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Facebook appeal claims DA’s request for data on 381 people violates Fourth Amendment

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

Facebook is contesting the Manhattan District’s Attorney’s right to obtain Facebook information for 381 people, though a judge already forced the social network to release the information.

Facebook filed an appeal last Friday, and documents in the case were unsealed on Wednesday, report theNew York Times and a Facebook statement. Prosecutors say the information helped in their cases against more than 130 police officers, firefighters and other government workers accused of collecting disability benefits. Read the rest of this entry »

Burglary suspect busted because he left his Facebook page open on victim’s computer, police say

By Martha Neil

A Minnesota man effectively updated his Facebook status to “busted” after he logged into his account while burglarizing a St. Paul home and left the page open, police say.

Nicholas Steven Wig, 26, was charged with burglary and jailed after resident James Wood arrived home last week, found the place in disarray with someone else’s wet clothes on the floor and discovered that items were missing, according to CNN and the Pioneer Press. Read the rest of this entry »

Supreme Court Tosses ‘Abstract’ Software Patent

By Sam Hananel

The Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out an Australian company’s patent for business software in a decision that clarifies standards for awarding patents, but not as much as some firms had hoped.

In a case closely watched by technology companies, justices ruled unanimously that the government should not have issued a patent to Alice Corp. in the 1990s because the company simply took an abstract idea that has been around for years and programmed it to run through a computer. Read the rest of this entry »

Limits to Law and Information Sharing, Despite Gunman’s Danger Signs

By: Adam Nagourney and Erica Goode

Elliot O. Rodger was a young college student who had few friends, detested his roommates and spent much of his time alone, reveling in the isolation of a local golf course or the beaches near Isla Vista, where he lived.

But a review of the three years leading up to Friday night, when Mr. Rodger killed six people and injured 13 others before shooting himself near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, suggests a series of flash points where his often bizarre and unsettling behavior might have drawn the attention of the authorities and, potentially, signaled his violent plans. Read the rest of this entry »

Prosecutor’s Facebook page mocks ‘crack hoes’ and Sotomayor ‘quota lottery’

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

A Florida prosecutor whose Facebook page offered advice for “crack hoes” appears unapologetic amidst the controversy.

Assistant State Attorney Kenneth Lewis is under fire for several Facebook comments, including this Mother’s Day post: “Happy Mother’s Day to all the crack hoes out there. It’s never too late to tie your tubes, clean up your life and make difference to someone out there that deserves a better mother.” Read the rest of this entry »

50 simple ways you can market your practice

By Stephanie Francis Ward

You can spend a lot of money on legal marketing, but you don’t need to. Nor do you have to be naturally outgoing or charming. What is necessary for good business development, say successful lawyers and consultants who shared their strategies with the ABA Journal, is a marketing plan focused on activities you do well, targeted at the right audience and carried out consistently. Give it some time, they say, and business will come. Read the rest of this entry »

Google Faces Demands as Court Backs Right to Be Forgotten

By: Aoife White

A European Union top court ruling that may require technology companies to delete personal information on request pits Europeans’ rights to privacy against the freedom to publish.

Google Inc. (GOOG) risks being ordered to remove search results where citizens’ fundamental rights are harmed by personal information posted online and where there is no public interest in publishing it, the EU Court of Justice said today.

The result could “open the floodgates for tens of thousands of requests to have legal, publicly available information about Europeans taken out of a search index or links removed from websites,” said James Waterworth, the head of the Brussels office of the Computer & Communications Industry Association. Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook Must Again Face User Fraud Claims Over Data

By Karen Gullo

Facebook Inc. (FB) must again face user fraud claims over disclosure of their online activities while an appeals court spared the company from allegations it and Zynga Inc. (ZNGA)violated privacy laws.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco revived Facebook users’ claims that the social network’s alleged dissemination of information about their online activities defrauded customers and breached its user agreement.

Privacy cases against Facebook, Google Inc. (GOOG) and other Internet companies have multiplied as users have become aware of how much of their personal information is being disclosed. Google faces privacy suits over its Street View feature and Gmail e-mail service after it failed to persuade federal judges in California to dismiss claims attacking its data collection. Read the rest of this entry »

Murder defendant’s lawyer asks judge to stop mom from posting about her daughter’s death on Facebook

A lawyer for a murder defendant in South Carolina is asking a judge to order the victim’s mother and other family members to stop posting about the teen’s death on Facebook.

Lawyer Charles Grose represents Michael Beaty Jr., 30, who is accused of strangling 19-year-old Emily Asbill at a June party in Clinton, South Carolina. Last month Grose asked Judge Eugene Griffith Jr. to extend a gag order covering the lawyers to the victim’s mother and other family members, report the Associated Press and the Clinton Chronicle.

Grose said comments by Asbill’s mother, Emily Joy, at a rally in Greenwood and on Facebook could prevent his client from getting a fair trial. His motion includes links to Facebook posts with pictures of Asbill, requests for prayers, and links to stories about domestic violence, AP says. The Greenwood rally was titled “No More Lies & Bruises.” Read the rest of this entry »

Man loses $80,000 legal settlement after daughter’s Facebook post violates agreement

A Florida teenager’s Facebook post has cost her father an $80,000 legal settlement.

The Miami Herald reports that father had sued Miami’s Gulliver Preparatory School for age discrimination after he lost his job as headmaster.

The school agreed to settle the case with Patrick Snay for $80,000. The agreement included a stipulation that Snay and his wife not disclose settlement details with anyone.

The Snays’ daughter, a recent graduate of the school, posted to her 1,200 Facebook friends that the money would pay for a family vacation to Europe.

“Mama and Papa Snay won the case the case against Gulliver,” she wrote. “Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer.”

A judge invalidated the settlement last week and said the post violated the confidentiality agreement.



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