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Supreme Court to Decide Whether Online Threats Are Illegal

As the internet continues to swiftly transform the way we do business, shop and socialize, it also offers a new platform for those with more criminal or malicious intentions. While some of these activities are clearly...more

Warning to NY litigators - What privilege attaches to pre-litigation attorney statements? NY appeals court answers: qualified

New York law has long recognized that attorneys who make defamatory statements in connection with an existing litigation enjoy an absolute privilege against claims for libel and slander. Whether such a privilege extends to...more

Keeping pace with social media in the workplace

Kate Hodgkiss, a Partner in our Edinburgh office, comments: In recent years, the social media phenomenon has continued apace and there is no doubt that it is now an integral part of a significant proportion of businesses in...more

Can You Be “Served” or “Notified” Electronically?

Two recent cases produced what appear to be different answers to the question posed above. In the first case, a U.S. District Court in Gardner v. Detroit Entertainment, (Case No. 12-14870, October 15, 2014, USDC, E. Mich.)...more

Appellate Court Notes

- SC18927 - State v. Gonzalez - AC35406 - Rodriguez v. State - AC35570 - Tremper v. State - AC35972 - Bouchard v. Deep River [Dumpster diving can be hazardous to your health. As a devotee of the...more

Social media postings in sexual harassment litigation

Sexual harassment litigation typically involves accusations of unwelcome sexual conduct or comments in the workplace. Sometimes allegations are simply denied. More often, however, defendants assert that plaintiff either...more

The National Labor Relations Board: 2014 Year in Review - The NLRB's Expansion of Employee Rights Under the National Labor...

In 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) scrutinized employer policies and practices, protected employee use of social media and employers' email systems to organize and engage in protected concerted...more

Facebooker–Good Citizen or Fired?

Can an employee’s Facebook post be grounds for termination? The Fifth Circuit says, “Yes.” Graziosi v. City of Greenville Mississippi, No. 13-60900 (5th Cir. January 9, 2015). A police officer posted on her Facebook page and...more

New year - New social media policy?

Game Retail Limited v Mr C Laws - In what is thought to be the first such case involving Twitter, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has overturned an Employment Judge’s decision that an employee was unfairly dismissed...more

Employee Class Actions Mounting against Sony after “The Interview” Hacking Attack

Since December 15, 2014, six putative class actions have been filed against Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., asserting claims by current and former employees whose personal information was allegedly stolen during the...more

Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics ...more

Offensive Twitter Comments and Unfair Dismissal

In Game Retail Limited v Laws UKEAT0188/14, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether the dismissal of an employee for tweeting offensive comments from a personal Twitter account was unfair....more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #47

We are pleased to present the 47th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight a case that addresses claims against Facebook based on the U.S. Wiretap Act, a case...more

Hospitalitas Newsletter - Winter 2014

In This Issue: - Marriott Fined $600,000 For Wi-Fi Jamming - Franchisor Liability for Franchisee Employment Decisions: The NLRB’s General Counsel Addresses the Move to Expand the Joint-Employer Standard, and...more

Can Offensive Personal Tweets Justify Dismissal?

Most of the case law in the UK on dismissals related to employees' social media activity has been at employment tribunal level and therefore the recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) in Game Retail v Laws...more

Social Media and Non-Solicitation Covenants – Another LinkedIn Cautionary Tale, but this One for Employers

Those of you who joined us for our November 13 webinar on “Post-Employment Solicitation of Customers & Employees in the Social Media Age” will be interested in a recent social media-related non-solicitation case from...more

Jian Ghomeshi’s Lawsuit and the Current State of the Law on Civil Claims by Unionized Employees

Jian Ghomeshi has withdrawn his $55,000,000 lawsuit against his former employer, the CBC. The reasons Ghomeshi chose to drop the suit have not yet been made clear, but the current state of the law likely would have made his...more

California Supreme Court Denies Review of Cell Phone Reimbursement Case

The California Supreme Court has denied a petition to review Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., Court of Appeal of California, Second Appellate District, Division Two, No. B247160 (August 12, 2014). As a result of the...more

November 2014 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

This month’s headline developments are two independent contractor misclassification class action lawsuits: one was filed in New York against a Silicon Valley giant, Google Inc., and the second was filed in California against...more

Employer Wins Dismissal of Federal Claims for Wiping Data from Terminated Employee’s Smart Phone

In one of the first reported cases of its kind, a federal district court in Texas recently dismissed federal claims brought under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”) and the Consumer Fraud & Abuse Act (“CFAA”)...more

Whistleblowers Must Have Independent Knowledge to Actually Blow the Whistle

To bring a valid qui tam action and overcome the so-called “public disclosure bar” under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), a whistleblower must have direct knowledge of the alleged fraudulent activity, independent of already...more

California Employment Law Notes

Google Required To Produce Emails In Response To Former Employer's Subpoena - Negro v. Superior Court, 2014 WL 5341926 (Cal. Ct. App. 2014) - Navalimpianti USA, Inc. subpoenaed Google, Inc. to produce copies of...more

Lawsuit against LinkedIn Latest in Battle over Use of Big Data in Employment

Following up on a topic discussed recently in this space, a class action filed last month against LinkedIn represents just the latest development in the burgeoning battle over defining the permissible and impermissible uses...more

Northern District of Illinois Declines To Restrict Defense Counsel’s Communications With Putative Class Members

The Northern District of Illinois refused to restrict a defense counsel’s communications with putative class members, reasoning that the communications were not misleading or coercive. The case arose when a “romantic...more

October 2014 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

- TAX COURT DECISION REMINDS COMPANIES THAT “OFFICERS” ARE STATUTORY EMPLOYEES AND THEREFORE CANNOT BE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. The United States Tax Court held that a company that was engaged in the buying, reconditioning,...more

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