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Blog, But Blog Ethically

The following is a guest blog post by April E. Frisby of Frisby Law. April is a corporate and securities transactional lawyer and an adjunct law professor at Whittier Law School.

104229040Lawyers are often gun-shy when it comes to blogging, in part because of the ethical limits on advertising and solicitation by lawyers. But if you keep ethical considerations in mind, blogging can be a fun, cost-effective way to promote your practice.

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Employers: Keep Clear of Social Media Landmines, Part 2

socialmedia_158535558Social networking and social media are increasingly incorporated into the workplace, but not without dangerous issues arising. Employers need to be ready to handle issues relating to social networking that occur during both on- and off-duty hours.

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Employers: Keep Clear of Social Media Landmines, Part 1

socialmedia_158535558Whether employers like it or not, social networking and social media have found their way into most workplaces. Their appearance has meant many potential landmines for employers to navigate. Luckily, there are several relatively easy steps that every employer can take to decrease potential liability.

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Update Your Social Media Policies

As the National Labor Relations Board continues to refine its position, here’s what you need to know to update your (or your client’s) social media policy.

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Everything You Tweet Can Be Held Against You!

Judges throughout the country wrestle with the legal ramifications of evolving new technology, including personal information privacy in the use of social media. A New York criminal court recently put a big hole in any privacy expectation on tweets when it upheld a subpoena duces tecum and required Twitter to provide a defendant’s tweets to the district attorney.

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Cyber-Slamming

The seemingly anonymous world of the Internet leads many of us to say things there that we would never say in person. But watch out, libel laws follow you into cyberspace.

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Service Via Social Networking?

Serving a complaint via Facebook may be in our future. As BusinessWeek.com reports, the practice of online legal service is spreading around the world as courts look for new ways to keep their dockets moving.

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Clashing Concepts: Trade Secrets and Social Media Networking

A company’s trade secrets have always been an integral and valuable part of its business assets. Social media networking is fast becoming an integral and valuable part of business practice. By their very nature, these two concepts clash and create unprecedented risks of trade secret exposure and challenges for trade secret law.  

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When Is a Church Not a Church?

The issue of what constitutes a church for the IRS tax exemption purposes has recently been considered in a novel context: Is a congregation that holds only internet and radio worship services a church entitled to IRS tax benefits? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the “electronic ministry” did not meet the IRS’s definition of a church.

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Facebook Postings as Evidence: They Are Not Just for Social Networking Anymore

Yet another example of the law of unintended consequences at work: Those seemingly frivolous Facebook posts can be a prime source of evidence in a legal case. Facebook posts have a wide range of potential evidentiary value, from information on a person’s feelings, which may be particularly relevant in family law cases, to the use of geo-tagging for determining where a person was at a particular time.