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Facebook ‘Like’ is Speech Protected by First Amendment

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Sept. 23 that clicking “like” on Facebook can be protected speech for First Amendment purposes, reversing a lower court that had found in favor of a Virginia sheriff who was sued for retaliation when he fired several employees who had “liked” his opponent in an election.   Like This, Like That  A federal trial court in Virginia had ruled in 2012 that the employees’ suit for employment discrimination against Sheriff B. …

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Posted 1 year ago in Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Sidewalk Chalk Protesters Get Thrown in Slammer

A San Diego man was recently acquitted of vandalism charges for writing anti-bank messages using chalk on the city’s sidewalk. Had he been convicted, Jeff Olson could have faced 13 years in prison. His crime? Exercising his freedom of speech against Bank of America, which has recently been implicated in a foreclosure abuse scandal. Olson was arrested for writing “Shame on B of A” and “No thanks, big banks” in water-soluble chalk on sidewalks outside a branch of the financial …

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Posted 2 years ago in Personal Injury by Aaron Kase  
HuffPo Smearing of Senate Candidate Not Libel, Court Says

A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing the Huffington Post of libeling a former U.S. Senate candidate from Minnesota by calling him an arsonist in a story headline. Jack Shepard, who ran for the federal office in 2010, objected to a HuffPo story headlined, “Support Jack Shepard, The Arsonist, For Congress.” He had been accused of arson in 1982 but was never convicted. The lawsuit also claimed that the news story libeled the candidate because it …

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Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law by Michele Bowman  
Don’t Get SLAPPed for Posting Your Opinions Online

The Internet offers a treasure trove of consumers’ opinions on everything from car tires to dentists. So it’s inevitable that freedom of expression would bump up against some limits. Lawsuits known as SLAPPs – for Strategic Limitation Against Public Participation – present a growing problem for freedom of speech on the Internet. While not everyone can avoid getting SLAPPed with a meritless yet expensive lawsuit, there are steps you can take to avoid it when you express your opinion online. …

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You Can Be Sued for Posting Negative Yelp Reviews

A client who left a bad review on Yelp about a contractor she hired to work on her home is now being sued for defamation by the contractor, who says that she is dodging paying for repairs and waging a libelous campaign on the web against him. The suit points to the increasing danger of saying anything actionable on the Internet.   Reviews Charge Theft, Etc. Jane Perez hired her high school classmate Christopher Dietz to do some work on …

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