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Social Links: Google Maps gets social; Twitter puts trolls in time out; today’s teens take to chat rooms

New York City’s Conflicts of Interest Board has issued guidelines prohibiting elected officials from using official social media accounts for political purposes or having their staff draft content for their personal social...more

NLRB Finds Employee’s Facebook Posts Critical of Union Protected

Seyfarth Synopsis: NLRB affirms ALJ’s ruling finding that a union member’s criticisms on Facebook of the union that represented him were protected by the NLRA. On February 7, 2017, in Laborers’ International Union of...more

Don’t Friend My Friends: Nonsolicitation Agreements Should Account for Social Media Strategies

As social media becomes an important part of many companies’ sales and branding strategies, issues relating to companies’ ability to protect their investments in such strategies are emerging. Indeed, this blog has previously...more

Does Facebook Have the Right to Challenge Search Warrants Seeking Facebook Users’ Data? New York’s Highest Court Hears Argument

Facebook is the latest social media giant to push back on law enforcement efforts to seek user information. On Tuesday, the New York Court of Appeals heard oral argument in a case focusing on whether Facebook has the...more

Facebook Unfriends Policy Allowing for Exclusion of Certain Racial and Ethnic Groups in Housing, Credit, and Employment...

The social network giant, Facebook—amid criticism and a push from public figures and congressional leaders—announced that the site would no longer allow advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups in the areas of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

RBS has agreed to pay $85 million to the CFTC to resolve allegations that its traders “manipulated the ISDAfix benchmark rate over a period of five years to benefit the bank’s derivatives positions”....more

WhatsApp security flaw, lawsuit in Germany

Tobias Boelter, a University of California Berkeley cryptography researcher claims that last year he found a security flaw in WhatsApp’s encrypted smart phone messaging application. The flaw, which relates to the unique...more

Think Twice Before Tweeting up a Storm

One of the more memorable lines from 1989’s Steel Magnolias is “if you can’t say anything nice about anybody, come sit by me.” That sentiment— referred to as “schadenfreude” in German — is amplified on social media, and this...more

EU Merger Control Procedural & Jurisdictional Aspects: Reply To The European Commission Consultation

We welcome the opportunity to provide comments to the European Commission in its evaluation of procedural and jurisdictional aspects of EU merger control. A NEW JURISDICTIONAL THRESHOLD - We respond here to section...more

"Big Data an Ongoing Concern for EU Competition Law"

The question of how "big data" should be treated in merger control and antitrust enforcement was a key issue for the European Commission and national regulators in European Union member states in 2016, with competition...more

Political Discourse and Professionalism

We’ve been part of numerous professional services client discussions where the question asked is, “Can I discuss politics on social media?” The answer we generally give is, “No,” as one always risks losing favor from the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Unfortunately enough for Deutsche Bank, 2017 isn’t starting off much better than the previous year. The German banking giant has agreed to pay a $425 million fine to NY state authorities (and another $204 million to the UK’s...more

Facebook’s Birthday Text Lawsuit Survives Pleadings Stage; TCPA Survives Strict Scrutiny for the First Time

Just when we thought Facebook was safe from the TCPA—remember Duguid—Judge Henderson found otherwise. In Colin Brickman, v. Facebook, 2017 WL 386238 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 27, 2017), the Court denied Facebook’s motion to dismiss,...more

You Posted What??? Deep Thoughts With Employees On Social Media

Social media sites, such a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, are wonderful places to see what someone ate for dinner, find the latest meme or gif you don’t understand, or reconnect with people you were never friends...more

Pulse Nightclub Shooting Lawsuit May Show Path Around the Communications Decency Act

I previously posted Facebook Fake News Problem May Impact Businesses Operating Open Web Sites on why the controversy over fake news stories on Facebook may cause concern for businesses operating open websites, although such...more

Business Development for Law Firms: Everything is Discoverable

I have great respect for my peers, clients, friends and colleagues in the legal industry. Given most of my focus is on revenue generation, client growth and acquisition which requires elements of my other passion,...more

Dating Apps and Class Actions: A Match Made in the Courtroom

Tinder touts itself as being “the world’s leading social app for meeting new people. It claims that “with its global reach, people in all 196 countries around the world are swiping right to connect with others, making it a...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Work Gets Underway at Maine State House - Momentum is building in the Maine Capitol as...more

News from AGG's Retail industry Team - Winter Edition

How much is that Facebook page worth to your Business? At first glance, this question may seem relatively unimportant in the context of an M&A transaction. It rings true that social media accounts usually receive little...more

Facebook Defeats New Jersey TCCWNA Claim Based on its California Choice-of-Law Provision

Facebook, Inc. recently dodged a putative class action alleging that it violated New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”) when a California federal court dismissed a New Jersey resident’s...more

Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter l January 2017

Welcome to the Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter. In this monthly publication we provide an overview of the most recent payments, regulatory and market developments from major jurisdictions around the world as well as...more

How Much is That Facebook Page Worth to Your Business?

At first glance, this question may seem relatively unimportant in the context of an M&A transaction. It rings true that social media accounts usually receive little attention during the negotiation of a deal, which fact may...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #3

Last week, there were developments in two cases in different Pennsylvania courts involving employer liability—or lack thereof—for data breaches involving employee personally identifiable information (PII). A Pennsylvania...more

EU e-Privacy Regulation Raises Stakes for Compliance

The European Commission's proposed e-privacy regulation sets forth obligations on handling electronic communications and clarifies obligations for seeking consent for the use of cookies. Meant to bring the e-privacy directive...more

California Choice of Law Provision Defeats Claim Under NJ Consumer Protection Law

On Monday, a California federal judge enforced the California choice-of-law clause in Facebook’s online terms of use, and on that basis refused to consider the claims of a New Jersey resident that aspects of those terms of...more

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