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Are Facebook ‘Likes’ Protected Free Speech?

Can you be fired for clicking the “Like” button on a Facebook page? A group of employees in the Hampton County, Va. Sheriff’s Office will find out when the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on whether their dismissal for “liking” the opponent of their boss during election season violates the First Amendment.   Fired after a ‘Like’ It was election season in November 2009, when Sheriff B. J. Roberts learned that some of his employees were actively supporting …

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Posted 12 months ago in Crime Government The Internet & The Law Video by Ed Alpern  
Cops on Facebook and Twitter Nail Gang Members [Video]

  New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance indicted 63 gang members involved in murders, shootings, assaults, firearms possessions and gun trafficking. Lawyers.com videojournalist Ed Alpern reports that police busted members in some of the city’s most violent street gangs by monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. New York City veteran criminal defense attorney, H. Hershel Katz, pointed out that the defendants were from low income projects. He described them as “kids whose life expectancies to them is …

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NJ Gov. Vetoes Employer Facebook Password Request Ban

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday vetoed a law passed by the legislature that would ban employers from asking for the social media passwords of workers and applicants. Christie said that he would sign the bill if it were amended to exclude some of its more restrictive components. New Jersey would have been the eighth state to stop businesses from snooping into their current or prospective employees’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, although the Jersey law would have gone several …

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Posted 12 months ago in Divorce The Internet & The Law by Ed Alpern  
Don’t Vent on Facebook or Twitter during Divorce [Video]

  During a divorce, no good can come from bad-mouthing your spouse on Twitter or Facebook. Lawyers.com journalist Ed Alpern reports on how the tools of discovery in matrimonial cases have evolved. In the past, divorce attorneys gathered information using subpoenas for witnesses and documents. But now attorneys do a lot of investigation online. Divorce attorney Jacqueline Newman, a partner at Berkman, Bottger, Newman & Rodd in New York City, advises clients not to post anything on Facebook that they …

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Coyote Ugly Sued for Retaliating Against Employees via Social Media

A federal court in Tennessee has refused to dismiss lawsuits against the owner and operator of the Coyote Ugly Saloon, where employees say tips are pooled illegally and they were retaliated against for suing over it. The retaliation suit came long after the original tip-pooling case was filed.   Budding Buddhism: Bad Topic for the Blog Bartenders at the Nashville and San Antonio locations of the saloon, which is known for its bartenders’ and female customers’ dancing on the bar, …

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