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In Need of a Tune Up: Wisconsin’s Court of Appeals Considers Personal Jurisdiction in the Internet Age

Last year, we wrote about the Seventh Circuit’s interpretation of the emerging issue of personal jurisdiction in the context of internet activity. Courts understandably have been wary of subjecting businesses to broad...more

FDA Proposes Electronic Distribution of Prescribing Information

Drug manufacturers may no longer be required to distribute prescribing information on paper—with limited exceptions—and instead may have to distribute that same information electronically. The FDA recently issued a proposed...more

No. I haven’t been hacked. These are real lawyer photos.

The OTHER craziest law firm biography photo I’ve ever seen… Evidently, we’ve come a long way, baby, in law firm website strategy and attorney photography. I designed my first website around 1995, as Marketing...more

Key Issues Facing Places of Public Accommodation at the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

With all of the presents, decorations, and champagne now firmly in the rearview mirror, January is a time customarily spent reflecting on the year that was and planning for the year ahead. For places of public accommodation,...more

FCC to Issue Net Neutrality Rules

In February, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will circulate a draft order regarding Net Neutrality to his four fellow commissioners. The Net Neutrality rules will govern whether Internet service...more

Tips for Building Credibility: Avoid Website Content Bloat

Content bloat occurs when a website contains too many pages that have no independent, singular value. A large site is fine — even positive in some cases — but a large site with multiple pages containing very similar...more

A Technical Audit Checklist for Lawyers

It’s important for lawyers to have a road map for accomplishing their SEO goals. A technical audit is essentially an inventory of common website elements that should be optimized both on and off a website. Lawyers can use...more

Getting Pictures Off the Internet – Not Easy To Do

I love college basketball.  Given that my Missouri Tigers haven’t given me much to talk about, I thought we could discuss the efforts by this upset Duke fan to have her image removed from the Internet captured during the...more

VIDEO: Top 10 Law Firm Website Cliches to Avoid at All Costs!

Here’s a 4-minute excerpt from one of Ross Fishman’s most-popular speeches, discussing the most-prevalent and unfortunate cliches law firms use on their websites, advertisements, brochures, newsletters, and other marketing...more

15 Tips for Smarter Legal Marketing in 2015

What will 2015 have in store for your law firm? Growth and success (mixed with the right amount of positive change)? Firms can act proactively to make this happen. Take advantage of a time of reflection and renewed energy to...more

ADA Defense Lawyer: New ADA standards for website accessibility

Since at least 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been advocating standardized website development and content to promote access to blind and low vision internet users. In 2013, the DOJ withdrew its proposed...more

Recent legal actions highlight issues of children’s online privacy

Companies with online sites and services that expressly target a young audience, such as websites and mobile apps providing entertainment, games or educational enrichment specifically oriented toward children, should already...more

CA Supreme Court: New Duties for Businesses Regarding Having Defibrillators on-site; and Whether Anti-Discrimination Statutes Also...

California Rule of Court 8.548 permits the Ninth Circuit to certify questions of California state law to the California Supreme Court. On average, this happens a handful of times per year. Over the past five years, the...more

Alert: New California Privacy Law for Minors Has Taken Effect as of January 2015

California S.B. 568, titled "Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World," (the "Privacy Law") took effect January 1, 2015. The new Privacy Law includes a provision known as the "Eraser Law" that gives...more

Top five shifts in Internet law in 2014

Internet law is always changing. Here’s my impressionistic list of five of the most significant 2014 shifts affecting businesses that operate in the Internet space. David Letterman will be off the air soon, so I won’t follow...more

Annual Compensations Must Be Posted by Local Government Agencies in California

Law That Takes Effect Jan. 1 Requires Sharing Public Employee Pay Information Online - Starting Jan. 1, local public agencies will be required to post information on the annual compensation of their elected officials,...more

USPTO News Briefs - December 2014

USPTO Closed on December 26 - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a notice today informing stakeholders that the Office will be closed on Friday, December 26, 2014. The notice indicated that December 26 will...more

Internet Licensing - The Licensing Journal, Vol. 34, No. 10, Pg 29–31

Implementing and Enforcing Online Terms of Use - Operators of social media platforms and other Web sites must manage a large number of risks resulting from their interactions with users. In an effort to maintain a...more

Advertising Law - December 2014 #3

FCC Proposes Online Disclosures for Broadcast Contests - The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a rule change that would allow broadcast stations to disclose on the Internet the material terms for contests...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 7 - December 2014

In This Issue: - What’s in a Like? - R.I.P.: The Facebook “Like” Gate - Facebook Dislikes Fake Likes - Privacy in the Cloud: A Legal Framework for Moving Personal Data to the Cloud - Click...more

Native Advertisers Face Closer Scrutiny From Industry Self-Regulatory Bodies

With paywalls and premium subscriptions finding only modest success, paid advertisements remain the primary means of generating revenue from online content. Native advertising has emerged as a leader in the competition for ad...more

Does YOUR Website Have to be Accessible Under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Is the internet a place of public accommodation: a virtual town hall or a virtual shopping mall or a virtual movie theater? Courts still struggle with that....more

On the Fifth Day of Privacy, California (and Delaware) gave to me

sing it with me now…. Five Golden Rules…….(well, five new privacy laws/requirements) There are five significant new privacy laws/amendments that will be effective as of New Year’s Day — January 1, 2015 — and...more

Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups

Mobile Internet usage is predicted to grow faster in the next few years, making online or web based businesses great opportunities. A leading forecaster found that global mobile internet usage leapt from 14 percent to 25...more

ICANN Gears Up for Second Round of gTLD Applications Even as First Round Still Underway

The most significant development in the Internet space in recent years is the ongoing generic top-level domain (gTLD) expansion. (As a reminder, a TLD is what appears to the right of the "dot" in a domain name (i.e., .COM,...more

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