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Don’t Feed The Trolls: What Employers Can Do To Combat Internet Trolls

by Fisher Phillips on

...The internet has forever changed the way information is shared. The rapid-fire online patter produces comments and information that could be both helpful and harmful to an employer and its employees. On the one hand, such...more

Social Links: Burger King ad triggers Google Assistant devices; suits allege infringement of copyrights in content posted to...

Without Google’s permission, Burger King ended one of its television commercials with a statement designed to automatically cause Google Assistant devices to read a list of the Whopper’s ingredients out loud. Having passed...more

Negative Reviews: Franchises Pursuing Truth, Justice, & Defamation Claims

by Lewitt Hackman on

Franchised businesses, particularly restaurants, hotels, automotive servicers and others have been falling victim to the digital age. Many consumers now choose the places they do business based on what they read on Yelp,...more

Presidents and the Press

by Jackson Walker on

Here’s a quiz for you. Match the President to the quote: “He uses tweets to go directly to the public while bypassing journalists.” “[The President] directed [name] to make speeches attacking newspapers and the...more

Social Media and Georgia’s New Anti-SLAPP Statute

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

These days, one of the most effective ways to advertise your business is through social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. At virtually no cost, social media allows you to conveniently market your...more

But First, Let Me Take A Selfie: The Changing Legal Landscape On Ballot Box Photography

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

If you take the time to vote in this year’s presidential election – but your ballot is not documented on social media – did you really vote at all? Many prolific social media users are determined to take ballot box...more

The First Amendment: Without a Friend in the 2016 Election Cycle?

by Jackson Walker on

With Election Day less than two weeks away, it’s an interesting time for the First Amendment. Unlike the Second Amendment where party lines appear strong, the 2016 presidential candidates’ stance on First Amendment issues and...more

A Contentious Presidential Election, #BlackLivesMatter and Bathroom Laws: Addressing Polarizing Current Events in the Workplace

It is practically impossible these days to turn on the news, get on the internet or listen to the radio without hearing about some polarizing event. Whether it is a debate over the presidential candidates, the...more

2016 presidential election dynamics in the workplace: Free speech? ‘You’re fired’

by McAfee & Taft on

None of us are immune from this year’s presidential election dynamics. Disrespect and name-calling seem more prevalent than policy discussions. The election is highly polarizing, potentially pitting employee against...more

Advertising Law - August 2016 #3

ANA, 4As Battle Over Transparency Guidance - Two industry groups are engaging in a public battle over transparency. The dispute began when a joint task force was formed between the American Association of...more

Can Social Media Posts Lead to Termination?

The short answer is “yes.” Employers are permitted to terminate employees based upon their social media posts. Some may be surprised by this. Many will claim that such a termination violates the employee’s “freedom of...more

The Water in Rio Isn’t the Only Thing to Worry About – So Are Olympic Hashtags

by Butler Snow LLP on

Social media is buzzing with Olympic hashtags, particularly #Rio2016 and #TeamUSA. But the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) is cracking down on hashtag use by companies without Olympic sponsorship deals, calling it “ambush...more

There Are Limits to Connecticut’s Employee Free Speech Law

It has long been recognized as a matter of federal constitutional law that public employees cannot be deprived by the government of their right to freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment, even though the government...more

North Carolina Cyberbullying statute struck down as unconstitutional

On February 9, 2012, Robert Bishop was arrested and charged with one count of cyberbullying under the North Carolina Cyberbullying statute, which states that it is “unlawful for any person to use a computer or computer...more

Paul Watler Speaks: Texas Supreme Court Opinions Firm Up Anti-SLAPP Rights For Online Journalists

by Jackson Walker on

Online journalists and scholars from the Americas and around the globe recently gathered at the University of Texas at Austin to assess the state of internet-based journalism. The keynote address of the 16th annual...more

Poetic Justice – 2015 Wrap Up (Part 1 of 2)

by Cozen O'Connor on

This is the time of year to anxiously look forward to all that is anticipated to come in 2016. But it is also the time to look back at all that has happened in 2015. Rather than simply give you links to all of my stimulating...more

Digital Defamation Update: Recent Decisions Highlight Issues with Tweets, Hyperlinks

by Reed Smith on

The rapid spread of social media sites has opened up unparalleled opportunities for voices that might have once gone unheard to resound across the world. While these channels can be undeniably advantageous in many contexts,...more

Like It Or Not, Your Employees Can Like It

by Cozen O'Connor on

It gets boring to blog just about the NLRB. We need some judicial action to get the juices flowing a little more. We got a little something last week. Question: Is merely clicking the “like” button on Facebook tantamount to...more

Questions Remain About Social Media Privacy Rights During Workplace Investigations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Employees’ social media activities often play a key role in workplace investigations. For example, an employee may complain that a coworker sent a harassing Facebook message or posted something offensive on Twitter...more

Businesses rejoice but poster beware: Yelp ordered to identify anonymous reviewer

Many business have suffered the misery and frustration of a harshly negative, anonymous online review. That anonymity, critics argue, frees the reviewer from worries about the need for accuracy and, worse yet, encourages the...more

Federal District Court Strikes Down Law That Bans Ballot Selfies

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire recently struck down on First Amendment grounds a 2014 amendment to New Hampshire Revised Statute 659:35 that made it illegal for New Hampshire voters to post pictures...more

Status Updates: Appeals court upholds anti-cyberbullying law; better marketing through neural networks; restaurant owner turns the...

Cruel intentions. Laws seeking to regulate speech on the Internet must be narrowly drafted to avoid running afoul of the First Amendment, and limiting such a law’s applicability to intentional attempts to cause damage usually...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update

Garcia v. Google: “Doubtful” Copyright Ownership Claim in Film Performance Does Not Outweigh First Amendment Right to Free Speech - Why it matters: In a closely watched case that tests the limits of copyright protection,...more

Employee Gripe Apps: Should Companies Be Concerned?

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article by Lindsay Gellman on a new app by Collectively that allows users to post anonymous reviews of and complaints about their employers. The app is cheekily called...more

Teach Appropriate Speech - Or risk liability for employees' derogatory on-line comments about customers

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Recent District of Hawaii decision suggests social media policies are more important than ever, despite NLRB’s dramatic limits on employers’ ability to police employee speech on the Internet - Howard v. Hertz -...more

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