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Monitoring and Accessing Social Networking Content–New Jersey District Court Weighs In Again

The District Court of New Jersey recently denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a former employee’s causes of action for invasion of privacy following a supervisor’s alleged unauthorized access to the employee’s Facebook account.  In Ehling v. Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corp., the plaintiff, a registered nurse and paramedic, alleged that the defendants engaged in a pattern … Continue Reading

“Liking” A Facebook Page Is Not Protected By The First Amendment

A Virginia district court recently held that an employee’s clicking of the Facebook “like” button is not comparable to speech. Accordingly, the court affirmed the dismissal of First Amendment retaliation claims brought by employees of a Virginia sheriff’s office finding that the employees’ action was insufficient to merit constitutional protection. Sheriff B.J. Roberts of the Hampton, Virginia … Continue Reading

Alleged HIPAA Violation Supports State Common Law Negligence Claim

A Missouri federal district court has ruled, in I.S. v. Washington University, that a HIPAA-covered entity’s disclosure of protected information can form the basis for a state-law negligence claim.  The Court reached this holding despite the well-accepted principle there is no private cause of action under HIPAA.  The plaintiff, I.S., was undergoing medical treatment for … Continue Reading

Addressing Social Media Use–Recent Ruling on Students’ Social Networking Reaffirms Need for Policies and Training

The pervasiveness of social media in professional and everyday communication is a hot button issue (discussed at length here), particularly for private and public employers and organizations.  In fact, many organizations have adopted, or are considering adopting, social media policies for employees and providing training for how employees should interact in cyberspace.  But what should … Continue Reading

“Tagged” Facebook Photos Admissible as Evidence

Trying to keep up with the fast-moving world of social media, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that “tagged” or captioned photographs posted on Facebook may be admitted as evidence. The ruling in the case has implications for employers.  In LaLonde v. LaLonde, the appellant-wife objected to the trial court’s admitting into evidence photographs taken … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Issues Decision in City of Ontario v. Quon – Search of Text Messages Held Reasonable, Ninth Circuit Reversed

The Supreme Court today issued its decision in City of Ontario, California v. Quon.  In a unanimous decision, the Court held that the search of Quon’s text messages, sent or received on his department issued pager, was reasonable and did not violate Quon’s Fourth Amendment rights.  As set forth in the opinion, the Court did not … Continue Reading

Employees Claiming Emotional Distress Must Produce Social Network (Facebook and MySpace) Information In Discovery

All information from plaintiffs’ social networking profiles and postings that relate to their general emotions, feelings, and mental states must be produced in discovery when they allege severe emotional trauma and harassment against their employer, a federal court in Indiana has ruled. (EEOC v. Simply Storage Management LLC, S.D. Ind., No. 1:09-cv-1223, discovery order 5/11/10). … Continue Reading
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