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Top 10 Tips for Social Media Use When Divorcing

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Hi there, Social media can become very problematic in a divorce case. Divorce lawyers, myself included, consider it a treasure trove of potentially useful information.We can obtain your online credentials and passwords in...more

How Computer Forensics Can Affect Your Divorce Case

As people spend more and more time on digital and electronic devices (smartphones, laptops, ipads, and computers), digital information becomes more relevant in divorce cases. Social media, computers and cell phones become...more

Why You Should Care About Federal Computer Privacy

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

An often-stated truth is that you shouldn’t access the email of others. Here, “others” means the person you have divorced, are now divorcing, or plan to divorce in the not too distant future. No matter how often this is said,...more

Postcard Reminders: Routine Communication or Invasion of Privacy?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Kansas Department of Children and Family (DCF) has come under scrutiny for sending postcard reminders to individuals obligated to pay monthly child support, rather than mailing reminders in a sealed envelope. While the...more

Implied Threat on Facebook Insufficient to Support Stalking Conviction

Last month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held that a Facebook profile may constitute a “threat” within the meaning of the Massachusetts stalking statute. However, a profile that is merely “vaguely ominous or...more

Ashley Madison, meet the kids: infidelity and divorce

The recent Ashley Madison breach exposed millions of users who’d signed up to the site, believing they were doing so with full anonymity. Social media and news outlets helped fuel a storm that will not soon be forgotten. In...more

You’ve Been (Virtually) Served; From Facebook Friend to Process Server: Service of Process Via Facebook Messenger

by Butler Snow LLP on

It is no secret that social media has changed the face of the world in the last decade. Just ask Grumpy Cat. What is less evident, although no less true, is how social media has impacted the practice of law in the same amount...more

US Court of Appeals Rules Pocket Dial Calls Fail to Exhibit an Expectation of Privacy

Florida Statute § 934.03 regarding interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications closely mirrors the United Code 18 U.S.C. § 2511(1)(a), which clearly sets forth the rights to privacy regarding...more

Be Careful whom you friend on Facebook. When things go south, your next message may have a summons and complaint attached.

by Melito & Adolfsen on

The few decisions addressing the propriety of service via social media reportedly are split on the issue. In a situation that is likely to become more common, a New York County Supreme Court Judge, Matthew Cooper, ruled...more

Social media campaign ends in disbarment for lawyer

Lawyers using social media: beware! The Louisiana Supreme Court has disbarred a lawyer for launching a “viral campaign to influence and intimidate” judges who presided over her friend’s child custody dispute. In...more

New York court permits plaintiff to serve divorce summons through Facebook message

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Manhattan Supreme Court recently permitted the plaintiff in divorce proceedings to serve the divorce summons to her husband through a private Facebook message. Justice Matthew Cooper acknowledged that the plaintiff’s...more

Divorce By Social Media

by Cozen O'Connor on

This morning, I appeared on Fox29 in Philadelphia where I discussed and commented on a recent case out of Brooklyn, New York. In this matter, a divorcing party was granted permission to serve initial process by way of...more

News from Second and State

Gov. Wolf continued to make headlines this week, this time with his activities in and around the judiciary. On Wednesday, the governor and newly-appointed–then-promptly-removed Open Records Director Eric Arneson had their day...more

Hitting the Wall: Facebook and Divorce

by Lewitt Hackman on

A new survey sponsored by a group in the UK links Facebook to 33 percent of all divorces, up from a 2009 study that cites the social media site in 20 percent of divorce filings....more

Report From Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Fall 2014

by Archer Norris PLC on

In this Report: - Homeowners’ Insurance: The Devil Resides in the Details - “Cybersmear” Lawsuits - Age Discrimination in Employment - The Marital Deduction: A Valuable Estate Planning...more

New York Family Court Magistrate Allows Unprecedented Service of Process via Facebook; Will Others Follow?

In a little-noticed decision, Matter of Noel v. Maria, Support Magistrate Gregory L. Gliedman—a Staten Island, New York family court official—recently permitted a father seeking to modify his child support payments to serve...more

Sexual Materials and Divorce

by Jaburg Wilk on

The world of divorce can be a messy and scary place. One area that is problematic is when a couple, during happier times, engaged in filming or photographing nude or sexual acts, which were done merely to illustrate the...more

Status Updates - June 2014 #3

..Twitter’s leadership was thrown into disarray on June 12 after Ali Rowghani resigned suddenly as the company’s chief operating officer amid a dispute with Chief Executive Dick Costolo. Twitter’s stock has fallen about 42...more

Weekly Law Resume: The Court Re-Affirms that the Litigation Privilege of Civil Code Section 47(b) is Absolute

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Leslie Falcon, et. al. v. Long Beach Genetics, Inc. et. al. - Court Of Appeal, Fourth District (March 18, 2014) - Civil Code Section 47(b), known as the litigation privilege, provides that a ‘publication or...more

Lessons From Naked Pictures

by Cozen O'Connor on

Sometimes you can find great employment law lessons in the craziest places and lawsuits, and even non-employment law lawsuits. This month, a decision was issued by a Family Court Judge in Brooklyn, New York that, while an...more

Kate Gosselin Sues Jon Gosselin for Violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act–Did She Adequately Plead a “Loss”?

by Shawn Tuma on

When I do presentations on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, one of the issues I speak about is how we see CFAA issues arise in many unexpected cases such as those in the family law context. We now have another great example...more

Crowdfunding 101: What Is It? And Should I Be Excited About it? PART 1

Ever since the passage of the JOBS Act (the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act), there’s been a lot of hype about crowdfunding. A lot of startups have built their entire business model on the assumed ability to use...more

Steven Getman: Legal Links of interest for the week ending July 27

by Steven Getman on

Steven Getman: Legal Links of interest for the week ending July 27 SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013 Steven Getman, attorney, reports on some news stories about lawyers and the law in the past week: Cuomo signs bill to bolster...more

More Fun With FaceBook

by Sands Anderson PC on

Here, are two recently reported stories highlighting the vagaries of FaceBook and other such social media outlets. First, enter Dana Thornton. Apparently, she was not fond of her ex-boyfriend and decided to create a...more

Reviewing the Legal Reviewers

by GJEL Accident Attorneys on

Thanks to the rise of internet prominence, consumers have changed the way they look for attorneys. While they used to turn to attorneys they already know and look in the Yellow Pages, consumers are now going to Google and...more

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