Ethical Risks and Pitfalls of Social Media

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Statements posted on social networking sites may inadvertently create an attorney-client relationship, and they may also violate the rules prohibiting law firm advertising. The wrong communication may be construed as exposing firm or client secrets, invasion of privacy and defamation, and trademark violations; and it can even lead to wrongful termination claims. Therefore, a law firm must provide reasonable guidelines for online behavior by its employees.

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