Don’t Blame Yelp If You Get A Horrible Review On Yelp

By IT-Lex Intern Joey Chindamo (LinkedIn) In case anyone reading this doesn’t know, Yelp is an online directory service of local businesses that is integrated with social networking functions and user-generated reviews. A visitor could look up, say, their favorite restaurant and rate it on a five-point scale and write a...

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Can Homeland Security Really Search Any Electronic Device For Any Reason?

By IT-Lex Intern Shannon Allen (LinkedIn) Government surveillance is in the news all the time.  This post recognizes the ongoing tension between the government’s national security mission and the reality that electronic devices, including laptops, are virtual extensions of individuals in society. A recent  Department of Homeland...

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Producers Of ‘The Bachelor’ Sue Blogger; No Roses For Him

By IT-Lex Intern Karina Saranovic (LinkedIn) Steve Carbone, who goes by the online handle “Reality Steve“, runs a blog that’s focused on reality TV. He has a network of insiders who feed him scoops, and he publishes spoilers about upcoming episodes of shows including ‘The Bachelor’ –...

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Facebook Wins Battle To Ban Pseudonyms; Apologies To Professor Otto von Schnitzelpusskrankengescheitmeyer

By IT-Lex Intern Joey Chindamo (LinkedIn) Here’s a follow up to one of our stories from last month. Facebook won a decisive victory last week when a German administrative court held that the social networking behemoth was not subject to one of the country’s strict privacy laws. Section Four of Facebook’s Statement of Rights...

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Lawyers Lose Copyright Claim Against Lexis And Westlaw

By IT-Lex Intern Shannon Allen (LinkedIn) A couple of lawyers tried suing Lexis and Westlaw on copyright grounds for reprinting opinions.  They were unsuccessful.  Is this a surprise? The two page order from earlier this month grants defendants’ motion for summary judgment. A full opinion, with the court’s reasoning, is to...

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Instagram Seeks To Dismiss Lawsuit Based On Short-Lived, Massively Unpopular Privacy Policy

  By IT-Lex Intern Karina Saranovic (LinkedIn) We are well aware of the commotion Instagram’s much-derided, and short-lived, privacy policy change caused late last year, and here’s an update to that saga. As you may recall, a class-action lawsuit quickly sprung up, and earlier this month, Instagram was in court, seeking...

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eDiscovery: If You Delay, Courts Will Make You Pay

By IT-Lex Intern Joey Chindamo (LinkedIn) A fascinating eDiscovery case out of Maryland federal court last month could be a game-changer in the area of electronically stored information (ESI). The United States District Court for the District of Maryland released its opinion in Branhaven, LLC v. Beeftek, Inc. [PDF] on January 4....

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FBI Report Reveals “A Rash Of Sexting”

Late last week, CNN reported on a newly-released FBI Report, from the Bureau’s Office of Professional Responsibility. The report details all the “ethical pitfalls and other violations” faced by FBI employees over the last quarter. And oh man, this thing is a doozy. You have to read the whole thing [PDF], but below...

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