Surveillance

By IT-Lex Intern Amber Williams (LinkedIn) The House of Representatives recently passed new legislation, the USA Freedom Act. The Act is coming to us just one year after Edward Snowden became the most well-known NSA whistleblower of our time by revealing snooping programs and just how much data the NSA collects. Civil rights groups...

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Lawyer Retaliates Against Client In Online Comments, Gets Publicly Reprimanded

Jun 05, 14 Lawyer Retaliates Against Client In Online Comments, Gets Publicly Reprimanded

Posted in Odds & Ends

By IT-Lex Intern Amber Williams (LinkedIn) Last month, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued a formal complaint against a lawyer for retaliating against a client and breaking more than one of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct. Margrett Skinner was retained by a client in 2009 as representation in an uncontested divorce...

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Introducing Volume One Of The IT-Lex Journal

Jun 04, 14 Introducing Volume One Of The IT-Lex Journal

Posted in Featured, IT-Lex News

We are pleased to announce the release of Volume One of the IT-Lex Journal, which comprises the winners of our inaugural writing contest for law students. You can read the Journal right now for free – all you have to do is register and sign in as a Friend of IT-Lex, also for free.  The first-place winner of the contest was...

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Hands Off, Courts: Privacy And Anonymous Speech

Jun 03, 14 Hands Off, Courts: Privacy And Anonymous Speech

Posted in First Amendment, Litigation, Litigation, Privacy

By IT-Lex Intern Kristin Bergman (Twitter / LinkedIn) Rather than the traditional invocation of the First Amendment, the California Second District Court of Appeal recently protected anonymous speech using a state constitutional privacy rationale. This case arose in amidst allegations by UMG Recordings of Escape Media Group’s...

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No Summary Judgment For Court Admin Who Stopped Assigning Cases To Attorney After Facebook Post

Jun 02, 14 No Summary Judgment For Court Admin Who Stopped Assigning Cases To Attorney After Facebook Post

Posted in First Amendment, Litigation

In Butler v. Edwards-Brown, the plaintiff is an attorney in Michigan, who occasionally received assignments from the Washtenaw County Probate Court. Then this happened: In April 2012, Plaintiff made a comment on Facebook about the performance of the Clerk’s Office at the Washtenaw Probate Court, specifically with regard to a...

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Overbroad Discovery Requests: Another “Fishing Expedition” Cut Short

By IT-Lex Intern Kristin Bergman (Twitter / LinkedIn) We write about eDiscovery a lot here at IT-Lex, and one recurring theme really seems to stand out—put the time and thought into your discovery requests. This time around, it’s important to remember to be sufficiently specific in your requests for production. In a recent short...

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Facebook Comment Leads To $50 Fine, Bemusement, Rescission

May 30, 14 Facebook Comment Leads To $50 Fine, Bemusement, Rescission

Posted in Odds & Ends

People getting into trouble for stuff they’ve posted to their social media profiles is a favorite topic of ours here at IT-Lex, and here’s a particularly silly example of this. An Illinois woman named Christine Adamski recently found herself in hot water because of a comment made on Facebook. She didn’t say...

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Operators Of Jerk.com Accused Of Deceiving Consumers By The FTC

May 30, 14 Operators Of Jerk.com Accused Of Deceiving Consumers By The FTC

Posted in Litigation

By IT-Lex Intern Amber Williams (LinkedIn) A recent press release from the FTC announced that the operators of Jerk.com had been charged with deceiving customers. Apparently, the defendants registered multiple websites with Facebook and allegedly used Facebook’s application programming interfaces to download the personal...

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