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Calling President An Idiot May Be Protected Speech (But Maybe Not)

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

“President Trump is a Big Fat Idiot” or, for that matter, “Secretary Clinton is a Sore Loser.” Let’s suppose you see one of your employees tweeting one of these expressions on Twitter during non-work hours from a personal...more

Stand Up, Sit Down, Stand Up: Ninth Circuit Revives Spokeo No-injury Suit

In a decision surely welcomed by the plaintiffs’ bar, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held, on August 15, 2017, that a putative class action plaintiff has Article III standing as long as the plaintiff alleges...more

California Employers May Sue For Online Defamation

by Fisher Phillips on

The situation is a familiar one. Disgruntled current or former employees leave negative and harmful comments about their employer on online workplace review websites such as glassdoor.com or vault.com, or on customer review...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again: The Ninth Circuit Finds Concrete Injury in Spokeo Remand

by Bryan Cave on

The U.S. Supreme Court held in its 2016 Spokeo decision that for a plaintiff to have standing to assert a claim based on a statutory violation that the plaintiff must have suffered real—and not just legal— harm. Spokeo...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Consumer Alleging FCRA Claim against Spokeo Sufficiently Pled a Concrete Harm to Confer Article III...

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: On remand from the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a consumer’s allegations that the operator of a website reported inaccurate information about him...more

Superior Court Suit Alleges Arbitration Claim Is a SLAPP

by LeClairRyan on

If a person believes that a defamation claim being asserted against him in a pending arbitration is a SLAPP, can he ask the Superior Court to issue a declaration and an order stopping the claim from being pursued? A new...more

Second Circuit Holds Termination of Employee Who Attacked Supervisor in Obscene Facebook Post Violates NLRA

The Second Circuit said last week that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it fired an employee who criticized a supervisor on Facebook during an election. The catch here is that the Second Circuit...more

Social Media Policies and the First Amendment

by PretiFlaherty on

Over the last several years, the National Labor Relations Act has driven much of the discussion around the legalities of social networking policies. Since 2011, for example, the NLRB’s Office of General Counsel has issued...more

Bare Statutory Violation of FCRA Fails to Satisfy Standing Requirements Post-Spokeo, Says District of New Jersey in Suit Over...

by Reed Smith on

Michaels escaped a potential class action alleging Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) violations late last month when a federal judge found the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robbins, 136 S....more

Executive and Judiciary Showdown over the Whistleblower Protection Act

by NAVEX Global on

The new administration’s recent decree that certain federal agencies refrain from communications with the media sets up a showdown between the executive and judicial branches of government. ...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Police Department's Social Media Policy on First Amendment Grounds

Most of the recent legal controversy over employer enforcement of social media policies has involved employees’ concerted activity rights under the National Labor Relations Act. However, a recent case from the Fourth Circuit...more

Policing Social Media Policies

by Sands Anderson PC on

Police officers in Petersburg had a First Amendment right to post to Facebook their complaints about their police department. A department policy limiting social media postings was unconstitutional. So held the U.S. Court...more

Are Private E-mails & Text Messages “Public Records?”

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Decision Expected Soon from California Supreme Court - Public agencies in California should prepare for the likelihood that communications on officials’ and employees’ private devices related to the agency’s “conduct of...more

Shock the Monkey: Police Officer Photo Post on Social Media Costs Him His Job

When is a “joke” so not funny that you lose your job? The Mississippi Court of Appeals gave some direction on that question, affirming the City of Meridian’s termination of a police officer for an inappropriate (arguably...more

Causation Counts: Strategic Use of Summary Judgment Post-Spokeo

by Alston & Bird on

Early scorecards in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins all note high marks in the plaintiffs’ column, especially at the motion to dismiss stage. Emboldened by these decisions,...more

Spokeo Gets Lyft Off

by Carlton Fields on

The Northern District of California dismissed a Fair Credit Reporting Act case against Lyft upon finding that plaintiff lacked Article III standing based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct....more

From sports and entertainment to politics and social justice—when worlds collide in your workplace

by FordHarrison on

It’s everywhere. Whether you like it or not, you can’t escape it. While the topics of politics and social justice are undoubtedly important discussions to have in our country, the reality is that they now seem ever present....more

Cert. Petition Seeks to Clarify “Public Official” Under New York Times v. Sullivan

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

More than 50 years ago, the Supreme Court issued its foundational First Amendment decision New York Times v. Sullivan. The Court held in Sullivan that the First Amendment protects all published statements about public...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - June 2016

President Signs Legislation Modernizing Federal Chemical Regulation Law - Overhaul of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has important business implications for consumer product manufacturers and retailers. ...more

Who Can Sue Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act? A Claimant Must Now Have a Concrete Injury to Go to Court

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in the closely watched case Spokeo, Inc. v. Thomas Robins et al., addressing the issue of standing under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The Court held that in...more

SCOTUS Fair Credit Reporting Act Background Check Standing Case Remanded to Lower Court

by FordHarrison on

On May 16, 2016, in a 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court remanded the closely watched Spokeo Inc. v. Robins case back to the Ninth Circuit for further analysis. The issue is whether the plaintiff, Robins, has standing to...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Not Every Violation of a Federal Statute is a Ticket to File a Federal Court Lawsuit

by Littler on

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, a case raising the procedural question whether any and all violations of a federal statute are sufficient for a plaintiff to...more

Schilling Firing: Can You Fire An Employee for What They Say on Social Media?

by Cozen O'Connor on

This week ESPN fired pitcher-turned-broadcaster Kurt Schilling for an allegedly offensive tweet about the recently passed law in North Carolina requiring persons to use the restroom associated with the sex of their birth. As...more

High Court Reviews Protected Activity Under SLAPP Statute

by Archer Norris PLC on

In yet another installment of the gravamen of the complaint conundrum, the California Supreme Court is currently reviewing Park v. Board of Trustees of California State University (2015) 239 Cal.App.4th 1258. The issue is...more

Supreme Court Rejects One Strategy for Defeating Class and Collective Actions

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In recent years, one tactic for attempting to defeat wage and hour class and collective action lawsuits class action lawsuits has been to offer the named plaintiffs full relief for their individual claims in the case. Even if...more

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