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Student Files Suit After Tweet Lands Her In Hot Water

A New Jersey student has filed a federal court lawsuit, H.W. v. Sterling High School District, alleging that she has been subject to disability discrimination and that her First Amendment rights have been violated. The student, known only as H.W. in court papers, was banned from the prom, senior trip, and the school’s commencement ceremony following… Continue Reading

Social Media Guidance Issued For Pharmaceutical Entities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued draft guidance entitled “Guidance for Industry-Fulfilling Regulatory Requirements for Postmarketing Submissions of Interactive Promotional Media For Prescription Human and Animal Drugs and Biologics.” The draft guidance is intended to describe the FDA’s current thinking about how manufacturers, packers, and distributors (firms)… Continue Reading

EEOC To Discuss Social Media’s Impact On The Workplace

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just announced they will be holding a meeting on March 12, 2014 to discuss the use of social media in the workplace and its impact on the enforcement of equal employment opportunity laws.  According to the EEOC’s announcement, the participants will address a range of issues, including recruitment… Continue Reading

Facebook Posts Not Discoverable

The Florida District Court of Appeal, Second District quashed an order requiring the mother of a vehicle accident victim to produce copies of certain postings on her Facebook account.  In Root v. Balfour Beatty Constr., LLC, the plaintiff, Tonia Root (“plaintiff”) filed a negligence suit against the city and its contractors following an accident where her… Continue Reading

Facebook Post Breaches Confidentiality Provision of Settlement Agreement

A Florida appellate court has ruled that a teenaged daughter’s post on Facebook mentioning her father’s confidential settlement of an age discrimination claim breached a confidentiality provision in the settlement agreement, barring the father from collecting an $80,000 settlement. Gulliver Schools, Inc. v. Snay, No. 3D13-1952 (Fla 3d DCA Feb. 26, 2014). The plaintiff, Patrick Snay,… Continue Reading

Another Employer’s Social Media Policy Is Found Unlawful By An NLRB Administrative Law Judge

Written by Michael Bertoncini The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) continues to be active in its review of employer social media policies. In recent years, the NLRB’s review of social media policies has focused largely on whether an employee would reasonably construe the language of the policy as prohibiting him or her from engaging in… Continue Reading

Court Denies Access To Employee Social Media Accounts

Written by Ian A. Wright If the intersection of social networking and workplace privacy laws piques your attention, you may find an article written by my colleague Michael Frankel particularly interesting. He writes about a recent case, Pecile v. Titan Capital Group, LLC out of New York, where the court refused to grant the defendants’ request… Continue Reading

No First Amendment Protection for Police Officer’s Facebook Rant, a Reminder of the Risks of Employee Activity in Social Media

If you are a public sector employer, you may be particularly interested in an article written by my fellow shareholder and practice group member, Marlo Johnson Roebuck. She writes about a recent case, Graziosi v. City of Greenville, involving a police department’s decision to terminate a police officer for statements she made on Facebook. As… Continue Reading

Top 14 for 2014

In honor of National Data Privacy Day, we provide the following “Top 14 for 2014.”  While the list is by no means exhaustive, it does provide critical areas businesses will need to consider in 2014. Location Based Tracking.  As the utilization of GPS enable devices becomes more and more prevalent, employers are often faced with… Continue Reading

Social Media Guidance Issued For Financial Institutions

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Counsel (FFIEC) recently issued supervisory guidance entitled “Social media:  Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance.”  Financial institutions are expected to use the Guidance in their efforts to ensure that their policies and procedures provide oversight and controls commensurate with the risks posed by their involvement in social media. The Guidance was… Continue Reading

Florida Considers Prohibition on Employers Requesting Access to Social Media Accounts

Written by Lillian Moon The Florida Senate is considering joining a multitude of states which have banned employers from requesting or requiring access to current or prospective employees’ social media accounts. Senate Bill SB198, entitled “An Act Relating to Social Media Privacy,” would prohibit employers from requiring or requesting access to employee or applicant social… Continue Reading

Claims Against University for Accessing Facebook Account Allowed to Proceed

In a case reflecting the challenges faced by institutions of higher education in trying to prevent violence on campus, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania declined to dismiss claims against Widener University by a former student under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and the Stored Communications Act (SCA) for accessing the student’s Facebook account without permission…. Continue Reading

Deletion of Facebook Page = Spoliation

A New Jersey District Court has sanctioned a personal injury plaintiff for spoliation following the plaintiff’s deletion of his Facebook account which defendants were trying to access.   The defendant’s discovery requests asked for documents or records of “wall posts, comments, status updates or personal information posted or made by plaintiff on Facebook and/or any social… Continue Reading