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AP Scandal Demonstrates Need for Federal Shield Law to Protect Reporters
Release of new book on the 'Best Practices Under the FCPA and Bribery Act"
[Legal Perspective] When Is It NOT Okay to Delete Your Social Media Account?
Tips for Mobile App Privacy Compliance
Serving Legal Documents Through Social Media
Social Media Law Report - Who Owns Your LinkedIn Account, FTC Guidance on Social Ads, More...
How to Protect Your Company From Hackers
Two Key Elements Every Social Media Policy Should Include
Free Nationwide WiFi: Myths & Facts
Attorney Michelle Cohen: Increased Federal Enforcement of Mobile Commerce in 2013
Jeff Ifrah on the Historic Legalization of Online Gaming in New Jersey
Can Virginia Block Non-Residents from FOIA Requests? Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments
FCC to Create Free National Super WiFi Network? Not Anytime Soon—Dana Frix
Corporate Law Report: Managing Cyber Risks, BYOD, Obama's NLRB Crisis, Iran Sanctions, and More
Corporate Law Report: U.S. Manufacturing, Social Media, Online Endorsements, Hart Scott Rodino, More
Former Congressman Steve Bartlett Joins the LEVICK Team
Corporate Law Report: Economic Espionage Act, Top FCPA Enforcement Actions, Trademark Audits, and More
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Corporate Law Report: Cybersecurity, CEO Social Media, New Workplace Laws, Healthcare Reform in 2013
Corporate Law Report: Mobile App Privacy, HR & the FCPA, Insider Trading, First Sale Doctrine, More
In Harden Manufacturing Co. v. Pfizer, Inc., 712 F.3d 60 (1st Cir. 2013), one of three cases addressing Pfizer’s off-label marketing of the anticonvulsant drug, Neurontin, the First Circuit vacated the district court’s denial...more
The scourge of online defamation poses enforcement challenges for victims. So much so that there may be a temptation to begin looking for gatekeepers. The direction of the law appears to be ready to assist....more
In legal circles, we’ve all been anxiously awaiting a result in the case of Eagle v. Morgan (download here) – a case out of Pennsylvania where the issue who owned a LinkedIn page and contacts (the employee vs. the employer)...more
Tomorrow will be a busy day for the Illinois Supreme Court's civil docket, with five cases being argued, beginning at 9:00 a.m. They are...more
A beauty queen who said the Miss USA contest was fixed must pay the pageant $5 million for defamation.
Miss Pennsylvania USA, Sheena Monnin, said on Facebook and on the “Today” show that the five Miss USA finalists were...more
Tobacco giant RJ Reynolds has been stung by a $1.3 million jury verdict for not warning a smoker during his teenage years that smoking is addictive and could cause cancer.
William Champagne was born in 1950 and began...more
Originally published in the Fall 2012 issue of Business Torts Litigation (Vol. 20, No. 1).
While it may not be true that the pen is mightier than the sword, in the defamation world, it is unquestionably the case that...more
"Cats prefer Whisker Nibblets to Gato Gourmet 4:1." "Only Marie’s sandwich cookies are made with real chocolate and cream." "Seatur’s Slick works 40 percent faster than other leading motor oils." "Shampoo with Lixertonic and...more
Picture a sexy young bride, reclining sensuously on the nuptial bed. Smiling seductively, she lifts her wedding dress — a stretch white mini — to give her new husband a glimpse of the lingerie covering her private parts....more
In Dennis v. Kellogg Company, No. 11-55674 & No. 11-55706, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 18576 (9th Cir. Sept. 4, 2012), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court’s approval of a class action settlement because...more
If you believe you may have a claim for violation of your privacy rights or are a party to a court case that involves the right to privacy, you may what to give this post a read.
Contact: George E. Bourguignon, Jr.,...more
In This Issue:
*9th Circuit Rejects $10.6M Settlement in Kellogg False Claim Suit
*Court Tosses LinkedIn Suit – Again
*Actions Can Imply Consent in Publicity Rights Suits, Court Says Consumer Awareness of...more
A federal district court in Massachusetts was recently sucked into a false advertising dispute between manufacturers of competing vacuums and steam cleaners over alleged violations of Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act. The...more
Never let it be said that plaintiffs’ lawyers are not an enterprising lot. The old adage that you can’t get blood from a stone continues to apply, but not evidently to plaintiffs’ lawyers. They continue to push the envelope...more
Other than drawing more attention to the damaging online material, paying for a lawyer and having to answer uncomfortable questions under oath, what are the other risks about bringing a defamation claim? If you are not...more
Rumored to have known each other intimately in life, Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe have now symbolically met in death in the courtroom. A court has ruled that Einstein and his estate possess rights that other courts have...more
Social media is great “word of mouth” advertising when things go right. It can also be a nightmare in damage control when things go wrong. Sometimes the unsatisfied customer just lets it rip fairly or unfairly.
Hopefully, you’ve decided to read on because you believe you may be victim to a fake competitor review and you are not looking for advice on how to get away with it. If you are looking for advice on how to get away with it,...more
The New Jersey Supreme Court has strictly limited the ability of defamation plaintiffs to recover anything other than nominal damages under the presumed damages doctrine. While the Court reaffirmed that presumed damages still...more
A Texas couple was awarded $13.8 million by a jury for defamation after anonymous posters to the Internet site Topix.com accused them of being sexual deviants, rapists, and drug dealers.
Mark and Rhonda Lesher said they...more
The English High Court has opened up the possibility that, even if a website is not itself defamatory, if it hyperlinks to a different website which is defamatory, the operator of the originating website could still be liable...more
Abbott Laboratories Inc. pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $1.5 billion settlement for the company’s off-label promotion of anti-seizure drug Depakote.
Depakote may be used only for epileptic seizures, bipolar mania and...more
In This Issue:
- Paul Watler's Perspective
A Million to None in Texas Defamation Rulings — The same red-flag words may yield vastly different results in defamation litigation. Two recent Texas rulings serve as...more
In This Issue:
*Manatt’s Advertising Practice a Finalist for 2012 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence
*Back to the Drawing Board: Federal Judge Rejects FTC Settlement
*“Cruelty-Free” Claims Subject of False...more
The Ninth Circuit last week reversed the certification of a nationwide class raising consumer fraud claims against an auto maker. See Mazza, et al. v. American Honda Motor Co., No. 09-55376 (9th Circuit).
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